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Thou Shall Not Use Comic Sans: 365 Graphic Design Sins and Virtues: A Designer's Almanac of Dos and Don'ts Hardcover – February 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (February 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321812816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321812810
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sean Adams (adamsmorioka.com) is the national president and past national board member of the AIGA. He is a Fellow of the Aspen Design Conference, and AIGA Fellow. He teaches at Art Center College of Design. Sean is a frequent lecturer and competition judge internationally, and is the co-author of Logo Design Workbook, Color Design Workbook, and Masters of Design.

 

John Foster (badpeoplegoodthings.com) is a designer, author, and speaker on design whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. His books include For Sale: Over 200 Innovative Solutions in Packaging Design, New Masters of Poster Design, and Maximum Page Design, and he writes a weekly column on music packaging for brightestyoungthings.com.

 

Tony Seddon has worked for a design consultancy, as a senior art editor for an illustrated book publisher, and as art director for two visual arts publishers in a career spanning over 20 years. He is the author of Image: A Creative Digital Workflow for Graphic Designers, Graphic Design for Nondesigners, and Art Directing Projects for Print.

 

Peter Dawson (gradedesign.com) has a degree in graphic design from Kingston University, UK, and over 18 years experience in the design arena. Among the awards for his work are the Gold Federal Tait Award, D&AD, Donside, McNaughtons Review, ISTD Certificate of Excellence, and, most recently, Best Jacket/Cover Design at the 2010 British Book Design and Production Awards. He is a Fellow, and former Chair, of the International Society of Typographic Designers.

 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin O'Conner on November 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There is a lot of useful information in this book, good checklist-type stuff.

However, the effectiveness of the book is occasionally undermined by sloppy proofreading:
* "Thou shall not hyphenate text that is ragged right", says one of the entries. Yet they do exactly that on the very next page

* "Thou shall hang quotation marks outside the paragraph margins", says another entry. Yet they ignore this advice on the very same page.

As I read through the book, I also found instances of an extra space at the very beginning of a line in the middle of a paragraph, two sentences missing the space that should have separated them, a hyphenated word appearing in the middle of a line, and ellipses that looked like evenly spaced periods instead of proper ellipses.

In short, a good general reference in need of a little tidying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roxanne L. Burns on December 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Thou Shall Not Use Comic Sans: 365 Graphic Design Sins and Virtues: A Designer's Almanac of Dos and Don'ts [Hardcover]
Tony Seddon (Author), Sean Adams (Author), John Foster (Author), Peter Dawson (Author)

I love, love, love this book. I am a graphic design teacher and these are just the right length messages for attention span of high school and middle school students. Small digestible bites of information that cuts right to the point. The book is a nice size to haul back and forth between my classroom and home and the paper and cover are excellent quality. I know there is lots of information on line but I still like books and I like to show the kids that books are still relevant. This book is easy to read and well organized by subject. There are many rules to remember in the world of graphic design and this books helps remind, even a seasoned professional, about using elements effectively and properly. This book is like a condensed college course. . . or things that should be iincluded in college courses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulrich Ernst on November 19, 2012
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Nothing earthshaking here, but still quite useful. (I never realized the level of controversy surrounding Comic Sans, but now I understand my instructor's reaction to a sample of my work I was showing her.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Steffen on August 9, 2012
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Very refreshing and useful book. Great selection of subjects. Humorous on top of it all. While not all of the topics discuss new rules, it often refreshes ones memories and is helpful to see intrinsic beliefs brought to the surface.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fancy stitcher on August 1, 2012
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I bought the Kindle edition and am reading it on my iPad which is a bit different than working with a paper book. I like the fact that I can change the type size but sometimes that means a strange page break.

Many of the "rules" are ones I learned a very long time ago but it is nice to see them in writing. This is especially useful when trying to "educate" new desktop publishers who think the fact that software can do something makes it OK to do. So many of today's "designers" seem to create work on very large monitors and then print to rather small publications. The result is hard to read and certainly not good at selling the information. And then they want to transfer the magazine to a tablet and wonder why the end result is not well received.

I enjoyed the commentary and humor. The topics are short and easy to read.

Is there a similar book on making the transfer from paper to ebooks?
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