Graphic Design: A User's Manual

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Laurence King, Sep 7, 2009 - Design - 320 pages
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This book offers students, novice designers, and battle-toughened professionals alike an insider's guide to the complexities of current graphic design practice and thinking.

It contains all you need to know to survive and prosper in the complex, ever-shifting world of graphic design. Set out in A-Z style and written in a realistic, conversational, and insightful way, the book provides advice on the fundamental topics and issues that face designers in their daily lives. It looks at everything from kerning to presenting, from budgeting to dealing with rejection, from annual reports to interface design.

Adrian Shaughnessy, author of the best-selling How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul, is himself a successful designer, and brings a wealth of experience to this very useful and entertaining book.

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User Review  - Roberto Balderas - Goodreads

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It's sharp and clear without jargon or stuffy, condescending phrases. The author touches down on almost all aspects of design with smart writing infused with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Claire Roth - Goodreads

In all fairness, I had never before heard the name Adrian Shaughnessy, but as it appears, he is the author of eight books on the subject of graphic design. Moreover, he has learned the magnificent ... Read full review


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Adrian Shaughnessy is a designer and writer. He co-founded the design company Intro and, since leaving in 2003, has worked as a consultant to various design studios and clients. He has lectured extensively on design and hosts the radio show "Graphic Design On The Radio".

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