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Visual Thesaurus: A Quick-Flip Brainstorming Tool for Graphic Designers Paperback – Bargain Price, January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564968944
  • ASIN: B000KHXCKS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,448,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Based on the premise that graphic designers are "image artists" in the manner that writers are "word artists," this book of brainstorming cluster diagrams claims to mimic the action of the designer's mind in its pictographic organization. Each page offers a single-word concept, which the authors illustrate with icons whose relevance varies between obvious and incomprehensible. Take the entry for "yearn": there's a man incubating a baby in his belly, a flat-chested woman in boxer shorts (or a man with a womanly face and legs?), a guy playing guitar, a sad-faced dog and a woman with one hand on her stomach and another on what seems to be a cocktail. (The pictures are tiny, usually less than an inch tall.) Despite its cleverness, the book comes across as a half-baked self-promotion ploy on the part of Hatmaker, a branding company from Boston whose corporate work appears for no reason scattered throughout, including in an ad for itself between the entries for "tropical" and "ugly." And with only about 600 word-concepts, this thesaurus feels spare and remedial.
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About the Author

Sayles Graphic Design has clients around the globe in nearly every type of service and industry and its work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution's National Design Museum and the Library of Congress. John Sayles has developed over 500 logos and nearly 200 letterheads. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori Otto on March 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I had high expectations for this book... but it's just a bunch of ugly clip art related to different key words. I like the book, in theory, but it could have been executed in a way that a designer might actually like it... to me, it just seems thrown together... it didn't help with the job I bought it for, but maybe it'll help in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Reisinger on May 13, 2007
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This is probably the best quick inspiration guide I've seen yet. It's small and easy to reference, and it actually helps a lot. Anybody who has ever had a mental block while trying to brainstorm would benefit from this book.
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Format: Paperback
This book is terrible. It has yet to help me in any way, and I've had it for years. Most of the time, I can't find an entry even close to the word for which I'm looking. The entries that are there make no sense. For example, "Single" just shows a lot of one of an item -- one button, one pencil, one binder clip, one dog, a girl. I'm pretty sure when someone looks up "single" they aren't looking for just a bunch of singular items. This book feels like someone just wanted to design a pretty book with some quirky illustrations that make no sense or have no relevance to the topic. Not worth purchasing. I'd give you my copy for free just to be rid of it and clear some space on my bookshelf.
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