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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160061048X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610486
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennifer Visocky O'Grady is an Associate Professor at Cleveland State University. Her design work has been recognized in numerous international publications, including Print and HOW magazines, and several books.

Ken Visocky O'Grady is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. He has won numerous awards in international design competitions. His work has also appeared in several books, and was featured in HOW magazine's Business of Design Annual.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By G. Chen on October 16, 2009
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I was very excited when I first saw this book in Barnes and Noble. But after reading it, I kept on turning the pages hoping that the next chapter will give me the insightful, in depth information was hoping to get from it. Instead the book gave me very basic information that most graphic designers with a college education would already know. Obvious things like consistency, gestalt theory, hierarchy are covered. There was nothing too new or unconventional or even inspiring. The best that I got out of the book was that it helped reinforce the importance of certain things that I have a bad habit of not doing (like using a grid). This is a great book for a beginner, but if you are looking to go into information design (I am not sure if there even is any book that will provide something more in depth) this book isn't one of them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean P. Cowan on March 14, 2009
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After reading many books on the topic, attending popular seminars and scouring the Web this book presented itself as a comprehensive, easy to read resource. If the purposed of good information design is clear, direct and easy to consume information then this book practices what it preaches. The material covered is incredibly relevant for anyone who is looking to improve their approach to interactive design. The book is loaded with real world examples that make the design philosophies covered something tangible for use in a designers daily thought process and client discussions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Sanchez on January 28, 2009
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Great book to use to introduce students to the topic as well as a refresher for anyone interested in information design. Relevant information, smart writing and design, excellent examples. Highly recommended. These two authors are putting out nice books -- recommend them highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ewa Satalecka on February 20, 2009
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The Information Design Handbook
It is a great handbook for graphic design students as well as for people interested in organizing information.
Clever, clear, easy understanding.
Well organized with many valuable links. I recommended for my students to learn how to design not only information, also their system of work with any project.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David B. on July 4, 2009
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This is a great resource for discussing and developing info graphics for any level designer or person interested creating good info graphics. A good mix of examples and explanations makes this a great book with a great price. As a 10 year vet of the Graphic Design community, I highly recommend it.
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If you're curious about information design, or need to complete some, this is a good introduction to the topic. It goes over all the concepts in a concise and clear manner. It covers the science behind the methods, the methods, and the general rules of thumb that result from scientific studies performed over the last several hundred years. The book also practices what it preaches. It is extremely clear in conveying its information. The color coding is very consistent, it has a good use of infographics and visualizations, and it's just a very well put together book. I would definitely recommend it for any student or anyone just curious about the discipline. The title describes it pretty appropriately.
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