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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Clever, smart, fantastic.
This is one of those unique books, it's quite simple but also quite is a work of pure imagination in letters and colors. Just with the tools we have, letters and numbers, there are also a tutorial and examples to play with the words with the innocence we had when children. Ji Lee express so much in a way that almost feels poetic..
Then only thing I would like to improve would be the binding of the book as some images are meant to be read as a two-page spread but it's a bit hard open the pages. But it's a minor issue, it's quite little, portable and fast to read, I warmly can recommend it.
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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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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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It's little more than a collection of clever word-puns, but I and my family enjoyed it thoroughly. My kids really appreciated the section at the end of the book that suggests ways of creating your own word-images. it's not great literature, just what it says on the cover-- "Word as Image"
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I first saw an animated video on the Internet for most of the contents of this book. It was great fun, but I like the book even better. The whimsey and clever ideas on each page constantly entertain me and my friends.
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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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