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Recommended Reading

Recommendations by category, with newest additions at the top of each category.
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Monographs

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For the Love of Vinyl: The Album Art of Hipgnosis by Aubrey Powell, Storm Thorgerson

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Daniel Eatock Imprint: Works 1975-2007 by Daniel Eatock

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Graphic Thought Facility (A+D Series) by Zoe Ryan

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Peter Saville: Estate 1-127 by Peter Saville

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My work is not my work: Pierre Bernard - Design for the public domain by by Hugues Boekraad

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Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles by Paul Gorman

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Active Literature: Jan Tschichold and New Typography by Christopher Burke

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Otto Neurath by by Nader Vossoughian

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Modern Dog: 20 Years of Poster Art by Modern Dog

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Massin by Laetitia Wolff

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Vignelli From A to Z by Massimo and Leila Vignelli

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AGI: Graphic Design Since 1950 by Ben and Elly Bos

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Paul Rand: Conversations with Students by Michael Kroeger

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Alan Fletcher: Picturing and Poeting by Alan Fletcher

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Otl Aicher by Markus Rathgeb

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Alphabet Stories: A Chronicle of Technical Development by Hermann Zapf

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Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album by Matthew Robertson

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Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita by Julie Ault

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Josef Muller-Brockmann by Kerry William Purcell

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Soak Wash Rinse Spin by Tolleson Design

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It Is Beautiful… Then Gone by Martin Venezky

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The Push Pin Graphic: A Quarter Century of Innovative Design and Illustration by Steven Heller, Martin Venezky, Seymour Chwast

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Paul Rand by Steve Heller

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Robert Brownjohn: Sex And Typography By Emily King

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House Industries by House Industries

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Profile: Pentagram Design by the Editors of Phaidon Press

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Typographically Speaking: The Art of Matthew Carter by Margaret Re, Johanna Drucker, James Mosley

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karlssonwilker inc.’s tellmewhy: The First 24 Months of a New York Design Company by Clare Jacobson, Hjalti Karlsson, Jan Wilker

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The Illustrated Voice by Craig Fraizer

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Kyle Cooper by Andrea Codrington

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Emotion as Promotion by Rick Valicenti

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Make It Bigger (Paperback) by Paula Scher

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Specialty

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Soviet Posters: The Sergo Grigorian Collection by Maria Lafont

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Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jill Butler

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New Masters of Poster Design: Poster Design for the Next Century by John Foster

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Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005 by Phil Baines

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Design Anarchy by Kalle Lasn

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By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design by Ned Drew, Paul Sternberger

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This Ain’t No Disco: New Wave Album Covers by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz

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Evil Doesn’t Live Here: Posters of the Bosnian War by Daoud Sarhandi and Alina Boboc

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Graphic Agitation by Liz McQuiston

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Graphic Agitation 2: Social and Political Graphics in the Digital Age by Liz McQuiston

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False Flat: Why Dutch Design is So Good by Aaron Betsky

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They Say They Want a Revolution: What Marketers Need to Know as Consumers Take Control by Paul Matthaeus

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Colossal Design by Clare Warmke

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The Power Of Paper In Graphic Design by Catharine Fishel

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More Paperwork (Hardcover) by Nancy Williams

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Eat Me: delicious, desirable, successful food packaging design by Ben Hargreaves

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Business

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The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design Into Goods That Sell by Steven Heller, Lita Talarico

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Ballsy: 99 Ways to Grow a Bigger Pair and Score Extreme Business Success by Karen Salmansohn

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Creating the Perfect Design Brief by Peter L. Phillips

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Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design (AVA Academia S.) by Ian Noble, Russell Bestley

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Inside the Business of Graphic Design: 60 Leaders Share Their Secrets of Success (Paperback) by Catharine Fishel

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Career

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NEVER SLEEP: Graduating to Graphic Design by Andre Andreev, Dan Covert

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All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers by Stefan G. Bucher

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How To Be A Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy

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How to Grow as a Graphic Designer by Catharine Fishel

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Becoming a Graphic Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design, 2nd Edition by Steven D. Heller, et al

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Inspirability: 40 Top Designers Speak Out About What Inspires by Matt Pashkow

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100 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers: Insider Secrets on Working Smart and Staying Creative by Plazm, Sarah Dougher, Joshua Berger

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401 Design Meditations: Wisdom, Insights, And Intriguing Thoughts From 244 Leading Designers by Catharine Fishel

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How-to


The Essential Principles Of Graphic Design by Debbie Millman

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The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques by by Ann d’Arcy Hughes, Hebe Vernon-Morris

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How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer by Debbie Millman

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Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Lupton

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Fingerprint: The Art of Using Handmade Elements in Graphic Design by Chen Design Associates

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D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself by Ellen Lupton

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Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type by Kimberly Elam

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The Designer’s Guide to Astounding Photoshop Effects by Steven Heller, Gail Anderson

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Logo, Font & Lettering Bible by Leslie Cabarga

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Designing Books: Practice and Theory by Jost Hochuli, Robin Kinross

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Geometry of Design: Studies in Proportion and Composition by Kimberly Elam

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Graphic Design Cookbook: Mix & Match Recipes for Faster, Better Layouts by Leonard Koren, R. Wippo Meckler

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Forms Folds and Sizes: All the Details You Can Never Find but Need to Know (Turtleback) by Poppy Evans

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Typography

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Playful Type: Ephemeral Lettering and Illustrative Fonts by R. Klanten, H. Hellige

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Type Addicted (The New Trend of a to Z Typo-Graphics) by Victionary

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Hand Job: A Catalog of Type by Michael Perry

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New Vintage Type: Classic Fonts for the Digital Age by Steven Heller and Gail Anderson

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Mexican Blackletter by Cristina Paoli

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U&lc : Influencing Design & Typography by John D. Berry

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Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age by Steven Heller, Mirko Ilic

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The Education of a Typographer by Steve Heller

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Twentieth-Century Type, New and Revised Edition by Lewis Blackwell

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Thinking With Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students (Design Briefs) by Ellen Lupton

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Radical Type Design by Teal Triggs

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Annuals/Compendiums

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For Sale: 200 Innovative Packaging Designs by John Foster

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Latin American Graphic Design by Julius Wiedemann, Felipe Taborda

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Fully Booked: Cover Art and Design for Books by M. Hubner, R. Klanten

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Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design by R. Klanten, N. Bourquin, S. Ehmann, F. van Heerden, T. Tissot

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Classique: Cover Art for Classical Music by Horst Scherg, Robert Klanten
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Look at This: Contemporary Brochures, Catalogues & Documents by Adrian Shaughnessy

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Logo by Michael Evamy

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The Word It Book: Speak Up presents a gallery of interpreted words by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit

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Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 by Barbara Bloemink, Ellen Lupton, et al

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C/ID: Visual Identity and Branding for the Arts by Angus Hyland, Emily King

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SPD Solid Gold: 40 Years of Award-Wining Magazine Design by ociety of Publication Designers

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1,000 Bags, Tags, And Labels: Distinctive Designs For Every Industry by Cheryl Dangel Cullen

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Marks of Excellence by Per Mollerup

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History

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Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State by Steven Heller

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Graphic Design: A New History Stephen J. Eskilson

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Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide by Johanna Drucker and Emily McVarish

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The Bauhaus Ideal: Then and Now by William Smock

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No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism by Rick Poynor

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Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Progressive Magazine Design of the Twentieth Century by Steve Heller

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A History of Graphic Design by Philip Meggs

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Graphic Design: A History (Discoveries) by Alain Weill

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Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design by Steven Heller

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The Design Of Dissent by Milton Glaser, et al

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Writing

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79 Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut

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Looking Closer 5: Critical Writings on Graphic Design by Michael Beirut, William Drenttel, Steven Heller

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Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture by Jessica Helfand

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Designing Pornotopia: Travels in Visual Culture by Rick Poynor

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Emigre 69: The End by Rudy VanderLans

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Design Research by Brenda Laurel

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Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility Edited by Steven Heller and Veronique Vienne

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Dot Dot Dot #7 by Stuart Bailey, Peter Bilak

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Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, et al

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The Idea of Design by Victor Margolin (Editor), Richard Buchanan (Editor)

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Branding

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Logo Savvy: Top Brand Design Firms Share their Naming and Identity Strategies by WOW Branding

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TM, Trademarks Designed by Chermayeff & Geismar by Chermayeff Geismer Inc

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The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design (Paperback) by Marty Neumeier

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Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands (Hardcover) by A. G. Lafley (Foreword), Kevin Roberts

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The Culting of Brands : Turn Your Customers into True Believers (Paperback) by Douglas Atkins

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Citizen Brand: 10 Commandments for Transforming Brands in a Consumer Democracy (Hardcover) by Marc Gobé

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Emotional Branding: The New Paradigm for Connecting Brands to People (Hardcover) by Marc Gobé, Sergio Zyman

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Miscellaneous

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The Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspirations in Modern Graphic Design by Mirko Ilic, Steven Heller

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The Pentagram Papers: A collection of 36 papers containing curious, entertaining, stimulating, provocative, and occasionally controversial points of view by Pentagram

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New Orleans as It Was: Sketchbook Drawings 1988 - Hurricane Katrina by Mark Andresen

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On Air: The Visual Messages And Global Language Of MTV by MTV

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Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks, and Conceits by Steven Heller, Louise Fili

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100% Evil by Nicholas Blechman, Christoph Niemann

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Freitag: Individual Recycled Freeway Bags by Lars Müller

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Fresh Dialogue Five

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Rethink Redesign Reconstruct: How Top Designers Create Bold New Work by Re:Interpreting Original Designs by Mark Wasserman

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Changing Faces by George Tscherny

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Designing for People by Henry Dreyfuss

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Empire: Nozone IX by Nicholas Blechman

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The Substance of Style by Virginia Postrel

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Visual Literacy: A Conceptual Approach to Graphic Problem Solving (Paperback) by Judith Wilde, Richard Wilde

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A Smile in the Mind by Beryl McAlhone

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Creative Code: Aesthetics + Computation by John Maeda

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Design By Numbers by John Maeda

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PUBLISHED ON Jan.07.2006 BY Speak Up
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Comments
linda cooper bowen’s comment is:

As a design journalist I am always looking for aspects of the profession that are "underserved".
What information or issues would you like to read about? If you were not designing what work would you most like to be doing? Is it possible that you'd switch?
Let me hear from you...
lindabiz@earthlink.net

On Jan.31.2007 at 10:04 AM
Greg Scraper’s comment is:

I've looked it up and down, and am amazed that Bringhurst's Elements of Typographic Style isn't here! What gives?

On Apr.24.2008 at 02:53 PM
Peter Sullivan’s comment is:

Thanks. This is a great list.

On May.15.2008 at 08:20 PM
Alta Fuoco’s comment is:

I've come to love Thinking with Type and the strange journal Politics is Not a Banana

On May.31.2008 at 04:21 AM
Chris’s comment is:

No Stefan Sagmeister?

On Dec.11.2008 at 01:54 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Chris, the first Sagmeister book is out of print so no point in recommending if you can't get it for less than a hundred dollars. I think I heard a paperback edition was coming out, but no idea if it's true and if is, when.

The second book... Well... Yeah, compared to the other books here, it's not recommendable in the same sense. It's a great book, but it's a Sagmeister book, not necessarily a design book.

On Dec.13.2008 at 12:29 PM