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The Non-Designer's Design Book (3rd Edition) (Non Designer's Design Book) [Kindle Edition]

Robin Williams
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Book Description

A lot has happened in the world of digital design since the first edition of this title was published, but one thing remains true: There is an ever-growing number of people attempting to design pages with no formal training. This book is the one place they can turn to find quick, non-intimidating, excellent design help from trusted design instructor Robin Williams. This revised classic--now in full color--includes a new section on the hot topic of Color itself. In The Non-Designer's Design Book, 3rd Editio n, Robin turns her attention to the basic principles that govern good design. Readers who follow her clearly explained concepts will produce more sophisticated and professional pages immediately. Humor-infused, jargon-free prose interspersed with design exercises, quizzes, and illustrations make learning a snap--which is just what audiences have come to expect from this best-selling author.


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A lot has happened in the world of digital design since the first edition of this title was published, but one thing remains true: There is an ever-growing number of people attempting to design pages with no formal training. This book is the one place they can turn to find quick, non-intimidating, excellent design help from trusted design instructor Robin Williams. This revised classic--now in full color--includes a new section on the hot topic of Color itself. In The Non-Designer's Design Book,3rd Edition, Robin turns her attention to the basic principles that govern good design. Readers who follow her clearly explained concepts will produce more sophisticated and professional pages immediately. Humor-infused, jargon-free prose interspersed with design exercises, quizzes, and illustrations make learning a snap--which is just what audiences have come to expect from this best-selling author.

About the Author

Robin Williams is the author of dozens of best-selling and award-winning books, including The Non-Designer's Design Book, The Non-Designer's Type Book, The Little Mac Book, Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, 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, the Mac, desktop publishing, and the Web.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7855 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 3 edition (12 Feb. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00125MJYM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a designer, and I liked this book 9 Mar. 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm not a designer. That much is obvious from looking at the websites I produce that haven't been designed by someone else. That doesn't mean I don't care though; which is why on Christmas day last year I ordered this book.

I've only just got round to reading the book, but I'm glad I did. As a learning book it's deliberately quite lightweight and easy to get through in a short time, in the same way that Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think" is designed to be absorbed in a couple of hours on a flight. All told, I spent about three hours with this book, on my tube journeys to and from work this week.

Robin starts her journey by briefly explaining the concepts of Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity (anyone spot an acronym there?), before moving on to explore each concept in greater detail. As Robin repeatedly tells us in her book, by being able to name the concepts you're able to identify them and use them deliberately rather than accidentally.

The second half of the book deals with type; the different styles of typefaces, how to combine them and horrible errors of judgement to avoid.

Spread throughout the book are a bunch of mini quizzes and exercises designed to get you thinking about what you've just read. The quizzes are a nice touch, and I'm sure I've retained more knowledge because of them than I would have done if I'd just read through from cover to cover.

The book covers design in general, rather than being focused on the web, print or presentations. Whilst Williams has written a book called "The Non-Designer's Web Book" I specifically chose to buy this one because both I wanted a general overview book and because the web book is from 2005 (a lifetime ago on the web) and has some mixed reviews. "The Non-Designer's Design Book" did not disappoint - it's given me that overview that I was looking for, and I now feel a bit more comfortable that my designs will actually work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro for Non-Designers 26 Jun. 2009
Format:Paperback
I am a software developer so I am naturally awful at creating things that look good ;)

I am very much aware of user experience though, and I hate the idea that I am potentially creating something useful that no one ever wants to pick up because of bad UI designer.

This author came highly recommended to be, and I can see why. Robin does an excellent job of breaking down the concepts of design and demonstrating them. This book has really opened my eyes to the basic principles of good design and made an excellent "foot in the door".

A must for those that are not naturally artistic-creatives :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book for a developer who 'can't' design! 12 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This has to be one of the best books I've read.

I'm a web developer (not designer at all) and after reading this book it's the first time I feel like I can actually design something because it tells you the principles of design in plain English and concentrates on making sure you can name these principles, as once you've named them you can understand and implement them.

There's no wishy washy arty design stuff in this, much more 'concrete' principles that are actually described and well defined.

If you're a developer who thinks you can't design because you don't have that 'flare' or creative spark (I was) then this will change that!

If you're interested in a more in-depth review here's a link to my blog:
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely for hardcore coders 17 Jun. 2013
By U. Sule
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are heavily focused in coding and really struggle with design like me, this book will be a guaranteed help.

I really struggle to start off my designs, but it's much easier to improve a bad one. This book really helps you understand the fundamentals of design, and colour; from there all you need to do is practice.

Brilliant and highly recommended.
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By Andy_atGC TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The title of this book is well chosen. It is a book about design but its target is not the design professional but the everyday person who at the minimum needs regularly to create documents of some form or another. There are many who use a word processor that has some sort of page layout capability - most now do - or who are creating longer documents that demand use of a full-blown page layout program. Adobe's InDesign and QuarkXpress are two of the most popular, although there are others which are more affordable, such as that offered by Serif.

When laying out a page, there are many considerations including typeface, font size and colour, placement of titles, subtitles and headings, size and location of images and much more. It is complex and few will get it right every time. This book takes the reader through the process and includes some specific advice for the users of some of the most-used software which, with relevant modification, could also be used in some other.

Although there is some technical terminology used, the book is not intended to be overtly technical and, for most readers, it is at about the correct level for its audience. However, by trying to embrace 'design' in a broader context than most non-professional users would ever likely need, that is its minor short-coming. Robin Williams, a female rather than the comedy actor of the same name, is a designer by profession and should therefore have plenty of first-hand knowledge and experience to pass on.

I actually bought the first edition when it came out some years ago, and I found it quite valuable. This is much updated and includes some of the more recent features that have been introduced into software since the first edition was published.

Recommended, although there are parts of the book that few will actually need.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars does what it says on the tin
Great introduction. Examples demonstrate concepts discussed. Would recommend to anybody wanting to get an introduction to design and typographic choices
Published 6 months ago by M. E. Gideon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Easy to follow and the many design examples ...
Brilliant. Easy to follow and the many design examples are great. Really helped me to understand design a lot better. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sabine
2.0 out of 5 stars Be careful of the advice!
It's an interesting book on how to best layout your materials, based on four principles - contrast, proximity, alignment and repetition. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Professional
3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful with the advice!
It's an interesting book on how to best layout your materials, based on four principles of contrast, proximity, alignment and repetition. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Professional
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant
Couldn't be bettered! I'm in middle of my third reading of this and have learned so much from it. Really appreciated the informal, relaxed style of presentation. Buy it!
Published 12 months ago by edarlingb
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for the amateur who produces newsletters, posters,...
For many years I have produced newsletters and other publicity material for local clubs and societies, originally using Microsoft Publisher, and latterly various apps on the Mac. Read more
Published 12 months ago by John Lemon
4.0 out of 5 stars if u're a starter go for it.
easy book to read, teaches u some basics of how to organize your design layout.
I would onl recommend this to ppl like me that never had design classes.
Published 14 months ago by bloody27
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-received gift
Bought this as a gift, so I can't comment from a personal point of view. But it was well-received and was put to use immediately, so I think it was a hit.
Published 14 months ago by starcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It was suggested to me by a friend that I get this book as I have no formal background in design but need to know the basics. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gisella
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tips
As someone who has not been trained in design but who is responsible for a 20-page monthly newsletter, I found it very useful and it has improved my layout immensely.
Published 18 months ago by Rod H
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