From the Publisher
Retro Style Graphics is the first in a series of books by Angela Patchell Books called the 1000s of Palettes Series which explores graphic styles in a way that modern graphic designers can relate.
"We wanted Retro Style Graphics to be the first in the 1000s of Palettes Series because the retro style is one of the biggest and most popular trends in graphic design at the moment. We also knew that because the retro style is so deeply rooted in culture that it would be a fun and exciting book to kick off our new series of books," said Publisher Angela Patchell.
The term retro is often used to describe trends in fashion, design, or architecture. It typically describes any item that was inspired by something from the past. Retro Style Graphics looks to the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s for inspiration and contains all of the elements a modern designer would need to create graphics in the retro style. It's important however not to think of Retro Style Graphics as just another clip art book; it is not. Retro Style Graphics is a style guide that also includes a comprehensive collection of graphics, textures, patterns, fonts, colors, Illustrator/Photoshop brushes, and even a design gallery for inspiration.
"This book has it all," said author Grant Friedman, "I wanted to write a book that gives designers all the tools that they would need to produce graphics in the retro style. As a designer, I understand how much time it can take to research ideas, produce, and then implement a design in a particular style. For this book, I wanted to produce resources that would save my readers time while also ensuring that my readers could maintain full creative control over their projects."
Retro Style Graphics is due to be released in the fall of 2009 and is currently available for preorder in the U.S. ($34.95) and U.K. (£18.99).
About the Author
Grant founded Colorburned.com in 2008 as a means to showcase his designs, offer his thoughts on current design trends, as well as to deliver professional quality design resources to others. Since then, his website has become a popular destination for designers looking for resources, inspiration and information.
As a blogger, designer and author Grant not only follows design trends but helps to expose those trends to others. Grant sees himself not as just a designer but also a student and teacher. Grant hopes that by providing resources and tools to other designers that he can not only help others but also grow as a designer himself.
To learn more about Grant, visit his website at colorburned.com or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/colorburned.