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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399536957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399536953
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ji Lee is a designer and frequent contributor to the New York Times whose work has been featured on ABC World News and in Newsweek, Wired, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, and Boing Boing, among others. A former creative director at Google, he is now a creative director at Facebook.

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I really enjoyed this puzzle of a book and am a big fan of Ji Lee's work.
LZ
If you like art and coffee-table worthy books, then this will make a great addition to your library (electronic or physical!).
Julie C. Levingston
Okay, so here's another book that I bought with the intention of giving it as a gift.
Marcianne Waters

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Codedancer on October 15, 2011
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This is a very clever and thought provoking book. The author has a wonderful imagination when considering words as images. Unfortunately, there are a number of problems with rendering on the Kindle. Words like exit, robbery, stock market, equador, and others are not rendered correctly. This is a big disappointment which hopefully will be fixed as these should simply be images.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alice on October 11, 2011
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Some words do not show on either my ipad or kindle. E.g. p145, quit, X-ray do not show. This is such a great book - this is a big disappointment - now do I buy the physical book?
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By Robin Benson on January 23, 2015
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The rules are simple: Use only bits of letters to create a word's visual meaning. There are some wonderful examples here, who would have thought that ISRAEL and PALESTINE could be created by combining the letters in blue and dark orange or Good with the d becoming a thumbs up symbol. Ji Lee has about a hundred examples in this small square book.

Not exactly a new idea though, New York designers Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar created a little book in 1959 called 'watching words move' with the same idea but they only using one typeface and size. Their book had examples like sawwww, f1rst, +dd, mamMoth, nO!se, ?uestion (it was republished in 2006 by Chronicle Books ISBN 9780811852142).

Anyone who picks up this book will be intrigued the wordplay and nicely Ji Lee provides a few pages of guidance at the back of the book to kick-start your creative thoughts to do your own ideas.
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Okay, so here's another book that I bought with the intention of giving it as a gift. I was going to give it to my daughter, Caroline, who loves words as much as I do. She's a reader and a writer.
I got such a kick out of this book and had so much fun with it that I'm not sure I can part with it. I might just keep it at my house and entice my daughter back home for a visit - or 30 - to read this book.
I love this book. It's great fun and I admire the creative effort. It's an example of thinking way outside the box. I'm a big fan of all things outside that damned box.
Thanks, Ji Lee.
Marcianne Waters
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If you like art and coffee-table worthy books, then this will make a great addition to your library (electronic or physical!). This also became an inspirational book for me as I have started becoming more "artsy" when it comes to sending cards and letters. Overall, I love this book!
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By Ross Stockwell on August 27, 2013
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Brilliant --
A consistently clever set of words that also function as word defining images. I expected some winners; but almost all are winners.
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By camille on July 25, 2013
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Good book to flip through to get thinking creative. Not in best shape, but was used and a good price. Love it.
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By Kinreader on June 20, 2013
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I have given this book to many people. All gave found it to be very I captivating and highly entertaining.
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