Graphic translation is as much art as it is design, and focuses on the creation of an Kimberly Elam teaches in the Department of Industrial Design at Ohio State . Graphic translation: a graphic design project guide /​ Kimberly Elam. Author. Elam, Kimberly, Published. [United States]: BookSurge, Physical. Kimberly Elam is a writer, educator, and graphic designer. She is currently on the Results From Teaching: Graphic Translation Drawing · by: Kimberly Elam.

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Good price and very helpful book. In the introduction, Kimberly Elam recounts her introduction to graphic translation at a summer graphic design workshop in Brissago, Switzerland. Her initial reaction was skepticism. Students worked with plaka, a dense opaque white and black paint, first on paper and later painting on glass placed over the paper.

The resulting drawings were startlingly crisp organic forms with light and dark highlights and reflections on foliage and waves. These drawings remain in my mind today.

Graphic Translation: A Graphic Design Project Guide

She offers concise guidance on a number of illustration principles, including shade and shadow, visual punctuation, eyes, repetition, closure, converting lines to points, and communicating movement and function. More than one hundred pages of examples are provided to demonstrate the various techniques. Proficient users of Adobe Illustrator will quickly learn valuable techniques that can be immediately applied to improve the quality of illustrations.

Elam’s approach is no nonsense–I found it best to use the book while twiddling with images in Illustrator, so that techniques could be tested and then cross-referenced against the numerous examples. The thing I most appreciate about this book is that I, too, feel as if I have attended a workshop from a drawing master. And like Elam’s experience at her summer workshop, I think the images and techniques in this book will remain in my mind for some time.

One person found this helpful. The “graphic translation” technique introduces unnecessary steps into the concept development of a graphic, needlessly complicating the process. The author takes ten to twelve steps to get where I and many of my professional designer colleagues get in two. The concept of “visual punctuation” demonstrated in the book is particularly extraneous. The eye does not need literal punctuation i. Does anyone need periods and exclamation points to comprehend Michaelangelo’s Creation of Adam?

In fact, such inclusions impede the eye’s natural progress through the image. The only redeeming value for this book is the demonstration of ways to imply movement in the subject of the graphic.


However, this feature alone is not worth the price of the entire book. Elam’s book graphic translation is an excellent primer and a good didactic tool for image translation. The book provides nice process examples and variations for a given image. The focus is on high contrast image simplification with examples of variants and options. Overall a very good resource for design educators looking for an encapsulation of reductive image making. See all 4 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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