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The Quarto Group has published some great new books that are all about design and lettering. If you have a creative soul then you are going to love these new titles. I am one of those people who want to be creative but struggle with inspiration and technique. So any new books I can find I love to explore for ideas and information on improving my creative mind. These three new books are great for doing just that.
Color Design Workbook:
Since color is such an important part of graphic design, designers need the most up-to-date, as well as the most fundamental, information on the subject to have the tools needed to use color effectively. From the meanings behind colors to working with color in presentations, Color Design Workbook provides readers with the vital information needed to apply color creatively and effectively to design work. In this new and completely revised edition, award-winning author/designer Sean Adams brings the inspiration and information up to date, demonstrating how to apply color creatively and effectively, and providing discussions of trends, media, forecasts, and all new case studies of designers to watch around the globe.
As a blogger who creates a lot of my content online, I love to explore new ideas when it comes to digital design and the use of color. I love the information in this book, so many helpful tips and a good explanation of the best ways to use color in design.
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Making and Breaking the Grid:
Making and Breaking the Grid is a comprehensive layout design workshop that assumes that in order to effectively break the rules of grid-based design, one must first understand those rules. Each project is shown comprehensively so readers can see its structure revealed over several pages, at a size that allows for inspection of detail. Also included are historical overviews that summarize the development of layout concepts, both grid-based and non-grid based, in modern design practice.
If you are looking for a very detailed and informative guide to grid design then this book is the book for you. I am new to this style of design and I loved reading about all the rules and elements that go into a very detailed grid design. It really walks you through the process step by step and allows you break down the process easily.
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Creative Sprint interactive workbook has six 30-day sprints full of prompts to get you drawing, journaling, taking photos, making collages, or anything creative that you choose to do! Each sprint has a theme, like Think Small, Work with the Unexpected, and Embrace Limitations. Throughout the book you’ll find features focused on fellow sprinters, as well as inspirational quotes, and every sprint ends with a recap that encourages reflection. Complete sprint after sprint, channeling your creativity into new challenges.
This is my favorite one out of the three books. Like I said I want to be a creative person but really lack inspiration sometimes. This book is all about improving your creative spirit. You have six different 30-day challenges in this book that will get your creative mind in tune. Each page has a different daily challenge for you to interpret and make your own. You can draw, write, photograph, whatever you want just take the prompt and get creative. It’s really neat and a lot of fun. I love this book.
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