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Our graphic design books and guides will help you become a success in this popular field. They're full of tips, advice and cover the history of the industry.

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    Graphic Design For Everyone (Hardback)

    Cath Caldwell

    Trying to give your blog extra visual impact? Need a new look for a personal, business, or community project? With this beginner's guide to graphic design, you'll be able to do this and much more! There have never been more opportunities to promote yourself online or in print, but to succeed you need to master the art of visual communication - combining type, image, and colour into an appealing, accessible message. Graphic Design for Everyone shows you how to define your brand and your message, then takes you through the basic principles of design. Find out how to create a brand plan, discover how a typeface sets the mood, and learn how to use colour theory for maximum impact. Gain inspiration from real-life examples and exercises that help you to focus on the right solutions for you. Once you've learned the basics, turn to the ten step-by-step projects to help you create your own stunning designs - from business stationery to a sales brochure and online shop. There's also plenty of practical advice on publishing online, dealing with printers, commissioning professionals and more. Whether you're a design newcomer or keen to build on what you know, Graphic Design for Everyone is the only resource you'll ever need.
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  • BXVXN

    Graphic Design Play Book (Paperback)

    Cure Sophie

    An entertaining and highly original introduction to graphic design, this beautifully designed book uses puzzles and visual challenges to demonstrate how typography, signage, posters and branding work. Through a series of games and activities, including spot the difference, matching games, drawing and dot-to-dot, readers are introduced to concepts and techniques in an engaging and interactive way. Further explanation and information is provided by solution pages and a glossary, and a loose-leaf section contains stickers, die-cut templates, and coloured paper to help readers complete the activities. Illustrated with typefaces, posters and pictograms by distinguished designers including Otl Aicher, Pierre Di Sciullo, Otto Neurath and Gerd Arntz, the book will be enjoyed both by graphic designers, and anyone interested in finding out more about visual communication.
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  • BJBSP

    Art Deco (Hardback)

    Michael Robinson

    This beautifully illustrated book is a celebration of Art Deco's expression through the graphic arts and illustration. Divided into three sections - the movement, its fashion and advertising - the reader gains great insight into the artists and innovators that helped popularize the Art Deco movement, such as Georges Barbier, Erte, Cassandre and Paul Colin. While the main focus for this intriguing book is centred on graphic art, numerous examples of other forms of Art Deco are also featured. Nestled among the posters and paintings, sculpture, objets d'art and jewellery assert their similarity, whether through line, form or theme. These echoes serve to show the creativity fertility of the period as styles and ideas traversed artistic media.
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  • ASFCV

    Character Design by 100 Illustrators (Hardback)

    Inma Alavedra

    A great mix of colorful, whimsical character designs. A visual celebration of design, process, and imagination, this book showcases character designs sorted by color and interviews with some of the designers about the design processes. The book comes with a free CD-ROM and provides access to downloadable characters.
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  • BXMCY

    Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design (Hardback)

    Theo Inglis

    A visual and comprehensive guide to a hugely popular graphic style. The distinctive aesthetic of mid-century design captured the post-war zeitgeist of energy and progress, and remains hugely popular today. In Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design Theo Inglis takes an in-depth look at the innovative graphics of the period, writing about the work of artists and designers from all over the world. From book covers, record covers and posters to advertising, typography and illustration, the designs feature eye-popping colour palettes, experimental type and prints that buzz with kinetic energy. The book features artworks from a wide selection of international designers and illustrators whose work continues to inspire and influence today, including Ray Eames, Paul Rand, Alex Steinweiss, Joseph Low, Alvin Lustig, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Leo Lionni, Rudolph de Harak, Abram Games, Tom Eckersley, Ivan Chermayeff, Josef Albers, Corita Kent, Jim Flora, Ben Shahn, Herbert Bayer and Helen Borten. Theo draws from a broad range of sources including advertising, magazine covers, record sleeves, travel posters and children's book illustration to show the development of the design style globally, and how this continues to influence design today. The book is packed with hundreds of colour illustrations, including classic designs, such as Saul Bass' film posters and Miroslav Sasek's children's books, alongside lesser-known gems.
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  • BXJUX

    User Experience Design (Paperback)

    Gavin Allanwood (UCLAN, UK)

    Applicable to a wide spectrum of design activity, this book offers an ideal first step, clearly explaining fundamental concepts and methods to apply when designing for the user experience. Covering essential topics from user research and experience design to aesthetics, standards and prototyping, User Experience Design explains why user-centered methods are now essential to ensuring the success of a wide range of design projects. This second edition includes important new topics including; digital service standards, onboarding and scenario mapping. There are now 12 hands-on activities designed to help you start exploring basic UX tasks such as visualising the user journey and recognising user interface patterns. Filled with straightforward explanations and examples from around the world, this book is an essential primer for students and non-designers needing an introduction to contemporary UX thinking and common approaches. Designed specifically for newcomers to UX Design, the companion website offers extra material for hands-on activities, templates, industry interviews, contributor notes and sources of guidance for those seeking to start a career in the industry.
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  • BXHGB

    Walter Benjamin Reimagined (Hardback)

    Frances Cannon (Artist)

    An illuminated tour of Walter Benjamin's ideas; a graphic translation; an encyclopedia of fragments. Walter Benjamin was a man of letters, an art critic, an essayist, a translator, a philosopher, a collector, and an urban flaneur. In his writings, he ambles, samples, and explores. With Walter Benjamin Reimagined, Frances Cannon offers a visual and literary response to Benjamin's work. With detailed and dreamlike pen-and-ink drawings and hand-lettered text, Cannon gives readers an illuminated tour of Walter Benjamin's thoughts-a graphic translation, an encyclopedia of fragments. Cannon has not created a guide to Benjamin's greatest ideas-this is not an illustrated Walter Benjamin cheat sheet-but rather a beautifully rendered work of graphic literature. Cannon doesn't plod through thickets of minutiae; she strolls-a flaneuse herself-using Benjamin's words and her own drawings to construct a creative topography of Benjamin's writing. Phrases from "Unpacking My Library," for example, are accompanied by images of flying papers, stray books, stacked books-books "not yet touched by the mild boredom of order"-and a bearded mage. Cannon takes the reader through different periods of Benjamin's writing: "Artifacts of Youth," nostalgic musings on his childhood; "Fragments of a Critical Eye," early writings, political observations, and cultural criticism; "Athenaeum of Imagination," meditations on philosophy and psychology; "A Stroll through the Arcades," Benjamin's unfinished magnum opus; and "A Collection of Dreams and Stories," experimental and fantastical writings. With drawings and text, Cannon offers a phantasmagorical tribute to Benjamin's wandering eye.
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  • BXGNL

    Digital Crafts (Paperback)

    Ann Marie Shillito

    This book showcases ground-breaking methods and techniques that have been adapted from industry and are now being applied by designer-makers. To the uninitiated, these technologies may seem complex, but this book explains simply and clearly how they have developed, how they work, and their application. Packed full with case studies of artists using these processes, this book demonstrates that outstanding work is possible with the right equipment and know-how, and argues that designer makers have the mindset, skills and knowledge to creatively engage with these industrial technologies. The technologies covered include 2D and 3D digital designing and modelling (including CAD and processing), 3D printing (additive manufacture), reverse engineering (scanning and digitising), CNC machining, laser and waterjet cutting. Featuring a breathtaking selection of work by contemporary makers - many of them early adopters of these technologies - this book illustrate the exciting potential of these tools to add value to the maker's practice, as well as inspiring and extending their range of work.
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  • BWQTI

    SPA-DE (Hardback)

    Azur

    The highly acclaimed SPA-DE: Space & Design series focuses on the interior design of commercial spaces from around the world. This volume pays particular attention to spatial design, drawing on the best designs, by the most accomplished architects and designers from around the world, including London, Beijing, San Diego, Dubai, New York, San Francisco, Paris and Barcelona. Projects featured include shops, boutiques, banks, hotels, shopping malls, exhibition spaces, spas, restaurants, bars and clubs.
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  • BWGSC

    Brand Identity Essentials, Revised and Expanded (Paperback)

    Kevin Budelmann

    Brand Identity Essentials, Revised and Expanded outlines and demonstrates basic logo and branding design guidelines and rules through 100 principles. These include the elements of a successful graphic identity, identity programs and brand identity, and all the various strategies and elements involved. A company's identity encompasses far more than just its logo. Identity is crucial to establishing the public's perception of a company, its products, and its effectiveness-and it's the designer's job to envision the brand and create what the public sees. Brand Identity Essentials, a classic design reference now updated and expanded, lays a foundation for brand building, illustrating the construction of strong brands through examples of world-class design. Topics include: A Sense of Place, Cultural Symbols, Logos as Storytellers, What is "On Brand?", Brand Psychology, Building an Online Identity, Managing Multiple Brands, Owning an Aesthetic, Logo Lifecycles, Programs That Stand Out, Promising Something, and Honesty is Sustainable The new, revised edition expands each of the categories, descriptions, and selections of images, and incorporates emergent themes in digital design and delivery that have developed since the book first appeared. Brand Identity Essentials is a must-have reference for budding design professionals and established designers alike.
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  • BVURS

    Pioneer of Swiss Graphic Design (Paperback)

    Lars Muller

    A new edition showing the work of one of the most famous Swiss designers: a comprehensive overview of his oeuvre. This illustrated essay traces the history of one of the leading exponents of "Swiss Graphic Design" in the 1950s and 1960s. Josef Mu ller- Brockmann's posters have become world famous for their ability to convey information with great visual tension, a sense of drama, and an extreme economy of means. He created a body of work in which timeless principles of visual communication are inscribed. In addition to the posters, the image part presents examples of logotypes, appearances, and exhibitions as well as numerous lesser-known works in chronological order.
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  • BVUOM

    Art and Illusionists (Hardback)

    Nicholas Wade

    We delight in using our eyes, particularly when puzzling over pictures. Art and illusionists is a celebration of pictures and the multiple modes of manipulating them to produce illusory worlds on flat surfaces. This has proved fascinating to humankind since the dawning of depiction. Art and illusionists is also a celebration of the ways we see pictures, and of our ability to distil meaning from arrays of contours and colours. Pictures are not only a source of fascination for artists, who produce them, but also for scientists, who analyse the perceptual effects they induce. Illusions provide the glue to cement the art and science of vision. Painters plumb the art of observation itself whereas scientists peer into the processes of perception. Both visual artists and scientists have produced patterns that perplex our perceptions and present us with puzzles that we are pleased to peruse. Art and illusionists presents these two poles of pictorial representation as well as presenting novel `perceptual portraits' of the artists and scientists who have augmented the art of illusion. The reader can experience the paradoxes of pictures as well as producing their own by using the stereoscopic glasses enclosed and the transparent overlay for making dynamic moire patterns.
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  • BVPVI

    Takeaway Food Packaging Now (Hardback)

    Yvett Arzate Gomez

    As our lives speed up, our relationship with food changes. Choice of meal depends on convenience, quality, and presentation - this book focusses on the latter. With every passing year, the strength of takeaway food packaging design becomes stronger, particularly with the increased popularity and ease of ordering food online as well as eating on the go. As a branch of graphic design, the essence of this packaging is to grab the potential customer's attention and identify a brand. Packaging design can make a big difference in the sales of a product, since it not only works to inform the consumer, but also provoke a feeling or reaction, communicate emotion, and even respond to any given desire. Good packaging is attractive and can impress people with its creativity and it is a way for the customer to express their identity. It offers a fabulous opportunity for companies to communicate with consumers and it is a powerful marketing tool that can make brands instantly recognisable around the world. This comprehensive full-colour guide explores current global trends in takeaway food packaging design driven by a broad range of high calibre designers, including big global players and fast-food giants, and boutique brands. This book provides useful detail on a wide assortment of materials used, recyclability and sustainability, and functionality; all essential components in regard to overall customer appeal. No other advertising medium is as close to the consumer as takeaway food packaging is - it is literally in their hands. AUTHOR: Yvett Arzate Gomez was born on July 29, 1984 in Guerrero, Mexico. She studied graphic design at the University of Monterrey (UDEM) where she graduated with multiple honours. She started working as a freelance designer for independent brands, until she decided to create her own business. At Nomada Design Studio, she continues to develop projects for independent, transnational, and renowned brands. She is experienced in designing packaging for food, including takeaways and even frozen food. Publishing credits include blog articles and several books. SELLING POINTS: * Focuses on a rapidly growing market * Contains beautiful packaging patterns and advertising concepts, all illustrated in colour * Both aesthetically pleasing for the casual reader, and useful as a reference for designers and students 300 colour illustrations
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  • BVIJD

    AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 Essentials (Paperback)

    Scott Onstott

    The step-by-step, full-color AutoCAD 2018 guide with real-world practicality AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 Essentials provides a full-color, task-based approach to mastering this powerful software. Straightforward, easy-to-follow instruction pairs with real-world, hands-on exercises to help you quickly get up to speed with core features and functions; screenshots illustrate tutorial steps to help you follow along, and each chapter concludes with a more open-ended project so you can dive in and explore a specific topic in-depth. From 2D drawing and organization to 3D modeling, dimensioning, presenting, and more, this helpful guide walks you through everything you need to know to become productive with AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018. The companion website features downloadable starting and ending files for each exercise, so you can jump in at any point and compare your work to the pros, as well as additional tutorials to help you go as deep as you need to go. Exercises walk you through the real-world process of drafting while teaching you critical skills along the way. * Understand the AutoCAD interface and foundational concepts * Master essential drawing and visualization tools * Stay organized with layers, groups, and blocks * Experiment with 3D modeling, add text and dimensions, and much more AutoCAD is the industry-leading technical drawing software, and complete mastery is a vital skill for any design and drafting professional. AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 Essentials is a smart, quick resource that will help you get up to speed with real-world practical instruction.
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  • BVGJL

    Corporate Design 2017 (Hardback)

    Odo-Ekke Bingel

    The Corporate Design Preis is the performance barometer for outstanding work in Europe`s creative sector. The Awards recognise the most fascinating projects presented through the year from within the German, Austrian and Swiss marketplaces. Now in its 21st Annual Edition, this new book portrays the winning entries in the 2017 competition. There are four categories. Product Launch, Design Redesign, Trademarks and Logos, and Packaging. It displays in full colour the best creative concepts submitted in each of these fields. Each winning project is examined in great detail, as well as the other submissions that were acknowledged with honourable awards. Indeed all the nominations are shown, so that it is possible for the competent professional to make their own assessment of the various entries. The book will be useful for any professional working in the corporate aspects of graphic design and branding, and it can provide the reader with a clear view of the manner that important competitive brands are working to increase their market share in 2018.
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  • BVAMI

    Posters: The Sea Voyage (Hardback)

    Paolo Piccione

    A continuation of Silvana Editoriale's Posters series, this volume presents the most significant examples of advertising graphics produced by Italian shipping companies between 1885 and 1965. The graphics range from the advertising produced for the first steam ships of the 1880s to those for the ocean liners of the 1920s, cruise liners of the 1930s and, finally, those for the last transatlantic lines in the 1960s. Posters: The Sea Voyage collects placards, posters, announcements, advertising leaflets, brochures and pamphlets produced to promote passenger ships, cruises, sea journeys and Atlantic crossings. In addition to identifying these graphics, text by architect and scholar Pablo Piccione contextualises and historicises the development of Italian graphic styles and tastes. Text in English and Italian.
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  • BUVZP

    Sketching from the Imagination: Dark Arts (Paperback)

    3dtotal Publishing

    Sketching and drawing are fundamental to creating great art; the simple doodle is often where the artist first brings their ideas and concepts to life. In Sketching from the Imagination: Dark Arts, we have gathered together fifty talented traditional and digital artists to showcase work from their sketchbooks, share inspiration, and give insight into how they create imaginative and dark illustrations. Featuring a range of artwork and artists from many fields, from concept design and animation to illustration and comic art, Sketching from the Imagination: Dark Arts is a collection of beautifully macabre sketches with plenty of useful tips and creative insights--an invaluable resource that will inspire artists of all abilities.
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  • BUVOE

    Graphic Design Discourse (Hardback)

    Henry Hongmin Kim

    If the aim of graphic design is to communicate meaning clearly, there's an irony that the field itself has struggled between two contradictory opposites: rote design resulting from a rigorous, fixed set of rules, and eccentric design that expresses the hand of the artist but fails to communicate with its audience. But what if designers focused on process and critical analysis over visual outcome? Through a carefully selected collection of more than seventy-five seminal texts spanning centuries and bridging the disciplines of art, architecture, design history, philosophy, and cultural theory, Graphic Design Discourse: Evolving Theories, Ideologies, and Processes of Visual Communication establishes a new paradigm for graphic design methodologies for the twenty-first century. This illuminating anthology is essential reading for practicing designers, educators, and students trying to understand how to design in a singular, expressive way without forgoingnclear and concise visual communication.
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  • BUUHE

    CSS Master, 2e (Paperback)

    Tiffany Brown

    CSS Master is tailor-made for the web designer or front-end developer who's really serious about taking their skills to the next level. Discover how to keep ahead of the game by adhering to best practice and employing the most effective, cutting-edge CSS techniques. Now thoroughly updated in its second edition, this book covers how to: Organize your CSS to create the most efficient and most maintainable code Employ advanced approaches to achieve complex layouts: flexbox, grid layouts, multi-column, and more Use next-level effects: transitions, transforms, filters, animations, and more Combine CSS and SVG to create seriously powerful visuals Use efficient debugging techniques And much more!
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  • BUQET

    Graphic Design, Third Edition (Paperback)

    Stephen J. Eskilson

    For the third edition of Graphic Design Stephen Eskilson has, with the aid of 540 new and existing images, updated key parts of the book. Most notably he has expanded the introduction to begin with the origins of writing and added a new chapter 11 that investigates current trends in digital design. Organized chronologically, the book traces the impact of politics, economics, war, nationalism, colonialism, gender and art on graphic designers working in print and film and with the latest web, multimedia and emerging digital technologies.
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  • BUAYN

    Layout Essentials Revised and Updated (Paperback)

    Beth Tondreau

    A classic and essential text for designers since 2009, Layout Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Using Grids just got better with a fresh exploration of its design principles, updated text, and new photos and international graphics. Grids are the basis for all design projects, and learning how to work with them is fundamental for all graphic designers. From working with multi-column formats to using type, color, images, and more, Layout Essentials not only demonstrates, using real world examples, how to use grids effectively, but shows you how to break the rules to use them effectively, too. This revised and updated version of Layout Essentials is your one-stop reference and resource for all layout design projects.
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  • BTYRD

    CSS Master, 2e (Paperback)

    Tiffany Brown

    CSS Master is tailor-made for the web designer or front-end developer who's really serious about taking their skills to the next level. Discover how to keep ahead of the game by adhering to best practice and employing the most effective, cutting-edge CSS techniques. Now thoroughly updated in its second edition, this book covers how to: Organize your CSS to create the most efficient and most maintainable code Employ advanced approaches to achieve complex layouts: flexbox, grid layouts, multi-column, and more Use next-level effects: transitions, transforms, filters, animations, and more Combine CSS and SVG to create seriously powerful visuals Use efficient debugging techniques And much more!
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  • BTXHA

    Info We Trust (Hardback)

    RJ Andrews

    How do we create new ways of looking at the world? Join award-winning data storyteller RJ Andrews as he pushes beyond the usual how-to, and takes you on an adventure into the rich art of informing. Creating Info We Trust is a craft that puts the world into forms that are strong and true. It begins with maps, diagrams, and charts -- but must push further than dry defaults to be truly effective. How do we attract attention? How can we offer audiences valuable experiences worth their time? How can we help people access complexity? Dark and mysterious, but full of potential, data is the raw material from which new understanding can emerge. Become a hero of the information age as you learn how to dip into the chaos of data and emerge with new understanding that can entertain, improve, and inspire. Whether you call the craft data storytelling, data visualization, data journalism, dashboard design, or infographic creation -- what matters is that you are courageously confronting the chaos of it all in order to improve how people see the world. Info We Trust is written for everyone who straddles the domains of data and people: data visualization professionals, analysts, and all who are enthusiastic for seeing the world in new ways. This book draws from the entirety of human experience, quantitative and poetic. It teaches advanced techniques, such as visual metaphor and data transformations, in order to create more human presentations of data. It also shows how we can learn from print advertising, engineering, museum curation, and mythology archetypes. This human-centered approach works with machines to design information for people. Advance your understanding beyond by learning from a broad tradition of putting things "in formation" to create new and wonderful ways of opening our eyes to the world. Info We Trust takes a thoroughly original point of attack on the art of informing. It builds on decades of best practices and adds the creative enthusiasm of a world-class data storyteller. Info We Trust is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of original compositions designed to illuminate the craft, delight the reader, and inspire a generation of data storytellers.
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  • BTWTY

    100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design (Paperback)

    Steven Heller

    This accessible book demonstrates how ideas influenced and defined graphic design. Lavishly illustrated, it is both a great source of inspiration and a provocative record of some of the best examples of graphic design from the last hundred years. The entries, arranged broadly in chronological order, range from technical (overprinting, rub-on designs, split fountain); to stylistic (swashes on caps, loud typography, and white space); to objects (dust jackets, design handbooks); and methods (paper cut-outs, pixelation).
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If you’re an expert in imagery or want to learn the basics to embark on a career in graphic design then we have all the books you need to help you get prepared. Whatever your niche in designing may be, you can find tips on working on a wide variety of products and projects in our range of graphic design books.

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