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Graphic Design Basics Book

November 7th, 2009 · 19 Comments

I have 9 years of design experience behind me but would you believe that I don’t have any idea about the fundamentals of design nor do I have a formal education of it. I just design based on what I think is beautiful and usable.

I felt like reading something I can bring anywhere with me. I’m tired of staring at the monitor. So I went to Basheer Graphic Book shop and grab myself a copy of Designs Basic Index by Jim Krauss. I found myself reading it every morning in the bus on my way to office. Just as the title says, it’s all about the basics of designs.

This book is not the ‘show-off’ type which features the trendy and stylish designs out there. It covers the fundamentals of design from typography and color to layout and business issues. What I like the most is the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of designing. My design practices changed after applying what I’ve learned from this book. Designing is not about the rules, but knowing the essentials can help you come up with an aesthetically and effective design. I’ve learned new things on this book. It’s a worthwhile read for beginners and also a great reference for advanced designers.

Don’t stop learning! ^_^

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19 responses so far

  • Rafael says:
    Nov 11, 2009 at 8:15 am

    One more book to my “To Read” list, sounds like this is one of those books you don’t even want to close until you finish.

  • naveed says:
    Nov 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book.. ill check this out :)

  • Ichiro Ino says:
    Nov 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    This is great stuff, a must read…

  • Lance says:
    Nov 18, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    So you’re a self-taught too Luc? How I wish shopping online for books (Amazon etc.) is easy here in our country.

    Also its good to see you away from the monitor hehe. ^,,^

  • Louis Dizon says:
    Nov 21, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    It’s always great to learn from the tangible pages of a good book. Reading in front of my PC hurts my eyes. Though I do it most of the time. Lol!

  • Mayan says:
    Nov 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve been keeping an eye on that book for months now. And already have scanned its pages at Powerbooks. It really is a small encyclopedia of design basics, worth the money. Will buy it this December! :D

  • Ichiro Ino says:
    Feb 3, 2010 at 8:22 pm


    Something wrong? Or just really busy?

    I’m still waiting for updates… hehehe…

  • Luc says:
    Feb 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Just busy :(

  • Carlfinity says:
    Feb 9, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Hmm.. Interesting.. How about an ebook version?

  • tanya singh says:
    Feb 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Basic of graphic design is really important, go and read :)

  • Viktor Larsson says:
    Feb 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Just getting in to webdesign after working a bit with large computer systems. Kind of branching off.
    I like your site and will take this book as a “to-read”.
    Thank you for contributing to the wealth of information that is the Internet.

  • kok aan huis says:
    Mar 1, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Is there an ebook version of this?

  • Mayatiz says:
    Mar 5, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Buy the Idea Index. It’ll help you even more after reading this.

  • keukens says:
    Mar 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Can someone tell where I can buy it online?

  • Debjit Biswas says:
    Mar 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Really really nice !!! Thanks a lot for the share.

  • Gevelrenovatie says:
    May 12, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Can we buy it online???

  • Luc says:
    Jun 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    You can buy in Amazon.

  • Trenton Bost says:
    Oct 21, 2010 at 6:35 am

    If there’s anything I’ve learned in school, it is that there are rules to anything design-wise. Knowing when and why to break the rules is where an artist shines.

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