Good introductory graphic design books for UX people

9 Aug 2010 - 4:12am
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Liou Yamane
2008

Hi,

I was wondering whether any of you can recommend good introductory books about graphic design. 

I am a UX designer/consultant and would like to know more about the principles of good graphic design. During two years I have worked  with a graphic designer at my previous workplace. Still, I would like to have a bit more background to be able to spar with graphic designesr, and possibly even do some design of my own for minor, personal projects.

I have taken a look at Andrei Herasimchuk's bookshelf which shows quite a lot of books: http://www.ixda.org/node/18051

Below are some of the books I found more interesting. I am curious about your opinion about them, or whether you have other recommendations.

Thanks!

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  • Graphic Design: The New Basics | http://www.amazon.com/Graphic-Design-Basics-Ellen-Lupton/dp/1568987706
  • Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual | http://www.amazon.com/Design-Elements-Graphic-Style-Manual/dp/1592532616
  • Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students  | http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Type-Critical-Designers-Students/dp/1568984480
  • The Elements of Typographic Style | http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Typographic-Style-Robert-Bringhurst/dp/0881792063

 

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I have found these two other recommendations, but taking a look inside I really don't find them appealing, one looks too text-orientated and outdated, while the other seems too frivolous and doesn't fit my taste of design at all.

 

  • Basic Visual Concepts And Principles For Artists, Architects And Designers
  • The Non-Designer's Design Book

Comments

9 Aug 2010 - 9:39am
Amy Silvers
2007

The design book that I reach for most often is Universal Principles of Design, by William Lidwell et al. It's extremely useful and well done, and IMO no designer--interaction, graphic, or otherwise--should be without it.

9 Aug 2010 - 12:05pm
monkeyshine
2010

I have an interactive designer book list on amazon.com that has some good design books included:

http://amzn.com/l/R1MF2X1TN0CKLT



On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 4:57 AM, Liou Yamane <liouyamane@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi,

I was wondering whether any of you can recommend good introductory books about graphic design. 

I am a UX designer/consultant and would like to know more about the principles of good graphic design. During two years I have worked  with a graphic designer at my previous workplace. Still, I would like to have a bit more background to be able to spar with graphic designesr, and possibly even do some design of my own for minor, personal projects.

I have taken a look at Andrei Herasimchuk's bookshelf which shows quite a lot of books: http://www.ixda.org/node/18051

Below are some of the books I found more interesting. I am curious about your opinion about them, or whether you have other recommendations.

Thanks!

---

 

* Graphic Design: The New Basics
 | http://www.amazon.com/Graphic-Design-Basics-Ellen-Lupton/dp/1568987706
* Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual
 | http://www.amazon.com/Design-Elements-Graphic-Style-Manual/dp/1592532616
* Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, &
 Students
  | http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Type-Critical-Designers-Students/dp/1568984480
* The Elements of Typographic Style
 | http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Typographic-Style-Robert-Bringhurst/dp/0881792063

 

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I have found these two other recommendations, but taking a look inside I really don't find them appealing, one looks too text-orientated and outdated, while the other seems too frivolous and doesn't fit my taste of design at all.

 

* Basic Visual Concepts And Principles For Artists, Architects And Designers
* The Non-Designer's Design Book

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4 Dec 2010 - 7:21am
Liou Yamane
2008

Just a quick update, I can really recommend "Graphic Design: The New Basics". It's very concise; my first reaction was "how am I going to learn about graphic design with so few pages". But each chapter goes to the pure essence of a topic (point, line, plane, colour, figure/ground, rhythm, etc). It doesn't make you a designer overnight, but I guess no book will do that. What it does achieve, is making you see differently at any type of design and discover its structure. And this is definitely useful for any interaction designer, as it helps you create more appealing designs and better appreciate (or criticize!) others.

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