The Elements of Graphic Design: Space, Unity, Page Architecture, and Type

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Allworth Press, 2002 - Computers - 149 pages
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This very popular design book has been wholly revised and expanded to feature a new dimension of inspiring and counterintuitive ideas to thinking about graphic design relationships. The Elements of Graphic Design, Second Edition is now in full color in a larger, 8 x 10-inch trim size, and contains 40 percent more content and over 750 images to enhance and better clarify the concepts in this thought-provoking resource. The second edition also includes a new section on Web design; new discussions of modularity, framing, motion and time, rules of randomness, and numerous quotes supported by images and biographies. This pioneering work provides designers, art directors, and students--regardless of experience--with a unique approach to successful design. Veteran designer and educator Alex. W. White has assembled a wealth of information and examples in his exploration of what makes visual design stunning and easy to read. Readers will discover White's four elements of graphic design, including how to: define and reveal dominant images, words, and concepts; use scale, color, and position to guide the viewer through levels of importance; employ white space as a significant component of design and not merely as background; and use display and text type for maximum comprehension and value to the reader. Offering a new way to think about and use the four design elements, this book is certain to inspire better design.

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User Review  - librarianbryan - LibraryThing

Some good info, but its buried in pages of disorganized filler. Readability is sacrificed for visual flare on each page which makes for a hard read. (Ironically, this is what White instructs designers ... Read full review

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User Review  - dknippling - LibraryThing

Okay. Book on graphic design. You expect it to be well-designed. I'm not sure if this one was or not: maybe that was the purpose. It was incredibly informative (especially on typesetting, for some ... Read full review

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Alexander W. White is an accomplished graphic designer who has shaped the visual design of nineteen magazines and twenty identity programs and been a consultant to numerous publications, art directors, and editors. He has taught design at the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford for fifteen years and has lectured widely on typography and design to professionals in corporations and at conferences. The author of Type in Use and How to Spec Type, he lives in New York City. .

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