Document Design: A Guide for Technical Communicators / Edition 1

Document Design: A Guide for Technical Communicators / Edition 1

by Miles A. Kimball, Ann R. Hawkins
     
 

The technological revolution of the last ten years has radically changed document designers' materials, processes, and tools of the trade. In short, choices about everything from typography and color to planning and production have changed -- even multiplied. The first new text for the college market in ten years, Kimball and Hawkins' Document Design assumes

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The technological revolution of the last ten years has radically changed document designers' materials, processes, and tools of the trade. In short, choices about everything from typography and color to planning and production have changed -- even multiplied. The first new text for the college market in ten years, Kimball and Hawkins' Document Design assumes from the start that students are working online to produce a fuller range of print and online documents, designed and delivered differently in a digital world. Through practical, accessible advice and examples, Kimball and Hawkins lay out the array of elements and choices that document designers need to consider, all in the context of a rhetorical framework that allows students to see the effects of those choices. The only text to integrate a range of theoretical perspectives, visual perception, visual culture, and visual rhetoric, Document Design teaches students to think more critically about their own design decisions and to keep usability in mind every step of the way. True to its message, this artfully designed text practices the principles it teaches and is sure to become a reference that students will keep.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312436995
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
12/12/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
371,723
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

PART I. PRINCIPLES

1. What is Document Design?

Document Design as Information Design

The Document in Document Design

From Document to Design

Document Design as a Relationship

Levels of Design

Design & Emotion

Visual Design

2. Principles of Design

Design Objects & Their Characteristics

Six Principles of Design

Using Design Principles

3. Theories of Design

Visual Perception

Visual Culture

Visual Rhetoric

PART II. PROCESSES

4. The Whole Document

Three Perspectives on the Whole Document

Making Decisions about Medium

Making Decisions about Format

5. Pages

Three Perspectives on Pages

Viewing Pages

Creating Meaning with Page Design

Using Grids for Page Design

6. Type

Three Perspectives on Type

Looking at Type

Designing Documents with Type

Using Typographic Styles

Digital Type

Type on Screen

7. Graphics

Three Perspectives on Graphics

Graphics & Design Principles

Graphics & Ethics

Why Use Graphics?

Information Graphics

Promotion Graphics

Creating & Modifying Graphics

Incorporating Graphics into Documents

8. Color

Three Perspectives on Color

Color on Paper and Screens: RGB & CMYK

Designing with Color

Working with Color on Computers

9. Displaying and Collecting Data

Three Perspectives on Lists, Tables, & Forms

Lists

Tables

Forms

PART III. PRODUCTION

10. Projects

Project Management

Working with Design Teams

Models of Project Management

Planned Iterations: A Mixed Approach

11. Production

Printing Technologies

Paper

Ink

From Design to Document

Preparing Designs for the Press

Proofs

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