Chosen Books

Invited designers and commentators have chosen these as the books that inspire them and that have shaped their worldview or their ideas about design.
202 books
The Uncommon Numbers Trilogy Zoby, Brenda Casey Comments:
Typographic Variations (Typographische Variationen) Zapf, Hermann
Fonts & Logos Young, Doyald
Prop Art Yanker, Gary
The Beauty of Chinese Calligraphy: Dancing Cursive (漢字書法之美—舞動行草) Xun, Jiang
Thinking Print Wye, Deborah
Information Anxiety 2 Wurman, Richard Saul
33 Wurman, Richard Saul
Information Architects Wurman, Richard Saul et al.
The Graphic Language of Neville Brody Wozencroft, Jon et al.
Two Lines Align Worthington, Michael
Rolling Stone: The Illustrated Portraits Woodward, Fred
Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas Wood, Denis
Bauhaus: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, Chicago Wingler, Hans
The Map that Changed the World Winchester, Simon
Mendell & Oberer Wichmann, Hans
Introduction to the Method of Leonardo da Vinci Valéry, Paul
Printing, 1770-1970 Twyman, Michael et al.
Envisioning Information Tufte, Edward R.
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Tufte, Edward R.
Visual Explanations Tufte, Edward R.
Beautiful Evidence Tufte, Edward R.
The Form of the Book Tschichold, Jan et al.
Ausgewählte Aufsätze über Fragen der Gestalt des Buches und der Typographie (The Form of the Book: Essays on the Morality of Good Design) Tschichold, Jan
Russian Decorative Arts 1917-1937 Tolstoy, Vladimir
Three Found Fonts Tilson, Jake
The Work of Hipgnosis Thorgerson, Storm
The Dictionary of Visual Language Thompson, Philip et al.
Invisible Art The Art Brothers,
The World Must Change: Graphic Design and Idealism Duis, Leonie ten et al.
Design Going Forward (與設計向前行) Tanaka, Ikko
Japan Design Tanaka, Ikko
Prague–New York Sutnar, Ladislav
Suterisms Suter, David
The Elements of Style (illustrated) Strunk, William et al.
Steinberg Steinberg, Saul
Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works Spiekermann, Erik
The Visible Word Spencer, Herbert
Pioneers of Modern Typography Spencer, Herbert
The Styles of Ornament Speltz, Alexander
Make It Bigger Scher, Paula
Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) Schaffner, Ingrid
Barcelona Gráfica Sánchez, América
Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far Sagmeister, Stefan
Typographie: A Manual of Design (Typographie: ein Gestaltungslehrbuch = Typography: A Manual of Design = Typographie: un manuel de création) Ruder, Emil
The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910–1934 Rowell, Margit
ABZ: More Alphabets and Other Signs Rothenstein, Julian et al.
Where the Suckers Moon Rothenberg, Randall
Campo Grafico, 1933–1939 Rossi, Attilo
The Typographic Desk Reference Rosendorf, Theodore
Saul Steinberg Rosenberg, Harold
Lester Beall Remington, R. Roger
Grafika: Modern Design for Advertising and Printing Reiner, Imre
Ounce, Dice, Trice Reid, Alastair
Legibility: A Typographic Book of Etiquette Reichl, Ernst
The Illustrator in America, 1860–2000 Reed, Walt
Alex Steinweiss: The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover Reagan, Kevin et al.
Thoughts on Design Rand, Paul
A Designer’s Art Rand, Paul
Alexey Brodovitch Purcell, William Kerry
What is a Designer Potter, Norman
Tools of the Imagination Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C.
Schriftenatlas Petzendorfer, Ludwig
Rookledge’s International Typefinder Perfect, Christopher et al.
Typoésie Peignot, Jérôme
Film Posters of the Russian Avant-Garde Pack, Susan
Alexander Girard Oldham, Todd et al.
Abstract City Niemann, Christoph
Word and Image Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA)
Speak Italian: The Fine Art of the Gesture Munari, Bruno
Design as Art Munari, Bruno
A. M. Cassandre Mouron, Henri et al.
Stanley Morison Moran, James
Lo Studio Boggeri 1933–1981 Monguzzi, Bruno
Wayshowing Mollerup, Per
Pig 05049 Meindertsma, Christien
The Medium is the Massage McLuhan, Marshall et al.
Typographers on Type McLean, Ruari
Victorian Publishers’ Book-Bindings in Cloth & Leather McLean, Ruari
Jan Tschichold McLean, Ruari
Understanding Comics McCloud, Scott
Information Is Beautiful McCandless, David
A Smile in the Mind McAlhone, Beryl et al.
Letter and Image Massin, Robert
Printed Matter Martens, Karel et al.
Blue Note Marsh, Graham et al.
Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work Marcus, Leonard S.
American Signs: Form and Meaning on Route 66 Mahar, Lisa
La Lettera Uccide (The Letter Kills) Lussu, Giovanni
Design/Writing/Research: Writing on Graphic Design Lupton, Ellen et al.
Don Quixote Long, Gareth
Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!) Lois, George
George, Be Careful Lois, George
The Art of Advertising: George Lois on Mass Communication Lois, George
Le Livre futuriste Lista, Giovanni
Air Made Visible Lichenstein, Claude et al.
Printed Ephemera Lewis, John
Books for Our Time Lee, Marshall et al.
Enfolding Life (生活與承載) Lau, Freeman
The Charm of Chinese Characters (漢字的魅力) Lang, Cang
Schiff nach Europa Kutter, Markus
Lothar Meggendorfers Spielwelt Krahé, Hildegard
NSCI: Das visuelle Erscheinungsbild der Nationalsozialisten 1920–1945 (The Visual Appearance of the Nazis 1920–1945) Koop, Andreas
In the Groove Kohler, Eric
The Book of Signs Koch, Rudolf et al.
Women Designers in the USA, 1900–2000 Kirkham, Pat
Modern Typography: An Essay in Critical History Kinross, Robin
Robert Brownjohn: Sex and Typography King, Emily
Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm (Vision + Value Series) Kepes, Gyorgy
American Wood Type, 1828–1900 Kelly, Rob Roy
The Principles of Uncertainty Kalman, Maira
A Comparison of Package Designs in Japan and Europe Japan Package Design Association
Rock, Scissors, Paper Igarashi, Takenobu
Space Graphics Igarashi, Takenobu
Label Design Humbert, Claude
Handbook of Early Advertising Art Hornung, Clarence
William Tell Honegger-Lavater, Warja
How Brands Become Icons Holt, Douglas B.
Pictorial Maps Holmes, Nigel
Swiss Graphic Design Hollis, Richard
Graphic Design: A Concise History Hollis, Richard
From Cave Painting to Comic Strip Hogben, Lancelot Thomas
Graphic Design Manual Hofmann, Armin
Hirschfeld: Art and Recollections from Eight Decades Hirschfeld, Al
Dorfsman & CBS Hess, Dick et al.
Toothpicks and Logos Heskett, John
AGI Annals Henrion, F. H. K.
Graphic Style Heller, Steven et al.
Born Modern Heller, Steven et al.
Innovators of American Illustration Heller, Steven
Merz to Emigre and Beyond Heller, Steven
You Are Here Harmon, Katharine
Haptic Hara, Kenya
Elements of Design Hannah, Gail Greet
Pomona Houses Hafif, Marcia
Graphic Texts GRAPHIC team, et al.
Theory of Colours Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Milton Glaser: Graphic Design Glaser, Milton
An Essay on Typography Gill, Eric
Graphic Design as a Second Language Gill, Bob
Forget All the Rules You Ever Learned About Graphic Design, Including the Ones in This Book Gill, Bob
Unspecial Effects for Graphic Designers Gill, Bob
Aim for a Job in Graphic Design/Art Fujita, S. Neil
Signs and Symbols Frutiger, Adrian
Adrian Frutiger—Typefaces: The Complete Works Frutiger, Adrian et al.
Rudo Spemann (1905-1947) Offenbach, Germany, Friends of the Klingspor-Museum
Graphic Design Friend, Leon et al.
Graphic Design in America Friedman, Mildred S.
The Art of Looking Sideways Fletcher, Alan
Beware Wet Paint Fletcher, Alan
Max Bill: Typography, Advertising, Book Design Fleischmann, Gerd et al.
French Modern Heller, Steven et al.
Word and Image: Posters from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art Fern, Alan
Identity Kits Facetti, Germano et al.
Pictures on a Page Evans, Harold
The Stamp of Fantasy Eskildsen, Ute
The World of M. C. Escher Escher, M. C.
Rodchenko and the Arts of Revolutionary Russia Elliott, David
A Grammar of Chinese Lattice Dye, Daniel Sheets
Ornament Durant, Stuart
Art Nouveau and Art Deco Bookbinding Duncan, Alastair et al.
The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909-1923 Drucker, Johanna
Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide Drucker, Johanna et al.
Shapes for Sounds Donaldson, Timothy
Numero Unico Futurista Campari 1931; Futurismo 1932; Dinamo Futurista 1933 Depero, Fortunato
From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor Della Femina, Jerry
Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles 1628-1900 De Jong, Cees et al.
Posters by the Members of the Alliance Graphique Internationale 1960–1985 Harak, Rudolph de
Pattern Design Day, Lewis F.
Révolution typographique Damase, Jacques
La Lettre Peinte Décorative Dacosta, Philippe
Line and Form Crane, Walter
Revolutionary Soviet Film Posters Constantine, Mildred et al.
Design and Art (Documents of Contemporary Art) Coles, Alex
The Handy Book of Artistic Printing Clouse, Doug et al.
Hidden Forms Clivio, Franco et al.
The Push Pin Graphic Chwast, Seymour
The Calligrapher’s Handbook Child, Heather
Designing: Chermayeff, Ivan et al.
Nox Carson, Anne
By Design Caplan, Ralph
Perché un libro su Enzo Mari (Why Write a Book on Enzo Mari) Burkhardt, François et al.
Information Ecology: Bayer’s Book of Maps Burgos, Nate
Dutch Graphic Design Broos, C et al.
The Graphic Artist and His Design Problems Müller-Brockmann, Josef
The Elements of Typographic Style Bringhurst, Robert
Recollections of the Lyceum & Chautauqua Circuits Briggs, Irene et al.
Cities of the World Braun, Georg et al.
Wiener Werkstätte, Design in Vienna 1903-1932 Brandstätter, Christian
Mathematische Grundlagen zur Satzherstellung Bosshard, Hans Rudolf
Technische Grundlagen zur Satzherstellung Bosshard, Hans Rudolf
My Work Is Not My Work: Pierre Bernard, Design for the Public Domain Boekraad, Hugues
Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design Bierut, Michael
Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist Bierut, Michael et al.
Il Sogno della Merce (The Dream of Goods) Baudrillard, Jean et al.
Barnbrook Bible Barnbrook, Jonathan
Typographie Bangerter, Walter et al.
Super Constellation Asendorf, Christoph
Specimen Book and Catalogue, 1923 American Type Founders Company,
The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics 2 Aldridge, Alan
Analogous and Digital Aicher, Otl
Else/Where Abrams, Janet et al.
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