I bought Graphic Design, A Beginners Guide To Mastering The Art Of Graphic Design to see what it was about. This book was written by Jennifer Inston. It is free to read for Amazon Kindle unlimited members, 2.99 for digital download, and 6.99 for a new paperback copy.
Chapter 1 starts off with an explanation of what graphic design is. In a nutshell, the author states that it is the ability to be creative and use all the digital tools necessary to communicate an idea. This is general information we learned in school about graphic design.
Chapter 2 goes over the elements of design. These are familiar items such as direction, line, shape, form, color, texture, typography, size, space, etc. The author gives brief descriptions on each and touches base on why they are important to design. She explains how important it is to have a variety of the elements in designs we create.
Chapter 3 goes a bit more in depth with how to create a visual hierarchy. It is explained that this can be done with bold fonts, a striking image, or using dominant elements and colors.
Chapter 4 outlines fonts and typefaces and how they are different and similar. Anatomy of text is touched upon briefly. Glyphs, spacing (kerning), and other factors are explained in simple terms for the new designer.
Chapter 5 describes how balance is achieved and how symmetry and asymmetry can make or break a design.
Chapter 6 defines harmony and what it means to design. A great quote from this chapter was when the author stated "The components you choose to include in your work should have a marrying idea". She is exactly right in that we as designers need to create a harmony between foreign objects. This of course can be done through repetition, color complimenting, shape, etc.
Chapter 7 explains how to apply all the principals outlined, while chapter 8 goes into work flow and ethic. Although this is a great book for the new designer, it is not so much for those who are more advanced in your career. I only say this because all of the topics have already become 2nd nature for those who have practiced design. This book is more of an introduction into graphic design, but it doesn't go into how to build a client base, the difference between freelancing and working at an agency, how to price your projects, making contracts, etc.
All in all, for 2.99, this is a quick read. It's a nice refresher, or a great book for someone first starting off. Its worth a read of you have kindle unlimited as the author has some great examples on how to implement the elements and principals outlined in the book.
I read a lot of graphic design books in my free time. One reason is to keep up on trends and new techniques, and the other is to fine tune what I think I may already know. We can always pick up a book and learn something, even if we have read it a few times before. Any student or professional in the field of graphic design will let you know it takes years to truly master some of the popular software that the graphic design industry uses. When considering Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, DreamWeaver, Muse, Flash, etc. there are so many features with new ones being added, improved or changed all the time.