Book List: Fundamentals of Graphic Design & Typography
18/02/19

Creative Director and Principal of Catalyst Workshop Inc. and Design Educator Adam Antoszek-Rallo RGD shares a list of essential reading lists for students, with a focus on graphic design & typography.

 

1. Graphic Design - The New Basics

Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips 
If you want to start learning about graphic design from ground zero, this book is as good a place to start as any.
 
 
Ellen Lupton
There are countless books aimed at supporting designers in further developing their creativity and thinking skill. This one is as good as any I’ve seen.
 
 
Erik Spiekermann
This is the best introduction to typography I can think of. Very clear, very easy to read, very illustrative. Unfortunately, like most beginners books, its re-read value is low.
 
 
Ellen Lupton
This is the best beginner to intermediate typography book I can think of. Every design student should own a book like this.
 
 
Robert Bringhurst
Whether you love it or hate it, agree with it or disagree, this is considered the definitive reference on typography. Most professionals own this. 
 
 
Karen Cheng
If you want to design a typeface, there is no more useful a reference book I know of than this.