Basics Graphic Design 01: Approach and Language

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AVA Publishing, Jan 20, 2011 - Design - 200 pages
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Students are provided with the knowledge that will enable them to respond to a course and prepare for a career in graphic design. The book begins with an overview of various approaches to graphic design, as well as its inherent language. It goes on to look at methods for generating and developing ideas, research methods, and understanding what is meant by the design brief. The book draws on contemporary and historical sources and concludes with a discussion on the application of the creative idea.

Approach and Language is the first title in the Basics Graphic Design series from AVA Publishing. These books cover every aspect of studying a graphic design course. Subjects covered include critical thinking and evaluation, problem solving, the development of project work and the realisation of design practice. Showcasing work from students and practitioners alike, the books provide the student with the tools and inspiration they require to develop their skills in new and emerging technologies, and to become highly motivated and independent individuals with plenty to offer to the design world.


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Chapter 1 Context
Chapter 2 Ideas
Chapter 3 Workshops
Chapter 4 Vocabulary
Chapter 5 Responses
Chapter 6 Conventions
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Nigel Aono-Billson is a designer, educator and writer. Based in the UK, he has lectured extensively on undergraduate and postgraduate graphic design programmes in the UK, Europe and the USA. Since the early 1980s, he has worked extensively as a designer, both independently and for design companies. His work has been published in design journals, books and magazines, both nationally and internationally. Gavin Ambrose studied at Central St Martins and is a practising graphic designer. Current commercial practice includes clients from the arts sector, art galleries, publishers and advertising agencies. He is the co-author and designer of several books on branding, packaging and editorial design.

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