Reviewed by John Webb
I am very lucky to have found this book, the book goes far more in depth then I thought it would on how to approach tons of different situations that every graphic designer will face in their career at some point or another. My problem with most graphic design books is that they are very vague and don’t really give you any details on what you SHOULD do, just what you SHOULDN’T do. This can be quite annoying when you’re stressing on how to deal with a project and looking for help and the best you can find is “go with what you feel is right”
This book goes extremely in depth in its explanation of typefaces and how different types work best for specific projects and even where some originated from, which I find very interesting. The book also talks about the design of tickets and flyers which is one of the main areas that I work in as a designer so it was interesting to see what the author considers the correct approach to designing flyers and tickets compared to how I approach it on my own with no real background knowledge.
My only complaint that I have about the book is that it should be updated and republished. There are multiple instances where the author refers to “VHS” and “CD-ROM“‘s which are just outdated terms, this makes me wonder if the author would approach some of these projects differently in the time gap between when he wrote this book and the modern age of graphic design that we are in today.
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