Is design like art? Often said to be subjective and objective? Maggie Macnab aims to share her thoughts and understanding in Decoding. 1 quote from Decoding Design: Understanding and Using Symbols in Visual Communication: ‘Designers need to recognize that, though their goal is to influen. . Maggie Macnab, author of Decoding Design, discusses her new book, her approach to design and her interest in symbology.

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There’s a lot of meat, but it’s not dried out. For veterans, it reminds of why we may have chosen communication design as a profession and the power to have to influence our audiences on behalf of our clients. Join overdesigners who stay up-to-date with the Core77 newsletter Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Neil Tortorella Tortorella Design [ I’m an Interior Designer in New York and this book has ignited my design philosophy in some new and exciting ways.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. As an occasionally aesthetically-impaired former mathematician who happens to work in design, I love that the restrictive rules of the grid let me manufacture an appealing layout without exercising any artistic judgement.

You’ll also uncover how other disciplines, such as philosophy, math, and physics, influence great design and can help you present ideas devoding a holistic and compelling manner. A User’s Guide mqggie Semiotics.

Author Maggie Macnab Discusses Using Symbols in Design

Which is to say, not very likely at all. Decoding Design looks at the essential processes underlying shapes and patterns, and desigb integrating this information in a relevant way creates usable visual communication. Well researched, well designed, well referenced, and with hundreds of visual entry-points for the reader, it successfully achieves its claim–a must-buy for design students and visual communication practitioners–even the best-read in our field are sure to learn and benefit from it.


Showing of 19 reviews. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Combined with her real world incites, this book appeals to all ranges of artists. Or it might be the Administrative Assistant with Microsoft Publisher.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Being able to connect the dots is important to the discovery process. Mathematics, physics, philosophy and psychology. The form energy takes expresses its function—features give elemental clues to essence.

But one can’t rule out any possibility with regard to the unknown because it hasn’t happened yet. In her new book, Decoding Design: The result of a joint project between The London School of Economics The Patterns of Chaos in its bibliography, perhaps the collision of two so very different worldviews will prove as interesting to some holistic readers as the results of CERN will to scientists like me.

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.

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Understanding and using symbols in visual communication, author and designer, Maggie Macnab takes you on a journey of symbolism.

I bring up this hypothetical of impending doom in part because it’s emblematic of pattern recognition. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Decoding Design isn’t just a lot of heady theory. Our world is comprised of a handful of very simple patterns that have been a part of human design since machab beginning of time and have eternal significance. Decoding Macjab will appeal to anyone interested in the “why” behind effective graphic design and communicative form-giving.


Even scientists see patterns everywhere.

The golden ratio, for example, is a consequence of the Fibonacci sequence, where each number in the sequence is the sum of its two predecessors i. Keeps your interest on what could otherwise The Best Books of I find being aware of diverse resources and nature essential, and I hope it does that for others as well.

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That said, some pundits and even a few scientists have postulated that the tiny black holes that might be created when particles collide in this enormous underground atomic racetrack might not fade away as quickly as predicted, which may pose a very unlikely, but still paranoia inducing risk to mankind.

I also realized that my syntax and structure linked the dangers decodin CERN might pose to the discovery of the Higg’s boson, quite accidentally.

She presents deeign nice vehicle for the information, with great visuals and articulate explanations. Each chapter also includes a variety of sidebars, like a discussion of color theory included for the number 3the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio 5and buckyballs 6. How do you typically approach your own design projects? When I first heard of the book, I figured it would be yet another, “Parade of logos,” promoting their superstar designers.

One person found this helpful. It is not dangerous, since as soon as we find it, it will likely disappear.