The Non-designers Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice

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Peachpit Press, 2004 - Computers - 191 pages
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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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Logic and easy to read with good examples. - Goodreads
Some quick tips on layout of rich text documents. - Goodreads
This was a great intro to design. - Goodreads
Perfect starting point in the basics of visual design - Goodreads
Decent writing and examples. - Goodreads
Very accessible intro for beginners. - Goodreads
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This book is clearly, concisely, and succinctly written. Explaining each of the four principles of design - Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity - with simplicity, it enables even the most inexperienced beginner to understand how visual design works and how to begin creating his or her own winning designs! This book is a joy to read, and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to become a better designer.  

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Does what it says on the tin. Explains some basic design techniques for things like flyers, business cards, or websites. Great intro to the vocabulary you might hear from other people. Also helps to understand why you might dislike/like a certain look. Super light read Read full review

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Robin Williams is the author of more than 20 best-selling and award-winning books, including The Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, The Non-Designer's Design Book, The Non-Designer's Type Book, and Robin Williams Design Workshop, and Web Design Workshop. Through her writing, teaching, and seminars, Robin has influenced a generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, desktop publishing, the Mac, and the World Wide Web.

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