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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Graphic Design Paperback – Oct 7 2008

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Marcia Layton Turner is a contributing editor at ePregnancy magazine, where she has written about a wide range of pregnancy-related challenges. She is also the bestselling author of more than 12 books, and her work has appeared on such websites as, and in such magazines as Woman’s Day and Business 2.0, among others.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great information and good creative ideas. Dec 12 2008
By D. Damico - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as an educational tool, more for how I approach others than for myself. I've been a professional graphic designer for 19 years and have wanted a source to refer to those who want to know the tricks of the trade but were at a loss when confronted by so many "creative rules." This book offers that answer. It's tough to narrow down what a non professional needs to know about design but the information is practical and appropriate. I would feel confident giving it to non design friends and acquaintances to help them improve their design skills. To be specific, I like the way the images illustrate the author's points. Great for visual learners and artists. Definitely recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A "Must Have" Small Business Reference Book! Oct. 15 2009
By Cathy B - Published on
Format: Paperback
As an owner of a small business, this book is capitol! I have owned this book only 6 months have read it cover to cover. I am constantly using it as a reference guide. For 30 years I have been in the people service people service business. I am not nor ever have been a graphic designer of any fashion yet I do need to get many messages out to the public. I probably looked like a complete idiot before getting the basics through this guide. As a result of reading using this book, I have found that the media can go into logical structure that will be read more and understood better; less time is spent on doing the project and I have more time to be out in the public where I belong. The book is easy to read and understand. The ideas are can be implemented very easily and creatively. I would recommend this for any office that needs to reach client and customers with a message. It is a "must have" informative reference book. "Hands off" to the authors ... for keeping it simple!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is the perfect book for adults/high school seniors interested in graphic design Dec 12 2008
By C. Goldan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just bought this book and look forward to buying a few more - the perfect gift for the high school grad who plans to study graphic design in college or for the adult who's interested in graphic design as a hobby. I found the book to be a terrific introduction, hitting all the necessary topics and issues related to graphic design, including computer equipment and software, the importance of type, photography, how to create grids and templates, and how to pull it all together. The book is full of good design examples. In the end, this will provide you a greater understanding of the fundamentals used in graphic design.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Katie K Aug. 19 2011
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I have found this book pretty useless for me. It seems to be more about graphic design than actually teaching you how to do it. I may have misunderstood the purpose of the book, though.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
OK, dated, and the Kindle black & white version lacking June 3 2012
By Boston_Cobra - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The book would be an ok overview for those very new to Graphic Design since it is very basic graphic design information such as color, fonts, spacing, etc.; however, the content is a bit dated now for 2012 and the Kindle version (Touch version, anyway), is very lacking in the example pictures. For most of the examples, there would be no differentiation between two examples to compare, due to the lack of color for the pictures, or lack of depth needed with color. The general text was very basic, so if you have any prior background in Graphic Design, I would suggest passing on this book and if you're new to Graphic Design, use the actual book, or maybe the Fire Kindle, but not the black and white basic/Touch Kindles since the examples will be useless.