- Tapa blanda: 160 páginas
- Editor: Angela Patchell Books; Edición: Pap/Cdr (29 de octubre de 2009)
- Colección: 1, 000s Design Style Graphics
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1906245169
- ISBN-13: 978-1906245160
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº1.201.346 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Retro Style Graphics (1, 000s Design Style Graphics) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 29 oct 2009
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This is an unrivaled resource for graphic designers looking for retro inspiration. It features dedicated mailing and e-mail campaign to targeted graphic design related media. Featuring 100's of retro designs ideas and palettes, this is an unrivaled reference and source of inspiration for graphic designers everywhere. Drawing on classic designs from the 1960s, 70s, 80s & 90s, "Retro Style Graphics" is a comprehensive resource featuring colours, typestyles, patterns, and illustrations for designers to use and be inspired by. Accompanied by a free DVD featuring hundreds of vector files, fonts, and palettes, this is a must-have for anyone looking to add a little touch of retro style to their work.
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I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this volume; I was hoping for a book that would provide some really good materials I could immediately put to work and that would give me some insights on creating the kinds of graphics I remember from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. I didn't get that. As Gertrude Stein said, "there's no 'there' there," and there's little/no retro, and not any real help in the book.
First of all, the graphics and textures do not come with instructions about how they were generated, nor are there guidelines how to apply them to my work. I can hear someone arguing that a good designer wouldn't need those instructions, but that's a mistake; the point of any style book is to answer the question "how to do," and in the absence of "how to," the book just isn't very useful.
There is a fabulous font catalog in the book, but none of those fonts are included on the accompanying disc. The author should have talked to Fontdiner.com (from whom most of the fonts are sampled) and at least gotten some sort of a "deal" on purchasing the fonts. Perhaps the author could have surfed for similar fonts on free sites and included those fonts on the disc.
Second, what is billed as "retro" is nothing of the kind. I don't know what to call the genre of material presented here--another reviewer here has suggested "grunge," and I suppose that will do--but the styling in this volume is as obviously fake as a Rolex knock-off purchased from a Singapore street dealer. For a real glimpse into real retro, check out "Ad Boy: Vintage Advertising with Character" by Warren Dotz and Massud Hussain or Retro Graphics: A Visual Sourcebook to 100 Years of Graphic Design.
And really, this is the problem with the book: there is nothing here that is not available elsewhere both free and better. Here's what you should do: go to the local library and dig through old magazines and newspapers and find out how high-style real retro was, this faux stuff isn't going to cut it.
In the last section of the book there is a blurb of text that says, "...what good are resources unless you know how to best apply them?" Good question. If the author had told us how, then we would both know and I would be able to say nice things about his book now.
Unlike the Taschen series of books, where we get to see prints and photos for inspiration, RSG helps designers with a quick and easy reference to all the resources offered. Think of it as a Pantone Color Chips book, but for Illustrator and Photoshop brushes, color palletes, fonts and vectors.
Detractors of this book might think it's not worth the low price for which it sells, but when designers are inundated with information, management of digital assets can, more and more, become a chore. RSG is accessible, easy to thumb through, and well-organized. It makes finding the materials on the CD easy. The savings in time, as well as the resources themselves, make this book valuable for all my retro design projects.
As far as the patterns and vector graphics go, there is some useful stuff, but overall they're rather underwhelming. (I liked the vintage font guide, though.) It also would have been good if the gallery of retro art by other designers used elements from the book. But, then again, since a lot of the elements in the book aren't particulary exciting or even retro-seeming...
I had really high hopes for this book. It's a shame it doesn't live up more to my (understandable) expectations. I'm a big fan of Grant's Colorburned site, and I really hate to give a negative review, but perhaps doing so will contribute to the next one in the series being a bit more up to snuff.