Another Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Bad
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Another Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Bad [Hardcover]

Mark Gonyea
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August 7, 2007 9 - 12 years4 - 7340L (What's this?)
In A Book About Design, Mark Gonyea taught us why a complicated design does not necessarily mean a good design. Now he's back in super-heroic form to demonstrate that the beauty of "complicated" can be found in its underlying simplicity.

Mesmerizing to look at and easy to understand, this book breaks down more design concepts and lets you see through the eyes of a graphic designer.

Budding artists young and old will find Mark Gonyea's explanations helpful and informative.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–5—This lively volume is just as successful as the author's A Book about Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good (Holt, 2005). Once again, Gonyea presents a deceptively simple introduction that effectively combines concise text and dramatic visuals to illuminate some of the basic principles of graphic design. Catchy chapter titles ("Don't Stand So Close to Me") and a vibrant palette of blues, reds, and yellows make the title appealing and entertaining. Artistic concepts such as foreground and background, positive and negative space, unity, and complexity are explained in terms that children can easily understand. The culminating chapter employs each principle, step by step, to show how an artist creates a finished picture—the eye-catching superhero featured on the cover. Youngsters will gain a deeper understanding of just what goes into a scene in a comic strip or graphic novel, and may be inspired to create their own graphic designs. A welcome addition.—Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH
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Gonyea follows up his A Book about Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good (2000) with another title that aims to make basic design concepts accessible to young people. "Every design begins with a foundation to build on—The Big Picture" reads the opening text, which is illustrated with three vertical bars, each shaded in a primary color. Throughout the book, Gonyea uses this visual foundation, demonstrating how ideas such as foreground and background, repetition and size of shapes, and positive and negative space can affect a final composition. The definitions of terms are as minimal and clear as the visuals: "The foreground in a design is what's closest to you," for example. With just a few sentences or words on each page, and many questions aimed at viewers ("Where would you place another dot?"), this is an interactive sequel that will leave kids eager to play with the concepts in their own pictures, while the final image—of a flying, muscled superhero—will have particular appeal to aspiring comics artists. Engberg, Gillian

Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 340L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805075763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805075762
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bit by bit, putting it together September 2, 2007
Combining the terms "good design" and "children" often sends me into fits of mild hysteria. There is nothing in this world that I find funnier than adults creating tasteful/mindless toys, games, and books for kiddies that utilize the principles of good design. I used to work across the street from the ultimate in hoity-toity children's goods. The kind of place where the mobiles looked like something out of a Klee painting, and rocking horses were one single sinuous unseamed piece of polished wood. In short, stuff that no self-respecting child would touch with a ten foot pole. Children's books are often the same way. The Graphic Alphabet is the book I like to single out as the grossest offender (nore does the fact that it won a Caldecott Honor does not help its case any). There are exceptions, though. Follow the Line and One Red Dot, for example, are truly charming titles as fun to kids as they are to PoMo minded adults. One of the best, however, was Mark Gonyea's, A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Gonyea's conclusions at all times, you have to admit that he has an ear for making this most peculiar of art forms comprehensible to young kids. I was pleased as punch to see that his follow up title was coming out this year. "Another Book About Design," breaks down the elements of a complex image and gives children everywhere a book that they can understand. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Simple and Informative July 10, 2013
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I love his books. Simple ,thought out and he uses "a picture is worth a thousand words." In other words he is very graphic with his info. It makes understanding design, that can be complicated,easy. Good quality, bright colors, good reference book. I like kids books that are educational and well done. This is it. I think this book is good for kids of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Kids Who Want to Learn about Design April 7, 2013
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I am doing some research on children's books. This is extremely visual; I really expected a lot more text. However, it does certainly get across a complicated topic in a very simple, fun way. It is an upbeat book written in a humorous tone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Format May 24, 2014
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The author presents important concepts of design in a very simple way. I was impressed by the simplicity of the text and illustrations.
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Born in northern New York seven years before I saw Star Wars for the first time. While spending the better portion of my early life watching tv, going to movies and playing video games, little did I realize this was to be the essential ground work for a career in cartooning and graphic design.

I now live and work in Vermont even though I don't ski.

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