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Reading Lists? (any recommendations)

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by Scott, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Scott

    Scott Member

    Hey guys,

    I've been teaching myself graphic design for a few years but could do with some definitive tuition, I have a degree in Computer animation and I have classical art skills from college. I am a generalistic visualisation artist from a VFX/art based background that's looking to get more into graphics. I was wondering if there was a definitive reading list, the bible books if you will.

    I have found:

    Just my Type: A book about Fonts - Simon Garfield
    to be highly useful for typography/fonts

    The web designers Idea book volume 1/2 - Patrick McNeil
    to be a great reference for web design

    Logo Design love: A guide to creating iconic Brand Identites - David Airey
    great for logo design

    Ballistic publishing
    great for reference/inspiration

    is there anything else you would suggest, whether it be Idea based or principles, history etc.

    I'm quite interested in Linguistics as I often find myself questioning, does this need a hypen? How would this translate? etc. As well as books which cover structure and layout of graphics.

  2. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Ellen Lupton's "Thinking with Type" is worth a read, plus most of it's available freely online.

    I'm also looking for something covering linguistics that explains the proper use of punctuation, grammar, etc, so if anyone has any recommendations, let's hear 'em.

    I was hoping to find an Oxford guide to English language or something but never did. Perhaps there's even a GCSE or A-level study guide that will suffice?
  3. danielsmithonline

    danielsmithonline New Member

    Am (hopefully) getting Logo Design Love this christmas as I read the free chapter online and it dawned on me that I should be reading it!!
  4. andybdesign

    andybdesign Active Member

    My top books would be the following:

    The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst. Great for knowing when to use a hyphen, en dash, em dash, that sort of thing. Very good.
    Write to Sell by Andy Maslen. A copywriting book. Not design but very good.
    Problem Solved by Michael Johnson. More focused on advertising but excellent.
    Marks of Excellence by Per Mollerup. Fantastic book on logos.
    The Print Handbook by Andy Brown (that's me). I'm biased but people seem to find it very useful for print production stuff.

    Hope that helps.
  5. Scott

    Scott Member

    Thanks guys I realize this isn't a new topic, my bad!

    I will definitely be getting copies of some of these, I am always surprised how much their is to learn about typography. Where can I get your book from Andy? I had a look on amazon I like some of the sections you'e gone into, like different types of blacks.

    I'm also looking to get a Digital tutors account so I can learn Indesign (as well as other VFX apps).
  6. andybdesign

    andybdesign Active Member

    There's a link in my message signature below to The Print Handbook site.
  7. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    A smile in the mind, Art of looking sideways,

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