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Creative Sparks: An Index of 150+ Concepts, Images and Exercises to Ignite Your Design Ingenuity Hardcover – 29 Sep 2003

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (29 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715317350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715317358
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 11.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,455,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Krause has worked as a professional graphic designer for twenty years. He has produced award-winning work for a variety of clients, including Microsoft, McDonald's, Washington Apples and Seattle Public Schools. He is the author of HOW Design Book's very popular Index series, including Color Index. Jim lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Fantastically inspirational. There really is some great stuff in here, whether you're just starting out or a seasoned old hand, there is something in here for you. I especially liked the section on going out and making you're own personal stock image collection. In other words, go out and take photos of everything and anything you like. Me and my daughter have already planned our own "photo field trip". The section on having an art night and inviting you're friends and relatives round is great, with a big table laid out, covered in art supplies (even having a huge sheet of paper as a tablecloth) and everybody just going for it is inspired. This is what Art should be. There really are too many brilliant sections to mention. If you're into art, professionally or just interested, you will not go wrong with this book. In my opinion, it's worth every one of those five stars at the top. Really.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this little book in a small art bookshop in Singapore many years ago and it became one of my few treasured possessions. If you are not innately creative and artistic, you simply will not 'get' what the book is telling you - a problem obviously encountered by the previous reviewer. But if you are creative, you'll find the book an absolute goldmine of tips, tricks, facts, techniques and hints to loosen up that creative mind of yours. You'll find yourself experimenting with ideas and ways of thinking you never that clicked with you before. That's the real magic of this book. It takes the blinkers off your eyes.

Buy it, discover new things and enjoy.
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Half-baked and ill-concieved. A poor man's "Art of looking sideways" that gets nowhere near the mark. I've had more inspiration waiting at a bus stop than with this book. I don't like to be negative but I don't want anyone else wasting their hard earned money. It's a pity because it's obvious time was spend producing this book that could have been spent doing something better.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x968b4b34) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x968cc6cc) out of 5 stars Wonderful, truly. 22 Sept. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've never sent a review before, but this is an execptional book and I feel compelled to say something about it. Forgive me if this sounds corny, but I can only describe this book as an explosion of visual exuberance and I am still reveling in its aftershocks. I was unable to put this one down until well past midnight last night. Not everyone will understand this book (it is non-linear and filled with non-stop images, thoughts, exercises, practical advice, etc.), but i think that true designers and those who really, really love art will know exactly what it is all about. Every spread in this book presents a jewel of information and/or inspiration. I would, if i could give a copy of this book to every person I know who creates art (either for fun or professionally). It is absolutely unique, absolutely wonderful.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96cddf6c) out of 5 stars Great book, especially for the creativity blocked 21 July 2005
By Wanderer Fighter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is phenomenal. It contains a lot of lessons, passages, and much more based on the art and design world. Whenever you are feeling uncreative, do yourself a big favor and buy this book. It is not a book meant to be read from page to page. It's a book meant to randomly pick pages and read and so forth. This book will motivate you, get you thinking creatively, bring you back from ur uncreative sense, and much more. It's a small book, but very handy.

My story was I was feeling very uncreative at one point where I couldn't execute my designs and art pieces well. I was desperately looking for a book that would help me find myself within and get back to working creatively. A friend recommended Creative sparks, and i listened. I was glad i did, took it while i was on my way to school, home, everywhere. Even now, that i don't feel uncreative, i still go back to the book and remind myself how great art truly is, and how geeat it is to produce it using your hands and your minds. I would add more, but you'll figure it out as you tune in to this book.

Oh, at first, it may not seem as a great book, but remember to allow yourself to not only know the concepts, but UNDERSTAND them. knowing and understanding are different things, so make sure you understand and let it be part of you. That's all i have to say.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96f63f3c) out of 5 stars a nice jump start to the creative thinking process 8 Nov. 2003
By Kenneth G. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found this book in a search for something to help challenge and jump start my creative process. This book is a quirky way to challenge yourself and stimulate creative ideas. It is a small, pocket sized package that can be browsed one page at a time. You can literally turn to a random, new page (which is how I read it) and spend a minute or two learning a new lesson. Though it is directed at graphic designers, other disciplines can pull some really good ideas from it, too. I highly recommend this. It stays in my backpack all the time, and when I find myself with a few spare minutes, I'll thumb through a few pages.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96b18318) out of 5 stars Five bright stars 24 Sept. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This one took me by surprise. I own a lot of design books and this is very different from the "norm"--but then, as designers and artists, WE are supposed to be outside the "norm," right? This is the least "stuffy" book on design I've seen in a while. It's strikes a good balance between eye-candy and practicality. I find the exercises and concepts presented to be very "real world" and practical--not classroom theory. I was especially able to relate to the "Designer's Notebook" section (I can tell that J. Krause has been around the design biz for a while). Great book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x969a4270) out of 5 stars Good book for beginners. 15 April 2008
By Dan Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have had the book creative sparks on my shelf for about a year now, I thought it would come in handy when I hit a creative lull. When I bought the book it was on one of my book sprees. I bought 8 or 9 design books ( $300.00). I opened this book and saw 2 or 3 exercises like making a mask another was using a desktop scanner to scan interesting objects. Now in glancing at the book I thought there would be a lot of exercises like this. The book is 310 pages filled with the obvious.

Examples of Content:
So what do you do if your layout hits a rough spot? " Try changing the font size on the header".
I have been working on a project for hours and I am getting no results, what do I do? "Get up and take a walk around the block".

The nuggets of wisdom that take two pages for instance; "A layout or piece of art is finished when nothing can be added to boost the message and nothing that takes away from the message remains". This nugget is paired with the recipe for the "Perfect Martini".

By the numbers:
310 pages
18 artistic assignments / projects
24 Life practices or motherly advice for a healthy designer
268 pages of designer common sense.

By the Design:
The book is a great example of good layout and a cool style for every page. The book may be nice to have as an example layout design.

Content:
Nothing groundbreaking! In fact this stuff should be obvious habits for professionals. If Designers are not already doing this they are not designers. I Really felt this book was low level "well duh" type stuff. I do not think it is irrelevant but it is a book that I would give this book to a Design Student. This book is a good foundation. But for anyone in the industry it is pretty elementary.
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