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The Designer's Graphic Stew: Visual Ingredients, Techniques, and Layout Recipes for Graphic Designers Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 1, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers; Hardcover w/jacket edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159253547X
  • ASIN: B005SN5GFS
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Timothy Samara is a graphic designer based in New York City, where he divides his time between teaching, writing, lecturing, and freelance consulting through STIM Visual Communication. His 18-year career in branding and information design has explored projects in print, packaging, environments, user interface design, and animation. He has been a senior art director at Ruder Finn, New York’s largest public relations firm, and senior art director at Pettistudio, a small multidisciplinary design firm. Before relocating to Manhattan, he was principal of Physiologic in Syracuse, located in upstate New York.

In 1990, he graduated a Trustee Scholar from the Graphic Design program at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Mr. Samara is a faculty member at New York’s School of Visual Arts, New York University, Purchase College/SUNY, and The New School, and has published six books on design and typography, all through Rockport Publishers: Making and Breaking the Grid; Typography Workbook; Publication Design Workbook; Type Style Finder; Design Elements; and, most recently, Design Evolution, released in January 2008. Mr. Samara and his partner live in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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Timothy Samara is a graphic designer and educator based in New York City, where he teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology. He's also the author of Typography Workbook (Rockport 2004). He lives in New York's Chelsea district.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:58 Mins
The Designer's Graphic Stew is a quick resource for any designers looking for examples of different graphic elements used in action. It has loads of those examples in many variations, covering subjects like typography, picture cropping, colour combination, composition, layout, repeat patterns and many more.

The lessons on design techniques are really brief so they don't really teach much on design. Right at the end of the book is a gallery of real world examples with commentary on the design techniques used.

It's a pretty handy reference overall.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 29, 2010
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Many graphic design references show a design and tell you it is successful but do not explain why specifically, or what elements it contains that contribute to its success. For someone trying to LEARN what makes a good design, that's not especially helpful. The Designer's Graphic Stew on the other hand, goes through the elements of a graphic piece showing multiple "ingredients" from within the category (for example images, typography, color and photo cropping) and what the effect might be. The final section, which I really like the most, first lists a design requirement and then several examples of the same project that meet the brief. Then there are additional real life examples of projects and discussion of what they accomplish. Really helpful!

My only complaint? Holy SMALL PRINT Batman! It isn't too bad when there is a great deal of contrast with white text on a black backround, but gray on white (in italic!) and black on white isn't comfortable to read even when I'm wearing my reading glasses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJ on March 5, 2013
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This book has excellent examples for symbols and signs. It is a good overall Graphic Design Book. However, I prefer two other books by this author, Timothy Samara, which are even better: Typography Workbook and Design Elements. The latter two go into much more detail on the same information, and they are amazing for step-by-step learning.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm new to graphic design, which perhaps mean I'm blind to the subtleties and nuances of good design, and that I only see things in black and white. Except in this case, I <i> did</i> see grey. Lots of it. Grey is the colour of the text. A muted grey. On white paper. Not so bad, you think? Nice and subtle? Moving away from the boring conventions of black? Not so fast, it's not as ground breaking as it sounds. Here's why: now take muted grey on white paper and make the text really, really small, like, about an 8 or 6 pt font (see, those online lessons are working already, I know what points are; I'll be an expert, yet).
My most recent video lesson made this point: design is about communicating a message. Type should be readable and legible. Sounds good, I, nod. I can do that, just show me how. Which is one reason I got this book. So imagine my horror and disbelief when I open this book, which is so supposed to be about effectively putting those elements together that will make for the best communication, and see that it isn't just breaking the rules for effect, it looks like it doesn't even know them to start with. What ever happened to, "consider first the audience?"

It seems that the author or the publisher, in order to prove how arty he can be, decided to try and show off just how much white space real estate he could plunder by squashing everything up and to further grab white space, make the font as small as possible without it disappearing altogether. Although wait, the soft grey almost mutes it out completely, so white space, the floor is yours.
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Layout focussed, easy to read, excellent presentation, easy to understand, some ideas, good for graphic designers and layout artists of all standards.
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