I am new to After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator and I want to learn Design. Besides going to school, are there any books out that are recommended for learning Design? I have Total Training, I have the Meyers books but now I need something more foundational. I dont mind getting a book focused on print first because I know design is design. You either have it or dont.
You may be able to find an art school, graphic design school or a university with a good reputation for their graphic design program and find out which textbooks the professors are teaching from - then you can buy them from the campus bookstore or online and pick up some of the essentials without having to take the class - but the class would probably be a better way to go if you want more in depth study and explanation.
I get alot of books to review and would have to say InDesign books are not yet in the same class as AE, Photoshop or Illustrator books. When I teach classes students wnat to know about creating indexes, xml, networking libraries, uniting their glyph sets.
There are good sources for the difference between Quark & InDesign, or learning the basics of InDesign. So far nothing really that teaches advanced techniques,or interactive design projects.