Design for Hackers

Design for Hackers

Reverse-engineering Beauty

Book - 2011
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Discover the techniques behind beautiful design by deconstructing designs to understand them

The term 'hacker' has been redefined to consist of anyone who has an insatiable curiosity as to how things work--and how they can try to make them better. This book is aimed at hackers of all skill levels and explains the classical principles and techniques behind beautiful designs by deconstructing those designs in order to understand what makes them so remarkable. Author and designer David Kadavy provides you with the framework for understanding good design and places a special emphasis on interactive mediums. You'll explore color theory, the role of proportion and geometry in design, and the relationship between medium and form. Packed with unique reverse engineering design examples, this book inspires and encourages you to discover and create new beauty in a variety of formats.

Breaks down and studies the classical principles and techniques behind the creation of beautiful design Illustrates cultural and contextual considerations in communicating to a specific audience Discusses why design is important, the purpose of design, the various constraints of design, and how today's fonts are designed with the screen in mind Dissects the elements of color, size, scale, proportion, medium, and form Features a unique range of examples, including the graffiti in the ancient city of Pompeii, the lack of the color black in Monet's art, the style and sleekness of the iPhone, and more

By the end of this book, you'll be able to apply the featured design principles to your own web designs, mobile apps, or other digital work.

Publisher: Chichester, UK : John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2011.
ISBN: 9781119998952
Branch Call Number: 006.7 KADAV
Characteristics: xiv, 338 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.


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May 10, 2014

The writer spends too much time telling you what he's going to tell you in he next chapter. If you take out all that fluff, the book would be more concise and helpful. I couldn't finish it because I got sick of hearing what was coming in the next section.


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May 01, 2016

Written in five parts composed of nine chapters and two appendices.

Kadavy begins with a brief history of design, from the origins of modern typography to the evolution of web design. He then provides a crash course in art theory, covering concepts such as proportion, composition, and color. Numerous examples of simple techniques help to illustrate the effectiveness of each idea.

The appendices provide further information on effective typography, Kadavy's area of expertise.

In addition, Kadavy offers web courses that follow the outline of his book. They can be found at the companion site:

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