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  • Title: Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Authors xtine burrough, Michael Mandiberg
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (Original December 21, 2008, Keep updating)
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321555988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321555984
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Book Description

This book integrates the formal principles of the Bauhaus Basic Course into an introduction to digital media production with the Adobe Creative Suite, or the FLOSS graphics applications.

Digital Foundations uses formal exercises of the Bauhaus to teach the Adobe Creative Suite. All students of digital design and production—whether learning in a classroom or on their own—need to understand the basic principles of design in order to implement them using current software. Far too often design is left out of books that teach software. Consequently, the design software training exercise is often a lost opportunity for visual learning. Digital Foundations reinvigorates software training by integrating Bauhaus design exercises into tutorials fusing design fundamentals and core Adobe Creative Suite methodologies. The result is a cohesive learning experience.

Design topics and principles include: Composition; Symmetry and Asymmetry; Gestalt; Appropriation; The Bauhaus Basic Course Approach; Color Theory; The Grid; Scale, Hierarchy and Collage; Tonal Range; Elements of Motion.

Digital Foundations is an AIGA Design Press book, published under Peachpit's New Riders imprint in partnership with AIGA, the professional association for design.

About the Authors
  • xtine burrough created and, websites that empower online users in the analog world and promote autonomy and interpretation. She is an Assistant Professor of Visual Communications at California State University, Fullerton. See a complete portfolio at
  • Michael Mandiberg is known for selling all of his possessions online (, and making perfect copies of copies ( He is a Senior Fellow at Eyebeam, and an Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. His work lives at
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