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Conundrums: Typographic Conundrums Hardcover – December 8, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061826596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061826597
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harry Pearce studied graphic design at Canterbury College of Art and moved to London in 1982. In 1990, he co-founded Lippa Pearce Design, one of the UK's most respected design agencies. He joined Pentagram's London office as partner in 2006. Harry's work touches many disciplines, from spatial design and identity to print, packaging and posters. He is dedicated to supporting human rights and has produced pro-bono work for charities, including the award-winning "Infantry" and "Burma" posters. Harry has won numerous national and international design awards, is a frequent lecturer, and was elected to the Alliance Graphic Internationale (AGI) in 2005. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
While these are generally not my favorite type of puzzle, I like this book a lot. I haven't been able to solve all the puzzles and I'll try to resist looking at the answers for those I can't solve. That way, I can have another try in a few weeks or a few months, perhaps after I've lent the book to relatives to try out.

The puzzles take the form of words (and occasionally numbers) arranged in various ways, printed normally or backwards and sometimes rotated. Sometimes words may be broken or crossed out. A maximum of three colors are used throughout the book, these being black, white and orange. The solutions to the puzzles are supposed to be well-known phrases, but I can't confirm if they all are as I don't know all the answers. Also, it's worth noting that this is a British book, so some of the phrases may not be common elsewhere in the world.

Unlike another reviewer, I'm not going to give you any answers, but here are some example puzzles that give you an idea of what to expect.

Puzzle 19

HE
ADA
CHE

Puzzle 31

666666
777777

Puzzle 58

"SHOP"

Puzzle 90

COMPANY
COMPANY
CROWD
CROWD
CROWD

Those are ones that I found easy but I'm not going to tell you about the puzzles I haven't solved in case you tell me the answers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Yates on January 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got it as a gift for my 13 year old cousin for Christmas. She really enjoys reading and has to do a lot of it for school. I wanted to get her a book that would be fun, not require a lot of work, and something that can be revisited time to time (because there is no plot). This book is perfect for that! We had fun passing it around and guessing. It did not disappoint!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on June 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A reasonable title to dip into when using the smallest room in the house. A nice mixture of easy and sort of hard conundrum solving though as the author/designer is British I doubt that readers here will solve every one unless they are really clued into Brit colloquialisms, still, it's fun trying.

I was intrigued by the publisher, on the back cover, listing the book as Art/Design though as it only has boxes of large display type on most pages I guess it's correct. The design aspect of the pages, I thought, really let the book down, so three stars. The editorial contents are a bit of fun and froth yet the layout is cold and rigid. Using just one type, the AG Old Face (a contemporary version of the decades old Berthold Akzidenz-Grotesk) in one weight and printed in black and orange doesn't create a light feeling.

The author gives thanks to Alan Fletcher at the start of the book. He was a great designer and one of founders of Pentagram and if he had designed this book with the same content it would sparkle with bit bits of whimsy and lovely graphic surprises on each page.

The book, unfortunately, is a good example of contemporary hard edge design and rather unsuitable for the soft, lighthearted editorial.

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By Claude W. Diamond on February 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Just a fun puzzle book for those of us who love the frame game style puzzles. Great job harry.Thank you. Do some more conundrum books please
Claude Diamond
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