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Old 02-14-2008, 07:17 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by cdanddvdpublisher View Post
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.
You get no argument from me — that advice is what I have given for years. But it is easy for me, as I have all the books I ever acquired in a long graphic design career; most are out of print today.

But I had posted one list when we were hosted on CompuServe, and I will dig it up and post it here. It is past time for that; it’s been on my to-do list ever since we moved. Then maybe we can build on it.

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