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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Graphic Design [Paperback]

Marjorie Crum , Marcia Layton Turner

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Oct. 7 2008 The Complete Idiot's Guide
If you can dream it, you can design it.

Whether your goal is to design your own marketing materials, launch a visually compelling blog, or just have some fun creating your own CD covers, The Complete Idiot?s Guide® to Graphic Design is your one-stop reference. Presented in an intuitive, accessible format, here are the fundamental elements of design and design principles, as well as instruction on how to apply those elements and principles to a variety of projects.

?Covers art supplies, software, concept development, reproduction needs, and much more
?Sample projects include business cards, print and web ads, and graphic T-shirts
?Follows the success of other titles aimed at the aspiring artist, including the Complete Idiot?s Guide® titles on digital photography, drawing, and manga

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (Oct. 7 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592578063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592578061
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.5 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #885,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great information and good creative ideas. Dec 12 2008
By D. Damico - Published on
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the perfect book for adults/high school seniors interested in graphic design Dec 12 2008
By C. Goldan - Published on
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" Small Business Reference Book! Oct. 15 2009
By Connie Cummings - Published on
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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for a non graphic designer Jan. 29 2009
By Beth Ann Peperak - Published on
Think book is so well written that I being older and not very swift in the computer field nor photography could understand each chapter. I plan to use this to enhance my work as an artist and setting up formats for entery into art shows.
Many of the suggestion points made in the book I have underline for easy reference when working on other projects.
Looking forward for more books written by Marjorie Crum and Marcia Layton Turner