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Where Can I Learn The Principals of Design?

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07-18-2012, 03:59 AM
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I know the ins and outs of photoshop, but my designs still look like crap. Anyone know of any places on the web (free or paid) where I can learn about the principals of graphic design? And don't say lynda.com because I have a subscription and they barely have anything of this subject.

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Have you checked out the offerings at Pratt, Parsons, SVA, Cooper Union, CUNY -- the first 4 each a school in your town with an international reputation for their art/design programs? There may be online opportunities, or you might just have to put on your shoes and socks (;^) and sit in a classroom for an hour or two on a weekend.

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im a minor, I cant take college courses

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Originally Posted by BoyWonder View Post
im a minor, I cant take college courses
You should pick up a book on web design. Make sure it's relatively new though.
I recommend this book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Principles...ful+web+design

It explains some good guidelines for structuring layout, choosing colors, texture, typography and use of images in a very non-technical language.

If you don't want to buy a book, you can read some great articles at A List Apart.
http://www.alistapart.com/topics/design/

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Actually, you can take the kinds of courses I meant, as they're offered through the continuing ed programs at the schools I mentioned.

I assume you don't have the time or subject-level commitment--or need--to do a credit level course, nevermind the credentials to get in to one without doing so through your high school.

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It's would only be through the exploration of various designs that you'd learn what would work and what wouldn't. Practice and let other critique your works.

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Better watch youtube for better understanding.

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