Decoding Design: Understanding and Using Symbols in Visual Communication

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HOW Books, Jan 21, 2008 - Design - 224 pages
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Understand the Significance of Symbols in Your Design Work Our world is comprised of a handful of very simple patterns that have been a part of human design since the beginning of time and have eternal significance. Decoding Design reveals how common symbols and shapes - like circles, squares and triangles - resonate at a gut level and can lend greater meaning to a design. By deconstructing famous logos and other sample designs, you'll learn how to communicate complex information quickly and intuitively with universal and meaningful patterns. You'll also uncover how other disciplines, such as philosophy, math, and physics, influence great design and can help you present ideas in a holistic and compelling manner. Whether you're a designer, student, or marketing professional, Decoding Design will show you the deeper meaning behind the symbols you encounter everyday, and how to better use those symbols to create an impactful relationship with the viewer.
 

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I like the basic premise and overall design of this book; however, I found the New Age-y, attribution-free, pseudo-science style of the actual writing to be distracting to the point of irritation. Perhaps it will be more inspiring to more artistic types than it was to me. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
1
Introduction
3
Pattern Laying the Groundwork for Design
7
Wholeness
27
The Universe of Reflection
53
The Passageway
81
Manifestation
99
FreeForm Life
111
Infinity Captured
169
The Peak Experience
185
To the Tenth Power
201
Acknowledgments
214
Resources
216
Contributors
219
Permissions
222
Index
228

Structure as Form
141
The Virgin Number
155

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Since 1981, Maggie Macnab has been creating symbols, visual metaphors and conceptual design for a wide range of clients. She had been published in every major design magazine including Communication Arts, STEP, Print and Graphis. Maggie is past president of the Communication Artists of New Mexico, teaches symbolism and logo design at the University of New Mexico, and speaks at national conferences, universities and schools.

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