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Well written - examples not so hot or original
on February 18, 2010
After getting this book I was initially surprised and pleased in its presentation starting with it's cover and size, but it went downhill from there - well written but, for some reason after paging/reading through the book I only found a few of the graphic images to be above average, nothing outstanding. I cannot put my finger on it but I found that the images while somewhat supporting the text were not inspiring in them selves and in fact quite boring.
Using others work to support the ideas in the text is a good idea, but only after an original presentation by the author is made. I suspect that maybe they 'talked' and appealed to the author or why use them so they maybe reflect her sense of artistic appeal, and obviously connection to the points she is making. I'm thinking of returning it as it is not compelling. I gave it 3 stars for it's written content and attempt to provide supporting graphics associations but, for a graphics book, it is just not inspiring - I was looking for more.
That said, the cover design, book layout and presentation of the material is excellent.
After doing this review I re-read some of the other reviews as they played an important role in my purchase. I find some now suspicious IMHO.
Update - After working with the book I have lowered my rating - the graphics are outdated and not really connected to the point. I was/am looking for more original implementation of taking ideas and then by example filling in the graphical canvas - seeing how the author walks his talk so to speak. I was looking for more 'hands on help', and not hand waving on visual communication pointing to others creations. This book may be of more use to someone who is already well along (with talent too) in graphics design and implementation sense and not a beginner like me. I did purchase other books at the same time in this category and a couple of them have been outstanding.