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Drawing Ideas: A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better Design
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2014
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I have a fairly strong art library; I live in a rural area and have to teach myself. This book is a great addition to anyone who is interested in communicating visually. Rather than focusing on HOW to draw, the primary focus of this book is (implicitly) WHY to draw. It does not give ideas on what to draw (which is at least suggested by its title). Instead, it is concerned with HOW to communicate your ideas visually, effectively, and efficiently. If you're looking for HOW to draw in an extremely effective way, try Robertson's and Bertling's "How to Draw: drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imagination." Between it and "Rapid Viz", you have the two best "how to draw" books I've found in the last ten years - and they're both available from Amazon. "Drawing Ideas" is the perfect companion volume to these two books; in my opinion, this triad - Drawing Ideas, Rapid Viz, and How to Draw - make up a complete art library. All that's left is paper, pencil, and practice . . . good sketching to you!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
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Wish I had bought more books like this instead of going to design school.

The hundreds of drawings and sketches are worth it alone but the writing is also excellent and not fluffy. The focus is on the understanding your goals, following the process, and getting the mindset of creating sketches quickly to communicate rough ideas for further refinement. The book is loaded with great perspectives and tips on how to capture your ideas.

Its great for people with no experience sketching but great for people who have been sketching for a while.
This one is one of my favorites out of all the design books I've bought.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
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If you get it, get the print copy. The book looses too much of it's impact on the Kindle. It is nice see the full color examples in detail. Bought the kindle version for myself, liked it and bought the print version for my son (studying architecture). We both really enjoy the casual approach to creating visual sketches of ideas.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This isn't a "how to draw" book, that's for sure. And I'm really happy about that. It's a "How to visually communicate through drawings" book, and that's a lot harder to find. This book assumes that there's some kind of message or narrative that you need to get across to your audience, and the authors (and artists) bring together some amazing skills and advice to help you do that.
The writing is clear, the illustrations are amazing, and the binding is GREAT. I love the super heavy-duty cover.

This book became the prize of my collection within seconds of its arrival!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2014
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I'm a grad student in design and have read several very good books on the visual representation of ideas. This one is strikingly different. The advice is fantastic from how to choose pens and log books to very sophisticated ways of finding inspiration and developing your thoughts. Love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
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This is a great book for beginners and experienced sketchers alike. It is beautifully designed, and it will show you exactly why sketching is a skill, and not a talent you have to be born with. It will teach you how to communicate effectively by sketching. Ideal for design students and people who have a general interest in drawing for getting ideas across.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2014
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This is a new way to practice an old art. Designers and artists may find this a novel method to hone skills. Those who have perfected their personal style may not find much helpful. Certainly worth a place on the designer's bookshelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
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This is an excellent guide for anyone. The basics are easy to understand. I believe that if you have good fundamental skills you can draw anything and this book offers it all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
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One of the best books for drawing and sketching out there! I've bought it in December and can't stop rereading it since. I have a lot of books on drawing and sketching in my library, and this is my favorite one.
If you decide to buy it, definitely get the print version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2014
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Outstanding! Besides having important concepts, shown in a pretty visual way, it's a very inspirational book. For those who draw and those who wanted to. Terrific work!
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