graphic design books

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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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Hello, I am Erik: Erik Spiekermann: Typographer, Designer, Entrepreneur.

Erik Spiekermann is one of the best-known typographers and graphic designers in the world. As a teacher and critic who is loved and feared in equal measure, his influence on contemporary graphic design is unparalleled. Spiekermann also represents German typeface and corporate design like no other. 

Hello, I am Erik is the first-ever visual biography of Erik Spiekermann’s work. The book documents his projects, traces milestones in his life, and offers his personal perspectives on design. Essays by notable designers and authors provide a framework and further context for this vivid presentation of his body of work.

With his design of guidance systems for the Berliner Vekehrsbetriebe (Berlin’s transportation authority) and Düsseldorf Airport as well as his typeface design for Deutsche Bahn (Germany’s national rail system), Spiekermann made sure that not only Germans could better find their way around. With his corporate identities for brands such as Audi, Volkswagen, and Bosch, he also helped establish a sensibility for corporate design in Germany. Yet Spiekermann has also always worked internationally. He is, to name but one example, responsible for the redesign of the magazine the Economist. 

The founder of MetaDesign, FontShop, and EdenSpiekermann has been a successful entrepreneur and impulse generator for decades. When Erik Spiekermann founded FontShop International with his wife Joan and Neville Brody, he helped establish the internet as a source for buying fonts. His typefaces FF Meta and ITC Officina have been bestsellers for years and are already considered modern classics by typographers worldwide. Spiekermann now likes to comment on current developments in the world of design via Twitter, where he has more than 250,000 followers. In 2011, he received the German Design Award for lifetime achievement.

You can buy the book here:

USA: http://amzn.to/1CyC61I
UK: http://amzn.to/WoxIS7

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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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Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered 

In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known.

Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.

Download it here (kindle): http://amzn.to/OVckAv

Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms 

Part inspiration and part workbook, the images of hand-drawn type 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, and the hand-made aesthetic is more prevalent now than ever.  

Alex Fowkes will help you to create custom lettering that clients seek for their projects. Alex walks you through the steps to drawing serifs, san serifs, scripts, etc. With ample space on the pages for designers to mimic and draw their own typefaces, this book is perfect for learning at home or in a classroom that you can refer to again and again!

Get it here: http://amzn.to/1dGXBV9