Graphic Design School by David Dabna, Sandra Stewart and Eric Zempol
This week’s book choice is all about graphic design. The library has older editions in stock but this fifth edition includes specific advice on digital imaging techniques, motion graphics and designing for the web and small-screen applications. The book is organised into two main sections: principles and practice. The first section deals with the fundamentals of design, such as composition, hierarchy, layout, typography, grid structure and colour. The second section puts these basics into practice, and gives information about studio techniques and production issues relevant to a number of different graphic design disciplines. There is also an overview of some of the different career choices open to students entering the fields of graphic design or media – for example, advertising, marketing or journalism.
Graphic Design School contains hundreds of colourful images with supporting text explaining the processes and aesthetic thinking behind each design. It is a self-teaching guide a well as a set book for first year graphic design students. There are also interesting and instructive assignments with real-world graphic design briefs which should help students with their employability skills.
Don’t forget we have a fantastic training resource called Digital Tutors . This is an online computer-generated imagery (CGI) training library using 34 graphic design packages and can be found via the library catalogue. Or try Digital Arts Online, a free website using 16 software packages including Photoshop, Maya, Dreamweaver and Adobe Illustrator.
For an animated short video called ‘The history of typography’ click on this link. And for more information on the role of a graphic designer see the advice given here by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, a UK government body.