Ellen Lupton

Curator; Writer; Lecturer; Designer; Educator / Graphic Design / United States / Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Maryland Institute College of Art

Books Every Graphic Designer Should Read

I’m a designer who writes and a writer who likes to fuss with fonts, formats, and the techniques of publishing. Typography and writing are deeply connected. Writing makes thought exterior, converting fleeting notions into concrete things—indelible patterns of ink or pixels. My reading list includes in equal measure books that study (and exemplify) design processes and those that explore (and demonstrate) the qualities of strong writing. . . . View the complete text
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Jacques Derrida

Derrida unleashed upon civilization his viral concept of “deconstruction” in this hugely influential text. The book is largely unreadable to Muggles like me, but its commentary on the interaction of writing, speech, and typography has shaped the way I read, write, and design. Its repercussions in the fields of art, design, literature, and fashion are legendary.

David Lodge

This handy guidebook originated as a column in The Guardian (London). Written in an entertaining and accessible manner, Lodge’s book consists of short essays about literary techniques and concepts (beginnings, endings, dialogue, monologue, irony, point of view). Each essay is built around a substantial passage from some great work of fiction. It’s a wonderful book for any designer who likes to read and wants to write.

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