The Non-Designer's Design & Type Books, Deluxe Edition
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The Non-Designer's Design & Type Books, Deluxe Edition

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Design and typographic insights from the author of The Non-Designer’s book series (over 700,000 copies in print!)

This book offers decades of experience from one of the greatest computer book authors. Here in one volume, Robin Williams has joined together a new edition of her classic The Non-Designer’s Design Bookâ��in glorious full color for the first timeâ��and her best-...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 25th 2007 by Peachpit Press
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Craig Dube
I came across this book as a it was referenced in A Whole New Mind from Daniel Pink (a book I read last year and highly recommend). The version of the book I picked up was actually two books in one; one being The Non-Designer's Design Book and the other being The Non-Designer's Type Book. The first book references design principles to consider when dealing with graphic design (those principles being Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity). The second book is mostly focused around type set...more
Jay McNair
Very useful book. It's mostly concerned with design of things with words on them: books, newsletters, logos, webpages, etc. (which is mostly what I'm interested in). It works really well as a primer, presenting basic concepts of good design clearly and memorably, and innummerable examples illustrate. It's also entertainingly written.

Nicely excoriating of things like weak contrasts, five-space indents, 12-point font sizes, overreliance on centered alignments, common typographic errors, mistrust o...more
Serge Pierro
While looking for a book as a "refresher" to Graphic Design and Typography, I had come across several reviews recommending this book and I can see why. It is essentially two books in one... one on Graphic Design and the other on Typography. The breadth of the book is quite wide for someone who is just starting out on the aforementioned topics, and I have already recommended it to others that I felt could learn from its teachings. And while it is certainly suitable for beginners, intermediate an...more
Rules to follow (or break!) in design and typography, explained especially for beginners or those who occasional do design work but aren't really professional designers (e.g. me).

There wasn't really anything here that was a revelation for me, but the way the book is organized is so simple that it actually got me thinking about and reminding myself of the "rules" as I've been designing things, mostly for work. In that way, the book is really well-done; everything is memorable and applicable. Defi...more
Manolo Frias
I read "The Non-designers Design Book" as an ebook on an iPad and I liked it so much that I had to buy the paper edition. Besides, I was so disappointed with the layout of the ebook.

This edition has two books: the above mentioned and the "Non-designer's Type Book", another gem to learn the basics of type.

The problem now is that I know more about design. I now clearly distinguish the flaws of reports, brochures, even maps.

It is a problem because we are surrounded with so much crappy design (my ow...more
A good, practical guide for beginners who are interested in graphic design. Explains very clearly the basics of good and professional design.
Sep 15, 2011 Ami rated it 5 of 5 stars
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The author has a really great voice, sassy & clear about artistic instructions. The only unfortunate thing (for me) is that a lot of advice is page layout program-specific, so not having Adobe InDesign or Quark puts the reader at a disadvantage. Also, I noticed in The Non-Designer's Type Book that Williams tended to refer to things in future chapters a lot, which made me feel like I could have benefitted from a second reading. But overall it was fabulous, lots of solid advice and made me fee...more
Good, solid introductory advice for those interested in design principles and looking for a way to start thinking critically about them. (Disclaimer: I didn't get to the section on type). WIlliams breaks down most of her words of wisdom into four principles--proximity, repetition, contrast, and alignment--and gets you started learning to keep them in mind as you analyze more complex situations in the free-for-all of design that surrounds us every day.
This stuff is awesome! I didn't read the Type section, but the first part about design was extremely helpful & easy to understand. The contrasting examples were a great learning tool. I recommend this book to anyone who creates newsletters or signs that the public will read.
Melissa Bein
I'm a frequent flyer and fan of Robin P. Williams. She is the reason I am able to utilize the Creative Suite of Adobe. What's better than ONE book from Robin? Two-in-One - which is what you'll get with this book. Well done!
Please ignore all web design advice in this book, but otherwise, a really good resource for a beginner audience.
Jun 14, 2008 Tim added it
This is for my interactive media class. It's highly recommended by Emily, our instructor.
The design section was exceptional. The type section was weaker, but quite good still.
Very clear explanations, very usable information.
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Robin P. Williams is an American writer of computer-related books. She is particularly known for her manuals of style The Mac is Not a Typewriter and The Non-Designer's Design Book, as well as numerous manuals for various Mac OS operating systems and applications, including The Little Mac Book.

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