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The design manual
Whitbread, David.
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Publication Information:
Sydney, Australia : UNSW Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxi, 307 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Z253.53 .W55 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A comprehensive reference guide to the design and production of documents. Written as a companion volume to the CommonwealthStyle Manual, The Design Manualis an indispensable reference for traditional and digital publishing.

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The Design Manual serves both teachers and designers very well. Portable and comprehensive, it is perfectly suited for a college-level text and as a reference handbook for the professional office. The format (9.5 by 7-inch paperback) makes it affordable for students in college or high school. Within its 300 pages, Whitbread has managed to include 22 topics under the headings "Purpose," "Projects," and "Production," which cover communication and visual literacy and aspects of traditional print and multimedia (including Web sites and HTML). The material under "Projects" are not student projects but rather descriptions of the various types of print and media topics such as pamphlets and brochures, stationery, animation, posters, and advertisements. The manual concludes with chapters titled "Using a Designer" and "The Design Process," which present issues such as assessing a portfolio, design justification and rationale, and contacts and copyright. There is also a modest section on color and a well-written section on typography. The author is a design teacher, and a statement in his preface has a familiar ring: "I have always needed a resource for my students that would go beyond fashion and beyond media choice...." He has succeeded. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. D. Ichiyama Purdue University