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Good book on graphic design?

Asked by Abby (106points) July 10th, 2007

I'm looking for an intro book on the basics of graphic design to see if it really is something I like and could learn about. A textbook would be good, or something less technical, if you know of anything like that.

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Kelli's avatar

Here are a few that might interest you as far as the technical "how to's" of graphic design:

"The Elements of Graphic Design: Space, Unity, Page Architecture, and Type" - by Alexander White

"The Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color" - by Leatrice Eiseman

"Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students" - by Ellen Lupton

"Visual Literacy: A Conceptual Approach to Graphic Problem Solving" - by Judith Wilde

If you're looking for something that discusses the business side of the industry in a little more depth, check out

"The Business Side of Creativity: The Complete Guide to Running a Small Graphic Design or Communications Business" - by Cameraon Foote

mirza's avatar

Gui Design for Dummies by Laura Arlov
Creating Web Graphics For Dummies By Bud E. Smith, Peter Frazier
Desktop Publishing & Design for Dummies (Paperback) by Roger C. Parker

chaosrob's avatar

“Before & After Page Design” by John McWade

Grabbins's avatar

“what is graphic design”
“what is typography”
“how to be a graphic designer without losing your soul”
“contemporary graphic design”
“stop stealing sheep and learn about typography”

Also there is a series of books called “basics design:” They do a few like “basics design: print & finish” or “basics design: colour”. These are really good books, they’re not too big, have great examples and get straight to the point. Personally I would recommend these books and any typography books! Never underestimate how important typography is in graphic design!!

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