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Design books

book imageMaking and Breaking the Grid
by Timothy Samara, Gloucester, MA: Rockport Publishers, Inc. 2002
Valuable book on using grid structures to organize and standardize page layouts. Well thought out and illustrated through disassembly of case studies.

 

book imageGraphic Design Sources
by Kenneth J. Hiebert, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998
Ken Hiebert has a good way of explaining some of the principles of design. Very clear and easy to grasp. This book is the same. It uses project examples (from past courses he's taught) to discuss issues of form, context, etc.

 

book imageDesigning Brand Identity, 2nd ed.
by Alina Wheeler, Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2006
Comprehensive book on the materials and processes involved with designing brand identity. Good definitions of brand, brand identity, their value and ideals plus covers issues of strategy, positioning, naming, taglines, marks and characters. This book is so full of useful, practical advice on an often confused topic that it is worth its weight in gold.

 

book imageLogo Design Workbook
by Adams, Morioka and Stone, Gloucester, MA: Rockport, 2004
This book would be classified as a logo brochure if not for its first section. The beginning of this book contains a simple, easy-to-read overview of what goes into the design of a logo and the systems along with it. If you're looking for more in-depth explanations, Designing Brand Identity is much better, but this book is thought provoking.

 

book imageHandbook of Ornament
by Franz Sales Meyer, New York: Dover Publications, 1957
The Handbook of Ornament is a fun reference book full of line-art drawings of motifs, patterns and objects. Some may argue that the subject matter reflects the publishing date and is somewhat arcane, but it is a book worth returning to for inspiration and graphic elements to apply to my work, regardless of medium.

 

book imageHistory of Graphic Design
by Philip B. Meggs, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998
A comprehensive summary that traces the practice of design through the ages, trends and fashions of history. This book is considered by many to be perhaps the best historical record of graphic design and its evolution.

 

book imageGreat Production by Designs
by Constance J. Sidles, Cincinnati: North Light Books, 1998
Basic introduction to press techniques and advice on how to prepare documents for press productions. Includes information on issues such as production-safe layouts, paper choice, printer selection, inline color conflicts, varnishing and press checks.

 

book imageTypography: Macro + Micro, 2nd Ed.
by Willi Kunz, Zurich, Sulgen Switzerland: Verlag Niggli AG, 1998, 2000
Comprehensive exposition on all aspects of typography, including letterform, elements of layout, macro and micro levels of typography design and layout, and how to put it all together. U.S. version through Willi Kunz Books, 211 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

 

book imageTypographic Design: Form and Communication, 2nd Ed.
by Rob Carter, Ben Day and Philip Meggs, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1993.
Standard overview of the history, anatomy and do's and don'ts of typographic layout. Much of the book is taken up by an inventory of type samples.

 

book imageThe Art of Typography
by Martin Solomon, New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1986
Older, basic book on typographic terminology, principles and typefaces. There are more up to date books out there, but even old school has its value. Good book for students.

 

book imageOfficial Signs & Icons 2
by Mies Hora, New York: Ultimate Symbol, 2005
Arguably one of the most useful resources for designers and an essential reference for signage (EGD) designers. This book contains practically all icons for U.S. Highway and international (European) sign systems, plus recreational signs, hospitality signs, labelling icons, and braille basics. The book comes with a CD containing vector .EPS files of each sign and symbol for artwork production. Met Mies Hora one day for drinks in New York City. Funny guy. Interestingly enough he contracts out production work for all these symbols. This collection is a continuation of his father's work as a collector of signs and symbols.

 

book imageHornung's Hanbook of Designs & Devices
by Clarence P. Hornung, New York: Dover Publications Inc., 1946
Small collection of 1,836 mostly abstract ornamental designs. Suitable for iconography and ornamentation. Organized into classes, such as circle, cross, pentagon, hexagon, diamond, square, etc.

 

book imageHandbook of Pictoral Symbols
by Rudolf Modley, New York: Dover Publications Inc, 1976
Useful inventory of pictoral symbols, organized by topics. While some of the styling is a little dated, the book is still a good reference when stumped with symbol or icon development.

 

book imageDictionary of Symbols
by Carl G. Liungman, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1991
This book's indexing and organization is a bit cryptic, but is a good reference for identifying the origins of existing symbols. Individual descriptions cover historical and cultural perspectives, along with each symbol's context of use. It does not cover public signage forms (such as stop signs), but rather the more basic geon symbol shapes.

 

book imageSymbol Sourcebook- An Authoritative Guide to
International Graphic Symbols
by Henry Dreyfuss, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1984
A useful resource with good coverage and a well organized format. Note that it only provides examples of public signage symbols such as stop signs. It does not offer ways to user test and evaluate their appropriate application in particular situations.

 

book imageThe Design Manual
by David Whitbread, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2001
Solid, comprehensive resource on a wide range of design topics. Like other books that try to cover a lot of ground, this one also suffers at times from being a bit cursory. However the explanations are clear and for the younger designer this books overs a lot of troubleshooting advice.

 

book imageThe Art & Science of Web Design
by Jeffrey Veen, Indianapolis: New Riders, 2001
Useful book covering website design and development topics such as the use of fluid design (best part), pure CSS pages, browser compatibility, building for small code size, and object-oriented publishing. Call it a 2.0 update on basic web design.

 

book imageDesigning Web Graphics- How to Prepare Images and
Media for the Web
by Lynda Weinman, Indianapolis: New Riders Publishing, 1999
The book explains in detail how to prepare images for online use. All of Weinman's pointers are written in plain English and backed up with solid visual examples. Cover shown is an older copy.