Design Elements : A Graphic Style Manual, Paperback

Design Elements : A Graphic Style Manual Paperback

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This book is the most compact and lucid handbook available outlining the basic principles of layout, typography, colour usage and space.

Being a creative designer is often about coming up with unique design solutions.

Unfortunately, when the basic rules of design are ignored in an effort to be distinctive, design becomes useless.

In language, a departure from the rules is only appreciated as great literature if recognition of the rules underlies the text.

Graphic design is a 'visual language' and brilliance is recognised in designers whose work seems to break all the rules, yet communicates its messages clearly.

This is a fun and accessible handbook that presents the fundamentals of design in lists, tips, brief text and examples.

The chapters include Graphic Design: What It Is; What Are They and What Do They Do?, Choosing and Using Type and Breaking the Rules: When and Why to Challenge all the Rules of this Book.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, full colour illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc.
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Graphic design
  • ISBN: 9781592532612



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This is an great basic book on graphic design. It covers the basic rules and gives you clues of when it is okay to bend or break the rules depending on what design you are working on. It has a lot of samples which is great for the very visual individuals like me.

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I like to consider myself The World's Foremost Expert On Standing Around In Big Chain Bookstores Pawing Through All The Pricey Graphic Design Books, so I can recommend this book without hesitation. It's packed full of info and great examples, all in extremely small fonts, so as to pack more info into the book. Just terrific in every parameter, and at $30 it's about half the price of what it ought to cost.

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