The Non-Designer's Design Book

The Non-Designer's Design Book

by Robin Williams

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For nearly 20 years, designers and non-designers alike have been introduced to the fundamental principles of great design by author Robin Williams. Through her straightforward and light-hearted style, Robin has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to make their designs look professional using four surprisingly simple principles. Now in its fourth edition, The Non-Designer’s Design Book offers even more practical design advice, including a new chapter on the fundamentals of typography, more quizzes and exercises to train your Designer Eye, updated projects for you to try, and new visual and typographic examples to inspire your creativity. 

Whether you’re a Mac user or a Windows user, a type novice, or an aspiring graphic designer, you will find the instruction and inspiration to approach any design project with confidence.


  • The four principles of design that underlie  every design project 
  • How to design with color 
  • How to design with type 
  • How to combine typefaces for maximum effect 
  • How to see and think like a professional designer 
  • Specific tips on designing newsletters, brochures, flyers, and other projects 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780133966343
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 11/20/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 99998
Sales rank: 111,764
File size: 22 MB
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About the Author

Robin Williams is the author of dozens of bestselling and award-winning books, including The Non-Designer's Presentation Book, The Non-Designer's InDesign Book, and The Mac is not a typewriter. Through her writing, teaching, and seminars, Robin has educated and influenced an entire generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, desktop publishing, the Mac, and the Web.

Table of Contents

1. Is This Book For You?
2. Mini-Glossary.
3. The Joshua Tree Principle.
4. Proximity.
5. Alignment.
6. Repetition.
7. Contrast.
8. Review.
9. Type (& Life).
10. Categories Of Type.
11. Type Contrasts.
12. So, Do You Get It?
Answers To Quizzes.
Typefaces In This Book.

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Non-Designer's Design Book (Custom Package) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't be a wimp.At least, that's what Williams tells us just about every other page. You'd think it would get annoying, but it doesn't.That's premise of the Non-Designer's Design Book, which was written to help us every-day average Joes not make ridiculous layouts that will be so horribly ugly that they will blind passing children and puppies, or something.I found this book to be a great help, explaining many things I didn't even learn when I was editing (and winning state-wide awards for editing, writing and laying out) a newspaper. Just don't tell anybody, okay?This book, complimenting Williams' "The (computer system you're using) is Not a Typewriter" books, takes your through what makes layout work, and what makes it aesthetic. You know an ugly ad when you see it, and after reading this book, you'll not only know WHY it's hideous, but also what they could have done to make it better.Do you need the Non-Designer's Design Book? Well, if you're a professional designer, you won't. Also, if no other person will ever see your design work, you also won't. But if you're anything less than a professional (or even a professional with some level of curiosity), and you're making things that the public will see, it would benefit you greatly to invest in this book (and for heaven's sake, stop using Comic Sans!).
6Feet More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for those of us without any graphic design background or education who need to create professional-looking publications. Great examples and visuals throughout the book solidify the points being made at the moment they are being made. The author is straightforward and challenges readers to get out of their comfort zone to create really phenomenal work.
VLM53 More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended and I was quite excited that I could get it for my NookColor. But it uses graphics to illustrate font combinations and illustrations of good layout - unfortunately the graphics are not crisp - they do not display well on the Nook Color. This is an example of why there is a 14-day trial period, and why I should have used it instead of going ahead and purchasing the book immediately. Also, it is a very short book - only 115 pages. The content is good but not worth the price for little content and poor graphics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It is so simply and easy to follow. It incorporates many visual examples which makes it easier to understand. I highly recommend it for both teachers and students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago