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Old 02-14-2008, 05:58 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by ktinkel View Post

Sorry if I seem coy — we need to develop a good current list on these topics. When it comes to the basics — design and typography, in particular — older books are better. They do not refer to computers but to principles of the work; then you hit the computer to find out how to accomplish what you need to do.
I can't stress how important it is to have a firm understanding of the basics before moving on to modern principles. Knowing a little history of the industry and how things developed into today's field is important. It's the surest way to understand why things are the way they are. This is particularly true with regard to typography and page design elements.

Things can be done in print that can't be done in Web publishing and vice versa so knowing the limitations of the medium and what your customers will expect will go a long way to your success. That's why older books are better to start with IMHO. They will give you a perspective that newer books that focus on technology won't and that's important to understand from a design perspective.

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