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Basics Design: Layout Paperback – 9 May 2005

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: AVA Publishing; First Edition edition (9 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2940373345
  • ISBN-13: 978-2940373345
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The second instalment of AVA’s superb Basic Design series. -- Mark Sinclair, Creative Review, May 05

This book is a great primer for students--or anyone wanting to focus on basic principles of design. -- Dynamic Graphics, Aug/Sep, 05 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gavin Ambrose achieved his Masters in Communications at Central St. Martins and is a tutor on both the Typographic and Information Design courses at the London College of Printing. He has written and designed several books on branding and packaging. Paul Harris studied at the London College of Printing and has gone on to become a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared extensively in magazines and journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including style bible Dazed & Confused.


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Format: Paperback
A very good overview of the topic of layout. The book explains many terms that are used within layout and the examples of layouts throughout the entire book help you to realise how the particular layouts are used professionally. It guides you around the principles of layout, reinforces that the layout is best changed to its purpose and shouldn't be stuck to stringently if this stifles the piece fo work, layouts can be expressive and show off the work to its highest potential.

'Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.' Antoine de Saint-Exupery - A quote from the book that I found really interesting. There are quotes throughout that add to the ideas of layout.

The book is also printed on a few different stocks of paper, it explains how this affects the way the book has to be laid out so that it is printed correctly. The imposition plan- the arrangement of pages.

A useful book for questions on layout.
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Great book and great collection!
Perfect contents and pictures. Could buy them all...

Highly recommend for designers and visual art lovers.
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I read this title alongside Basics Design: Colour and I can safely say these are books which no designer should be without. The instructional element of the book is equalled by its encouragement and provocation of thought. This encouragement and the easy flow of the text meant areas I had previously found difficult to understand, such as proportion, were no longer an issue. The written discussion and the illustrated examples are great building blocks for further research.
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Easy to read as a reference book and a fantastic introduction to layout in general. Numerous examples are are critiqued giving a designer ideas on what is possible in layout whilst explaining terminology associated with the topic.
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The book itself it's not very good at theory of layouts. It focuses more on showing other's examples instead of trying to explain well the concepts.
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