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a few good books for inspiration on graphic design …

While strolling along Queen west today, I stopped into one of Toronto’s hippest design-y bookstores, called –Type.

I found a few good books on current trends in graphic design, including:

Sarah King is just one of the many fun typographer/ illustrators from Playful Type, to entice you!

There are so many great books on this subject … I’ll keep adding as I find them!

For a theoretical retrospective on graphic design, check out Helen Armstrong’s, Graphic Design Theory –it’s excellent!

On creating online portfolios + finding inspiration

Smashing Magazine offers some helpful tips on how to create an effective online portfolio –Show ’em your stuff!

Looking for inspiration? … Here are some ideas on where to look.

And here are some tips for creating creative résumés …. (Thanks, Laura! :))

And finally, Smashing Magazine gave this showcase of websites from around the world (wide web)!

lynda.com: a great resource to help you learn, master, and apply digital tools and techniques.

I learned about educator and graphic designer, Lynda Weinman back in the day of web-safe colours. Lynda was the first to painstakingly identify the 216 of 256 possible browser-safe colours in both hexadecimal and RGB. At the time, this resource was essential to designers, as colour was less predictable onscreen –depending on your choice of colour and how you were viewing (i.e. browser or platform).

Now-a-days, browser-safe colour is less of an issue but lynda.com continues to be a great resource for learning tips, tools and techniques for anything web/ graphics related.

To keep up-to-date on the latest, greatest trends and techniques in web and graphic design, visit: lynda.com
Lynda.com’s lbrary of video tutorials are well worth watching!

Enjoy!

Typographic design + fonts

laughing face of a girl made from type, courtesy of blog.blastyle.com

“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”

What type are you?

Another great resource, this flowchart of typography will help you pick the perfect font!

Reference:

The definitive text, The New Typography, by Jan Tschichold (Originally titled, The New Typography: a handbook for modern designers. Berlin, 1928)

Book Typography: A Designer’s Manual, by Mitchell & Wightman (2005)

White space in design (Use of negative space)