The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice / Edition 3by Robin Williams
Pub. Date: 02/26/2008
Publisher: Peachpit Press
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 pages 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 classic--now in full color--includes a new section on the hot topic of Color itself. In The Non-Designer's Design Book, 3rd Editio n, Robin turns her attention to the basic principles that govern good design. Readers who follow her clearly explained concepts will produce more sophisticated and professional pages 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 best-selling author.
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Table of ContentsDesign Principles
1 The Joshua Tree Epiphany
7 Using Color
8 Extra Tips & Tricks
Designing Wth Type
9 Type (& Life)
10 Categories of Type
11 Type Contrasts
12 So, Does it Make Sense?
13 Answers to Quizzes
14 Typefaces in this Book
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As an analytical type -- creative, but without artistic ability, previous classes and books on 'design' that were all theory haven't helped at all. This book gives solid principles that can be approached like a brain teaser for left-brained people. The second half is about font styles and using them together. It's like getting two books in one and for a very reasonable price. The layout makes for fast, enjoyable reading and is an excellent example of the principles taught and their value. Having this earlier would have saved a lot of time on production and redesign of my web sites.
This book is a must-read for anyone involved with design and layout. Robin Williams actually explains why and how to do certain things to create effective designs and layouts. The book is easy to read and uses tons of helpful examples. Even if you're a novice, this book will drastically improve your ability to design effectively. Although the book is about designing printed material, I am a web designer and have found the principles highly applicable to web design as well.
I've taken desktop publishing classes at a local college, but the one thing I didn't learn was: 'Simple strategies on how to lay out a page so that it looks good.' This author gives specifics and lots of before/afters. I now save time and feel more confident with my finished product. A bonus: some of the things I'm anal about, the author is, too! Nice to know I'm not the only person out there who's detail oriented....
This book is perfect for those of us without any graphic design background or education who need to create professional-looking publications. Great examples and visuals throughout the book solidify the points being made at the moment they are being made. The author is straightforward and challenges readers to get out of their comfort zone to create really phenomenal work.
This book was recommended and I was quite excited that I could get it for my NookColor. But it uses graphics to illustrate font combinations and illustrations of good layout - unfortunately the graphics are not crisp - they do not display well on the Nook Color. This is an example of why there is a 14-day trial period, and why I should have used it instead of going ahead and purchasing the book immediately. Also, it is a very short book - only 115 pages. The content is good but not worth the price for little content and poor graphics.
This is a great book! It is so simply and easy to follow. It incorporates many visual examples which makes it easier to understand. I highly recommend it for both teachers and students.
I've been teaching journalism to high school students for over 20 years; this book is an invaluable resource. Design concepts are clearly and concisely explained. If you don't have a lot of time to spend studying design but you need some basics, this is definitely the book for you!
Brilliant - I took the 'Design for Non-Designers' B&N online course, which was very good, and bought this book as recommended reading after I finished the course. Very good for those of us who are very computer literate but 'all thumbs' when it comes to design.
Great book and very easy to read. Read it cover to cover in 2 days and it really opened my eyes!
I've been doing internet and graphic design for many years, but this book was just what I needed to help explain my ideas and reinforce my suspisions (for good design). The book (and author) even gave me some new ideas on what to do. And, even though I deal with the web quite a bit, this book's ideas and poiters can be applied there too. For example, having graphics and text 'line up' and form 'hard edges,' amongst other suggestions and tips. I wish to thank Robin Williams personnaly for such a good book.