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Graphic Design Books

  • What they didn't teach you in design school

    Phil Cleaver

    Product Code: BZKFQ
    Hardback
    With record numbers of design and advertising students graduating into the job market each year, it makes more sense now than ever before to be fully armed to succeed. This book helps new designers make the transition from design school to work, giving them the ammunition they need for a successful start. Here the reader will learn how to get that all-important first job, and how to impress their new employer. They will also have at their fingertips plenty of useful, practical information essential to know in the design studio and when working for clients. Enriched with quotes and advice from some of the best and brightest in the industry, this book is where you will find out what they didn't teach you in design school.
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  • Digital Hand Lettering and Modern Calligraphy

    Shelly Kim

    Product Code: BZGMZ
    Paperback
    In Digital Hand Lettering and Modern Calligraphy, Shelly Kim-popular Instagram lettering artist and workshop instructor @lettersbyshells-offers lettering enthusiasts at all levels of experience a step-by-step course that shows how to develop and adapt traditional lettering skills and techniques to a variety of digital platforms. Lettering Essentials. The basics of lettering and modern calligraphy, along with guidance for embellishing and designing quotes. Digitizing Your Lettering. Options for scanning, photographing, and creating a digital lettering file. Lettering on a Tablet. A hands-on guide to working on the iPad with the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app, from an overview of common functions and how to create a simple lettering brush to making shapes and patterns, choosing colors, creating gradients, glitter, and foil effects, and combining Procreate and Adobe Sketch. Projects & Inspiration: DIY projects that show you how to achieve with digital lettering what you can't with traditional techniques, plus stunning gallery pieces from Karin Newport of @ipadlettering and Myriam of @halfapx. Digital Hand Lettering and Modern Calligraphy will guide you to the future of lettering!
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  • Am I Overthinking This?

    Michelle Rial

    Product Code: CCIFN
    Hardback
    Am I overthinking this? Probably. This is a book of questions with answers, over-answers, and many charts: Did I screw up? How do I achieve work-life balance? Am I eating too much cheese? Do I have too many plants? Like a conversation with your non-judgmental best friend, Michelle Rial delivers a playful take on the little dilemmas that loom large in the mind of every adult through artful charts and funny, insightful questions. * Building on her popular Instagram account @michellerial, Am I Overthinking This? brings whimsical charm to topics big and small * Offers solidarity for the stressed, answers for the confused, and a good laugh for all * Michelle Rial is an illustrator, writer and photographer who has been publishing charts online for almost a decade. Her work has been featured on USA Today, Fast Company, Vox, designboom, AV Club, and more. Fans of Adulting: How to Become a Grownup in 535 Easy(ish) Steps, Thin Slices of Anxiety, and It's OK to Feel Things Deeply will relate to the humorous dilemmas in Am I Overthinking This? This book serves as a reminder that there isn't always one right answer-and that, sometimes, the only answer is to pick a path and keep moving. * A perfect coffee table, bathroom or bar top conversation-starting book * Makes a great gift for a friend who tends to think about the big and small questions a bit too much
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  • Graphic Design Play Book

    Cure Sophie

    Product Code: BXVXN
    Paperback
    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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  • Adobe Lightroom For Dummies

    Rob Sylvan

    Product Code: BURCC
    Paperback
    Edit, organize, store, and share photos Whether you are brand new to photography, a devoted enthusiast, or a seasoned pro, there's a version of Lightroom for you. Lightroom For Dummies is the book to help you learn which version of Lightroom is right for your needs. The main focus of the book is on using Lightroom Classic, but also includes an introduction to Lightroom CC. All with the goal of helping you get started on the right foot toward taking your photographic workflow to the next level. The book is a great starting place to help you improve your family photos or add advanced Lightroom skills that aid your career. Look inside to find the steps to navigating the software and getting top-notch results. Deciding which version of Lightroom is the best fit Take control of your photo library with Lightroom Classic Importing, organizing, and finding photos Editing and sharing your photos Producing a slideshow, book, print, or web gallery Gain a foundation for getting started with Lightroom CC Get ready to spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens!
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  • Ultimate Guide to Link Building

    Garrett French

    Product Code: CDGMI
    Paperback
    Revised chapters on local business marketing to target link building strategies based on a geographic area New chapters present link building strategies that make various media work together, including news platforms, lifestyle websites, online citations, social media, and sales pages Includes new lessons from an analysis of 12,000 outreach campaigns Outlines time-proven techniques for earning a higher rank on Google, Bing, and other search engines Offers a blueprint for optimizing social media strategies, increasing web traffic, and leveraging the latest internet marketing tools
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  • Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies

    David Karlins

    Product Code: CDGIU
    Paperback
    Get to know your digital drawing board Adobe Illustrator CC offers a vibrant tool for creating drawings and illustrations in a digital environment. It takes some practice to get a feel for the digital pens, pencils, paintbrushes, and erasers, though. Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies offers the guidance you need to turn your ideas into real drawings. Written by an Illustrator trainer and expert, this book walks those new to the tool through the basics of drawing, editing, and applying the unique tools found in this popular program. Create illustrations using simple shapes Touch up images using pen, pencil, and brush tools Import your illustrations into other graphic apps Apply special effects and add type This book is essential reading for new and beginning illustrators who are either adopting a digital tool for the first time, switching from an existing tool to Illustrator, or adding Illustrator know-how to existing Adobe knowledge.
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  • Revit 2020 for Architecture

    Eric Wing

    Product Code: CCWIF
    Paperback
    The updated 2020 edition of the popular step-by-step tutorial for Revit Architecture Shortly after its first publication, Autodesk Revit for Architecture: No Experience Required quickly became the market-leading, real-world guide for learning and building with Revit--the powerful and sophisticated Building Information Modeling (BIM) software used by professionals the world over. Fully updated for Revit 2020, this popular, user-friendly book helps you learn the Revit interface, understand the fundamental concepts and features of the software, and design, document, and present a 3D BIM project. A continuous, step-by-step tutorial guides you through every phase of the project: from placing walls, doors, windows, structural elements, dimensions, and text, to generating documentation, advanced detailing, site grading, construction scheduling, material takeoffs, and much more. Updated and revised to include new content, this invaluable guide covers all the fundamental skills every Revit user needs. Whether used as a complete, start-to-finish lesson or as a quick-reference for unfamiliar tasks, this book will help you: Learn each phase of designing, documenting, and presenting a four-story office building using a simple yet engaging continuous tutorial Follow the tutorial sequentially or jump to any chapter by downloading the project files from the Sybex website Use the start-to-finish tutorial project as a reference for your own real-world projects and to develop a powerful Revit skillset Gain thorough knowledge of Revit's essential concepts and features to make the move from 2D drafting to 3D building information modeling Get up to speed with advanced features, including new coverage of advanced walls, families, sites, topography, and more Autodesk Revit 2020 for Architecture No Experience Required is the go-to guide for both professionals and students seeking to learn Revit's essential functions quickly and effectively, to understand real workplace projects, processes, and workflows, and to set the stage for continuing on to more advanced skills.
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  • Art at the Table

    J. Robert Moskin

    Product Code: CCWNC
    Hardback
    Founded in New York City in 1870, The Lotos Club is one of the oldest literary and arts clubs in the United States. Lotos became known for its tradition of honouring outstanding men and women from all walks of life with testimonial 'State Dinners', especially after it began to commemorate these occasions with unique souvenir menus designed by artists and illustrators of the day. Art at the Table is a lavishly illustrated retrospective of the Club's 150-year-old-tradition, featuring the art of the menus and the stories behind them. American culture and history are chronicled in these fetes, from Gilbert and Sullivan and Mark Twain to aviator Amelia Earhart and author Tom Wolfe.
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  • Universal Methods of Design Expanded and Revised

    Bruce Hanington

    Product Code: CCVRQ
    Paperback
    This expanded and revised version of the best-selling Universal Methods of Design is a comprehensive reference that provides a thorough and critical presentation of 125 research methods, synthesis/analysis techniques, and research deliverables for human-centered design. The text and accompanying photos and graphics of this classic resource are delivered in a concise and accessible format perfect for designers, educators, and students. Information can be easily referenced and utilized by cross-disciplinary teams in nearly any design project. This new, expanded edition includes updated information on scenarios, secondary research, territory maps, and other chapters. The addition of 25 new chapters brings fresh relevance to the text with innovative design methods that have emerged since the first edition, such as backcasting, behavioral design, horizon scanning, and transition design. Universal Methods of Designdistills each method down to its essence, in a format that helps design teams select and implement the most credible research methods suited to their design culture.
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  • Designing Interfaces

    Jenifer Tidwell

    Product Code: CBYFA
    Paperback
    It's not easy to design good application interfaces in a world where companies must create compelling, seamless user experiences across an exploding number of channels, screens, and contexts. Design patterns, design systems, and component-based UI frameworks have emerged and now rapidly evolve to meet the challenge. This bestselling book is one of the few reliable sources to help you navigate through the maze of design options. By capturing UI best practices and reusable ideas as design patterns, Designing Interfaces provides solutions to common design problems that you can tailor to the situation at hand. This updated edition includes patterns for mobile apps and social media, as well as web applications and desktop software. Each pattern contains full-color examples and practical design advice that you can use immediately. Experienced designers can use this guide as a sourcebook of ideas; novices will find a roadmap to the world of interface and interaction design.
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  • The Enduring Legacy of Weimar

    Jong,,Cees,W. De

    Product Code: CCOBX
    Hardback
    This vibrant book tells the history of the Modernist design movement and how it completely revolutionized graphic design. Graphic Design as an artistic genre wasn't universally accepted until the early 20th century. This striking book focuses on the pivotal years of 1919-1933 to show how fifty artists redefined the field and helped create modern graphic design. Art historian and graphic artist Alston Purvis provides a concise and engaging overview of the dawn of modern graphic design and the artistic possibilities that were laid bare in a seismically shifting Europe. He explores how a variety of burgeoning and established movements contributed to the innovations of graphic design such as the German Dadaists, the Bauhaus School, and the European avant-garde artists. He looks at how groundbreaking trends in typography, the rise of consumerism, and a new focus on schools of graphic design combined to create a new language of design that is still in use today. Featuring the designs of 50 pioneering artists, such as Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, and El Lissitzky, this book shows how their work in color, typography, and composition broke conventions and set new standards in a seminal period of graphic design.
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  • Design Thinking for Visual Communication

    Gavin Ambrose (University of B

    Product Code: CCJRV
    Paperback
    How do you start a design project? How can you generate ideas and concepts in response to a design brief? How do other designers do it? This book will answer all these questions and more. Now in its second edition, the highly popular Design Thinking for Visual Communication identifies methods and thought processes used by designers in order to start the process that eventually leads to a finished piece of work. Step-by-step guidance for each part of the process is highlighted by real-life case studies, enabling the student to see teaching in practice. This focus on ideas and methods eschews an abstract, academic approach in favour of a useable approach to design as a problem-solving activity. The new edition now includes contributions from a broader international range of design practices and adds depth to existing case studies by looking in greater detail at some of the processes used.
  • Face

    Jessica Helfand (Founding Edit

    Product Code: CBYRR
    Hardback
    An elaborately illustrated A to Z of the face, from historical mugshots to Instagram posts. By turns alarming and awe-inspiring, Face offers up an elaborately illustrated A to Z-from the didactic anthropometry of the late-nineteenth century to the selfie-obsessed zeitgeist of the twenty-first. Jessica Helfand looks at the cultural significance of the face through a critical lens, both as social currency and as palimpsest of history. Investigating everything from historical mugshots to Instagram posts, she examines how the face has been perceived and represented over time; how it has been instrumentalized by others; and how we have reclaimed it for our own purposes. From vintage advertisements for a "nose adjuster" to contemporary artists who reconsider the visual construction of race, Face delivers an intimate yet kaleidoscopic adventure while posing universal questions about identity.
  • How to Speak Machine

    John Maeda

    Product Code: CBQRO
    Hardback
    John Maeda is one of the world's preeminent thinkers on technology and design, and in How to Speak Machine, he offers a set of simple laws that govern not only the computers of today, but the unimaginable machines of the future. Machines are already more powerful than we can comprehend, and getting more powerful at an exponential pace. Once set in motion, algorithms never tire. And when a program's size, speed and endlessness combine with its ability to learn and transform itself, the outcome can be unpredictable and dangerous. Take the seemingly instant transformation of Microsoft's chatbot into a hate-spewing racist, or how crime-predicting algorithms reinforce racial bias. How To Speak Machine provides a coherent framework for today's product designers, business leaders and policymakers to grasp this brave new world. Drawing on his wide-ranging experience from engineering to computer science to design, Maeda shows how businesses and individuals can identify opportunities afforded by technology to make world-changing and inclusive products while avoiding the pitfalls inherent to the medium.
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  • Space Mission Art

    Luke Wesley Price

    Product Code: CBJPP
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    Since 1961, our country has launched men and women into the hostile vacuum of space. For the adventures on which they were about to embark, astronauts, associates and designers commemorated each mission by creating a unique insignia that the crew could wear with pride on their spacesuits. Space Mission Art collects every one of these iconic designs, plus sticker sheets, to celebrate the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs. They are presented in full colour and glorious detail alongside the stories behind their design. There are also crew photos, mission facts and trivia that reveal the human face of space exploration, capturing the comedy, tragedy, bravery and beauty of these extraordinary adventures into the unknown.
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  • The Fundamentals of Graphic Design

    Gavin Ambrose (University of B

    Product Code: CBHVQ
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    Introducing students to the field of graphic design through inspirational examples and clear, practical advice, The Fundamentals of Graphic Design has been fully updated to reflect the changes in today's technologies and graphic design practice. With a new section expanding the coverage of digital design tools and new material on social media, apps plus more on design for the Web, the book gives students a unique overview of what graphic designers do and how they work, historical influences on the field, and coverage of design thinking and the production process.
  • Design

    D.J. Huppatz (Swinburne Univer

    Product Code: CBHRN
    Paperback
    Design is everywhere. It shapes not only our present but also our future. An essential introductory guide, Design: The Key Concepts covers fundamental design concepts: thinking, service, context, interaction, experience, and systems. Each concept is situated within a broad context, enabling the reader to understand design's contemporary practice and its relationship to issues such as new technology, social and economic development, globalization, and sustainability. Concepts are also explained by use of concise, illustrated case studies of contemporary objects, spaces, systems, and methods such as Uber, the iPhone, Kickstarter and IKEA. Chapter summaries and supporting discussion questions make this an engaging and accessible introduction for students and those new to the field. An annotated bibliography provides direction for further reading.
  • The Trust Manifesto

    Damian Bradfield

    Product Code: CAXPI
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    If you could reinvent the internet now, what would it look like? 'A superb and timely book showing how we can face up to the tsunami of big data that threatens to engulf us all' Stephen Fry "Enlightening, provocative, and wonderfully thoughtful, this is an essential book for our times." Sir Ken Robinson, Educator, New York Times Bestselling Author From the moment Alexa wakes you up, you glance at your Apple watch, check social media, app-order your daily coffee and navigate your way to work, your data is being collected. In this new digital landscape unfurling around us, data is the new oil and you're the oil well. We're living in an extraordinary age: the age of trust. We trust the language of algorithms and the intentions of tech giants. The Trust Manifesto is for anyone how has started to question that trust; who worry where it might end, who fear 'The Black Mirror Effect'. It is for those who wonder what an alternative internet would look like, built on trust, that works for all of us.
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  • Protest!

    Liz McQuiston

    Product Code: CAXJF
    Hardback
    Social discontent and political protest have been expressed visually as well as verbally throughout the ages. Graffiti scribbles on a wall, pictures scattered in the street during marches, posters spread through the environment: all have played their part. For such agitational images represent a power struggle; a rebellion against an established order and a call to arms, or a passionate cry of concern for a cause. The book begins in the 16th century with the Reformation, when images could be produced in multiples. It then travels through decades and centuries of graphics: protesting against the miseries of war; satirising the foibles of royalty, politicians, religions, and society in general; calling for an end to racial discrimination and apartheid; demanding freedom from tyranny and dictatorships; struggling for LGBTQ+ rights; and, finally, attending to 21st-century concerns and Trumpisms. Each chronological chapter opens with a short introduction offering historical and artistic context to the period, followed by a copious and wide-ranging display of powerful protest graphics, grouped together by event or movement. Encompassing an astounding breadth of emotion-from hilarious satire to utter horror-Protest! is a tribute to the liberating concept of hard-won `freedom of speech' throughout history, and which still has agency in current times.
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  • Web Design. The Evolution of the Digital World 1990-Today

    Rob Ford

    Product Code: BZRFM
    Hardback
    The last three decades have marked an era of technological upheaval as frenetic and groundbreaking as there ever has been. From early desktop computers and mobile phones to virtual reality: the web is now virtually inseparable from all facets of human interaction and daily life. But it wasn't always funny cat videos and sleek interfaces. This collection is a visual journey through time, gathering the very earliest examples of what we today take for granted: the first website to use surround sound, the first drag-and-drop navigation, the first page-turn effect, the first website to use seamless video integration, the first viral site, the first parallax website, the first `upload-your-face' website, the first site to incorporate a mobile phone, the first ever YouTube-like "website", and many more. It gathers more than 200 websites, and each comes with quotes and insights from the creators themselves-an invaluable peek into the minds of pioneers who paved the pixelized way for many to follow, including Jonathan Gay (Flash), Gabo Mendoza (Gabocorp), Yugo Nakamura (Yugop), Peter Van Den Wyngaert (NRG.BE), Joshua Davis (Praystation), and Eric Jordan (2Advanced). This comprehensive visual history gathers 21 chapters that detail, for every year since 1998, the best websites and examples of hardware used at the time, and explore how user experience, usability, and technological milestones have influenced the development of the internet we use today. Year-by-year factsheets and smart Google insights orient the reader through major developments across such categories as world news headlines, highest grossing films, new soft and hardware, greatest website traffic, and many more. For many, this collection will offer a virtual trip down nostalgia lane-but all generations will find a sweeping reference work as well as a celebration of how the earliest creative minds came to define the web, and eventually the world, as we know it.
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  • Format for Graphic Designers

    Gavin Ambrose (University of B

    Product Code: BZOVH
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    From traditional print to digital formats for mobile phones and tablets, this book provides a clear introduction to the creative use of format in graphic design. Using 200 inspirational examples from contemporary international designers, Format for Graphic Designers guides the student through the role of format in both the purpose and the narrative of a design. The authors look at the physical aspects of formats - traditional and experimental, print and digital - to explore innovative solutions and, through case studies, explore how and why professional designers choose particular formats for a job. Covering everything from books and magazines, point-of-purchase displays, packaging, direct mail, brochures, and screen-based formats, the new edition illuminates this critical element of design practice for students, and provides them with a solid foundation on which to build their own designs.
  • Food Store: 50+ Stunning Interior Designs & Branding Concepts

    Paolo Emilio Bellisario

    Product Code: BZQPH
    Paperback
    This book breaks through the boundaries between 'interior design' and 'graphic design', showing readers the birth of a small commercial space: from logos, packaging, menus, product design to the interior design of space, and even to uniforms, all of which are designed by designers. In addition to displaying space and graphic design through pictures, the book will present readers some interviews from designers. Through their analysis, readers can have a more comprehensive understanding of the features and trends of interior and graphic design of food stores, as well as brand promotion and store operations.
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  • Central Saint Martins Foundation

    Lucy Alexander

    Product Code: BZJPL
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    Experiment, explore and expand your creative skillset with the Central Saint Martins Foundation in Art and Design. Heralded as the most prestigious foundation course in the world, teachers from across the course have contributed their expert knowledge to help you find your own path and the right specialist field for you. The school is famed for its successful graduates, including Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, and its rigorous foundation curriculum which is used as a leading education model for first-year art and design college students across the globe. Try your hand at projects that will inspire you to think differently, hone your abilities and guide your forays into Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art, Graphic Communication Design, and Three-Dimensional Design and Architecture. You'll be introduced to a range of materials and methods of researching and developing your ideas and learn how to evaluate and reflect on your practice. Every chapter and exercise is designed to help you build your understanding and portfolio and prepare you for the next step.
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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.

Get inspired

Get advice on how to design anything from logos to letting, bags to book jackets and everything in-between. Learn how to use colour, shapes, fonts and patterns to improve your work and become a master designer in no time.

Uncover the history of the field

See what ideas and techniques you can learn from the history of graphic design and the work of designers from all over the world in one of handy guides.

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