graphic design books

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One Day in Paradise by Stefanie Brückler / stefaniebrueckler.com

Creative Individuality Amongst the Crowd. Prospective designers strive to distinguish themselves from others and struggle with their definition of the self, especially while starting out. This thesis addresses the necessary requirements for young designers to build their own artistic and personal individuality and the significance of their individuality, questioning whether their longing for being different results in being just one amongst many. It covers topics such as taste, style and individuality as well as imitation, inspiration and identity. The thesis offers path breaking steps for young designers for creating one’s personal creative paradise and highlights the importance of balance and the exchange of ideas with other creatives to reach their aim of creating their own paradise of uniqueness.

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ELECTRIC SHOCK –  Peter Doggett

Electric Shock tells the story of popular music, from the arrival of Ragtime in the 1890s to Gangsta rap Death metal and the multiple strands of modern dance music. Within a narrative full of anecdotes and characters, Peter Doggett  mixes musical critique with wider social and cultural history and shows how revolutionary changes in technology have turned popular music into the lifeblood of the modern world.

The cover shot is a Magnum Photos Cornell Capa image of dancers at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem 1939, and exudes the sheer joy of the popular music experience – couples thrown together, a sweltering dancefloor and that beatin’ rhythm.

It’s the start of a rollercoaster journey…

Electric Shock is published by The Bodley Head this month

http://www.peterdoggett.org/

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The Essentials of Lettering: A Manual for Students and Designers by Thomas Ewing French.

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

See more details here: http://amzn.to/1ilsz2z

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The Calligraphy Post.

A few days ago I bought a course “Introduction of the Art of Modern Calligraphy” by Molly Jacques, which you should definitely check, and I fell in love with calligraphy.

Now I find this useful infographic with the basics of calligraphy, including tools. In case you want to try your skills you should try to do those exercise. 

In both cases, (the classes from molly and this infographic) they ask you simple tools to begining your training:

Books.

In case you’re most an analog vintage retro-old guy, and you prefer to read a real book that stuck your nose in a monitor these are cool option for calligraphy beginners (the last to images):

Here are the last useful links:

In case you’re lazy or calligraphy simple isn’t your thing download the font (used on this post): http://myfonts.us/8eK7dW

The Class of Molly Jacques: http://skl.sh/1bWpr9p

Source of the infographic: us.moo.com

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The Calligraphy Post.

A few days ago I bought a course “Introduction of the Art of Modern Calligraphy” by Molly Jacques, which you should definitely check, and I fell in love with calligraphy.

Now I find this useful infographic with the basics of calligraphy, including tools. In case you want to try your skills you should try to do those exercise. 

In both cases, (the classes from molly and this infographic) they ask you simple tools to begining your training:

Books.

In case you’re most an analog vintage retro-old guy, and you prefer to read a real book that stuck your nose in a monitor these are cool option for calligraphy beginners (the last to images):

Here are the last useful links:

In case you’re lazy or calligraphy simple isn’t your thing download the font (used on this post): http://myfonts.us/8eK7dW

The Class of Molly Jacques: http://skl.sh/1bWpr9p

Source of the infographic: us.moo.com

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Thinking With Type By Ellen Lupton.

What kind of typeface should I use? How big do I set it? How should those letters, words and paragraphs be aligned, spaced, ordered and shaped? Thinking With Type answers these questions and more, providing clear guidelines for Designers, Writers, Editors and Students on how best to arrange their written content.

Type is the foundation of print and web design. Everything you need to know about thinking with type, you will find here. This richly detailed update to the classic text belongs on the shelf of every designer, writer, editor, publisher, and client.”  -Jefferey Zeldman-

Thinking with Type is the definitive guide to using typography in visual communication, from the printed page to the computer screen. This revised edition includes forty-eight pages of new content, including the latest information on style sheets for print and the web, the use of ornaments and captions, lining and non-lining numerals, the use of small caps and enlarged capitals, as well as information on captions, font licensing, mixing typefaces, and hand lettering. Throughout the book, visual examples show how to be inventive within systems of typographic form–what the rules are and how to break them. Thinking with Type is a type book for everyone: designers, writers, editors, students, and anyone else who works with words.

An official web site is set up as a classroom companion to Thinking With Type. Lupton has provided a syllabus, sample chapters, exercises and handouts for download in high-res PDF format. If you’re still not convinced about the quality of this title yet, I would suggest you head over to the site to download the sample pages and judge for yourself.

Compared to the more common encyclopaedic approach to design theory books, Thinking With Type is easy to understand, engaging and fun to read. The tone of this book is what really makes it special and is why I can’t recommend it enough.

Fin this book on Amazon:

USA: http://amzn.to/11XeNfE
UK: http://amzn.to/19sEetW

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5 Adobe Illustrator Tutorial Books (52% off for 1 week).

Peter Bone have drop the price of this curious collection of Ebooks to mastering your skill on Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator is a tool mainly to build vectors, which is the ideal thing to do scalable objects like logos and icons. That’s the main topic of this Ebooks, learn to build logos and icons in a very quick way derived from basic geometric shapes and typography. The discount makes a total of $19 for 5 books and last 1 week.

Check all the details here: http://bit.ly/1xzrmgs

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10  Must have Typography, Lettering and Calligraphy Books.

Now that we’re almost in the holiday season, is the perfect opportunity to give to yourself a lovely gift and what more useful and funny that a book?. I’ve made a compilation of 10 (must have maybe?) typography, lettering and calligraphy books. You don’t have to know previous knowledge to read this books. For example if you want to know to very basics about typography I really recommend Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton, or if you want something more elaborate and specific rules to craft your paragraphs or style every text you prepare The Elements of Typographic Style is definitely for you. Enough to say lets go to the matter (you can click and see more details on every book’s name on the list):

  1. Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton
    Ellen Lupton made the great task of shrinking the tons of information about typography and fit it into a digestible book. If want to know what kerning is, this book is for you. If want to know more advance knowledge like style your paragraph, this book is also for you.

  2. The Elements of Typography Style by Robert Bringhurst
    This is more a Manual than a book, is loaded with a lot of information. From the structure of a types to style a whole book. You will find almost any typography rule here, and at the end you will learn to break the this rules. Some people say is the most complete book related to typography.

  3. The Anatomy of Type by Stephen Coles
    Observing is another way to learn, Anatomy of Type is a collection of on hundred typefaces. Stephen Coles analyze every of this typefaces families including all their characters. This is not a book related to any typography topic, is more a gallery, classic and modern typefaces are included here. And yes… you will find helvetica here.

  4. Type Matters by Jim Williams
    Type Matters! is a book of tips for everyday use, for all users of typography, from students and professionals to anyone who does any layout design on a computer. The book is arranged into three chapters: an introduction to the basics of typography; headline and display type; and setting text. 

  5. Just My Type by Simon Garfield
    Just My Type investigates a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seemingly ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and what makes a font look presidential, male or female, American, British, German, or Jewish. 

  6. The Big Book of Font Combinations by Douglas Bonneville
    This little e-book is something to go straight to the point, if you don’t want to spend hours remembering the rules and make explorations, just go to this book and follow the combinations founded in there.

  7. Reinventing Lettering by Emily Gregory
    This gorgeously presented book showcases the multitude of creative possibilities offered by the medium, including examples of illustrated and hand drawn lettering, digitally drawn lettering, 3D lettering and found lettering. Each chapter begins with an overview of the different techniques used in creating lettering and type and lettering, followed by informative profiles of some of the most innovative and exciting lettering designers working today, accompanied by inspirational galleries of luscious lettering.

  8. Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory 
    This collection—large in scope but petite in size—surveys the recent lettering renaissance, showcasing a diverse range of talent in gorgeous, eye-catching examples and profiling today’s innovators. In a stunning little package that expertly combines a handmade feel with a modern aesthetic, this is the ultimate inspirational collection of contemporary lettering for design buffs and type enthusiasts alike.

  9. Drawing Type by Alex Fowkes
    Part inspiration and part workbook, these hand-drawn type of images will inspire and excite any designer to draw and explore type. Drawing Type features real-world projects and sketchbooks of well-known type designers, including interviews about their processes. Playful, hand-drawn type can easily be used in a range of disciplines within design and illustration such as packaging, editorial, posters, advertising, online graphics, and signage; the hand-made aesthetic is more prevalent now than ever.

  10. Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters
    You know what copperplate is right?. This old style of writing even can be a synonymous of calligraphy, now you don’t need to awake you ancestors to learn this calligraphic style. You can do it with this book.


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