How to Use Images (Portfolio Skills) Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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About the Author
Lester Meachem has worked as a freelance illustrator/designer for many years. He is Head of Visual Communication at the School of Art & Design, University of Wolverhampton. Dr Lindsey Marshall pursued a freelance career in graphic design before moving into higher education. She is currently a principal lecturer working in visual communications at the School of Art & Design, University of Wolverhampton.
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The book covers:
1. A brief history of images
2. Who images are aimed at
3. When and how they are used
4. Selecting images
5. How to structure a design
8. Using colour
9. Image potential
Each topic is succinctly covered in easy-to-read and plain language - you'll get a basic understanding of topics such as where to position an image on a page, grid systems, replacing text, visual continuity; but I'm only touching on what the book covers. Case studies are provided throughout the book, which provide a nice break from the main content. There are also exercises at the end of each chapter to help you get thinking about what you've just read (the exercises are presented in a tacky Blue Peter style, and the book probably could have done without them).
My only issues with the book are that (1) the paper quality isn't great, which means the images used within the book don't really come to life. (2) Also the text doesn't contract with the page, which makes it difficult to read at times - the image captions in particular are written in a legal-style small print that can barely be made out.
Otherwise, a very good reference book.