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White Space is Not Your Enemy: A Beginner's Guide to Communicating Visually through Graphic, Web and Multimedia Design

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Kim Golombisky

Designing a brochure or web site without an art background? Step away from the computer and read this breezy introduction to visual communications first. Written for non-designers,White Space is Not Your Enemyis a practical graphic design and layout … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction, Graphic Design, Graphic Design Books
Author: Kim Golombisky
Genre: Arts & Photography, Reference
Publisher: Focal Press
1 review about White Space is Not Your Enemy: A Beginner's...

My new favorite design book

  • May 6, 2010
Rating:
+5
This is a fun, comfortable little book that includes just about everything you need to know about basic design for web or print.

The first chapter, "What is Design?,"has this excellent list of things design ought to do:
* capture attention
* control the eye's movement across the page or screen
* convey information
* evoke emotion

The authors go on to lay out the rules, explain how and when to break the rules, demonstrate basic layout errors with plenty of great examples, provide a "mini art school" that explains things like focal points and perspective, and go into detail about matters of color and type.

There's a basic never-fail layout, details on researching a project and preparing a storyboard, and an introduction to multimedia. Infographics, printing, and photos are also touched on.

All of this useful stuff is presented in a friendly, clear style with lots of illustrations. There's a wealth of practical information, hints and tips,a nd just enough philosophy to make it interesting to read.

There are even assignments for each chapter. If you want to use this as a textbook, you can download the instructor's manual and a bunch of other useful stuff at the supporting website, [..]. The secret code is in the book.

This is a book about design. It doesn't teach you to use the software or computer languages you'd need if you wanted to design a website, or how to draw, or any of the other skills a working designer needs to have. Don't think you can grab this book and go make yourself a website or even a business card without any further knowledge. If you've got those tools and skills, though, or have hired someone who's got them, then this book will give you all the basic stuff you need to know to make your work look good.

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