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Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Skika, Sep 11, 2011.
What are some good books regarding design?
by David Lauer
Presentation zen is THE best book on design I have read. highly recommended.
What type of design?
I'll post what I listed in this thread again. Not necessarily all design books, but thoroughly invaluable in my opinion though.
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.
I have to say, it's been quite a while since I bought a design book, I'm struggling to think of any recent books that have truly contributed anything to the subject that either hasn't already been addressed sometime previous, or that cannot be found, in a much more interactive and engaging way on the web. Unless you're one of those perverse paper & ink fetishists of course.
Have to say, it's been very much to the detriment of the Design & Graphics forum here, that the likes of shecky, ATD, BlueVelvet etc no longer seem to post here on the subject. Many years of fascinating discussion, debate with those, and many others too.
Good timing on the question, I myself just picked up a bunch of books (Print/Identity/Typography and some for Inspiration)
So I can share the list with you. Mind you, the books are yet to reach me, so I cannot give you a first hand opinion on them, but rather these are what my colleagues recommended/ ones I thought I'd like.
Pentagram Marks by Pentagram Design
Thinking With Type: A Critical Guide For Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students by Ellen Lupton
Symbol by Angus Hyland, Steven Bateman
Sagmeister: Made You Look by Peter Hall, Stefan Sagmeister
The Art Of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
The Modernist by Robert Klanten, Hendrik Hellige
Impressive: Printmaking, Letterpress And Graphic Design by R. Klanten, H. Hellige
Some really great suggestions here.
Also agree an area of design would be helpful - otherwise its general theory book suggestions.
The Elements Of Typographic Style - Robert Bringhurst
A MUST read.
How to be a graphic designer, without losing your soul - Adrian Shaughnessy
LOGO - Michael Evamy
Paul Rand - Steven Heller
thank you very much. I've been looking for books that help me having a better appreciation for things