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Great Book For Self Study
on November 11, 2010
I am an aspiring web and graphic designer still in my self taught studies. I had contemplated for quite some time on whether to go to design school or not. With the cost of tuition - I decided to continue to learn on my own. While there are great tutorials out there to help you gain experience, I have yet to come across any self guided books on learning design fundamentals and principles. I am still learning Photoshop, then it is off to Illustrator and InDesign, so I have not started to hit the GDSB yet.
I have however, skimmed through the book, and I must say I am very impressed. The book is mirrored to the same text as you would receive in Design School, with numerous modules and assignments, teaching you everything from the fundamentals and principles of design to typography and color. The assignments from each module range anywhere from research to projects. Being a self taught student, I have set up a curriculum for myself to mirror school, and while this book has 192 pages in it, it very well could take me close to a year to complete this book from beginning to end.
If you are an aspiring designer contemplating on going to design school, I highly recommend this book. While being at design school is excellent to have peers to lean on, I honestly can say, you will be learning the same principles etc in school as you would from this book. The only difference, is with the GDSB, you will be saving thousands of dollars. If you wish to spend thousands to have peers to lean on, think twice, buy this book and lean on the design community.