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"Jim Krause's latest book continues to help designers with the same wise counsel that gave us hope as we read his earlier works" - by T. Lenon (Sheridan, OR)
This is what Jim Krause does: he calms you down. Learning design can be very exciting and for the novice, and frightening at the same time. When you are facing a new career with new rules-hard and soft-and are thinking about how you can stand out amongst the competition, you may fall into a frenzy of worry, elation, defeat and victory and not know where to start or where to go.

Jim Krause's latest book continues to help designers with the same wise counsel that gave us hope as we read his earlier works (I like The Logo Brainstorm Book a lot, too). Here are 95 spreads that help you grow from a raw beginner to an informed practitioner. These aren't exercises, they are concise thematic essays that counsel you and give you direction. He gets to ALL the concerns a student of design needs to address, from basics like seeing ... full review
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"Useful, practical and evidence based" - by Ryan Tracey
While Connie Malamed is a highly reputed instructional designer, she is also a talented visual communicator. I devoured her Visual Language for Designers offering several years ago, so it was with much anticipation that I peeled back the cover from her hot-off-the-press Visual Design Solutions: Principles and Creative Inspiration for Learning Professionals. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Malamed’s latest offering is targeted more consciously toward learning and development folks. While the book would prove useful to anyone who works with the visual medium, her context is more about learning outcomes than it is about advertising, for example.

Her work covers a breadth of topics relating to visual design. In one sense it could be considered a “back to basics” tome, in that while it offers fundamental advice for novices, it also offers plenty of tips and tricks for veterans who may have lapsed into bad habits.

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"A beautiful comprehensive picture book of design through the years" - by Evelyn Berezin (Boston, Ma.)
A beautiful comprehensive picture book of design through the years, this is a treasure to enjoy yourself and to give
to someone in the fields of art, architecture, graphic design.
"Good" - by Khadeem Lumsden
The holy bible to the fashion world... only thing thats missing is definitions of a few variations ... but none the less i can find it on my own
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"Great read, highly recommend" - by Francois (South Louisiana)
This is a great book, a classic, and a must read for any graphic designer. Regardless of where you are as a designer, this information is either new to you or you've learned some variation of it somewhere. At my work place we don't do much page layout, but I wish we did. Although after reading it, I realize this type of grid system works for one page designs as well as multi-page. At first the instructions and the whole idea sounds a bit rigid but as you continue reading you begin to understand the infinite possibilities it gives you. Nowadays there's definitely a huge misconception about "Breaking the Grid". New designers and even some seasoned designers misinterpret that statement as "No grid at all". I'm not against breaking the grid, but there has to be an existing grid before you can break the grid, otherwise what are you breaking? ... full review
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"No Longer Left in the Dark" - by Tanaka (Indiana, Fort Wayne, USA)
Just graduating from college with a degree in art. I was still left in the dark about a few things ,which I had to take upon myself to learn. Well, lighting was one of them, and to put simply, you cannot become a skilled illustrator without learning about light. Yet, so many books and individuals make it abstract when they explain it; you wonder if they even know what they are talking about or want it to remain a mystery. I was hoping to find a book to explain it in clearer terms, and gave up hope after so many failed attempts. Finally, one of my friend's told me about Richard Yot's 'Light for Visual Artists', and it was a eye opener for me! I couldn't put this book down when I received it! This book is not a step by step book (excluding some exercises), but it's more of ... full review
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"Slide design for non-designers" - by Michael Eury (Melbourne, Australia)
Garr Reynolds' new book, PresentationZen Design, follows-up his first book, PresentationZen. His first book was in many ways a summary of Garr's presentation style, looking at presentation preparation, design and delivery. I suppose it is no surprise that his second book expands on one key area from his first book, slide design - I say it is no surprise because it is Garr's design style that most defines him. If you already have his first book, this new book is really chapters 5, 6 & 7 expanded, however don't take this as a negative, what Garr has done here is to write a whole book about slide design. So what should you expect from a book that's subtitled, 'Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations'?

The title of the first chapter gives you a good idea of the focus of the book - Design Matters. As most people who ... full review
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"Don't miss it" - by BOVERIO ANTONELLO (Baulmes, VD Switzerland)
As a former biologist, venturing into software about 30 years ago, I found reading this book an enlighting experience. This is a must-read for anyone who never clearly knew why some visual designs are better than others but suspected there had to be a physiological reason. It is becoming a reference for my team of developers in the domain of numerical controls for industrial machine tools.
"A Very Harmonious Book" - by simplekim
Its a solid book on exactly what the cover says, Visual Harmony. In the end its really all about training your eye and learn to see what you need to look out for. This book helps with just that from novice to people who have been doing it forever. Its well designed, very clear and very harmonious.
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"Amazing book on getting into graphics for portfolios" - by Tess
Amazing book on getting into graphics for portfolios, resumes, and presentations! I will be graduating college in a year and this is truly a great resource for me as I am polishing up my portfolio
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"a different, and beautiful, approach to programming" - by Paul Bianchi
As a high school physics teacher with a lot of advanced students, I've been trying to work a bit of computer programming into the course over the last few years. I always wanted to do graphics programming with the students in order to help them visualize and simulate systems, because the pictures produced are a lot prettier and more rewarding than just the formulas on their own, but the languages I tried were just too difficult to teach from scratch in the time we had. Processing seems to be just what I'm looking for: it's free so the kids can download it themselves, and it really doesn't take much to produce stunning graphics. Now I would NOT recommend the book to someone with no programming experience at all - the emphasis of the book is clearly (and rightly) on how to get up to speed making images, not on what ... full review
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"must have for retail owner/manager" - by TGS (Metropolitan Detroit)
Very good book a must have for and retail business owner or manager (or striving to become) lots of science of how to display, lay out and why. Just a wealth of information.it's well worth the investment. I found it very insightful and helpful. Covers small shops to shopping malls.
"and I have never been happier. This book has opened my eyes to the ..." - by David Haase
In a world saturated by words and deception, it can be difficult to find a light in the dark. I came across the design fundamentals book after a 4 month bender of pharmaceutical design, and I have never been happier. This book has opened my eyes to the world of color and design history. It is always darkest before the dawn, and thanks to design fundamentals I know now that the dawn is coming.
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"Great book" - by Marta Vale Cardoso
I bought this book at my husband’s request and he is extremely happy with it. The content is very good and he uses it very often as a reference for his work as a scientific illustrator
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"Great for novices" - by Jane Rosenthal (Los Angeles, CA)
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, the author does a great job going step-by-step in a logical manner, so in that sense it is quite good. The book is fairly well-researched and the author's suggestions are well-grounded. However, I found some of the commentary a bit annoying at times, such as a 2 page description of how the author had no idea that the song "Happy Birthday" was copyrighted. But the author also depends heavily on specific technologies, such as google docs, w3schools.com, blackboard and others; it's totally fine and appropriate to use these, but it probably does limit the longevity of the book over time as these forums have changed a bit even since the publication of this book (e.g. a few features seem to have disappeared with google docs and blackboard recent that I have noticed). This book ... full review