A sourcebook of visual ideas and strategies for visual communication An A-Z of Ideas explains the key ideas, sources of inspiration and visual techniques that have been used throughout design history. Aimed principally at the student market, the book shows where ideas and inspiration come from and helps unlock the reader's creativity, providing numerous strategies to help solve creative briefs and design problems. Using an upbeat, dynamic and easy-to-understand A-Z format, the book reveals techniques that can be exploited to deliver ideas with greater impact, with each entry offering a different starting point. Entries include everything from Intuition and Instinct to Happy Accidents and Hidden Messages, and feature a section explaining how to use the idea or technique, providing readers with an infallible `tool kit' of inspiration. Including hundreds of inspirational quotes from creative people and packed with great examples of advertising campaigns, posters, book and magazine covers, illustrations and editorial images, this indispensable creative primer also includes previously unpublished photographic work.
John Ingledew is Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Gloucestershire, where he holds a Teaching Fellowship. He has run projects and workshops with students in Europe, America, Japan and China and is the author of the Portfolio title Photography.
Art / Build a bigger picture / Caricature / Cliches seen afresh / Colour / Counter-intuition / Creative collisions / Cryptic communication / Digitality / Dreams and daydreams / Expressions visualized / Eyes / Familiar seen afresh / Finding ideas / Flags / Fusion / Garage genius / Hands / Happy accidents / Hidden messages / Humour / Icons / Illusions / Intuition and instinct / Irony / Irreverence / Juxtaposition / Laughter / Make a face / Map making / Materials / Maths / Mirror mirror / Movies / Museums / Music / Nature / One thing leads to another / Parody / Photographs / Photography / Phototypography / Places of worship / Puns / Put yourself into it / Question / Reinvent / Rescale / Reverse / Satire / Science / Sensation / Shadows / Shock / Signs / Silhouettes / Sketchbooks / So bad it's great / Surprise / Symbols / Telling tales / Tension between text and images / Torn images / Travel / Type / Unexpected messages / Visual metaphors / Word of mouth / Wordplay / X-rays / Zeitgeist