After the last time I got paid, I decided that it was about time to teach myself more about design. Sarah always said that I could learn it if I wanted to, and I do. I purchased for myself two books that came well reviewed on Amazon.com: "Layout Workbook
" by Kristin Cullen and "Color Design
" by AdamsMorioka and Terry Stone.
I have made it about half way through the colour book, and it's very eye opening. It takes you through some basic colour theory and talks about colour combinations and what concepts and meanings are associated with what colours in western culture, and then also talks a bit about some colour associations in other cultures, particularly Japanese and Chinese. It goes through various concepts as to how to contrast colours using various techniques and how to pick colour groups. It gives some concrete examples of colour groups that work well, and takes you through a set of example designs and their chosen colour schemes.
The second book on layout is all about the general approach to graphic design, and contains various concrete steps to producing a good design. It talks about each element of the design in turn and takes you through how to be effective at it. This book ultimately says that nothing can replace intuition and creativity which above all else help you make a design. I think I am going to have to read this one at least twice. It's a bit light on details though which is a bit frustrating to me being a technical and detailed sort of person. I like to know the mechanics behind everything, and I inherently want to figure out the mechanics behind good design. Perhaps there are only guidelines, and I have to figure out the rest myself. How counter-me is that?