Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual Paperback – 1 Apr 2007
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About the Author
Timothy Samara is a graphic designer and educator. His fifteen-year career includes a diverse project history, from branding systems and user interfaces to books, animation and architectural work. He is the author of Making and Breaking the Grid, Typography Workbook, Publication Workbook and Type Style Finder, all from Rockport Publishers. He lives in New York, USA.
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As anyone doing a design based degree will know, portfolios are not just a collection of work, they are a visual communication of an idea and an extension of the work.
This book has the ideal balance of examples (all neatly catagorised to help you understand what it is that makes them a good example) as well as informative text which acts as an aid rather than the main descriptive tool.
The categories are clearly headed and organised and allw for quick reference and understanding. Just flicking through and simply looking at the diagrams and pictures has already given me numerous ideas and understanding.
Offering a set of rules and guidelines this book helps to develop a personal awareness of HOW to create something visually pleasing and communicate clearly instead of teaching how others do it with no real understanding of the method involved.
I have not found a single book that sums up graphical communication as this one does. A vital tool in porfolio design I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who needs to present a portfolio. The applications of this book would also extend and be extremely useful for anyone involved in visual communication.
Excellent value for money, a really smart and sleek book, and a must have on a designers shelf. BRILLIANT!
Actually, inspired by this, I designed a nice propositional layout and managed to get a good contract doing the design for a 250-page text book with loads of pictures, graphs, tables, and all those nice, giddy little bits that one can spend a ton of time with. For me, this book has been quite educational and reasonably inspirational, though if you've been through a formal education in design, this might not be up to scratch. But for every self-taught designer, I would heartily recommend this nice little piece.
I suppose the main gist of what I would say is that if you're thinking of whether or not you should buy this, my advice would be to go ahead.
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More for beginners/those newer to the trade, but a great overview. One worth having on your shelf even if you've been at it for years. A handy reference.Published 10 months ago by Patsy Porter
great book which covers all you need to know in easily accessible form. Bought it for my graphic design son who rates it highly.Published on 22 Jan. 2014 by Home project manager
very good book covering the fundamentals of designing must have for students and non students of design alike, would recommend.Published on 7 Jun. 2013 by Abdi-Rashid Iddey