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Maybe not to be read cover to cover, but an absolute delight
on 10 April 2009
I bought this from a recommendation in another book I was reading. I am no designer, but after reading A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink, I was inspired to look into the area.
This book gives you a list of 100 principles of design, from many different origins, and gives you two pages on each one; including an explanation, some practical applications and some illustrative examples. This is why I say it is not one to read in one sitting, because you basically have a long list of 100 things; no narrative to pull you through.
So why 5 stars? Because as a book to dip into, to explore ideas you intuitively understand, it is a delight. Each idea is so quick to consumer and understand. Clearly each page is also beautifully designed.
I have no idea if this is academically a great book on design, but for a non expert it is proving a wonder.