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In a great Tech Comm class I took last year, the teacher had us use Robin
Williams' The Non-Designers Design Book. I think it's a topnotch overview of
basic graphic design principles and I refer to it often.
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From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 12:43 PM
Subject: Re: Page Layout
> chasity mcwilliams wrote:
> >Can anyone point me to a reference for learning about page
> >layout? I'm not looking for any software. I just want to
> >know what constitutes good or bad page layout for print. I
> >understand that there should not be too much crowded on a
> >page. I also realize that objects on a page shouldn't just
> >"float in space" with nothing unifying them. I would like
> >to know specifically how to look for no-no's in a printed
> >page layout.
> >I apologize for being a newbie.
> Don't apologize for being a newbie. Everyone was once.
> Karen Schriver's Dynamics in Document Design is a great place to start. If
you want to pursue some of the foundations, from a graphic arts perspective,
a good author to start with is Bruce Rogers. He was the dean of American
book design in the first half of the twentieth century. You can also look at
publications of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Their Fifty Books of
the Year exhibit catalogs provide illustrations of great innovative designs
that nonetheless conform to the basic principles.
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