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Type Idea Index: The Designer's Ultimate Tool for Choosing and Using Fonts Creatively Vinyl Bound


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Product Details

  • Series: Index
  • Vinyl Bound: 360 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (December 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581808062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581808063
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Krause has worked as a designer in the Pacific Northwest since the 1980s and has produced award-winning work for clients large and small. He is also the author and designer of the best-selling Index series available from HOW Design Books.

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Jim Krause has worked as a designer in the Pacific Northwest since the 1980s. He has produced award-winning work for clients large and small, including Microsoft, McDonald's, Kodak, Cingular Wireless, Washington Apples, Bell Helicopter, Levi Strauss, Paccar/Kenworth, Northern Trust and Seattle Public Schools. Jim Krause has written over a dozen books on design, digital photography and creativity. His books are widely popular, are on sale around the world and several have been translated into multiple languages.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Kiefer on April 6, 2007
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I appreciate the way the book's sections are divided into "personalities" such as "energy," "organic," "technological," etc. The "rebellious" section made me laugh more than once. This book not only presents layouts but critiques them. Sometimes the book presents obviously "bad" font layouts, and explains why they are unsuccessful. Personally, I learn what to do by first learning what NOT to do.

Type Idea Index encourages mixing computer graphics with other media and even handmade processes. From the book's critiques, I realized font families originate from physical printing processes. Coming from a non-graphic design background, I now feel more competant to go beyond Photoshop drop-down font menus.

The Jim Krause "Index" book series together probably deserves the full five-star rating.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TC on February 28, 2007
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Jam packed with lots of good type ideas. I've used it a few times to spark something. Not really much more to say about it, it's a collection of a wide variety of font treatments, mostly great, some not so great.

It is full color unlike the original Idea Index. I'm sure I will continue using it for years to come. It's important to have books like this in your design reference library, you never know when you are going to run across the perfect font treatment for your next design, and being a small easily accessed book, this works great.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Sue Dodson on September 5, 2007
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I have all of Jim Krause "idea" books. They contain a lot of inspiration in a small amount of space. I keep them nearby at home and at the office. I flip through them while thinking about an idea for a new project.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Goodro on November 26, 2007
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As a Desktop Publisher in the making this is a very valuable resource. It was highly recommended to me by 2 instructors and I have found it very useful already.
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By jesse c. on October 7, 2013
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great product for type inspiration. i really like jim krause's books. it was great to discover he has others. thank you.

jesse
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This is unlike most books on the subject as it really is not something you read in sequence. It contains many great examples and alternate treatments for the same content, providing a great reference and idea generator. Recommended.
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