Doubling down on design

Probably like a lot of web designers I came to design from another industry, performing arts. I never studied design at college or university. You can’t help but learn when you continually work and produce stuff but I always have that feeling “I’m not a trained designer” because I studied dance not design.

So I’m gonna go back to the beginning and learn the fundamentals:

  • Form
  • Function
  • Scale
  • Colour
  • Size
  • Space
  • Contrast
  • etc

Hopefully I can go back and cover the bits i’ve missed and refresh/reinforce the things I’ve learnt already.

I have massive stack of books here including some great Paul Rand books but I’d love some recommendations. Are there any books that you found useful, anything you reference often? Shoot your suggestions in the comments.



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