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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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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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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.
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.
It's not overtly technical, but is highly informative and entertaining as hell. Absolutely worth your money.
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Fun book. Lots of creative and functional info for the graphic designer.Published 9 months ago by TG
Interesting format for the several authors to express their views on many aspects of publishing, the use of fonts (other than Comic Sans) being a part of it.Published on March 22, 2013 by L. Cullen
I bought the Kindle edition and am reading it on my iPad which is a bit different than working with a paper book. Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by fancy stitcher
One of the "tips" is not to use your cell phone camera to shoot professional work. Lame. Advice is often trite and very low-level. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Linda A