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The Non-Designer's Design Book

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The Bottom Line

Provides a good introduction to the principles of design for the beginner and non-designer. If everyone read and applied these simple techniques it could put an end to most sloppy, amateur designs.
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  • Easy-to-read format
  • Well-illustrated


  • Some topics get skimpy coverage


  • Author: Robin Williams
  • Paperback. 144 pages
  • 6 chapters on design principles.
  • 3 chapters on designing with type.
  • 4 chapters of extras including a design excercise and quiz answers.

Guide Review - The Non-Designer's Design Book

This is not a book on Web design although Web designers may find it of some interest. This is not a book for experienced designers although those without formal design training may find it useful. For the novice desktop publisher, this is an easy-to-understand introduction to the principles of design. The book is very visual - illustrations demonstrate how each of four principles of design affects a layout. It would be nice if there were a few more variations offered, though. Most chapters end with quizzes and summary to reinforce the lessons taught. Author Robin Williams helps the novice and casual designer "put a finger on" just what is not-quite-right about their design or that of others and shows simple fixes to make it right.
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