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8 years ago from Jonathan Shariat, Designer @ Google | Author @ O'Reilly | Podcaster @ DesignReview

  • Josh ClementJosh Clement, 8 years ago

    What unimpressed you about the book? I'm curious to hear your opinion. (I didn't read it - It just didn't interest me enough to buy it.)

    0 points
    • Adam T.Adam T., 8 years ago

      It was preachy, verbose, and overly illustrative. Sure the writing was "pretty", but it seemed to be a lot of frosting on top of a few very basic design ideas. That said, it's certainly elegantly written.

      2 points
    • Ben MJTBen MJT, 8 years ago

      Yep, Adam pretty much nailed it. Very little substance to it in my opinion. A handful of ideas taken from 2-3 other books, just rearranged. It almost felt like he'd managed to sell his masters thesis for $90K (although the word count might run a little short).

      Don't get me wrong, I think Frank is uniquely talented, and he definitely has a lot to offer, but this really missed the mark for me. Form and hype massively over substance. I feel that the people who wet themselves over it don't do a lot of other reading, there really wasn't anything new in there.

      The book itself is beautiful, though. Materials, binding, design, illustrations and typography are just gorgeous.

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