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    1. MTIV: Process, Inspiration and
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    2. Flash Web Design: The v5 Remix
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    3. Hillman Curtis on Creating Short
    4. Diseno Web Con Flash - Con 1 CD

    1. MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer
    by Hillman Curtis
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    Asin: 0735711658
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-31)
    Publisher: Pearson Education
    Sales Rank: 39274
    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    With his first book, Flash Web Design, Hillman Curtis quickly earned Flash guru status, and deservedly so. Like the coolest mentor one could ever hope to find, he struck a chord with his audience by sharing not just the nuts and bolts behind his Flash creations, but his ideas on good design methodology.

    MTIV expands on that. Here he shares his respect and excitement for new media, gives a blueprint for design challenges of all types, taps into the myriad visual and literary inspirations that fuel his imagination, and shows readers how to get past their own moments of "designer’s block."

    Curtis is a fine storyteller. He takes anecdotes of coffee breaks, book tour lectures, work, life, and art, and weaves them around design maxims. For every morsel of advice, there are three or four personal stories that illustrate how he arrived at it and puts it to use. He shows how books, movies, print ads--just about anything--can be used in the search for creative solutions.

    The seven steps in "Process" compose the bulk of the book. These are the exact steps Curtis’s design team applies to each project. Without giving too much away, they are Listen, Unite, Theme, Concept, Filter, Justify, and Eat the Audience. (Well, you’ll just have to get the book to find out about that last one.)

    In "Inspiration," we learn that Curtis draws from Hemingway, Mies van der Rohe, Sidney Lumet, David Mamet, Leonard Cohen, Mark Rothko, and Joseph Müller-Brockman, among others. And the book finishes with a bang in the third chapter, "Practice," a collection of helpful tips in typography, color theory, XML, grids, and much more, from experts like Joseph Lowery(author of the Dreamweaver Bible) and usability authority Steve Krug.

    MTIV is not just an easy read, it’s fun, warm, encouraging, and, yes, inspiring. A self-taught artist, Curtis has made MTIV the perfect Boy Scout manual for those who have stumbled on design as a new career or just languished through too many uninspired afternoons in front of the computer. --Angelynn Grant ... Read more

    Reviews (23)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, timely material for anyone in design biz..
    Hillam Curtis, veritable Flash mavens as they are, show less interest in spewing out a snazzy graphic-design treatise or a 'Web Graphics for The Rest of Us' series of tips stash on how to make your designs ooze sex appeal.

    They offer instead a rather refreshing and long overdue thoughtpiece on 'New Media' design that is not confined to the web. Our world has obviously chugged along since the days of whimsical DHTML and the other Nielsenesque extreme of prosaic "usability for everything", and we now have truly new mediums, modern technologies that need increasingly intelligent designing for.

    This book presents some of the most practical, common-sensical ideologies to deal with such new-fangled challenges. Several philosophical elements of creative design are discussed, and while such rhetoric may not be everyone's bag, the writing is real-worldly and intuitive enough to be engrossing.

    What makes it an outstanding book though is the smart undercurrent of design as an art of 'problem solving', with its primary agenda of identifying and meeting goals that target users expect from the medium they interact with.

    You won't find tips, techniques and code snippets here except when inevitable to illustrate an idea. When we discuss color for instance, we talk about the affective influences of colour on people, not Pantene decimals or the spokes of a colour wheel. Discussing typography is not about quaint typefaces or font sizes but about leading the reader into the information, aiding and facilitating communication. The illustrations are fresh, exciting and for anyone related to design, veritably inspiring.

    Is this required reading in graphic design courses yet? It should be. It certainly could be. A highly recommended reading for anyone in the business of design.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I believed the hype ...
    and paid the price. Here's my take on it.

    Process. Hillman Curtis makes good points about identifying and listening to your audience. Also he warns us, don't get too wrapped up in your design; remember it is the client's web site and their objectives come first.

    Inspiration. Curtis recounts several tales about how he gets inspired; but after a few weeks he realizes his "flash" just isn't serving any real purpose, so he goes back to basics. Curtis' claim to fame appears to be the design of the Adobe web site. You decide - is the Adobe web site a source of inspiration for you?

    Practice. In this section Hillman defers to other notable web authors, including articles by Joseph Lowery and Steve Krug. These authors are good, but I already have their books. There is also information in this section by other authors on type, font and color. It is all very basic. For example, an entire page is devoted to identifying 12 colors (count em, twelve) as either primary, tertiary or secondary. As an added bonus, red is identified as warm and green as cool.

    The slick pages in this book make it too expensive for what you get in return - a glossy photo of Chris Hillman on the cover.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A book full of inspiration
    This book was recommended to me as I first began studying web design. It really inspired me then, and it continues to inspire me everytime I read it.

    This book is written like a friendly conversation, and you can't help but feel encouraged. Because Mr. Curtis lets you know that someone else has had the same problems and issues that you have, and he shows you how he's worked them out.

    It isn't so much a "how-to" book as it is a "how-to-be" book. He illustrates how you can be a more effective new media designer in all areas: client relationships, innovation, production.

    A wonderful book. Buy it today, and you won't be sorry!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Tao of Design
    Hillman encapsulates what is seemingly basic. As we move ahead in design or any field, experience often tells us what is basic. These are the very principals that need review-refinement. Hillman at times seems to harp on that which is obvious, but with good reason. Doing the simple expertly makes the difficult simple. The contributors insight into technologies that seem esoteric (XML,XSLT), are prophecy indeed. If in doubt take a look at some of the files in MAC O/S 10 or at An insightful read but not for those looking for a cookbook. Inspiration, which I value more than how-to, at a great value.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
    This book was a very good look into the mind of a new media designer. The creativity ideas in it were very strong. The "process", or the more technical side of it was a very good start to someone who has no background, but very very basic if you have a strong background in any of the disciplines he is trying to teach. ... Read more

    2. Flash Web Design: The v5 Remix
    by Hillman Curtis
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    Asin: 0735710988
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-09)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 48466
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    In Flash Web Design: The v5 Remix, Hillman Curtis places the emphasis firmly on design while he demonstrates the range of techniques that have enabled him to create some of the most compelling Flash movies on the Web.

    Curtis is chief creative officer and founder of hillmancurtis, inc., a New York City design firm that has produced stunning Flash work for clients like 3Com, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and even Macromedia itself.

    The book deconstructs nine high-profile Flash projects created for real-life clients. Curtis takes time both in the introductions and throughout the project deconstructions, to emphasise the importance of thinking about and applying design-led principals to the job at hand.

    One of the things that makes Curtis successful is his approach to motion, and it's here that the book has the most to offer. Curtis defines what he calls a Global Visual Language "comprised of simple symbology and motion," which makes it possible to communicate a powerful message across cultural barriers.

    Projects include designing a $20,000 ad, animating a 3D wireframe and converting video to vectors in order to overcome bandwidth constraints. In the penultimate chapter, Todd Purgason provides an indispensible guide to producing print-based client presentations using FreeHand.

    As a tutorial, the book is less successful. The project deconstructions take the form of numbered walk-throughs with accompanying illustrations and screen shots. The design is busy, and the lack of a CD showing finished projects makes it difficult to know what you're working towards.

    But, for an insight into what makes Flash motion work and how you can put it to good use, this is a book from which you can learn a great deal. --Ken McMahon, ... Read more

    Reviews (18)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I thought the first book was great.
    This is not a how to learn Flash book. If that is what you seek, I highly recommend Foundation Flash 5 that is by far the best learning Flash book on the market. What this book is you have a remarkable designer and I am a Hillman Curtis fan. This book gives you his own insight with wonderful tips for designing those stunning sites, which make him so famous. I have his first book and I truly thought this one was worth every penny and I enjoyed every page. I feel stronger with my knowledge and his systematic examples are just exceptional. This would be a great asset to any flash design guru!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Please don't buy both books
    Flash Web Design and Flash Web Design the V5 remix are essentially the same book...except that the V5 remix is just that, an updated version for Flash 5. Apologies

    1-0 out of 5 stars Slick, but Not for Beginners.
    I bought this book hoping it will help me to learn Flash 5. From a beginner perspective this book is very lacking and the examples are missing some necessary steps. Its certainly a nicely designed book but gives you no sense in what to expect from it. I expected the examples to be written in such a way that anyone can do it as long as the instructions are followed... and that didn't happen. Disappointed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great inspiration, but outdated content
    I give this a strong four because it is teaching me how and why to animate...and for me that's more valuable, but some of the examples are outdated. You're probably better off with a FlashMX book at this point.

    2-0 out of 5 stars overdesigned
    I wouldn't listen to these guys when it comes to design. It's actually hard to read and find information because of their 'style'. And it doesn't look cool either. A lot of hot air, little substance. ... Read more

    3. Hillman Curtis on Creating Short Films for the Web
    by Hillman Curtis
    list price: $39.99
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    Asin: 0321278917
    Catlog: Book (2005-07-01)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 2309029
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    4. Diseno Web Con Flash - Con 1 CD ROM
    by Hillman Curtis
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    Asin: 8441510415
    Catlog: Book (2000-09)
    Publisher: Anaya Multimedia
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