The Language of Graphic Design

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The Language of Graphic Design: An Illustrated Handbook for Understanding Fundamental Design Principles, is a book by Richard Poulin. This book features 26 sections on graphic design elements, from form and shape, to tone and contrast. What I found interesting about this book is that each section begins with an example of the topic being discussed. For each example the author chose pieces of graphic work from a wide range of time periods. For me it was a nice touch to view these vintage works because of their nostalgia and aesthetics, which inspire my own creativity.

This book proved to be a great resource not only for inspiration but also tips, especially on typography. Offering helpful tips on the weight, contrast and posture of the lettering, I was able to learn basic principles and how to use text as a strong visual element.

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