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The Icon Book: Visual Symbols for Computer Systems and Documentation 1st Edition
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One note for people who may have seen the book before - only the book is available from Amazon - not the diskette with the set of starter icons. This leaves you with pictures of the starter icons in an appendix - which you can try to duplicate by hand in your icon editor of choice. Great reference book, too bad the disk isn't included. It's almost as valuable as the book itself.
One shipment of this book did not include the disks, I had to call back and get the disk shipped to me seperately.
The main purpose of this book is to discuss how to design icons that are easy to recognize, understand, and remember, including the concept of icons, strategies to design them, making processes, and even a case study. So if you read thorough this book, you can get an overview of designing process of useful icons.
Although this book is for icons, it provides many useful strategies in designing not only icons but also any designing works. One of the most useful strategies is to make an iconic language. This means that it is more efficient and wiser way to prepare common element parts of icons and make complicated icons by combining them, instead of making them from nothing. I think this idea is so useful for many designing works that we can apply those ideas to other works like homepages or posters besides icons.
Another good point of this book is that there are many example icons. Because this is an introductory book and written for beginners of designing, every discussion is accompanied by many recommended or anti examples in order for readers to understand clearly what the author wants to say. There is also a sample icon starter set.
Thus this book is a beginner guide book of creating computer icons and discusses many so useful and fundamental ways of designing them that you can create other decent designing works by applying them. That is why I recommend this book.
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As amazing a Icon!!! The detail that goes an Icon is truly artwork! They are complex, important, mysterious, even down-right adorable! They are EVERYWHERE!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by BG
Previous owner put his name very visible way so nobody was able to steal this book.
I did not see other defects.