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I've only just got round to reading the book, but I'm glad I did. As a learning book it's deliberately quite lightweight and easy to get through in a short time, in the same way that Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think" is designed to be absorbed in a couple of hours on a flight. All told, I spent about three hours with this book, on my tube journeys to and from work this week.
Robin starts her journey by briefly explaining the concepts of Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity (anyone spot an acronym there?), before moving on to explore each concept in greater detail. As Robin repeatedly tells us in her book, by being able to name the concepts you're able to identify them and use them deliberately rather than accidentally.
The second half of the book deals with type; the different styles of typefaces, how to combine them and horrible errors of judgement to avoid.
Spread throughout the book are a bunch of mini quizzes and exercises designed to get you thinking about what you've just read. The quizzes are a nice touch, and I'm sure I've retained more knowledge because of them than I would have done if I'd just read through from cover to cover.
The book covers design in general, rather than being focused on the web, print or presentations. Whilst Williams has written a book called "The Non-Designer's Web Book" I specifically chose to buy this one because both I wanted a general overview book and because the web book is from 2005 (a lifetime ago on the web) and has some mixed reviews. "The Non-Designer's Design Book" did not disappoint - it's given me that overview that I was looking for, and I now feel a bit more comfortable that my designs will actually work.
I'm a web developer (not designer at all) and after reading this book it's the first time I feel like I can actually design something because it tells you the principles of design in plain English and concentrates on making sure you can name these principles, as once you've named them you can understand and implement them.
There's no wishy washy arty design stuff in this, much more 'concrete' principles that are actually described and well defined.
If you're a developer who thinks you can't design because you don't have that 'flare' or creative spark (I was) then this will change that!
If you're interested in a more in-depth review here's a link to my blog:
I really struggle to start off my designs, but it's much easier to improve a bad one. This book really helps you understand the fundamentals of design, and colour; from there all you need to do is practice.
Brilliant and highly recommended.
I am very much aware of user experience though, and I hate the idea that I am potentially creating something useful that no one ever wants to pick up because of bad UI designer.
This author came highly recommended to be, and I can see why. Robin does an excellent job of breaking down the concepts of design and demonstrating them. This book has really opened my eyes to the basic principles of good design and made an excellent "foot in the door".
A must for those that are not naturally artistic-creatives :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping for something which would give me a wider view of how to design, instead this book is really about designing posters, business cards and so on and it's showing its... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ML
Lots of ideas but no technical help with Scribus, difficult software.Published 13 months ago by Francis
Great introduction. Examples demonstrate concepts discussed. Would recommend to anybody wanting to get an introduction to design and typographic choicesPublished 22 months ago by M. E. Gideon
Brilliant. Easy to follow and the many design examples are great. Really helped me to understand design a lot better. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sabine
It's an interesting book on how to best layout your materials, based on four principles - contrast, proximity, alignment and repetition. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by Professional
It's an interesting book on how to best layout your materials, based on four principles of contrast, proximity, alignment and repetition. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by Professional
Couldn't be bettered! I'm in middle of my third reading of this and have learned so much from it. Really appreciated the informal, relaxed style of presentation. Buy it!Published on 17 April 2014 by edarlingb
For many years I have produced newsletters and other publicity material for local clubs and societies, originally using Microsoft Publisher, and latterly various apps on the Mac. Read morePublished on 12 April 2014 by John Lemon
easy book to read, teaches u some basics of how to organize your design layout.
I would onl recommend this to ppl like me that never had design classes.