Graphic Design 101 in a Book.

White Space is Not Your Enemy is an easy-to-read introduction to graphic design for students, communications professionals and anyone who has ever been asked to create a website or brochure with no design background.

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Your introduction to design, layout and visual communication.

Designing a website or brochure without an art background? Then step away from the computer and read this engaging conversational introduction to visual communications first. Written for the beginner, White Space Is Not Your Enemy is a practical graphic design and layout guide that introduces the concepts and practices necessary for producing effective visual communication across a variety of formats—from Web to print. This beautifully illustrated full-color book covers all of the basics to help you develop your eye and produce evocative designs that work.


Lesson assets, video tutorials, additional readings, links to outside resources and more.

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Access resources including our Instructor’s Manual, a bank of test questions and suggested teaching units.

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White Space is Not Your Enemy is available through CRC Press (Taylor & Francis), and other booksellers.

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About the Authors

Rebecca Hagen

Rebecca Hagen taught public relations and design courses at the University of South Florida School of Mass Communications. She is currently the president and principal designer of Sky Lake Design Studio, a graphic design firm in Tampa, Florida.

Kim Golombisky

A former advertising and public relations pro, Kim “Dr. G.” Golombisky is an award-winning teacher and scholar at the University of South Florida.

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