Helpful Design Book

 

“The Non-Designer’s Design Book” (Third Edition) by ROBIN WILLIAMS is a design book I bought for a course this semester that ended up being SUPER helpful so I thought I’d share.  Williams has a really straightforward sense of humor so it’s also a fun read 🙂

Here’s what’s covered in the book:

  • the CRAP design principles
  • tips for using color in design
  • a section on branding packages, so like business cards, letterhead, envelope, flyer, newsletters, brochures, etc.
  • designing with type, including a really helpful section on the different categories of type as well as how to effectively contrast type

 

What I like best about it is that she provides multiple good AND bad examples of just about every piece of design advice she gives.  Visualizing what she’s talking about makes it really easy to apply what you’re learning along the way.  She also lists the typefaces used in each of the example designs which  is A GIANT TIME SAVER.  There are short ‘quizzes’ at the end of each section – I like to think of them as worksheets, but they’re easy and they’re helpful.  I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who isn’t necessarily in the design profession because it really makes a difference – the way the book is designed makes it really easy to follow and apply to whatever work you’re doing.

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My Portfolio Website

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I just spent the last 5-6 hours or so writing codes for my personal portfolio website … UGH!  But the good news is that I think it’s pretty close to being finished.  I have to upload content to the actual portfolio page and of course fix a few formatting issues, but I thought I’d share my progress so far.

Notice my use of the CRAP design principles?  The formatting is ALMOST aligned consistently and when I contrasted font size, I made sure it was by A LOT (notice the header and navigation bar).  I probably did the best job with repetition – the background image, the opacity of the text boxes on each page, same fonts and colors, etc.  And as for proximity, all of the relevant information is on the correctly labeled page i.e. my contact information can be found under the “contact” page, etc.

Comments?  Suggestions?  Lemme hear them!

🙂 Here’s the link to my Portfolio Website …enjoy!