"Layout Workbook" is one of five volumes in "Rockport's" series of practical and inspirational workbooks that cover the fundamental areas of the graphic design business. In this edition, author Kristin Cullen tackles the often perplexing job of nailing down a layout that works. More than a collection of great examples of layout, this book is an invaluable resource for students, designers and creative professionals who seek design understanding and inspiration. The book illuminates the broad category of layout, communicating specifically what it takes to design with excellence. It also addresses the how and why of the creative process - the very heart of design. Cullen approaches layout with a series of step-by-step fundamental chapters (a 'how-to' of layout) addressing topics such as The Function of Design, Inspiration, The Design Process, Intuition, Structure and Organisation, The Interaction of Visual Elements, Typography and Design Analysis. The book offers inspirational quotations and a unique, progressive design that truly reflects its content.
Kristin Cullen teaches graphic design at the University of Cincinnati and has also taught at the University of Illinois and the Rhode Island School of Design. For years, she worked as a designer at award-winning Chicago design firms, where she created a wide range of communication materials. She lives in Ohio, USA.