MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer
||Author: Hillman Curtis|
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Publisher: New Riders (31 May, 2002)
Sales Rank: 34,805
Average Customer Rating: 4.18 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
The Tao of Design
Hillman encapsulates what is seemingly basic. As we move ahead in design or any field, experience often tells us what is basic. These are the very principals that need review-refinement. Hillman at times seems to harp on that which is obvious, but with good reason. Doing the simple expertly makes the difficult simple. The contributors insight into technologies that seem esoteric (XML,XSLT), are prophecy indeed. If in doubt take a look at some of the files in MAC O/S 10 or at XML.com. An insightful read but not for those looking for a cookbook. Inspiration, which I value more than how-to, at a great value.
Rating: 5 out of 5
This book was a very good look into the mind of a new media designer. The creativity ideas in it were very strong. The "process", or the more technical side of it was a very good start to someone who has no background, but very very basic if you have a strong background in any of the disciplines he is trying to teach.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Good writing, good examples, good analogies,but...
Hillman makes a good pied piper. I really enjoyed his writing. He has wonderful insights on the most obvious lesson of business...listening to the client. I loved how he summed up our jobs as designers and communicators: "Making the invisible visible". His concept of "Eating the audience" is , well, right on. Best of all, these inspiring musings apply to all designers and artists, not just new media designers.
The book is divided into 3 parts: Process, Inspiration, and Practice...it was all so good until Hillman stopped writing. The "Practice" section was horrible!
I appreciated the "Process" model he set forth, the techniques for problem solving and client dealings used at hillmancurtis, inc. It is a great outline as to how to approach new projects -- a lot of the ideas I already employ, but some were new to me. That alone is worth the purchase price of the book. The "Inspiration" section included a varied treasure of real world examples of "out-of-the box" creativity, with sources ranging from film to paintings, and of course more quotable quotes. Hillman discusses how his company sparks new ideas by sharing inspiration. I hate to say it, but this is when the let down began. I always enjoy hearing about what inspires people and this section was entirely too short, with the unused space taken up by the next section, "Practice", like a big black hole. Don't get me wrong, I understand where Hillman was going with this. He wanted to make this book relevant for new media designers and not just a general book on inspiration. But he waited until the very end to have guest writers include their takes on certain design rules and new technologies. My biggest problems with this section have to do with the technologies discussed like xml (a technology that has yet to surface as a true standard in web publishing) and articles like web layout, that only a newbie could learn anything from.
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