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Design books?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by KnuteRockne, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. KnuteRockne

    KnuteRockne Member

    Anyone know some good ones?

    And I don't mean books like the SND award winner collections.

    I'm talking books that are designed as tutorials on the basics and beyond. Textbooks, I guess.
  2. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    "The Newspaper Designer's Handbook" by Tim Harrower is a good place to start.
  3. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Beat me to it. It is the ultimate, Knute.
  4. KnuteRockne

    KnuteRockne Member

    Does it talk about things like how to split headlines into two decks (i.e. separate thought on each line)? I just want some points of reference for that so that I can have an authority to reference for the other people in my department other than, "That's what I was told in college or high school or my previous paper. Somewhere along the line, I swear."
  5. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Harrower's book was a college textbook of mine. Simply outstanding. I haven't worked as a designer in almost 10 years and probably never will again, but that book will always stay on my shelf.
  6. devils_claw

    devils_claw Member

    One more voice to add to the praise for Harrower.

    I'm not too long out of j-school, and that is one of the only textbooks I kept. It's easy to understand, has great visuals, and can be really entertaining.
  7. Pi

    Pi Member

    Don't bother with any of Mario Garcia's books unless you like self-indulgent crap.
  8. Satchel Pooch

    Satchel Pooch Member

    I always wanted to pick up Harrower's book but it ain't cheap, if I recally correctly.
  9. Harrower is the Bible ... gotta be in the 5th or 6th printing by now ... you could probably get 3 or 4 for cheap, though I don't remember it being too expensive for a new copy.
  10. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    For someone completely brand new to the world of layout, fonts, etc. I recommend books by Robin Williams (a female). Her stuff isn't really directed at professionals, but it's a good starting point.


  11. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    Thanks, Robin. You got any extra copies laying around?
  12. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    That joke is really getting old. Can't someone pimp a useful book/good article/strong writer without being accused of self-promotion?
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