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Basics of Design: Layout & Typography for Beginners Paperback – Jun 13 2005
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Part 1: Design and Layout Basics Chapter 1: Before You Begin to Design Chapter 2: Emphasis Chapter 3: Contrast Chapter 4: Balance Chapter 5: Alignment Chapter 6: Repetition Chapter 7: Flow Chapter 8: Images Chapter 9: Color Part 2: Typography Basics Chapter 10: Overview of Technical Terms Chapter 11: A Few Simple Type Rules Part 3: Projects and Resources Chapter 12: Focus On ... Chapter 13: Tools and Resources Glossary Index
About the Author
Lisa Graham is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a recipient of the Illumina Teaching Award, a national teaching award honoring design professors presented by the American Institute of Graphic Arts and The Justice Organization. Her illustrations have appeared in the MIT publications, Computer Music Journal, Leonardo, and Terra Nova. Ms. Graham has produced a wide range of graphic designs, illustrations, and informational graphics for clients in the fashion, high-tech, energy, military, and geology industries.
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If you buy this book, keep in mind that the humor is used to support the points Graham makes, and is not the sole focus of the book. This is after all a design book and makes some serious and informative points.
Perhaps what is most effective about this book is the thorough explanations she gives on why a design works and why it doesn't work. This is a refreshing change from many other introductory design books that I looked at where the primary focus of the text seemed to be to show off pretty pictures. Pretty pictures are nice, but WHY do the designs work? WHY don't they work. Basics of Design tells you why, and in such a wonderfully understandable way that you remember, and easily apply what Graham teaches.
Good job Lisa. When are you going to write more books on graphic design? I'll be sure to keep an eye out for more of your work!
This book has (the basics of) everything: typography, contrast, color, flow, emphasis, etc. Most of the books I had examined prior to finding this little gem were nothing more than over-sized "picture books" with writing in the margins, I couldn't bring myself to spend the money on so little information (but they sure were pretty). This book, on the other hand, is mostly text with small, well-selected illustrations, and at the end of every chapter the author gives several "case-studies" of the current topic and walks the reader through each one.
I cannot imagine a better book for someone new to design.
This book covers in adequate detail the essentials and the basic principles of design, including emphasis, contrast, balance, alignment, repetition, flow, the use of images, color, typography, etc. It gives enough explanation with examples for one to get a good grounding on the subject, without getting too technical, keeping the book highly readable. A part of the book also focuses on specific design situations, including logos, flyers, newsletters, resumes, etc.
Perfect for anyone with no formal training in design, but would like to improve his/her understanding of design.
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This book is really for beginners. Wasn't what i was looking for! no recommendation to makePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Genevieve Cauchy
This book makes it easy to understand typography and layout. The author gives the reader a good grounding in typography and the basic principles of design, making it easy to... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2002
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