Book review: Graphic Design Thinking

Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming

I like breaking things down.

And what I mean by that, is that I like to see things and then break them down (not make them cry!) into more manageable chunks of information, so that I am able to process them. I am constantly searching for meaning behind illustrations, designs, graphics, advertisements – anything that inundates my daily life.

So I am thrilled to share with you the book that I think should be on every creative’s bookshelf: Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming by Ellen Lupton.

Title: Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming
By Ellen Lupton
184 pages, softcover

Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming

At the rate at which we are going, it’s safe to say that almost nothing is completely original. Almost everything is an amalgamation of ideas, process and experience that makes for something new. Graphic Design Thinking shows you how to dissect a problem or a brief and throws out various ways of thinking about your project.

This book isn’t just for graphic designers – it’s for illustrators, copywriters, project managers – anyone who routinely solves problems (although it’s mostly geared towards those who are in the visual arts). Divided into three main parts; How to Define Problems, How to Get Ideas and How to Create Form, the book aims to help you focus on the project at hand, while narrowing down possible solutions. Case studies from various design studios make up a good chunk of the book and really helps to nail down the points brought forth.

Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming

Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming

I thought that the book was a good starting point for people who are beginning to take a dip into problem solving for clients, or if you need a bit of a refresher, especially when you’re stumped for ideas. For the more advanced practitioner, you might be able to find a gem or two here, but be warned that some of the advice might come across as being too “newbie” like. An open mind is best when you read the book – who knows what you’ll learn (or re-learn?)

You can purchase the book over at Amazon!

Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming

Happy weekend everyone! I’ll catch you back here on Monday! 🙂

P/s- Have you signed up for our mailing list so you won’t miss out on any Pikaland loveliness?

  Uncategorized


3 thoughts on “Book review: Graphic Design Thinking

  1. I love your book reviews!

    I studied design years ago but feel like I’ve lost it somehow; any creative thought I exude during the day is geared toward illustration. This sounds like it might be a nice pick-me-up!

    PS Happy 11.11.11! <3

  2. Pingback: Design Thinking and Education | think tank

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *