From Library Journal
This disc reproduces the printed The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones (London, 1856), with supplementary color plates from the 1868 edition. The original printed work was considered a masterpiece of 19th-century color printing, with thousands of examples of ornamental motifs and designs (many from ancient monuments and buildings) from the ancient world through the Renaissance, including both Eastern and Western design motifs. The complete work is represented here, viewable (as with other Octavo discs) in a variety of resolutions, searchable, printable, and supplemented with a critical introduction. This disc continues Octavo's pattern of creating digital reproductions of rare books that are themselves works of art. However, paper reprints of the original are available at a reasonable cost, so it is hard to understand why this title was selected for Octavo's otherwise rare books on disc series. This is the first Octavo disc with which this reviewer experienced performance problems. Response time was consistently slow even on a robust machine, owing (presumably) to the graphics-heavy nature of this title. The Bottom Line: The Grammar of Ornament is for libraries developing electronic text collections as well as art and design libraries; not an essential purchase.AEd Tallent, Research Instruction, Harvard Coll. Lib.
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A classic art resource that has been beautifully transformed into digital format. The Grammar of Ornament
is a treasure trove of visual resources for the Digital Artist. Whether graphic design for print, 2D imaging illustration, 3D modeling, Multimedia, Web design or motion picture graphics, this is an indispensable package for any artist. -- Susan A. Kitchens, The KPT Bryce Book and CD-ROM, Addison-Wesley Pub Co, August, 1995
Finalist, Best New Graphic Resource of 1996 -- MacUser, February, 1997
My hat's off to Direct Imagination, They've shown me how good an electronic book can be. -- Olav Kvern, ADOBE-On Line, Issue #8, July 15, 1996
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