Symbols, and Pictograms
written by BLACKCOFFEE
Pictorial symbols are, in some respects, superior to words as a form of communication. If well-designed, they can be understood by people of all different races and cultures and can be recognized by children literally years before they learn to read. Symbols can be identified more quickly than words, making them especially useful in situations where fast reactions are required (e.g., control panels in airplanes.) As a result, symbols are of the utmost importance to graphic designers and their ever-present challenge to create effective visual communication for their clients. Like Rockport‘s other 1,000 series books, this collection of designs provides a virtual catalog of ideas for designers to look to for creative inspiration. No matter what type of job or client presents itself, designers can view the work of 1,000 other talented designers to find unique and distinctive elements and influences to inspire their own work.
The Best of
Business Card Design 6
written by BLACKCOFFEE
This edition of Rockport’s best-selling Best of Business Card Design series features an innovative collection of the most current and best work by top designers worldwide. The “go-to” sourcebook for business card design inspiration, this volume contains no text, aside from design credits, which allows for pages packed with business cards, highlighting front, back, special elements, and materials used.
Letterhead and Logo Design 9
written by MINE & Christopher Simmons
This latest edition in the best-selling annual Letterhead and Logo Design series features the most innovative and exciting work in the field from well-known design leaders, new design firms, and cutting-edge artists. From logos to labels, business cards to envelopes, the creative techniques and full-color images portrayed in this broad range of work will inspire new design solutions for age-old challenges that beg for a fresh approach. This an invaluable resource for inspiration and ideas that grab the viewer’s attention and create a lasting impression.
1,000 Graphic Elements
written by Wilson Harvey
Often, the small, delightful details make a piece shine, similar to the way unique buttons on a white shirt can give it an entirely new look. This book explores 1,000 of these embellishments available to graphic designers across all kinds of projects, from books to brochures, invitations to menus, CDs to annual reports.
Exacting photography, which is accompanied by credits outlining the vendors and materials used, focuses on these details. Content is organized by type; if you’re in the market for an unusual binding, turn to the bindings section to see a wide collection of fresh ideas.
Other topics covered include fasteners, graphics, unique materials, embossing, debossing, specialty inks, type treatments, interesting color usage, add-ons, die cuts, and much more.
written by Peter King & Company
With designers constantly working for clients and having a limited amount of freedom in much of their work, the chance to strike out on their own and do something truly original and personal is a real luxury. The cards included represent some of the most creative design solutions available and are a wonderful source of inspiration for all types of projects. All designers and design firms, whether in-house or freelance, create their own greeting cards which serve not only as a greeting card, but as an opportunity to show off their work in a totally unique and uninhibited light.
The Best of
Business Card Design 5
written by Cheryl Dangel Cullen
This edition of Rockport’s best-selling The Best of Business Card Design series features a high-end collection of the best work by top firms worldwide. Cards come from around the world and their production costs are equally as widespread. Some were created on shoestring budgets while others spared no expense, yet all are effective at making that all-important first impression.
Organized in a visually focused presentation, The Best of Business Card Design 5 is comprehensive collection of more than 290 business card designs that were selected from thousands of entries. Essentially an art collection of today’s most innovative business card designs, this high-quality resource will be sought by both professional designers and marketers whose clients stem from every kind of business. What are the latest trends in business card design? Color, color, and more color, odd sizes, varied substrates, and much more.
written by Catharine M. Fishel
Paper can be an elegant solution to the challenges of graphic design. Paper Graphics examines the many ways paper choice influences design with striking examples of work from top firms gathered to offer readers creative inspiration, know how, and fresh ideas. Collected in these pages you will find graphic design in which the qualities of the paper itself inspired or directed the finished piece. Seven chapters present more than 200 inspiring examples.
From the Author: This is a strong collection of designs on and about paper. That this is an inspiring collection was confirmed for me as I was sending back many hundreds of samples to generous contributing graphic artists. I collected many times more material than the book could hold, partly to be thorough in the research and partly because of my great interest in the subject. As I repacked slides into sleeves and printed matter into envelopes, I was struck by the cleverness, beauty and functionality even of the pieces that did not make it into the book. Then I knew that we had assembled the best of the best. No sample is offered without context: Every design in the book is accompanied by its own short article that explains what the original assignment was, how the solution was found, and what paper stock and other materials were used. When possible, readers also learn how much the project cost and how it was received by its audience. This is truly a “feed your head” book—but it was my goal that is should feed both the left and right sides of the brain.
written by Carolyn Knight & Jessica Glaser
Finding the right balance between content and space is a challenge every graphic designer faces. The cookie-cutter templates most layout books offer are not helpful, because every project has a different content-to-space ratio.
Finally, here is a book that gets to the heart of challenging layout design. It offers general techniques for working with varying quantities of content and shows how designers can apply these techniques in their own work. The book focuses on the two most difficult layout issues: compacting a high volume of content onto a small area while maintaining beauty and readability; and applying a small volume of content to a large space without making it look bare. From posters to brochures, and magazines to book covers, more than 150 projects are examined by two veteran design consultants, who illustrate and illuminate the methodologies and solutions that made each project work.