Typography/Design Books | DVDs

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by AlexGFX88, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. AlexGFX88 macrumors member

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    Hello,

    Next year, I will -- hopefully -- be double majoring in Graphic Design and Mass Communication. I want to get a head start on some design principles and theories. I was wondering if any experienced Graphic Designers or Artist could recommend a few books and/or DVDs regarding the following:

    1) Typography
    2) Color Theory
    3) Layout and Design
    4) Anything else that anyone thinks is crucial to the learning process.

    Thanks!

    Cheers,
    Alex
     
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  3. shecky Guest

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    a few off the top of my head:

    1)
    A Type Primer - John Kane
    Thinking With Type - Ellen Lupton
    Typographie - Emil Ruder

    2)
    The Elements of Color - Johannes Itten

    3)
    Type, Image, Message - Skolos + Wedell
    Grid Systems - Joesf Mueller Brockman
    A Designer's Art - Paul Rand
    A Designer's Perspective - Bruno Monguzzi

    4)
    The Five Obstructions (DVD)
    The Conformist (DVD)
    Man with the Movie Camera (DVD)
    Berlin: Symphony of a City (DVD)
     
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  5. G.Kirby macrumors regular

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    Every graphic designer should have a copy of this book.

    The Art of Looking Sideways (Hardcover)
    by Alan Fletcher (Author)

    enjoy:)
     
  6. iGav macrumors G3

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    • The New Typography: A Handbook for Modern Designers - by Jan Tschichold
    • All That Is Solid Melts into Air: Experience of Modernity - Marshall Berman
    • Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity - Edward de Bono
    • Syntactic Structures - Noam Chomsky
    • The End of Art Theory (Communications & Culture) - Victor Burgin
    • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus - Ludwig Wittgenstein
    • Heraclitus: Translation and Analysis - Dennis Sweet
    • The Design of Everyday Things - Donald A. Norman
    • Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things - Donald A. Norman
    • Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach Through Design - Jill Butler, Kritina Holden, Will Lidwell
    • S, M, L, XL - Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau
    • Ambition/Fear - Zuzana Licko and Rudy VanderLans (Emigre 11)
    • That was then, and this is now: but what is next? - Lorraine Wild (Emigre 39)
    • The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less - Barry Schwartz
    • Sagmeister: Made You Look - Peter Hall
    • Make It Bigger - Paula Scher
    • Tibor Kalman, Perverse Optimist - Peter Hall

    You can also seldom go wrong with anything with Swiss and Design in the title.
     
  7. eevor macrumors newbie

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    That is one hell of a list of good books.

    But you are missing one thing for the budding graphic designer/creative:

    Nathan Barley (DVD)

    This is what to avoid when embarking on a design education - the scathing critique of London trendy idiots.

    It's well Mexico.
     

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