- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2nd edition (September 7, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321193857
- ISBN-13: 978-0321193858
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 537 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Non-Designer's Design Book 2nd Edition
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From the Back Cover
So you have a great concept and all the fancy digital tools you could possibly require-what's stopping you from creating beautiful pages? Namely the training to pull all of these elements together into a cohesive design that effectively communicates your message. Not to worry: This book is the one place you can turn to find quick, non-intimidating, excellent design help. In The Non-Designer's Design Book, 2nd Edition, best-selling author Robin Williams turns her attention to the basic principles of good design and typography. All you have to do is follow her clearly explained concepts, and you'll begin producing more sophisticated, professional, and interesting pages immediately. Humor-infused, jargon-free prose interspersed with design exercises, quizzes, illustrations, and dozens of examples make learning a snap-which is just what audiences have come to expect from this best-selling author.
About the Author
Robin Williams is the author of more than 20 best-selling and award-winning books, including The Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, The Non-Designer's Design Book, The Non-Designer's Type Book, and Robin Williams Design Workshop, and Web Design Workshop. Through her writing, teaching, and seminars, Robin has influenced a generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, desktop publishing, the Mac, and the World Wide Web.
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It has tought me tons about fonts, colors, layout ideas, designing business card and other business forms, and so much more, it'd be impossible to list it all. The way the author lays out the book makes all this new information so easy to comprehend, and that is one of the things I like most about the book.
I am always going back to re-read and look at ideas and info when I'm working on designing different things.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in graphic design.
It was perfect for me. The book focuses on design as a means a effective communication rather than just a way to make pretty things, and that works a lot better for my brain. The examples are very clear, and the iterative improvements from one design to the next are so clear that even I can tell that they look better (and understand why). The writing is equally effective and easy to consume. It only took me 4-5 hours for my first pass through this book.
After finishing the book tonight, I set out to improve my resume. 90 minutes later, I'm shocked with the results. I used to think my old one looked fine, but now I can see so many design flaws in it. The new version, well, I'm sure there's still plenty wrong with it, but looks better than anything I thought I'd ever create on my own.
After reading Williams' book and working the exercises, I have a decent idea of what to look for and why certain things work while others don't. If you can name a problem, it's hard to fix, and she breaks it down for us non-designers in an easy to understand way.
Am I ready to work the graphics desk at The Times? Definitely not, but Im using what I learned right away in creating an engaging slide deck for a national conference.