The Digital Designer’s Bible

Posted: March 5, 2009 in All and Sundry, Stumbled Upon

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Finally I found my new religion. (LOL) Bought these books on sale at the National Bookstore in SM Davao. Each costs only 250php, way cheaper than their original prices of 1k plus. You know how expensive design books are, especially the hardbound ones. So you’d understand why I literally freaked out and went on an impulsive buying binge.

T thought I was reading the Bible and turning into a devotee when he caught a glimpse of one of the covers. Told him, in a way, I have discovered my new religion, so this IS my bible now. N echoed the statement by saying, “Yeah, that’s Claire’s latest obsession.” Of course, we both spent the night scanning the books and oohing and aahing every time we stumble on a very interesting page. True to its title, “The Digital Designer’s Bible” is really like an encyclopedia of sorts containing almost all the information you need as a digital arts devotee. It’s the kind of book you grab on moments when you forget how to compress your files, or when you don’t have the slightest idea how to deal with file formats and delivery issues. Everything you need to know as a digital designer is there written in visually pleasing summaries.

The book is divided into 2 parts, each containing two chapters. The first part focuses on management concerns like creating a workflow model and computing essentials in a design studio. The second part is divided into the specific needs and issues faced by a designer in dealing with two kinds of media: print and the web. These two media are divided because both have very specific needs that differ as mandated by their inherent form.

“Making Digital Type Look Good” on the other hand is a definitive guide to digital typography. When you’re confused about which type looks good for specific purposes, you can just open the page where the type is and you’ll be presented with various ways of how the type might appear on the page.

So there, I’ve started reading these books every morning with my coffee. Nice way to start the day, don’t you think?

(Titles: “Making Digital Type Look Good” by Bob Gordon, “The Digital Designer’s Bible: The Print and Web Designer’s Toolkit for Stress-free Working Practice” edited by Alistair Campbell and Alistair Dabbs)

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