“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.