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A Book About Design

Author: Mark Gonyea
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780805075755
Size: 75.51 MB
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Introduces readers to the fundamental elements of design by using simple shapes, lines, and humor to explain why complicated is not always the best way to go.

On Book Design

Author: Richard Hendel
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300075700
Size: 28.31 MB
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How is a book designed? What do book designers think about as they turn mansucripts into printed books? In this volume the book designer Richard Hendel and other book designers discuss their approaches and working methods. They consider the problems posed by a wide range of projects - selection of book's size and shape, choice of typeface for text and display, arrangement of type on the page, and determination of typographic details for all parts of the book within manufacturing and buget limitations. As omnipresent as books are, few readers are aware of the invisible craft of book designing. The task of a book designer faces is different from that faced by other designers. The challenge, says Hendel isn't to create something different or pretty or clever but to discover how best to serve the author's words. Hendel does not epouse a single philosophy of design or a set of instructions; he shows that there are many ways to design a book. In detailed descriptions of the creative process, Hendel and the eight other designers show how they achieve the most effective visual presentation of words, offering many examples to illustrate their choices.

The Non Designer S Design Book

Author: Robin Williams
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0133966151
Size: 40.90 MB
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A lot has happened in the world of digital design since the first edition of this title was published, but one thing remains true: There is an ever-growing number of people attempting to design everything from newsletters to advertisements with no formal training. This book is the one place they can turn to find quick, non-intimidating, excellent design help from trusted design instructor Robin Williams. This revised and expanded classic includes a new chapter on designing with type, more quizzes and exercises, updated projects, and new visual and typographic examples that give the book a fresh, modern look. In The Non-Designer's Design Book, 4th Edition, Robin turns her attention to the basic principles that govern good design. Perfect for beginners, Robin boils great design into four easy-to-master principles: contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity (C.R.A.P.!). Readers who follow her clearly explained concepts will produce more sophisticated and professional work immediately. Humor-infused, jargon-free prose interspersed with design exercises, quizzes, and illustrations make learning a snap–which is just what audiences have come to expect from this bestselling author.

There S Nothing Funny About Design

Author: David Barringer
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN: 9781568988283
Size: 23.96 MB
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". . . no one has ever written about graphic design in quite this way. The title sounds more like a short story, and at times I found myself reading it as though it were a fictional exploration of a designer's consciousness. When I did, itsenergy, relentlessness, emotion, and abundance of detail made sense, as did its literary style. Barringer writes entertainingly and has a gift for intricate metaphor. . .Designers who enjoy ambitious writing will find plenty toadmire . . ." From Rick Poynor's I.D. Magazine review of "American Mutt Barks in the Yard" (Emigre; 68) By winning the 2008 Winterhouse Award for Design Writing, David Barringer firmly established himself as the freshest and most interesting writer on the subject. His articles, which have appeared in publications from Print to Emigre, are notable for his strong personal point of view, literary style, and even humor, not always attributes associated with writing about design. In this collection of essays, Barringer's first, he wonders why drug names have so many X's in them, ponders the rise of gory DVD covers, and ruminates on his father's business card collection, pythons, and the human skullproving again and again that design is everywhere you look for it, (but may not have seen) without the powerful magnifying lens of this talented and exciting observer and writer.

Aspects Of Contemporary Book Design

Author: Richard Hendel
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 1609381750
Size: 70.70 MB
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In this manifestly practical book, Richard Hendel has invited book and journal designers he admires to describe how they approach and practice the craft of book design. Designers with interesting and varied careers in the field, who work with contemporary technology in today’s publishing environment, describe their methods of managing the challenges presented by specific types of books, presented side by side with numerous images from those books. Not an instruction manual but a unique, on-the-job, title page–to–index guide to the ways that professional British and American designers think about design, Aspects of Contemporary Book Design continues the conversation that began with Hendel’s 1998 classic, On Book Design. Contributing designers who focus on solving problems posed by nonfiction, fiction, cookbooks, plays, poetry, illustrated books, and journals include Cherie Westmoreland, Amy Ruth Buchanan, Mindy Basinger Hill, Nola Burger, Ron Costley, Kristina Kachele, Barbara Wiedemann, and Sue Hall, as well as a host of other designers, typesetters, editors, and even an author. Abbey Gaterud attempts to define the conundrum that the e-book presents to designers; Kent Lew describes the evolution of his Whitman typeface family; Charles Ellertson reflects upon the vital relationship between the typesetter and the designer; and Sean Magee writes about the uneasy alliance between designers and editors. In an extended essay that is as frank and funny as it is illuminating, Andrew Barker takes the reader deep into the morass—excavating the fine, finer, and finest details of working through a series design. At the heart of this copiously illustrated book is the enduring need for design that clarifies the way for the reader, whether on the printed page or on the computer screen. Blending his roles as designer, author, interviewer, and editor, Hendel reaches across both sides of the drafting table—both real and virtual—to create a book that will appeal to aspiring and seasoned book designers as well as writers, editors, and readers who want to know more about the visual presentation of the written word.

Popular Lies About Graphic Design

Author: Craig Ward
Publisher: ACTAR Publishers
ISBN: 8415391358
Size: 66.52 MB
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Ward pulls from his ten years' experience as a designer and art director to tackle subjects such as design fetishists, Helvetica's neutrality, urgent briefs, as well as topics such as the validity of design education, the supposed death of print, client relationships and pitch planning. In addition, the book features contributions and insights from more than a dozen other established practitioners such as Milton Glaser, Stefan Sagmeister, Christoph Niemann and David Carson--Provided by publisher.

Delicious Book Design

Author: Megan Van Staden
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781864706550
Size: 29.97 MB
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This richly illustrated book presents stunning food-related books that showcase special editorial design, from the aspect of jacket, typography, or food-styling techniques. The first part introduces some classical formats that many designers use, with clear, detailed explanatory notes; the second part features a variety of creative and original formats not commonly seen, which could definitely attract more readers. Finally the book presents several award-winning works, most of which are winners of the Gourmand World Awards. This title is destined to be a design bible for professional designers and students of design alike.

Notes On Book Design

Author: Derek Birdsall
Publisher:
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In a career spanning more than forty years, Derek Birdsall has achieved renown as a leading book designer in Britain. This practical and inspirational book distils a lifetime’s professional experience. It presents and discusses nearly fifty books he has designed, showing 360 spreads and covers, all in full color and to scale. The designs range from Penguin paperback covers in the 1960s to a recent complete redesign of The Church of England’s book of Common Worship. Among Birdsall’s projects are award-winning art catalogues, catalogues raisonn� on such major artists as Mark Rothko and Georgia O’Keeffe, and books on wine, chess, astronomy, architecture, and fine paper. Birdsall discusses and illustrates the process of book design, from brief to deadline (which he calls the designer’s muse). He includes specimen settings of his favorite text faces as well as an innovative metric grid system for designing books. In addition, he lists books he himself has found useful or inspiring. For every reader curious about the design or production of books, this is a uniquely informative and instructive book.

Tragic Design

Author: Jonathan Shariat
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1491923563
Size: 33.93 MB
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Bad design is everywhere, and its cost is much higher than we think. In this thought-provoking book, authors Jonathan Shariat and Cynthia Savard Saucier explain how poorly designed products can anger, sadden, exclude, and even kill people who use them. The designers responsible certainly didn’t intend harm, so what can you do to avoid making similar mistakes? Tragic Design examines real case studies that show how certain design choices adversely affected users, and includes in-depth interviews with authorities in the design industry. Pick up this book and learn how you can be an agent of change in the design community and at your company. You’ll explore: Designs that can kill, including the bad interface that doomed a young cancer patient Designs that anger, through impolite technology and dark patterns How design can inadvertently cause emotional pain Designs that exclude people through lack of accessibility, diversity, and justice How to advocate for ethical design when it isn’t easy to do so Tools and techniques that can help you avoid harmful design decisions Inspiring professionals who use design to improve our world