Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Non-Designer's Design Book

Are there any Desktop Publishing or Web Design teachers out there? If so, are you like me? I can code html or use DTP software with the best of them, but does my final product look good design wise? Not always. Sometimes I manage to stumble upon a good design or layout, but not often. Lets face it, I struggle drawing stick figures and my clothes don't always match. This is where my new favorite book comes to the rescue. The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin William (no, not that Robin Williams) is the cure for all of us with the affliction of being poor at matters concerning design.

This book is a must for your students to read or simply as a classroom resource. It breaks down your designs into four easy to remember parts:





Along with explaining these concepts in terms the everyday person can understand, with provides a ton of fantastic examples to drive the point home.

But that's not all. There are also sections in the book on the different types of type, designing with type, ways to use contrast effectively, and tips on how to apply everything you learn to a variety of documents from business cards to newsletters to brochures. Again, there are great examples to show how the design concepts actually make documents more appealing to our readers.

So, if you teach Web Design, DTP, or simply want to improve your design skills check this book out. You will be glad you did!


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