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