Typography/Design Books | DVDs

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

  1. AlexGFX88 macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2007

    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.


  2. barrysfarm macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2005
  3. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    a few off the top of my head:

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

    The Elements of Color - Johannes Itten

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

    The Five Obstructions (DVD)
    The Conformist (DVD)
    Man with the Movie Camera (DVD)
    Berlin: Symphony of a City (DVD)
  4. AlexGFX88 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2007
  5. G.Kirby macrumors regular


    Feb 15, 2005
    Swansea, South Wales
    Every graphic designer should have a copy of this book.

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

  6. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    • 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

    Jun 8, 2005
    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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