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Fingerprint: The Art of Using Hand-Made Elements in Graphic Design Hardcover – October 19, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books; 1ST edition (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581808712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581808711
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 9.1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chen Design Associates is a place for collaboration, education and dynamic invention. Founded by principal and creative director Joshua C. Chen, the award-winning design studio partners with a wide range of clients, from start-up ventures to established corporations, local to global, artistic to analytic. For more than 20 years, CDA has been helping clients find a voice to express the genuine and the necessary, the illuminating and the unexpected. CDA engages clients in the process to foster respect and fuel invention -- and together, move people to explore, to wonder, to succeed. 

Follow the studio on Twitter @chen_design, or visit chendesign.com

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Chen Design Associates is a place for collaboration, education and dynamic invention. Founded by principal and creative director Joshua C. Chen, the award-winning design studio partners with a wide range of clients, from start-up ventures to established corporations, local to global, artistic to analytic. For more than 20 years, CDA has been helping clients find a voice to express the genuine and the necessary, the illuminating and the unexpected. CDA engages clients in the process to foster respect and fuel invention -- and together, move people to explore, to wonder, to succeed.

Follow the studio on Twitter @chen_design, or visit www.chendesign.com

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It's a beautiful book with pages and pages of inspiration!
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This book is very inspiring and I pore over it whenever I need some inspiration.
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I purchased and read this book in a week and am now going back for seconds.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Meredith Mizell on January 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Simply put, this book is an inspirational visual feast. If you're longing to incorporate the handmade in your work or are simply looking for something to kickstart your creative juices, FINGERPRINT is the perfect addition to your design library. Forget the slick and the mass-produced and dive headfirst into pages full of beautiful photography, innovative design, and an accessible layout.

Put together by Chen Design Associates, an award-winning San Francisco firm, and published under the HOW Books label, FINGERPRINT makes a good first impression with a simple but tactile cover that invites you to pick the book up and turn it over in your hands before cracking it open. The book has a good weight, as do the pages, though the paper finish seems to be prone to marking against hard edges. Inside, the text is divided into an Introduction, Foreword, seven chapters (Lettering, Illustration, Mixed Messages, Grand Finale, Objet D'Art, Indelible Impressions, and (a very brief) Gallery), and a Directory of Contributors which includes the contact information for the designers and firms featured within. Scattered throughout the text are five essays from a variety of designers including Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Print and Martin Venezky. Some of these are more interesting than others (Ross MacDonald's "Hollywood Handmade" provides insight into the business of creating authentic design-related props for television and film), but all are worth reading.

The design of the book itself is excellent and conveys FINGERPRINT's concept without going overboard. The type is restrained and there is a clear hierarchy within the descriptions on each page, but don't think for a moment that it's boring.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Linda Woods on June 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Fingerprint is a feast for the eyes and the spirit. Simply delicious. It's one of the most inspiring books I have ever seen and I have not let it out of my sight since I got it. I want to crawl inside this book and roll around on the pages.
Fingerprint features graphic designs with handmade elements. Next to the amazing art are notes by the designers. I love this. The artists tell you they used a pencil, a photograph, and a scanner. They don't tell you how you can get this identical look by buying 12 different products that cost lots of money. It's art without a sales pitch, which is rare these days. Everything in this book is unique and there's so much personality jumping from the pages.
Buy it, you will LOVE it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Denyer on August 3, 2007
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This book should be on the desk of all aspiring graphic artists and illustrators. Wonderfully designed with emphasis on the artwork, NOT the authors' ego-centric design skills.

Designs include:
Wine lables
Posters
LP covers
Menus
T-shirts
Book covers
Theater/theatre/concert posters
CD (disc and liner notes)
Snowboard
Magazine illustration
DVD cover art
Coasters
Tactile components
(green) Holiday card
Media kit
Stamp sheets
Folded notes (not origami)
Embossed paper
A sundial watch (!!)
3D art/functional design
Recycled backpack
Calender

...and a directory of over 60 contributors: most are from the U.S. with some as far away as Switzerland.

I am certain that you will be amazed by the content of this book. There is surely something for every artist. I highly recommend this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arjan Van Woensel on February 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a collection of some very nice examples of more 'tactile' design. It offers inspiration to go and do some stuff yourself without booting up your computer first. I like the fact that this more characteristic approach to design is growing up - it survived its infancy and is now turning up into more and more professional and commercial work than ever before. The mix between craftsmanship and pure coincidence gives the designs a nice edge over the perfect vector slickness we see all too often nowadays.

All in all a great antidote for adobe addicts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Anderson on December 12, 2007
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This book is fabulous! The imagery is awesome and the designs chosen are very well thought out. This is a great reference of design using handmade or hand-incorporated elements. Its nice to be able to get away from digital design every now and then. I really like the way they included the designers thoughts on their compositions. I can't stop looking at this book. You won't be disappointed with your purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Redman on April 7, 2008
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This is a fantastic resource filled with great examples of handmade design masterpieces. There are a few sections of illustrations that are already starting to look very dated, but a lot of the featured designs are timeless in their inginuity and beauty.

Whether you are already using hand-made techniques in your work, or you are searching for some inspiration on how you can get a more hands-on tactile feel with your designs in this age of InDesign, Photoshop and stock graphics, this book is great.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The QueenBean on January 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is very inspiring and I pore over it whenever I need some inspiration. Personally I think handmade is making a real comeback because the public are tired of looking at the technological sameness that a lot of design seems to share.

The essays are really interesting to read and just the right length. The overall presentation of the book is gorgeous.

Handmade can be very beautiful and versatile with the examples shown in this book varying from clean, neat designs with lots of whitespace through to punky party designs adorned with sequins (that somehow amazingly still manage to look tasteful). Each design is accompanied by the design credits and a short comment on the design. The materials they used are listed and sometimes the designer will explain the process but mostly they talk about the inspiration behind it, so in essence, this book won't show you how it was done, it's not really a how to book so if that's what you're looking for then this may not be the right choice. On the other hand, if you want to get inside the heads of these great designers to find out the story behind all this great stuff then this is just what you need.
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