Layout Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Building Pages in Graphic Design

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Rockport Publishers, May 1, 2007 - Computers - 240 pages
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New in Paperback! An inspired resource for creating excellent layouts

Layout Workbook is one of five volumes in Rockport's series of practical and inspirational workbooks that cover the fundamental areas of the graphic design business. In this edition, author Kristin Cullen tackles the often perplexing job of nailing down a layout that works.

More than a collection of great examples of layout, this book is an invaluable resource for students, designers, and creative professionals who seek design understanding and inspiration. The book illuminates the broad category of layout, communicating specifically what it takes to design with excellence. It also addresses the heart of design-the how and why of the creative process.

Cullen approaches layout with a series of step-by-step fundamental chapters (a "how-to" of layout) addressing topics such as The Function of Design, Inspiration, The Design Process, Intuition, Structure and Organization, The Interaction of Visual Elements, Typography, and Design Analysis. The book offers inspirational quotations and a unique, progressive design that truly reflects its content.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
8
the function of design COMMUNICATING MESSAGES
10
inspiration CULTIVATING CREATIVITY
17
the design process UNDERSTANDING METHODOLOGY
24
intuition TRUSTING THE INNER VOICE
43
structure+organization BUILDING FOUNDATIONS
52
the interaction of visual elements ESTABLIS HINGHIERARCHY
72
typography SHAPING THE PAGE
89
design analysis SEEING THE WHOLE AND ITSPARTS
116
profiles LOOKING CLOSER
127
GLOSSARY
234
INDEX OF CONTRIBUTORS
236
BIBLIOGRAPHY
239
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR
240

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Kristin Cullen teaches graphic design at the University of Cincinnati and has also taught at the University of Illinois and the Rhode Island School of Design. For years, she worked as a designer at award-winning Chicago design firms, where she created a wide range of communication materials. She lives in Cincinnati, OH. http: //www.kristincullen.com

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