Before & After Page Design

by John McWade. 195 pp. Peachpit Press, 2004. $24.99.

What a happy discovery Before & After Page Design is for graphic designers and would-be designers! Author John McWade offers up an inspiring array of design make overs based on Before & After, the acclaimed design magazine which he founded. (He was also the first beta tester for PageMaker. How’s that for credibility?)

Each makeover combines a number of short, cogent demonstrations of the principles of good design with the technical detail you need to apply these principles to your own work. The book’s projects cover the gamut of print design including newsletters and newspapers, brochures, fliers and mailers, advertising, stationery and business documents.

Design lessons are perfectly presented in small, digestible bites. Ideas come so thick and fast, they seem to pop off the pages. You are sure to come away from this book inspired. Before & After Page Design is a gold mine for designers at all levels.

– Elsa Travisano
Copyright ©2004 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the March 2004 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.