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****A Book About Design

Complicated Doesn't Make It Good

by Mark Gonyea

Reviewed August 27, 2005.
Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2005.
Available at Sembach Library (J 745.4 GON).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005 (#3, Children's Nonfiction)

It’s hard to convey without pictures the excellence of this simple little book.  In its ten short chapters, Mark Gonyea presents and illustrates some basic principles of design.  He includes the concepts of balance, interaction of elements, the 1:3:9 ratio, contrast, and warm and cool colors.

The subtitle says it well:  Complicated Doesn’t Make It Good.  The author beautifully kept this book simple.  He presents simple yet powerful design concepts with perfect clarity.  The book takes less than ten minutes to read, but kids—or adults—can quickly learn some enduring principles of design.

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