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Product Details

  • Series: Design Briefs
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (July 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568989792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568989792
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Graphic Design Thinking explores a variety of techniques from quick, seat-of-the-pants approaches to more formal research methods for stimulating fresh thinking and solving design problems. Brainstorming techniques are grouped around the three main phases of the design process: defining problems, getting ideas, and creating form. Visual demonstrations and case studies show the design processes and solutions at work." --grainedit.com, July 28, 2011

"Put down that beach read and get a headstart on autumnal productivity with Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming (Princeton Architectural Press), the hot-off-the-presses, fully illustrated guide to creativity by Ellen Lupton. The writer, curator, designer and educator guides readers through techniques ranging from rapid-fire strategies for defining design problems to formal research methods that yield fresh ideas. Lupton's creativity boot camp includes ample visual demonstrations and case studies that demonstrate the design processes and solutions at work. Pick up a copy today and hit the ground running (and creating) after Labor Day." --liquidtreat.com, August 5, 2011

"Adds the crucial final step of making forms to complete the design process... Beyond Brainstorming will appeal to anyone who understands they don't have to sit and wait for inspiration. These creative methods can loosen up thinking practices and inspire imagination." --Communication Arts, September 2011

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I recommend all Graphic Designers investing in this.
Holly
I thought this was going to be a little different, but I do like it, a bit helpful and quick to read.
K. allen
Great to guide you through the difficult road of creativity, very nice and inspirational.
Camille

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Pat on October 6, 2011
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Lupton is one of the biggest names in graphic design teaching in the US, author of several successful books.

I've read Graphic Design: The New Basics and Thinking with Type, which are two great books, especially the latter. For this book, nevertheless, I thought there is a feeling of "I wanted more". Maybe it's too basic, maybe it wasn't fully developed, but the overall theme of creativity just fell short.

I'd say it's OK for beginners, but for the folks who already work with design, reading stuff like "during a focus group pay attention to making the right questions" seems quite foolish.

In my opinion the best stuff in the book is the bibliography, I'll definitely check out the authors she mentions throughout the book. Maybe then I'd be able to get some in-depth content on such interesting topics.

Mrs. Lupton: please write your next book for advanced students! Or if you don't, make it clear before people buy the book. Just basic consumer targeting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Todd Cherches - BigBlueGumball on October 24, 2011
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Wow -- I loved this book! It is kind of a hodge-podge of topics related to design, but more than that, it is a visually-stimulating catalyst to creativity and innovation.

What the various chapters lack in depth, the book more than makes up for in breadth by touching on a wide range of incredibly valuable topics from problem-definition to idea-generation to solution-finding.

As a non-designer, this book opened my eyes to the value of adopting a design perspective, and triggered numerous thoughts and questions that I had never before considered while providing me with a greater appreciation for topics related to form & function, user experience, and so much more.

I recommend this visually beautiful book to anyone who wants to change their paradigm and see the world around them through an exciting new lens. This book is a welcome new addition to my innovation and visual thinking library that I know I will reference often.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Camille on November 25, 2011
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Great to guide you through the difficult road of creativity, very nice and inspirational. And if it's edited by Ellen Lupton, then you can be certain it's a good book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie N. Turpin on December 24, 2012
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Hands down; one of the BEST books on how to approach design problems, exemplifies insights on how others think and overall is a great reference book to keep within arms reach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda X on December 6, 2012
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This is a great book - one that shows you how to arrive at quality ideas and design through thought and process. So many books just showcase great design, but this explains ideas and exercises for how to come up with the great ideas. Highly recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alan wasco on February 7, 2013
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As an experienced designer/design educator, I was happy to find some ideas here that I'd never heard before (or perhaps had forgotten). The book is a quick, easy read, making it an excellent way to get an overview of how designers think and work. Students especially will benefit from learning that there are many, many ways to approach any design challenge.

The downside, of course, is that you don't learn much about anything specific. No in-depth discussion; even the case studies left me wanting more. Fortunately the author lists resources with many of the topics that will help you learn more. Think about the book as a "Taste of Design" festival: sample a lot of things, decide the ones you really like, and at another time, in another place, dig in for a full meal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark A Gruber on November 15, 2012
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Great insight and valuable resource. Had to get the follow-up to "thinking with type". Highly recommended by instructors and got both for the price on one.
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I thought this was going to be a little different, but I do like it, a bit helpful and quick to read.
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