what books would you recommend to learn graphic design?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    For text and fonts the best introduction is: Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton. It is easy read, you get all the basics and it has a good bibliography for going to more detail.

    For the use of grids: Grid Systems by Kimberly Elam. Same comments as above, it is the same series from Princeton. The other books of the series are also nice but not necessary.

    For the history of graphic design: A History of Graphic Design by Philip Meggs. Its big but it is THE book on the subject.

    Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte is about information graphics (graphs, maps etc). Very good but probably a little specialized.

    Color Management by John Drew and Sarah Meyer has almost anything you need to know about color. It is not an easy read, don't start with it.

    Designing Books: Practice and Theory by Jost Hochuli and Robin Kinross is very good about book design.

    Well, with all these you 've got quite a lot. The first two are good as a starting point.

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