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Idea Index by Jim Krause
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Feb 26, 08

bookshelves: graphic-design
Recommended for: graphic design novices
Read in March, 2003

An average quality compendium of "ideas" for graphic design projects. It runs through some assorted concepts to help you during your more fallow periods... It will show off an example of juxtaposed elements or how to create an impact with differently sized elements or how to create tension with "misplaced" design elements, etc.

Unlike its siblings (i.e., Color Index and Layout Index) I wouldn't really describe this one as a "best practice" guide. That doesn't make it bad... It just didn't seem as useful in the long-run. I could see how it might be very useful to some folks -- there were certainly times when I got some good ideas from it -- but for the most part you're probably better off just looking for inspiration in the things around you in your everyday experience.

3 stars if you're new to graphic design; 2 if you've been at it for a while
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