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