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Product details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: AVA Publishing; 01 edition (8 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2940373531
  • ISBN-13: 978-2940373536
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.1 x 29.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Gavin Ambrose is a practising graphic designer whose client base includes the arts sector, galleries, publishers and advertising agencies. He has written and designed several books on graphic design, branding and packaging.

Paul Harris studied at the London College of Communication 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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A well written (and well layed out!) introduction to layout in print media. Not quite the book I wanted as I was after rather clearer guidance but this book certainly provided a good foundation with a clear and well articulated introduction to the terminology and basic concepts.
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The Layout Book is described as providing an advanced overview of layout design. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found the content relevant and useful it is worth noting that I do not believe the book to be an advanced overview. As another review has pointed out the book is not specific on several areas, instead it provides a useful overview of a lot of different subject matter relating to layout. In places this can feel hurried (although justified by the relevance of those sections) and if you are looking for certain subject matters such as the grid it may well be worth consulting a more specific text. If however, you are looking for a solid overview to layout design this book is great.

The layout of the book itself is impeccable (as it should be) and provides an easy to follow satisfying read. The examples of contemporary work shown are suitable but limited in their sources and as a result potentially limit the diversity possible in this subject. In terms of navigating around and finding useful information this book is great, it's sat on my shelf and easy to jump into at any point to provide inspiration and advice. I'd definitely recommend it for students and practising designers. It provides enough depth and detail to grab your attention on specific areas of the subject.

Overall this book is really easy to read and covers layout principles well. Unfortunately I think its downfall is it tries to make us aware of how layout principles are relevant in each aspect of everyday life and whilst I agree, in doing this, the author has had to cover a multitude of subjects and in some cases in a limited fashion. In places subjects such as Architecture and Interior Design appear which are truly relevant but they lack any real detail.
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I wanted to learn, in lots of detail, about typographic layout, grid systems, book page rhythms and so on but instead I got something that touches on everything from Renaissance painting to modern book design while engaging with a basic look at the golden section (and, consequently, proportionality in general), some quite limited examples of grid work and too much speculation on too many examples of published design. In other words, this book is more like a large introduction to a book about layout. So, after/instead of buying this, I would recommend Muller-Brockmann's `Grid Systems' which is of similar length to this one and is much more succinct, worthy of study and geared exclusively towards designers.
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This book is an interesting discussion of a tool that regularly gets taken for granted - layout.

It's full of nifty examples of creative layout - a good selection of contemporary work as well as some key historical pieces.

It makes you appreciate one of the most fundamental parts of design all over again. I'd recommend this to students and designers, just because its so full of interesting ideas.
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Great book!
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