How do designers get ideas? Perhaps they spend their time searching for clever combinations of forms, fonts, and colours inside design annuals and monographs of other designers’ work.
But, here’s something for those looking to challenge the cut-and-paste mentality. In Graphic Design: The New Basics, Ellen Lupton, best-selling author of such books as Thinking with Type and Design It Yourself, and design educator Jennifer Cole Phillips refocus design instruction on the study of the fundamentals of form in a critical, rigorous way informed by contemporary media, theory, and software systems. It is meant to inspire more thought and creativity.
“Even the most robust visual language is useless without the ability to engage it in a living context.”
Through visual demonstrations and concise commentary, the book looks at structures ranging from point, line, and plane to scale, hierarchy, layers and transparency.
Diagramming Process: Charles Eames drew this diagram to explain the design process as achieving a point where the needs and interests of a client, the designer, and society as a whole overlap.
“Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world.” ~ Charles Eames
There aren’t any exercises or demonstrations involving parody or cultural critiques, rather the book shows how to build richness and complexity around simple relationships. The book is both informative and inspirational.
Review by Shilpa Raikar.
Setting up his profile
Saying NO for his mobile
Moo LIKES Random House
for his weekend at the boathouse
In the latest post
About the book LIKED the most
A comment from Mush
Makes Moo gush
“Love makes our friends a little dearer.
Love brings us all a bit nearer”
Tune in tomorrow for the final instalment of love.
All the Facebook LIKES,
Gives Mush happy spikes.
More tweets and pins,
With Love, everyone wins.
Moo has his doubts,
About Facebook’s shout outs.
But advised by a friend,
Perhaps, it’s not a dead end.
Will Moo LIKE? Tune in tomorrow for part 3 of the adventure.
In just 4 days
will be a Valentine’s craze… ♥
When Cupid’s darts
♥ connect lovers’ hearts
And chocolate truffles
melt away all your troubles. ♥
MUSH LIKES ♥
The adventure continues tomorrow.
THIS is MUSH. THIS is MOO.
LIKE them? Tune in tomorrow.
I have always loved design. When I was a young I loved to sketch and colour; and my teacher submitted my paintings to art exhibitions and competitions. So, you may be surprised that as an adult I decided to pursue a career as a copywriter.
But, writing and design aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s always surprised me to witness more art directors turn into creative directors, rather than the other way around. But, voila the exception! Perhaps, it helps that to also be able to think visually. So much for the left brain vs. right brain theory. My personal reading list is eclectic: while I devour books on writing, I also am attracted to books on design and art.
So, when i came across the book I Used to Be a Design Student by Billy Kiosoglou, Philippin Frank, I was intrigued. It’s a compilation of 50 graphic designers as they analyze their design work “Then” and “Now”. The book offers a rare chance to read what graphic designers feel about their career path.
What I love is the advice that each designer offers. Inspirational quotes have a way of putting things for you in perspective, especially when you are bogged down by the endless advertising deadlines.
Shout out loud when your idea
is good, shut up if not +
Don’t take yourself too seriously
Learn to learn +
Don’t be arrogant
One can never say something
won’t work until they have done it +
Don’t be afraid to fail
Work your ass off +
Don’t be an asshole
When a book reads as well as it looks and feels, it’s a Think Blink for me.
4.5/5 Think Blinks