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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant,
This review is from: Design Basics Index (Paperback)I bought this book yesterday and i'm really pleased with it. It clearly explains all the points it makes. It gives examples, and exercises to do, which give extra help in explaining points. I would definitely recommend this book to new and mid-experienced designers.
I'm a graphic design student and it is perfect for me.
For some of the exercises you do need access to a computer with design software like Adobe Illustrator. But even if you don't have access, just by reading the exercises you can understand the point being made.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KramersDesigns,
This review is from: Design Basics Index (Paperback)I was very impressed with this little book - small in size but vast in terms of inspiration and technical tips. The information is clearly explained and both text and examples clearly illustrate the various points.
Heartily recommended for both student and professional alike. Wether learning the basics for the first time or simply to refresh your knowledge - this book would be a useful addition to any designers library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem,
This review is from: Design Basics Index (Paperback)I was a complete novice. I love it. Every page is beautiful in itself and at the same time an example of the technique it is explaining. Thank God the covers are durable plastic otherwise it would have fallen appart of the use I have given it. BUY
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book nailing basic concepts of graphic design,
This review is from: Design Basics Index (Paperback)I'm not a professional but someone who has been trying to improve my graphic design skills over the years from reading and experimenting. I have to say I've found very few good books around that explain things really well. Sometimes it's tempting to get the books with the most stunning examples of design because, if nothing else at least they're inspiring.
One exception are the books by Robin Williams like 'The Non-designers Design Book' and 'Design Workshop'. She really explains some core design principles in a very eloquent and easy to understand way.
This book is another and it delves deeper into the design process. The text is concise to the point of being terse and I find myself reading it slowly, not because it's badly written but because I seem to be learning something vital and significant from every sentence. Krause uses lots of metaphors too which shine light on what he is saying.
This is not one of those books full of inspiring examples of graphic design. I find that approach confusing since such examples have so many good attributes it's hard to work out what it is exactly that makes them so good. Instead Krause, like Robin Williams, creates many simple examples to specifically illustrate each point being made. And in learning graphic design this approach works really well. The ideas and concepts are really nailed home. There are also practical exercises to play with that will further help you internalise what you're reading.
The book is divided into 3 sections: composition, components and concept. Each of these is further subdivided. The composition section has categories of: placement and divisions, grouping, harmony, emphasis, alignment, flow and compositional evaluation. And each of these is broken down into further 5 - 10 sub-sub sections. As such the book is not really linear and you can pretty much dip into it anywhere you like.
(BTW there's a substantial section on typography in the components section.)
One of the key thoughts is that graphic design is a language and this book is teaching how that language works in many different ways. As such, just like a foreign phrase book, it's the kind of book you'll want to refer to over and over again, until you've really learned the language. And learning to use all the ideas contained here together will probably take most people some considerable time.
If you've ever sat in front of a blank computer screen and not known where to start this book can guide and inspire you all the way. Although in using that way it might be better to start with the last section of the book, Concept', first, which talks about the vital importance of 'audience'.
All in all a great little reference book and considerably better than the others I've seen in this series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant reference and refresh,
This review is from: Design Basics Index (Paperback)This book is wonderful about going through design rules and methods, clearly and simply explaining the what and why. A great book to have as a reference and refresh for anyone interested in design. Jim Krause explains everything in a clear and simple way never getting too technical or flowery with his language. It's also a great size to carry round or have on your desk.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant graphic design guide.,
This review is from: Design Basics Index (Paperback)I received this book a few days ago, and so far it's been incredibly useful and already I am noticing design aspects in advertising etc that I hadn't before- because of this book.
I'm a beginner graphic designer, and I find this book interesting and easy to understand and I have next to no knowledge or experience of graphic design.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this area of design.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jim's best...,
This review is from: Design Basics Index (Paperback)This is one of the best books in Jim Krause' design index series. Loads of useful tips and lots of interesting examples. Whatever comms material you are designing... print or online, this book will give you lots to work with!
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Design Basics Index by Jim Krause (Paperback - 26 Nov 2004)
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