Is there a short authoritative reference of basic design rules and principles?

As a web developer, I often find myself working with different non-professional self-called designers. In such situations, I often have to explain them the most basic rules and principles about the design in general and web design in particular. It is boring and unpleasant, especially if the self-called designer replies by “I never heard about those rules; prove that you’re right”.

Is there an authoritative reference (and not a blog of some unknown guy) which lists the basic rules and principles that every designer must learn at the very first year in college?

Remark: I thought about finding a good manual, but the designers I work with are usually unwilling to read books, so it’s not a solution. I would rather imagine a website with a list of rules with a short description for every rule and the detailed links for people who want to go further or understand the reasons behind a precise rule. This being said, I’m also interested in books if they are accessible and easy to quote later in mail to illustrate what I’ve said during the discussion.


Example of rules I’m talking about:

  • In typography, the text cannot be underlined, unless it’s an hypertext link on a web page. See 25 Rules of Setting Type (pdf), pt. 9; also Basic tips for more fashionable typography.

  • In design, dark gray text on black background may be difficult to read.

  • In web design, you can’t predict the size of the text, pixel by pixel, in browser, since it depends on the installed fonts and browser accessibility settings.

Answer

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Is there an authoritative reference
(and not a blog of some unknown guy)
which lists the basic rules and
principles that every designer must
learn at the very first year in
college?

i guess if your designers will master in basic they’ll surely move to something upgraded, but sadly in this design world we have only basic which automatically turn to advance when we have specific/solid knowledge of basic with time and experience…. this field is endless

Example of rules I’m talking about:

It seems that you just need a kind of set which you can follow always with your work, it is also boring sometime if we work out of track that make us count rather than following a particular set always.


Other use full links/Books:

  1. The Principles of Beautiful Web Design Second Edition from site point
  2. 9 Essential Principles for Good Web Design From PSD TUTS+
  3. Web Design Principles Checklist
  4. 30 Useful Web Design/Programming Books
  5. 20 Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Web Design
  6. 100 do and donts in web design PDF
  7. 12 Design book Just creative
  8. Popular Design books
  9. 30 Delightful Graphic Design Books
  10. 10 Essential Free E-Books for Web Designers

Hope this will help……

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