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  • Graphic Design: The New Basics... Anyone recommend it?

    Came across this book and had a quick read of the Google Books Preview.
    From what I read, it was really helpful and clarified a fair bit of stuff for me, but I honestly have no basis to compare it too.


    Have any of you guys read it and would recommend it to a uni student who is looking to move into a graphic design course in the next year or two? Or is it just a whole bunch of crap that I could get from a better source?

    Cheers - Reg

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    I don't own a copy, but I have looked through it. ( http://gdbasics.com/ )

    It was obviously written by an educator instead of a working professional. The whole book is about the basics of lines, hierarchy, color, texture, etc..

    I remember learning all the various elements of design way back in my undergraduate design classes, but as a working professional, I don't often consciously think about these things. It's good to learn them, though, and really, on a subconscious level, I deal with them all the time, every day. When somebody asks me to explain why I designed something the way I did, my explanation usually contains a good dose of these design concepts, like hierarchy, background/foreground, emotion, rhythm, dominance and all the other elements of design that subconsciously kick around in my head as I'm deciding what goes where and how it should look.

    As for it being a good book, yeah, it seems okay, but it's awfully basic and seemingly incomplete. I remember a lot of others like it despite the authors' statements that they haven't seen a book like theirs. Over the years, I've likely invented my own list of design elements that have blended and merged with those I learned in school. Maybe I should write a book, or maybe not.

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