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Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual Paperback – April 1, 2007
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Timothy Samara is a graphic designer and educator based in New York City, where he divides his time between consulting, writing, and teaching at the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, NYU, and Purchase College. He is the author of several books for Rockport Publishers, including Making and Breaking the Grid, Typography Workbook, Publication Design Workbook, Type Style Finder and Design Elements.
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While the information that I've struggled to read is good, the layout of the pages is crowded and does not have clear hierarchy. It is ironic that a book on design does not follow the principles. A good example of where following the rules instead of breaking them would have been in order. It tries to get too much information into too small a space. Maybe should have had twice as many pages, but then it would cost more and it is one of the least expensive design texts available.
I will not be recommending it as a required text for these reasons.
Good material. Poor presentation. I hope any subsequent editions fix the stupid errors so readers aren't left bewildered.
The preface with the beige text on a black ground at the small size is extremely hard to read which is a shame because of the subject matter. The Introduction is readable. The book has sections on Form & Space, Color, Typography, Image, and Layout that have really good content but the text with the examples is also too small. The information is good for teaching but the text is a good example to students on why you have to consider the purpose for your text, apparently it was too cut down on the ammount of pages and price.
Terminology in Graphic Design is interchangeable so when there is a difference it is customizable but the information in this book does a good job of explaining the subjects it discusses so that students can adjust to their situation. The chapters on Form & Space and Color are real good. Personally the 20 Rules and later How to Break Them should be gone over with students so the teacher can put their own input in on them. They are not necessarily wrong but can be misinterpreted or misunderstood.
Would highly recommend.
Buy it -- Read it -- Highlight the livin' crap out of it -- Enjoy it!
Ok, the book was not perfect. My technical communication background is the source of my quibble with the author's choice to use a light gray type in the body text against a white page. When the reader struggles with the difficulty of the read, there is a reduction in the transfer of information. It is as if to say, look only at the color because all the information is in the graphics - yet there was good information presented in the body text.