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Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell
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Oct 04, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: must-reads
Read in October, 2008

This book has been described as a classic and justly so! Anyone who has to present information, in talks, as graphics, for publications, web design should read this book. I picked this book up from the library to see if it would serve as a reference for a talk on the principles of designing clear graphics. I devoured it on a Friday night and ended up rearranging my talk in order to illustrate some of the points drawn from the book.

The scope of the book spans much more than the presentation of information but learning about modern principles of good design won't hurt you one bit. Just think of it as training to become a better shopper if you have nothing else to do with design.

The content goes down painlessly. Concepts are developed and illustrated in one-two pages with absolute clarity. The critical landmark research that forms the justification for each concept or approach is cited. There are references for those who wish to delve more deeply into each topic. The depth of expertise required to produce this astonishingly slender volume is remarkable. The conciseness would make Strunk and White proud.


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