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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 19 June 2015
I cannot praise this book enough. Especially if you are a teacher of art and design, or a student. this book will give you plenty of exercises to think through and do - or give your students. They are graded in terms of difficulty and intellectual challenge and are useful for any level of learning.
If you are an aspiring graphic designer, try some of these do them properly, record your workings in detail in a sketchbook (Your Lecturers and often your potential employers are often MUCH more interested in your process than the final product.) and you will end up with a worthy portfolio.
If you are a teacher of graphic design, each one of these projects is a gem and will save you time and angst in developing stuff from scratch. That not to say you have to copy; I use them more for inspiration (I teach design in a large SW college) but they will get the grey matter moving and to top it all the author has written a teacher's guide that you can find on his website. Brilliant and throughly recommended.
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on 1 December 2015
This book was not what I was expecting at all, I was going to give it just one star but if you are a graphic design student (or teacher) it will probably be right up your street, hence 3 starts. I was looking for a book that covers the fundamentals of visual composition, balance, repetition, space, rule of thirds etc and exercises to put this knowledge into practice. Instead this book contains exercises such as creating a typeface, the effect of certain changes on a pamphlet, creating a greetings card and other similar exercises but very little theory that could be applied to art work.
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on 27 February 2013
Every designer needs a push every now and again, sometimes we get in a design rut doing the same old same old and do not push ourselves enough to reach the next level.

This book challenges you to create new things and allows your imagination to roam free rather than being stifled by a client who has their own ideas and boundaries. This is like playtime but taken seriously can help you expand your ideas and push your designs. Some ideas are a little similar to other 30 day challenges found across the web but there is enough here to keep you active.
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on 1 April 2018
all good - well recommended
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on 18 March 2015
I love this book. Have bought may design books over the years and this is the most useful. Projects to sharpen the mind and focus effort. Its jolly good. Makes you think out of your comfort zone.
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on 6 September 2015
Not a bad book but is mainly for graphic design. More practical activities would be good for secondary education.
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on 21 March 2018
This book is a must for all Graphic designers newbies
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on 29 July 2015
Some interesting ideas and processes here. Great for starting points with students or examination group workshops.
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on 12 January 2014
This book offers the variety of different projects.
It comes in a different chapters which are very helpful to generate new ideas.

I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try something bit different from daily college/uni projects.
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on 17 February 2015
Brilliant book full of assorted briefs varying in difficulties/experience.
An all round design book, perfect for a wide range portfolio!
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