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Graphic design not only means that an image, logo or website idea is beautifully implemented. There are many other considerations about imagery, shape, color, proportions and the like. If you are interested in the subject of graphic design, are aiming for a corresponding degree or want to further educate yourself privately in this area, then there are various books that you can use. In the following I have put together a small selection for you. All of the books shown have good and very good ratings on Amazon. Details on the definition and sub-areas of graphic design can be found at Wikipedia.
In “Basic Course Graphics and Design: Fit for Study and Training” Claudia Korthaus summarizes important basics on over 350 pages. The introductory chapter already deals with content, intent, target groups and the like. Furthermore, layout, shapes, colors, images, fonts and the output of graphics are dealt with. Certainly a good introduction for everyone who is dealing with the topic for the first time. Take a look at the book you can on this page.
The title says it all: a bit more content is provided here. Because in "Graphics and design: Design and media design from A to Z" by Markus Wäger there are 10 subject areas that are dealt with in detail on 728 pages: graphic design, perception, shape, color, image, font, reading typography, design grids, corporate design and prepress . If that sounds interesting to you, then look here in the book.
If you want to learn something about the theory behind design apart from practice or in combination with it, then “How design works: principles of successful design” by Monika Heimann and Michael Schütz is certainly not the worst book. This content is dealt with on over 630 pages: basic principles of effect, how pictures work, how topics achieve an effect, perception of design, how colors work, how shapes work, effective work with surfaces and stylistic devices, and more. An overview you get on this page.
The book “ABC of Graphic Design: Graphics and Design Visually Explained” by Markus Wäger is also more in the direction of theory. In this book he uses fewer pages than in the above, namely 391 pages according to the Amazon description. After the basics, it is about form, font, typography, color, visual communication, layout, design and final artwork as well as the respective sub-topics. The right thing for everyone who primarily wants to deal with the regularities of the individual design elements. You make the beginning with this link to the book.
How and why are logos designed? Answers to this question, examples of successful logos and practical tips for your own work are provided by “Logo Design: The Comprehensive Practice Book”. On the more than 370 pages, not only 750 examples of logo design are given, but also the following contents are highlighted: original and basic forms of the logo, tasks and uses of the logo, design aspects, logotypes, work preparation, drafts, redesign, trends and final artwork. Sounds interesting? Then click here.
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