Librarians have always been responsible for creating graphic designs but in the digital age the need for visual communication skills has multiplied significantly. The quantity of graphic design tasks has increased, so has the demand and expectation of the quality of the products that are produced. Graphic Design: A Practical Guide for Librarians gives librarians the help they need. Written by an artist and graphic design instructor the book has the tools and information librarians want and need to know to make their job easier and to give them confidence in creating professional looking designs.
Valerie Colston makes graphic design easy to understand and fun to learn. The book outlines what you need to know as a librarian designer in a simple way, and provides an abundant about of resources and examples of good design models. This book addresses the lack of training that many librarians feel and strives to empower them with confidence and practical skills.
Librarians will learn the language of design, discover resources and where to find them, explore line, color, shape, texture, and space, discover the role and importance of fonts, learn where to locate images, and get tips for creating an artist’s portfolio.
About the Author
Valerie J. Colston (B.A. University of California, San Diego, M.A. San Diego State University) has been creating and developing library programming for many years. Valerie has developed and taught Graphic Design through her company Art Teacher on the Net to librarians and library staff across the country for several years. She has also developed and taught Graphic Design for Librarians through Simmons Boston Online, and through University of Wisconsin, Continuing Education. Valerie teaches and develops courses through Art and Humanities as a fulltime instructor online at American Public University System. She also teaches an Art History class at Barstow Community College in Southern California.
Valerie has written two books: 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills, 2008, and Teens Go Green! Tips Techniques, Tools, and Themes for YA Programming, 2012. Both have at times been on the top of the Bestseller list on Amazon within their categories, and have received outstanding reviews.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Why You Need Graphic Design Skills
Chapter 2. Resources You Need and Where to Find Them
Chapter 3. Learning the Language of Design
Chapter 4. The Character of Line
Chapter 5. The Language and Use of Color
Chapter 6. Spatial Applications
Chapter 7. Texture: What It Is! and How to Use It!
Chapter 8. The Shape of Design
Chapter 9. Fonts – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Chapter 10. Creating a Design Portfolio