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Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World's Great Graphic Designers Paperback – October 26, 2010
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About the Author
Lita Talarico is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She was the founding managing editor of American Illustration & Photography and has written for numerous other publications, including as a reporter-at-large for Graphis. She is a founding associate of Bill Lacy Design.
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Top Customer Reviews
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In this thick 352-page paperback, 110 artists and designers are featured. A lot of graphic designers are unfamiliar to me but I do spot a few illustrators like Gary Baseman, James Jean (he seems to be in a lot of sketchbook collections), infographics maestro Nigel Holmes, John Cuneo.
The illustrative style is incredibly varied and the drawing subjects random. The work featured range from scrappy sketches to photographic collages. Each is a snapshot of the artist's mind. However the sketches are nothing like the commercial work the artists do, with the exception of a few. Compared to other sketchbook collections, this book is less illustrative in the sense that the drawings are more doodle-like.
The commentary is concise, sure, but could have been longer for more reading pleasure. The websites of all the artists are included at the back of the book.
If you're not into any specific subjects and like doodles, you might like this book.
There are two publishers for this book namely The Monacelli Press and Thames & Hudson. The editions are priced differently, but should contain the same content. On Amazon UK, Thames & Hudson's edition is much cheaper.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
A book I will show to my students to show them what a great creative tool (and visual diary) a sketchbook can be. A reminder that an artist can find freedom and FUN in a sketchbook. Fascinating to see the different styles and approaches.
I am an avid fan of seeing other people's sketchbooks/journals etc and getting an insight into how their creative process plays out. There are some fantastic and very well known people featured in this book, but many I didn't know. I do now!
If you are at all interested in seeing the bare bones of how creatives nut out their ideas, this is a fantastic purchase.
I found this book entertaining, but not overly insightful.
If you enjoy sketches or early work, this book is for you.
I recognized a few artists, most were unknowns to me, and I wasn't really inspired to find out any more about them with one exception: Daniel Palavin's drawings of fountain pens drew me in (pun slightly intended).
Definitely wouldn't pay the $60 price printed on the back.
3 Stars = This book is either well-written or deals with issues that are important/worth some thought.
I don't always love the styles of the designers, but I can appreciate their ideas and what they have to say about keeping a sketchbook. Overall it's just interesting and it gives you a little view on how they think.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered Graphic mostly to keep on my desk at work for decoration, I'll be honest... The cover of the book is a little ugly (especially for a book about great graphic designers),... Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by KK
My daughter is going into graphic design and is facinated by sketchbooks, so I got this for her for christmas. Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Kathy VanSlyke
I got this book as a gift for my sister that is a graphic design artist. She loves the book so much she is going to take it to work and show it to all her co-workers!Published on November 3, 2012 by Jesture