Document Design A Guide for Technical Communicators

ISBN-10: 0312436998

ISBN-13: 9780312436995

Edition: 2008

Authors: Ann R. Hawkins, Miles A. Kimball

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The technological revolution of the last ten years has radically changed document designers' materials, processes, and tools of the trade. In short, choices about everything from typography and color to planning and production have changed even multiplied. The first new text for the college market in ten years, Kimball and Hawkins'Document Designassumes from the start that students are working online to produce a fuller range of print and online documents, designed and delivered differently in a digital world. Through practical, accessible advice and examples, Kimball and Hawkins lay out the array of elements and choices that document designers need to consider, all in the context of a rhetorical framework that allows students to see the effects of those choices. The only text to integrate a range of theoretical perspectives, visual perception, visual culture, and visual rhetoric,Document Designteaches students to think more critically about their own design decisions and to keep usability in mind every step of the way. True to its message, this artfully designed text practices the principles it teaches and is sure to become a reference that students will keep.
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Book details

List price: $65.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 12/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

What is Document Design?
Document Design as Information Design
The Document in Document Design
From Document to Design
Document Design as a Relationship
Levels of Design
Design & Emotion
Visual Design
Principles of Design
Design Objects & Their Characteristics
Six Principles of Design
Using Design Principles
Theories of Design
Visual Perception
Visual Culture
Visual Rhetoric
The Whole Document
Three Perspectives on the Whole Document
Making Decisions about Medium
Making Decisions about Format
Three Perspectives on Pages
Viewing Pages
Creating Meaning with Page Design
Using Grids for Page Design
Three Perspectives on Type
Looking at Type
Designing Documents with Type
Using Typographic Styles
Digital Type
Type on Screen
Three Perspectives on Graphics
Graphics & Design Principles
Graphics & Ethics
Why Use Graphics?
Information Graphics
Promotion Graphics
Creating & Modifying Graphics
Incorporating Graphics into Documents
Three Perspectives on Color
Color on Paper and Screens: RGB & CMYK
Designing with Color
Working with Color on Computers
Displaying and Collecting Data
Three Perspectives on Lists, Tables, & Forms
Project Management
Working with Design Teams
Models of Project Management
Planned Iterations: A Mixed Approach
Printing Technologies
From Design to Document
Preparing Designs for the Press
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