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Layout Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Building Pages in Graphic Design Paperback – May 1, 2007
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I find the title slightly misleading in that it is not what I would normally consider a workbook. It covers the entire design process step by step, so in that sense its very instructional but when I think of workbooks I imagine sample projects, worksheets, etc. It has more in common with an instructional / reference / design specimen book (a third of the book is a catalog of design projects done by professional designers). As mentioned above its focus is print layouts so there is little direct reference to web or interface design.
Overall, it is a well conceived, well designed book that gives a design student the basics of print design and can replace a variety of other books on your shelf.
Another of my favorite features is that the author not only addresses the topics like "grid" and "space" but they also cover the mental process behind design; there is a section just about intuition and creativity.
Above all the book was enjoyable to read - not just informative.
The book discusses the function of design, the design process, the role of inspiration and intuition in design, the function of grids, the factors that effect composition, typography and the importance of design analysis. The book concludes with a look at several examples of design with some comments on each. There are no exercises or tutorials.
Most designers would agree that the layout of printed materials should enhance the ability of the printed media to communicate its message without calling attention to the layout. I presume that there are some principles to laying out a piece of media to achieve that goal. The authors recognize that there are such principles and even offer some of those in general terms. Thus the authors suggest that using more then one typeface or font in a piece may enhance communication, but also point out that some fonts are unattractive when combined. The logical development of this point would have provided readers with some examples of combinations both compatible and in conflict, and perhaps even a discussion of why fonts fit together or conflict.
The authors offer profuse illustrations that they believe show good design. Unfortunately most of illustrations are so small that they provide little help in understanding the teaching points. The examples in the final chapter are larger. For the latter, the accompanying text often illustrates the design considerations but just as often the text is merely descriptive.Read more ›
Not recommended for intermediate/advanced designers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a designer by training but I needed to do a lot of design for my new job. This book makes for great desk-side inspiration when you need to make a new layout concept and you... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jun
Good book for anyone wanting to learn essential graphic design principles.Published 5 months ago by Cam
I ordered this for my son. He needed it for a graphic design class. I am not qualified to review the content, but the textbook arrived in excellent condition, and it arrived... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marianne Harms
book itself is great. Lots of great examples. I used it for a slightly different purpose. I wanted to make scrapbooks but not make them so artsy crafty. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had use this book for design layout inspiration and I find it very helpful. There is not a lot of reading to do for those who have short attention span, however, they cover the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Roger Matthews
had to return. was expecting to fill things out and have projects to do since I saw "workbook", but next time, I'll make sure to read descriptions more carefully.Published 12 months ago by jessica
I did not use this book much in class, but I can see myself using this book as reference.Published 18 months ago by Amber