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on 19 February 2013
After reading the multitude of glowing reviews for this book, I decided to pick it up and experience it for myself. Having flown through it in a matter of hours, I'm already eager to offload it and get back the money I spent.
If you're after a book that will look nice on your desk, and explains it's concepts in no more depth or insight than a Wiki article or dictionary definition, then this book is for you. If you're also a fan of forced and over-used colloquialisms and poor, repetitive humour, all the better! Add to that: a smattering of grammatical errors (in spite of the author's insistent advice to check your work), a positively distracting kerning issue (design choice?) in the paragraph text throughout, some questionable advice, and the author's bizarre tendency to employ terms he hasn't yet explained, and in some cases, never gets around to explaining. The latter is the most grievous error, especially for newcomers to design. One might find themselves Googling an unfamiliar term, only to wonder why they don't just forgo the book altogether in favour of an afternoon on Google instead (I would highly recommend this, above all).
The book's tagline sets expectations high - "design like a God". It won't help you do that. You'll be more familiar with some design language, and the author has included some worthwhile business/communication tips at the start of the book, but you can get better, more coherent information elsewhere, for free. This is nothing more than a lazy, lacking collection of concept introductions that barely scratch the surface or come anywhere close to being useful. Avoid it.