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The Layout Book (Required Reading Range) Paperback – November 13, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-2940373536 ISBN-10: 2940373531 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Series: Required Reading Range
  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books AVA (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2940373531
  • ISBN-13: 978-2940373536
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gavin Ambrose is a graphic designer. He is the co-author, with Paul Harris, of the books in the Basics Design series, including Image, Colour, and Format, and the author of several other books. He lives in Kent, England.

Paul Harris studied at the London College of Communication and has gone on to become a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared extensively in magazines and journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including style bible Dazed & Confused.

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If however, you are looking for a solid overview to layout design this book is great.
stg
If you need help and background on getting a layout started for something unique you are creating, this book will help!
Suad
A good introduction, and perfect for new students of graphic design or people with beginning interest for this field.
Line Lisberg Refstrup

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Line Lisberg Refstrup on January 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am a student at a designschool in Denmark (third year), and I bought "The Layout Book" by Ambrose/Harris. This book is a good and basic introduction to graphic design. Maybe a bit to basic I realize, but still good. It has a short historic view and treats subjects like The Golden Section, The grid, and Typography in a very basic manner. A good introduction, and perfect for new students of graphic design or people with beginning interest for this field. I give it four stars because it really is good for beginners, but realize I probably should have bought a book the deepens more into the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stg on August 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Layout Book is described as providing an advanced overview of layout design. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found the content relevant and useful it is worth noting that I do not believe the book to be an advanced overview. As another review has pointed out the book is not specific on several areas, instead it provides a useful overview of a lot of different subject matter relating to layout. In places this can feel hurried (although justified by the relevance of those sections) and if you are looking for certain subject matters such as the grid it may well be worth consulting a more specific text. If however, you are looking for a solid overview to layout design this book is great.

The layout of the book itself is impeccable (as it should be) and provides an easy to follow satisfying read. The examples of contemporary work shown are suitable but limited in their sources and as a result potentially limit the diversity possible in this subject. In terms of navigating around and finding useful information this book is great, it's sat on my shelf and easy to jump into at any point to provide inspiration and advice. I'd definitely recommend it for students and practising designers. It provides enough depth and detail to grab your attention on specific areas of the subject.

Overall this book is really easy to read and covers layout principles well. Unfortunately I think its downfall is it tries to make us aware of how layout principles are relevant in each aspect of everyday life and whilst I agree, in doing this, the author has had to cover a multitude of subjects and in some cases in a limited fashion. In places subjects such as Architecture and Interior Design appear which are truly relevant but they lack any real detail.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
The collaborative work of freelance writer, journalist and editor Paul Harris and professional graphic designer Gavin Ambrose, "The Layout Book" is a profusely illustrated introduction to the basic principles of graphic design as they have been employed for in the worlds of fashion, the principles of architecture, the creation of art, and the organization of the illustrated printed page. With a wealth of images ranging from magazine covers, to maps, to packaging design, "The Layout Book covers everything from the use of white space, to the measurement of images, to the balancing of lines and geometrical spacing of individual elements into something that is so much greater than the mere assembled sum of its parts. The transformation of image and proportion into graphically designed works of art. "The Layout Book" is the perfect introduction for graphic art design students, and will prove to be of immense interest to non-specialist general readers with an interest in art and design as well. Also very highly recommended from AVA Publishing is Tony Gibbs' "Fundamentals of Sonic Art and Sound Design".
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Format: Paperback
If you want to learn about layout principles, this book is a very useful tool. Topics include how we read a page, balance, use of white space, grids and columns, and proportion. If you have good instincts about page layouts but need some advice on why you might think something is off or out of balance, this book will help you understand the traditional principles. The examples used are not web-oriented but I found it easy to translate the concepts.

For print materials, the book includes information on standard paper sizes, envelope layouts and book sizes. If you are creating your own photography book, this is a good resource as it shows various page layouts.
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