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Recommended Reading

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

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

Just Added Daniel Eatock Imprint: Works 1975-2007 by Daniel Eatock

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

Just Added Peter Saville: Estate 1-127 by Peter Saville

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

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

Just Added Active Literature: Jan Tschichold and New Typography by Christopher Burke

Just Added 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

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

Book Josef Muller-Brockmann by Kerry William Purcell

Book Soak Wash Rinse Spin by Tolleson Design

Book It Is Beautiful… Then Gone by Martin Venezky

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

Book Paul Rand by Steve Heller

Book Robert Brownjohn: Sex And Typography By Emily King

Book House Industries by House Industries

Book Profile: Pentagram Design by the Editors of Phaidon Press

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

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

Book The Illustrated Voice by Craig Fraizer

Book Kyle Cooper by Andrea Codrington

Book Emotion as Promotion by Rick Valicenti

Book 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

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

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

Book Design Anarchy by Kalle Lasn

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

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

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

Book Graphic Agitation by Liz McQuiston

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

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

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

Book Colossal Design by Clare Warmke

Book The Power Of Paper In Graphic Design by Catharine Fishel

Book More Paperwork (Hardcover) by Nancy Williams

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

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Business

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

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

Book Creating the Perfect Design Brief by Peter L. Phillips

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

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

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Career

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

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

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

Book How to Grow as a Graphic Designer by Catharine Fishel

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

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

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

Book 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

Just Added 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

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

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

Book Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type by Kimberly Elam

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

Book Logo, Font & Lettering Bible by Leslie Cabarga

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

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

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

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

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Typography

Just Added 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

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

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

Book The Education of a Typographer by Steve Heller

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

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

Book Radical Type Design by Teal Triggs

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Annuals/Compendiums

Just Added For Sale: 200 Innovative Packaging Designs by John Foster

Just Added Latin American Graphic Design by Julius Wiedemann, Felipe Taborda

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

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

Just Added 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

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

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

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

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

Book Marks of Excellence by Per Mollerup

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History

Just Added 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

Book The Bauhaus Ideal: Then and Now by William Smock

Book No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism by Rick Poynor

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

Book A History of Graphic Design by Philip Meggs

Book Graphic Design: A History (Discoveries) by Alain Weill

Book Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design by Steven Heller

Book 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

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

Book Designing Pornotopia: Travels in Visual Culture by Rick Poynor

Book Emigre 69: The End by Rudy VanderLans

Book Design Research by Brenda Laurel

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

Book Dot Dot Dot #7 by Stuart Bailey, Peter Bilak

Book Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, et al

Book 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miscellaneous

Book
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

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

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

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

Book 100% Evil by Nicholas Blechman, Christoph Niemann

Book Freitag: Individual Recycled Freeway Bags by Lars Müller

Book Fresh Dialogue Five

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

Book Changing Faces by George Tscherny

Book Designing for People by Henry Dreyfuss

Book Empire: Nozone IX by Nicholas Blechman

Book The Substance of Style by Virginia Postrel

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

Book A Smile in the Mind by Beryl McAlhone

Book Creative Code: Aesthetics + Computation by John Maeda

Book Design By Numbers by John Maeda

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WITH COMMENTS
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