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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321193858
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Non-Designer's
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Williams is the author of dozens of bestselling and award-winning books, including The Non-Designer's Presentation Book, The Non-Designer's InDesign Book, and The Mac is not a typewriter. Through her writing, teaching, and seminars, Robin has educated and influenced an entire generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, desktop publishing, the Mac, and the Web.

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Table of Contents

1. Is This Book For You?

2. Mini-Glossary.

3. The Joshua Tree Principle.

4. Proximity.

5. Alignment.

6. Repetition.

7. Contrast.

8. Review.

9. Type (& Life).

10. Categories Of Type.

11. Type Contrasts.

12. So, Do You Get It?

Answers To Quizzes.

Bibliography.

Typefaces In This Book.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2002

    Even a techy can understand this

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    Great explanation of basic design principles

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2001

    Excellent Strategies for Layout

    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....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    Great for the amateur who needs to look professional!

    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.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Graphics do not display well

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2010

    Amazing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2008

    Want to learn more about design but don't need to be at an expert level?

    The Non-Designer's Design Book breaks down the four basic principles of design in a straightforward (and often humorous) manner. Through examples, illustrations, and short practice quizzes, you'll learn some techniques that will improve your chances of getting your message across. It is an easy read that is well worth the short investment in time. You'll be sure to get a few tips (if not more) that you can use right away. Geared toward those between the beginner and intermediate levels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2001

    The one book to have!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2001

    Great book for those of us who are artistically challenged

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2000

    Excellent and easy to read!

    Great book and very easy to read. Read it cover to cover in 2 days and it really opened my eyes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    Great for everyone (INCLUDING Designers)

    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.

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