Design Books

2 Oct 2008 - 6:04pm
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Andrei Herasimchuk
2004

I get a lot of questions about design education material, books and
recommendations via private email. I've been meaning to put together a
reference post on Design by Fire, but constantly find little time to
do it the way that want to. So I figure I'd at least post my book
recommendation to the list and let folks see it and comment on it.
Online material will have to come later.

This list represents what I consider the most useful and inspirational
books on all manner of things Design. (With a few plugs for my own
things as well.) It covers a large gamut, from photography to
illustration to art direction to type to color to fashion to fiction
and back to interface design. There's philosophical books on big "D"
design here alongside with pragmatic books for every day work. I can
guarantee that everything on this list is useful in the design of
technology products in some way. If you grab anything off this list,
you can't go wrong.

There are a few books missing from my shelves these days that are not
pictured. They are appended at the bottom. There are plenty more of
course. Books marked with three asterisks (***) are especially
important in my opinion.

I hope you find these books as useful as I have. And of course, please
feel free to start adding your book recommendations not included to
this thread.

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My Bookshelf.
http://www.designbyfire.com/images/my_bookshelf_labels.png

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A.
Lightbulb. A simple reminder to always look for innovative, bright
ideas.

B.
Random artifacts for various design inspiration. Old maps,
advertisements, brochures.

C.
Type Selector, by Michael Wörgötter
http://www.amazon.com/Type-Selector-Michael-Worgotter/dp/0500241368

D.
Secret Sense of Japanese Magazine Design
http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Sense-Japanese-Magazine-Design/dp/4894445581

Art Director Confesses: I Sold Sex! Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll, by Mike
Salisbury
http://www.amazon.com/Art-Director-Confesses-Sold-Drugs/dp/2880463920

E.
Process: A Tomato Project
http://www.amazon.com/Process-Tomato-Project-Steve-Baker/dp/0500279152

F.
Area 2: 100 Graphic Designers, 10 Curators, 10 Design Classics
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Area-2/Ellen-Lupton/e/9780714848556

G.
Illusive 2" Contemporary Illustration and Its Context
http://www.amazon.com/Illusive-Contemporary-Illustration-Its-Context/dp/3899551915

H.
PRINT Magazine, Desktop Columns by Andrei Michael Herasimchuk
http://www.printmag.com/design_articles/open_range/tabid/384/Default.aspx
http://www.printmag.com/design_articles/click_to_run/tabid/410/Default.aspx
(and more coming over the next year...)

I.
Helvetica, Homage to a Typeface, by Lars Müller
http://www.amazon.com/Helvetica-Homage-Typeface-Lars-Müller/dp/3037780460

Pictoplasma, Characters in Motion
http://www.amazon.com/Pictoplasma-Characters-Motion-Lars-Denicke/dp/3981045823

J.
Designer's Guide to Color
http://www.amazon.com/Designers-Guide-Color-Boxed-Set/dp/081185678X

K.
Thoughts on Interaction Design, by Jon Kolko
http://www.amazon.com/Thoughts-Interaction-Design-Jon-Kolko/dp/0978853806

L.
Chip Kidd, Book One
http://www.amazon.com/Chip-Kidd-Book-Work-1986-2006/dp/0847827852

The Cheese Monkeys, by Chip Kidd
http://www.amazon.com/Cheese-Monkeys-Novel-Semesters-P-S/dp/0061452483

M.
The Elements of Friendly Software Design, by Paul Heckel ***
http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Friendly-Software-Design/dp/0782115381

The New Typography, by Jan Tschichold ***
http://www.amazon.com/New-Typography-Weimar-Now-Criticism/dp/0520250125

Interaction of Color, by Josef Albers ***
http://www.amazon.com/Interaction-Color-Josef-Albers/dp/B000MN9JRA

The Laws of Simplicity, by John Maeda ***
http://www.amazon.com/Laws-Simplicity-Design-Technology-Business/dp/0262134721

Discovering Design, by Richard Buchanan and Victor Margolin
http://www.amazon.com/Discovering-Design-Explorations-Studies/dp/0226078159

N.
Paul Rand, Modernist Design, edited by Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo
http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Rand-Modernist-Derek-Birdsall/dp/1890761036

The Elements of Typographic Style, by Robert Bringhurst ***
http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Typographic-Style-Robert-Bringhurst/dp/0881792063

O.
Making the Web Work, by Bob Baxley
http://www.amazon.com/Making-Web-Work-Designing-Applications/dp/0735711968

Designing Visual Interfaces, by Kevin Mullet and Darrell Sano
http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Visual-Interfaces-Communication-Techniques/dp/0133033899

The Essential Guide to User Interface Design, by Wilbert Galitz
http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Guide-User-Interface-Design/dp/0470053429

P.
The Idea of Design, by Richard Buchanan and Victor Margolin
http://www.amazon.com/Idea-Design-Victor-Margolin/dp/0262631660

Presentation Zen, by Garr Reynolds
http://www.amazon.com/Presentation-Zen-Simple-Design-Delivery/dp/0321525655

Q.
Chip Kidd, by Véronique Vienne
http://www.amazon.com/Chip-Kidd-Monographics-Veronique-Vienne/dp/0300099525

Designing for People, by Henry Dreyfuss ***
http://www.amazon.com/Designing-People-Henry-Dreyfuss/dp/1581153120

R.
The Sandman, Endless Nights, by Neil Gaiman
http://www.amazon.com/Sandman-Endless-Nights-Neil-Gaiman/dp/140120113X

Alphabets, Wim Crouwel
http://www.amazon.com/Wim-Crouwel-Alphabets-Kees-Broos/dp/9063690371

S.
MTIV: Process, Inspriation and Practice for the New Media Designer, by
Hillman Curtis
http://www.amazon.com/MTIV-Process-Inspiration-Practice-Designer/dp/0735711658

Basic Typography: Design with Letters, by Ruedi Rüegg
http://www.amazon.com/Basic-Typography-Typografische-Grundlagen-Gestaltung/dp/0442239130

T.
Dick Bruna, Boekomslagen, by Bert Jansen
http://www.amazon.com/Bruna-Dick-Boekomslagen-Bert-Jansen/dp/9073285712

U.
Collage with Photoshop, by Russell Sparkman
http://www.amazon.com/Collage-Photoshop-Russell-Sparkman/dp/1564962105

V.
Designed by Peter Saville, by Peter Saville
http://www.amazon.com/Designed-Peter-Saville/dp/1568984227

W.
A Designer's Art, by Paul Rand ***
http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Rand-Designer's-Art/dp/0300082827

Thoughts on Design, by Paul Rand ***
http://www.amazon.com/Thoughts-Design-Paul-Rand/dp/B000TB8J94

X.
Word and Image: Posters from the Collection of The Museum of Modern
Art, Edited By Mildred Constantine ***
http://www.amazon.com/Image-Posters-Collection-Museum-Modern/dp/B0018GEL28

Y.
The Graphic Language of Neville Brody, by Jon Wozencroft
http://www.amazon.com/Graphic-Language-Neville-Brody/dp/0789306530

Z.
Paul Rand, by Steven Heller
http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Rand-Steven-Heller/dp/0714839949

1.
Profile: Pentagram Design
http://www.amazon.com/Profile-Pentagram-Design-Susan-Yelavich/dp/0714843776

2.
Envisioning Information, by Edward Tufte ***
http://www.amazon.com/Envisioning-Information-Edward-R-Tufte/dp/0961392118

Letterpress, The Allure of the Handmade, by David Jury
http://www.amazon.com/Letterpress-Allure-Handmade-David-Jury/dp/2880467845

Tanaka Ikko, Graphic Master, by Gian Carlo Calza
http://www.amazon.com/Tanaka-Ikko-Gian-Carlo-Calza/dp/0714837164

3.
Milton Glaser, Graphic Design, by Milton Glaser
http://www.amazon.com/Milton-Glaser-Graphic-Design/dp/0879511885

4.
D-Zone, Tztom Toda Editorial Design 1975-1999
http://totodo.jp/SHOP/C3-120.html

5.
Anything from Rosenfeld Media
http://www.rosenfeldmedia.com/publications/

6.
Phred. The original sculpture used in the packaging design for
Specular Collage from 1993, the first product I did the full interface
design and product definition for on my own. Obviously, a sentimental
artifact for me. This sculpture was created by Stephen Mockensturm,
now of Madhouse Design in Toledo, OH. One of the better creative
agencies out there. http://madmadmad.com/

7.
Libretto, by Paolo Roversi
http://www.amazon.com/Libretto-Paolo-Roversi/dp/3882437197

JAM: Tokyo-London
http://www.amazon.com/Jam-Tokyo-London-Abrams/dp/1861542119

kaoshsawrinsespin, Tolleson Design
http://www.amazon.com/Soak-Wash-Rinse-Tolleson-Design/dp/1568981988

8.
Ueslmann, Process and Perception
http://www.amazon.com/Uelsmann-Process-Perception-Jerry/dp/0813008301

Hong Kong Yesterday, by Fang Ho
http://www.modernbook.com/hongkongyesterday.htm

Melvin Sokolsky, Seeing Fashion
http://www.amazon.com/Melvin-Sokolsky-Seeing-Fashion/dp/1892041367

En Passant, by Dennis Manarchy
http://www.amazon.com/En-Passant-Dennis-Manarchy/dp/0966454502

The Apparitions, by RJ Muna
http://www.amazon.com/Apparitions-R-J-Muna/dp/096779370X

Japan, by Michael Kenna
http://www.amazon.com/Japan-Michael-Kenna/dp/1590050681

9.
Golden Gate, by Richard Misrach
http://www.amazon.com/Richard-Misrach-Golden-Gate-Walker/dp/1931788510

California One, The Pacific Coast Highway, by Stephen Wilkes
http://www.amazon.com/California-One-Pacific-Coast-Highway/dp/0914919083

Searchings, by Barbara Bordnick
http://www.amazon.com/Searchings-Barbara-Bordnick/dp/0941807746

Acid Bloom, by Ninagawa Mika
http://www.amazon.com/Acid-Bloom-Mika-Ninagawa/dp/1590050665

Gifts of the Street, by Sam Smidt
http://samsmidt.com/

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Not shown in photo:

Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design, by
Jennifer Tidwell ***
http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Interfaces-Patterns-Effective-Interaction/dp/0596008031

From Lascaux to Brooklyn, by Paul Rand ***
http://www.amazon.com/Lascaux-Brooklyn-Paul-Rand/dp/0300066767

Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type, by Kimberly Elam ***
http://www.amazon.com/Grid-Systems-Principles-Organizing-Design/dp/1568984650

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Andrei Herasimchuk

Principal, Involution Studios
innovating the digital world

e. andrei at involutionstudios.com
c. +1 408 306 6422

Comments

2 Oct 2008 - 7:30pm
Itamar Medeiros
2006

Thanks, Andrei! That's a very comprehensive list!

If you're talking about design inspiration (not just the nuts and
bolts of interaction design), here are a few books I'd add to your
list:

The End of Print, by David Carson
http://www.amazon.com/End-Print-Grafik-Design-Carson/dp/0811830241

Computers as Theatre, by Brenda Laurel
http://www.amazon.com/Computers-as-Theatre-Brenda-Laurel/dp/product-description/0201550601

The Age of Spiritual Machines, by Ray Kurzweil
http://www.amazon.com/Age-Spiritual-Machines-Computers-Intelligence/dp/0140282025

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caring to structure, context, and presentation
of data and information

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3 Oct 2008 - 4:22am
Chan FoongYeen
2008

Nice list,
Here is another good book.

Effective Prototyping for Software Makers (Interactive Technologies)
by Jonathan Arnowitz, Michael Arent, and Nevin Berger
http://www.amazon.com/Effective-Prototyping-Software-Interactive-Technologies/dp/0120885689/<http://www.amazon.com/Effective-Prototyping-Software-Interactive-Technologies/dp/0120885689/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223025385&sr=8-1>

CHAN, FY.

On Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 8:30 AM, Itamar Medeiros
<medeiros.itamar at gmail.com>wrote:

> Thanks, Andrei! That's a very comprehensive list!
>
> If you're talking about design inspiration (not just the nuts and
> bolts of interaction design), here are a few books I'd add to your
> list:
>
> The End of Print, by David Carson
> http://www.amazon.com/End-Print-Grafik-Design-Carson/dp/0811830241
>
> Computers as Theatre, by Brenda Laurel
>
> http://www.amazon.com/Computers-as-Theatre-Brenda-Laurel/dp/product-description/0201550601
>
> The Age of Spiritual Machines, by Ray Kurzweil
>
> http://www.amazon.com/Age-Spiritual-Machines-Computers-Intelligence/dp/0140282025
>
> ...
> { Itamar Medeiros } Information Designer
> designing clear, understandable communication by
> caring to structure, context, and presentation
> of data and information
>
> mobile ::: 86 13671503252
> website ::: http://designative.info/
> aim ::: itamarlmedeiros
> skype ::: designative
>
>
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3 Oct 2008 - 5:21am
Yohan Creemers
2008

Hey Andrei, thanks for sharing. Good to see that you are promoting
Dutch Design (Wim Crouwel and Dick Bruna).

My recommandation for everyone designing products is:

Designing for the Social Web, by Joshua Porter
http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Social-Voices-That-Matter/dp/0321534921/

- Yohan

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3 Oct 2008 - 5:25am
Yohan Creemers
2008

O, and be sure to get a copy of Analog In, Digital Out: Brendan Dawes
on Interaction, by Brendan Dawes. It's full of inspirational ideas
and concepts.

http://www.amazon.com/Analog-Digital-Out-Brendan-Interaction/dp/0321429168/

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3 Oct 2008 - 11:53am
kimbieler
2007

Ah, The Cheese Monkeys. No designer should be without it. Don't buy
the paperback, though. Troll your used book stores for the original
hardcover.

I'd also recommend: A History of Graphic Design, by Phil Meggs
http://www.amazon.com/Meggs-History-Graphic-Design-Philip/dp/0471699020

-- Kim

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3 Oct 2008 - 6:16am
Viktor Reiter
2008

I saw you listed John Maeda's Laws of Simplicity. I can also highly
recommend this book.

Thinking with Type is a good introduction of typography.

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3 Oct 2008 - 11:14pm
Cwodtke
2004

tibor

On Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 9:53 AM, Kim Bieler <kimbieler at mindspring.com> wrote:

> Ah, The Cheese Monkeys. No designer should be without it. Don't buy the
> paperback, though. Troll your used book stores for the original hardcover.
>
> I'd also recommend: A History of Graphic Design, by Phil Meggs
> http://www.amazon.com/Meggs-History-Graphic-Design-Philip/dp/0471699020
>
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> -- Kim
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> Kim Bieler Graphic Design
> SOON TO BE --> Apt Media
> www.kbgd.com
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4 Oct 2008 - 4:46am
Rahul Saini
2008

One book I think is an amazing guide to visual awareness is "The art
of looking sideways" by Alan Fletcher -
http://www.amazon.com/Art-Looking-Sideways-Alan-Fletcher/dp/0714834491

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5 Oct 2008 - 8:18am
Andreas Ringdal
2008

A few books I missed from the list.

Donald A. Norman. "The design of everyday things". It is 20 years
old and still relevant. I re-read it a few months ago, glanced down
at our office phone system and laughed.

http://www.amazon.com/Design-Everyday-Things-Donald-Norman/dp/0385267746

And for distribution to everyone that manages the product
design/development.
Alan Cooper "The inmates are running the asylum"

http://www.amazon.com/Inmates-Are-Running-Asylum/dp/0672316498

andreas

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5 Oct 2008 - 2:12pm
Marilyn Matty
2008

Thanks, Andrei, for the wonderful list, and to others for the great
additions: ! Here are a few suggestions; IMHO, an in-depth understanding of
color and typography is critical to information design in any medium:
Joseph Albers: The Interaction Of Color

http://www.amazon.com/Interaction-Color-Expanded-Josef-Albers/dp/0300115954/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223233426&sr=1-1

Lesa Sawahata: Color Harmony Workbook

http://www.amazon.com/Color-Harmony-Workbook-Creative-Combinations/dp/1564968375/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223233540&sr=1-2

Erik Spiekermann: Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=stop+stealing+sheep&x=0&y=0

Ellen Lupon: Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers,
Edit & Students

http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Type-Critical-Designers-Students/dp/1568984480/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223232842&sr=1-4

Robert Bringhurst: The Elements Of Typographic Style

http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Typographic-Style-Robert-Bringhurst/dp/0881792063/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b

Robin William: Non-Designer's Design Book:

http://www.amazon.com/Non-Designers-Design-Book-3rd-Designers/dp/0321534042/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223232741&sr=8-1

4 Oct 2008 - 2:18pm
Tim Wright
2008

There's also the non-designers design book. It's a very good introduction
for people who want to know a little about design.

Tim

On Sat, Oct 4, 2008 at 10:46 PM, Rahul Saini <saini.rahul at gmail.com> wrote:

> One book I think is an amazing guide to visual awareness is "The art
> of looking sideways" by Alan Fletcher -
> http://www.amazon.com/Art-Looking-Sideways-Alan-Fletcher/dp/0714834491
>
>
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6 Oct 2008 - 4:57pm
Andrei Herasimchuk
2004

I was just handed this book today by one of our interns here. It is
quite frankly, a great book and I'm adding it to the list.

Design Sketching, Umea Institute of Design, by Erik Olofsson and Klara
Sjolen
http://designsketching.com/

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Andrei Herasimchuk

Principal, Involution Studios
innovating the digital world

e. andrei at involutionstudios.com
c. +1 408 306 6422

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