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The Non-Designer's Design Book (3rd Edition) Paperback – Feb 12 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 3 edition (Feb. 12 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321534042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321534040
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

A lot has happened in the world of digital design since the first edition of this title was published, but one thing remains true: There is an ever-growing number of people attempting to design pages with no formal training. This book is the one place they can turn to find quick, non-intimidating, excellent design help from trusted design instructor Robin Williams. This revised classic--now in full color--includes a new section on the hot topic of Color itself.In The Non-Designer's Design Book,3rdEdition,Robin turns her attention to the basic principles that govern good design. Readers who follow her clearly explained concepts will produce more sophisticated and professional pages immediately. Humor-infused, jargon-free prose interspersed with design exercises, quizzes, and illustrations make learning a snap--which is just what audiences have come to expect from this best-selling author.

About the Author

Robin Williams is the author of dozens of best-selling and award-winning books, including The Non-Designer's D esign Book, The Non-Designer's Ty pe Book, The Little Mac Bo ok, Robin Williams Mac OS X B ook, Robin Williams Design Works hop, and Web Design Worksh op. Through her writing, teaching, and seminars, Robin has influenced a generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, the Mac, desktop publishing, and the Web.

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The best book for new print or web designers! Explains basic concepts in plain language with examples...Now when I see something I like or don't like I can see why it works (or doesn't) and have the language to tell why. Lots of visual example and "before and after" pics.
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I haven't read through the entire book page by page, but the before/after examples I've used and the overall concept of "contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity" offer non-designers useful tools. I also like the book, "white space is not your enemy." Between the two books, there's a lot of helpful instruction and advice enabling the reader to come close to being a really good designer without having a design background or spending oodles of time and money on courses.

The one thing I don't quite get is the cover of the third edition published in 2008. The modelled green background and the little flower symbol look like they were leftover from the 1990s. In this case, don't judge a book by it's cover!
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I know nothing about design. So this book is perfect. It starts with the very basics, introducing the reader to the four basic principals in design; contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity. It then goes into detail about each one and how to use them together. Although what seems so easy on paper (and her examples are really helpful and visually appealing) is not so easy in practice. You definitely need to work on these skills if you want great materials, but the book gives the novice the fundamentals so you won't make the usual mistakes that most non-designers do (like centering everything, for example). In that respect, you should see immediate results in your work. Williams also gives tips on using colour and how to design various types of materials, like business cards, brochures, websites, and more. What I found especially useful was the whole section she devotes to type. I love playing with fonts and after reading her book I'm much more visually aware of the differences and how to combine them effectively. Obviously, if you've been to art or design school, this book won't help you much as you are probably way past it. However, she says at the beginning, this book is for those who know absolutely nothing and have been forced into some graphic design role. I think in our days everyone has some need for this so really we all could benefit from this book. It's little but it is packed! It's a must-have book, no matter what profession you're in. Highly, highly recommended!
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