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Graphic Europe: An Alternative Guide to 31 European Cities Paperback – 12 Oct 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cicada; 01 edition (12 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956205305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956205308
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 16.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 932,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just bought this book, and I'm so impressed - it's one of those books that you think 'why hasn't anyone done this before'? In these days of cheap airfares, it's great to have a general city guide to Europe - it's lovely to browse through and pick a destination for your next long weekend - very readable, with interesting, alternative venues listed. Added to this it looks fantastic - beautifully put together and designed, with some really remarkable illustrations. This is destined to be a real classic for any traveller interested in design.
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I don't know what I was expecting from this book in the first place, but it wasn't what I've recieved.

While this book's concept is really interesting, letting 31 designers around Europe design and write few pages about their cities, the execution wasn't to my liking. It's interesting to see different style for each couple of pages, showing a bit of the nation's approach to g. design, the book is really well made, easy to navigate and pleasure to read.

But my main complaint is towards the content, each city is presented by subjective though of it's autor, which is nice, as you can see outline of his/hers character, but it's completly useless as a guide. Mentioned places are either close to his/hers workplace, usually quiete far from the city center and I'm not sure that most of them are worthy of attention. I've recently used this guide for Prague, Bratislava and Vienna and from these 3 trips, the only interesting place mentioned in the book was one classical Czech beer pub (which was really high rated and regarded worldwide and most people don't know about it).

I was expecting little "gems", places that are "must" see, which you won't know unless you are native. That wasn't fullfiled.

This is a beautiful book, for design references, european style comparasin, and if you are lucky, you might even find some nice places. But it's not really a "guide" per se.

* excuse the grammar, I'm not a native english speaker *
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Graphic Europe is a very well put together book. The chapter for each city is contributed by a local with a genuine insight into what that city has to offer. This book rises above other books as it gives one the chance to discover the real gems in European cities, rather than the just big attractions which one would see anyway with or without a book.

Even a traveler such as myself who is not an art/design aficionado can find this book useful in their travels around Europe, utilising it to find cool and interesting sites / places to stay / entertainment off the beaten track, places which are more likely to yield lasting memories and special experiences.
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A beautiful book...as much an art book as a travel guide. It offers fresh, unique perspectives on European cities from the eyes of artists who actually live there. Not at all your run-of-the-mill guide, and it definitely gives me itchy travel feet!
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