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Wordless Diagrams

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Award-winning illustrator and graphic designer Nigel Holmes depicts the things we do every day like you've never seen them before.

Pruning a rose or building a sandcastle might seem like common activities, but when you see them visualized on paper in wordless, step-by-step diagrams, you'll discover them anew. From how to tie a knot in a cherry stem with your tongue to how t
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 11th 2005 by Bloomsbury USA (first published March 31st 2005)
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Aug 04, 2009 Loyd rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-arts, humor
Wordless Diagrams is a slim book of drawings that show you how to do a bunch of really obvious actions, like how to throw a bouquet or how to sit in front of a computer, the latter with which I'm sure Holmes has plenty of experience. These "diagrams" (really pictograms) are amusing, but leave you pretty empty, like a parlor trick. While I appreciate Holmes' effort in Time magazine and elsewhere to clarify complicated statistics or opaque processes, these computer-drawings feel like something don ...more
Aug 05, 2007 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: teaching
Great coffee table book and teaching tool--I'll be using these as writing prompts for composition classes: write a "how-to" essay based on a diagram pictured in the book.
Mar 01, 2017 Matthew rated it it was ok
Shelves: design-type-etc
An amusing throw away. Holmes’ humour comes through well in some of the diagrams (VCR, frisbee, cherry knot etc), but overall this book of wordless diagrams just shows that diagram are often better with … words. The author knows this and mentions it many times in ‘On Information Design’ so the book I best taken as a bit of fun.
Jul 19, 2008 Meg rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2008
You can't expect much from a tiny book of miscellaneous diagrams. Some of these were well executed, and some were pretty ho-hum. Something interesting to page through quickly in a bookstore (as was the case with me), but not something worth rereading or purchasing.
Oct 29, 2007 Nat rated it liked it
I learned how to defend myself by grabbing my assailant's hand and then punching him in the face and how to tie a scarf "European" style.
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Jul 02, 2013 Andrew Tatge rated it liked it
Quick, painless, sometimes funny. Worth reading at library, not do much a purchase
May 14, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
"Currently reading" is a bit of a misnomer since this is a book of diagrams, but so far I'm fascinated. I've learned how to pierce a tongue in a few easy steps...who's up for it?
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