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Graphic Design Paperback – April 16, 2014
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Warning: Ellen Lupton's books will make you want to be a graphic designer. Like her two previous efforts (D.I.Y. and D.I.Y. Kids), this book inspires thoughts of career change, or, at the very least, creating your own visual language. Featuring lots of work from Lupton's and Phillips's MICA students, it's also something of a calling card for the school. -- Baltimore Magazine, June 1, 2008
"I highly recommend this book as an addition to your personal design library. Whether you are a seasoned design professional or someone just interested in learning more, it serves as a fantastic and succinct resource for the fundamentals of good design." --Motionographer, 4,17,2008
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"Explains the key concepts that inform design work, including point, line, plane, scale, hierarchy, layers and transparency." --How, December, 2008
This guide for students and professionals refocuses design instruction on the study of the fundamentals of form, informed by contemporary media, theory, and software systems. Through visual demonstrations and concise commentary, the book shows how to build interest and complexity around simple relationships between formal elements of two-dimensional design, and explains key concepts of visual language that inform any work of design, from a logo to a web site.
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GOOD: It touches on essential graphic design principles.
Whether you're a marketer or a undercover artist, this book provides a basic understanding of the graphic design field. It touches on typography, heiararchy, colors, layers and more! The introduction is engaging and sets the tone of the rest of the book, and the literature is well versed and informative without having to worry about not knowing graphic design lingo.
GREAT: It provides wonderful examples that will inspire your inner artist.
I like to pick up this book and look for inspiration. The art covers everything from user interface design (UI) to print design. While you may not know what your style is as a graphic design artist, this book will shed light on styles that may interest you.
IMPROVEMENTS: It could go more in depth in certain areas.
This book was a pleasure to read, but it was almost as if the section ended right when I wanted to dive into a topic more. That is the problem with having a book that covers the basics; It will occasionally fail to provide detailed information in certain areas. Suggesting it as an improvement does my opinion more justice rather than saying it's a downfall. This book has the basics covered.
Conclusion: I don't know how many graphic design books I've been through that had horrible graphic design in them, but this book was a beautiful blend of information and visual examples. Maybe you're not an artist or maybe you are, this book will help you interpret the art you see in a world where graphic design is ubiquitous.
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Great introduction to key design concepts
Visuals and examples are beautiful
It's definitely a book I'd come back to again...Read more