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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My commentary on the potential destruction of the universe was meant to reference that assumption.

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Even if it’s based in desigj symbolic and allegorical, I need a justification for any choice a designer makes. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Macnab also shares her own and other designers thoughts and process about the logos and other designs within the pages. Username Password Forgot password?

But I still don’t think you can’t prove a negative. Decoding Design, and the concepts Maggie teaches, will greatly help you to explain and, when needed, defend your work.

dceoding We live in a culture that has become over processed and overwhelmed. Ten subsequent chapters each introduced with a compelling illustrated plate by Joel Nakamura illuminate the subject by “bringing shape to meaning,” and vice versa by means of case studies, “deconstructions” of well-known logos, and depictions galore–all-the-while demonstrating how visual communication can “tap into the dynamic energy of the collective psyche.


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Macnab is clearly well-read, and weaves philosophy, science, and design into an entertaining narrative. The golden ratio’s applicability to man-made forms is a little hazier than its observation in nature, and may have some connection to catching glimpses of animals in clouds.

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Already have an account? Design Jobs Firms Magige Conference e. A good example of this is the branching pattern that moves energy from one place to another. I particularly enjoyed how she deconstructed several marks and pointed out how the underlying symbols are used.

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At least it should be. Meaning that may not be obvious at first, yet is often archetypical and resonates deep within our being.

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Book Review: Decoding Design, by Maggie Macnab

An enormous orange compendium, The Endless City approaches architecture itself in scale, scope and design. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Perhaps you thought the tools are Photoshop, Illustrator and the likes.


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Macnab structures the book around a numerical ,acnab, with chapters for each natural number There was a problem filtering reviews right now. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. So please do not mistake my commentary as advancing any doomsday views. Understanding and Using Symbols in Visual Communication. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

I would rate the likelihood of catastrophe as on par with a maritime vessel falling off of the edge of the earth when it reached the borders of cartography labeled as “Here Mafgie Dragons” in the pre-Magellan era. I bring up this hypothetical of impending doom in part because it’s emblematic of pattern recognition. Don’t have an account?

As someone hugely interested in layman’s science and the esoteric, I look forward to reading Macnab’s book. Explore the Home Gift Guide.