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Design Basics Index Flexibound – December 3, 2004
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The book has many exploratory exercises or practice projects for the designer. Throughout it, Krause shows layouts produced using a basic set of photographic, header and body copy elements. He walks us through what works from these finished layouts, and what doesn't, and why. Design books usually show you the single way a piece saw print. This book's mock layouts suggest the multiplicity of ways components A, B, C and D could have been combined; there are, helpfully, more "don't" examples here than "do's". Krause also shows subtle ways to create flow in a layout, the creation of good relationships between objects on a page, and the things that can creep into work and sabotage it by working at cross purposes to clarity and unity.
Design Basics Index could function well as a supplemental book for those in a graphic design program. I have many years of design behind me, and I like to keep the book close by as a touchstone or a pocket source of friendly little reminders. As a resource, it manages to make some design bells go off for me most times I pick it up. That's the best endorsement I can give the book.
If you are a design master, or an avowed design martian, and feel convinced you can't learn anything from a book of this sort, you are probably right. To each his/her own. But for me, it fills a small niche very neatly.
The pliable plastic cover is thicker than expected and, subsequently, super durable (and waterproof to boot!); and the books slim profile allows it to easily survive trips in suitcases, cargo pockets, or even the sands of Iraq!
The pages are filled with amazing tips and exercises, which can be used personally or, in my case, to teach my troops new skills.
I use it for inspiration and as a "why and wherefore" for my design decisions.
One of the best design books I own, apart from its great on-the-go transportability!
However, it's not without flaws:
firstly, a lot of the designs shown as examples are a bit dated and often dont show of the concepts as well as one would hope.
There are a few widows, orphans and other typographical faux-pas, not really the best thing for a book about design and layout.
The size is hit or miss, I personally love it but my professor thinks it awkward.
Keep that in mind and the fact that some of the terms he uses may be different than your training and I think it's solid.
Got me going in design and now I'm a beast. Hahaha
No seriously, great for beginners.
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This is a good book for beginners. It has key concepts to start, although some explanations are not completely understandable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SB—.
Beautiful print, helpful information, absolutely perfect color and paper. Was not disappointed.Published 7 months ago by Minhinzaghi
Some great information and techniques but the examples used seem very last century and out of style you know what I mean? like very 1998. Read morePublished 10 months ago by TOTO