- Series: Dover Pictorial Archive
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Pap/Cdr edition (May 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486478459
- ISBN-13: 978-0486478456
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vintage Commercial Art and Design (Dover Pictorial Archive) Paperback – April 21, 2011
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This book is a little different than the others and I felt it need a more detailed review.
Vintage Commercial Art and Design is based on two early books from 1900's, "Sign Painting" and "Strongs Book of Designs". The designs in these books were inspired by the Art Nouveau style.
The originals were reference guides/idea books intended for artists and sign painters of the early 20th century. As such, the art in this book are samples to inspire painters to come up with there own variations. Therefor many of the illustrations in this book are not "ready to use". A lot of the pictures contain words that are embedded into the background in such a way as to make it difficult to modify. (See image above)
This book also has dozens of period font scans in it. While not unusable, it would have been much better to actually convert these fonts into typesets you could install on your computer. It is much easier to type something in true type than cut and paste each individual letter in photoshop or other paint programs.
Most of the art is in black and white but there are some color illustrations. But the colors are so washed out as to make them useless except as inspiration for your own projects.
Should you buy this book? If you are an artist looking for inspiration, especially in the art Nouveau style, definitely. The originals this book is based upon are so expensive so it is a bargain.
If on the other hand you are looking for ready to use designs, be aware that some of the designs in this book will be difficult to modify for your purposes.
Even with this drawback, I would still say it is worth having.
I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could, because one image repeats (the sign on pg. 24 and 89) the space could've been better used for another sample. :/
For a reasonably diverse sampling of Art Nouveau design, I would highly recommend adding this to your collection!
I was sorely disappointed.
At least 90% of the images are just letters. To add to that disappointment, the letters are in JPG format only. It would have made much more sense for them to be in font format so you could actually use them easier without busting out the Photoshop. Also, most of the images are plain black and white. This would be great if they were vector format, but like I said its all JPG files.
Overall, a pretty lack luster book without much use unless you want a bunch of letter JPGs.
For the rest, maybe try some LSD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i was expecting more for the price. does have some interesting designs, but not enough to justify the costPublished 21 months ago by phyllis richardson
it was what I expected. Nice illustrations and something I can use to get familiar with the craft. I suppose I can recommend.Published on June 6, 2013 by Jennifer
A great resource. Condition was as described and it arrived on time. The ideas and examples were great inspiration for use in my leather design work.Published on May 30, 2013 by C. Van-heyningen
There was little text in the book, but it wasn't needed as the book was to show the design and art of commercial sign art and lettering. The CD was easy to download. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Fred Heilich
I've use a differently design for use a photoshop or other something you will need it now. I've enjoys of a differently designs on the computer. Thanks so much :)Published on January 22, 2013 by Jose Salinas