The Non-Designer’s Design Book

When I was a teenager, my Dad taught me how to use Photoshop for making graphics, and InDesign for making multi-page publications, such as my school’s annual magazine. These technical skills, though, need to be supported by a solid understanding of what separates good design from bad design. This book teaches you how to be a great designer, from scratch, by examining poor designs (posters, business cards, websites, etc), and showing you how to improve them by applying the four pillars of good design: contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity (the handy acronym being if you don’t use these, your designs will be C.R.A.P).