- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (September 25, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981780555
- ISBN-13: 978-0981780559
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,444,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Negative Space Paperback – September 25, 2009
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It's a shame that nowhere in the book are a couple of examples of how Bar creates his remarkable graphics. How long do they take, how many ideas are rejected, is color included in his original roughs? On eight pages at the back of the book there are some thumbnails of his sketchbooks but they look completely unlike his finished designs, in fact a pastiche of colored scribbles, so no help there.
The range of material is impressive though there is a strong leaning towards contemporary world problems and Bar's work is the ideal illustrative material for this because his ideas get to the point where a photograph to say the same thing would be hard to find. His `Global warming' graphic says it all with a silhouette of a fried egg breaking out of a black panel and the yoke is a globe with the land mass a tint of light grey.
My only criticism of the book is that it is too large. Bar's graphics, because of their straightforward presentation, work best at postcard size or smaller and on these pages there is either a lot of surplus page space with a reasonably sized image or large areas of flat colour because the images are so big.
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Viewing Bar's art takes some cerebral input: the images are strong works of art, but the messages they convey are even stronger. There are such images as a skull whose sockets are comprised of spider forms ('The ultimate spider hunter'), a pair of red boxing gloves hanging so that the spaces created between the thumb portion and the hand portion become the body of a muscle man ('Power to the People'), a gun whose trigger is the mouth of a dead head's face 9 ('Gun crime'), and an image of a dog whose features are replaced by female body parts ('Horny dog'). There is so much good humor as well as an equal amount of controversial ideas that the reader will find returning to this book a necessity to remember al the levels of artistic and philosophical information gathered here. This is an outstanding book of art design at its best. Grady Harp, September 09
Negative Space, by Norma Barr is a stunning collection of work that shows all graphic designers, artists, illustrators and marketers how a simple, dynamic graphic can communicate sophisticated and complicated topics, issues and emotions. Barr will probably go down in history as a master of positive / negative visual space manipulation -- and if you're interested in graphic design at all -- YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS BOOK.
We at [...] were so inspired by this book that I decided to do a 3-part series on Designing Negative Space and Designing Spaces to help illustrate some of the techniques, tips and tricks of putting negative space to work. Barr is by far the world-class master of Negative Space
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Clever, witty design, that are provocative and filled with innuendo. Each page makes you marvel at his cleverness. n nPublished on June 10, 2014 by bluebirdy