Graphic Design Books

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    Echoes of the Future

    Echoes of the Future is a stunning compilation of recent graphic design and illustration that is inspired by our collective visual memory. Today's young designers are not copying elements from classic modernism, letterpress printing, and other design styles of the past, but rather, they are synthesizing them to create a new aesthetic that emanates quality, timelessness, and sustainability. Echoes of the Future presents the further evolution of this style trend.

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    Scandinavian Graphic Design

    Scandinavian Graphic Design is a fresh collection that draws from the highly respected history of Scandinavian design to present contemporary graphic design from five Northern countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Characterized by simple elegance, careful use of vibrant colors and space, minimalism, and functionality, Nordic design is also recognized by its heavy application of typography and illustration. The designers featured are at the vanguard of Nordic design, bucking trends and demonstrating that design can be simple but sophisticated, lovely but not naive, and cool yet engaging.

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    Graphic Design: A History

    Organized chronologically, the book makes an important critical contribution to the subject by presenting graphic design and typography as deeply embedded in the fabric of society in every era. This distinctive approach enables Stephen Eskilson to discuss the evolution of graphic design in light of prevailing political, social, military and economic conditions, as well as nationalism and gender.

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    Know Your Onions

    Know Your Onions gives away the secrets of graphic design. Read this book and gain twenty years experience in how to think like a creative, act like a businessman, and design like a god. This book is practical and immediate, without being condescending or overly technical.

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    Iron Curtain Graphics

    Iron Curtain Graphics presents a selection of graphic design, illustration, and typography from the former Eastern Bloc. There, designers were bound by strict rules established by the state regarding the overall visual language they could use. Despite (or exactly because of) this fact, the work collected in this book is a testament to the creative and experimental nature of the applied art they created under these circumstances.

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    Retro Graphic Design Pocket Essentials

    Retro Graphic Design Pocket Essentials is a visual sourcebook for contemporary designers looking to simulate the timeless styles of the past. Chapters broken down into key trends of the decades offer 'design modules' that put each style into context, explaining how it originated and was used at the time, but also deconstructing the defining characteristics to make it easy to recreate today.

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    Graphic Designer's Essential Reference

    This book is broken into easy-to-follow sections, including basic design techniques, graphic ingredients, and projects recipes. The Graphic Ingredients section is categorized into four groups: Pictorial Staples, Chromatic Flavors, Typographic Confections, and Spatial Presentations. Once the basic design techniques and ingredients are established, the author demonstrates how to concoct delectable design recipes.

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    Thonik: I Am Your Type

    Founded by Thomas Widdershoven and Nikki Gonnissen, Thonik is an award-winning Dutch design studio specializing in visual communication through graphic design. Thonik: I Am Your Type focuses on the studio's innovative and provocative approach, highlighting and analyzing signature projects and presenting design stances that are sure to inspire design professionals and aficionados alike.

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    Design Elements, Color Fundamentals

    Color is an integral part of any design solution. Design Elements, Color Fundamentals is an essential resource for designers who want to create memorable design and successfully communicate with their audience. It is the second book in Rockport's Design Elements series, which focuses on the core elements of design.

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    365 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers

    365 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers reveals solutions from a wide range of freelance designers whose years of experience have helped them find not only the most creative solutions for their clients' design needs, but also the most successful solutions. With a rich compilation of material from previous publications by the authors, this book also focuses on the daily habits that inspire these designers to stay creative and business strategies to be successful when working on your own.

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    The Graphic Communication Handbook

    The Graphic Communication Handbook is a comprehensive and detailed introduction to the theories and practices of the graphics industry. It traces the history and development of graphic design, explores issues that affect the industry, examines its analysis through communications theory, explains how to do each section of the job, and advises on entry into the profession.

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    The Electric Information Age Book

    The Electric Information Age Book explores the nine-year window of mass-market publishing in the sixties and seventies when formerly backstage players designers, graphic artists, editors stepped into the spotlight to produce a series of exceptional books. Aimed squarely at the young media-savvy consumers of the "Electronic Information Age," these small, inexpensive paperbacks aimed to bring the ideas of contemporary thinkers like Marshall McLuhan, R. Buckminster Fuller, Herman Kahn, and Carl Sagan to the masses.

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    Visual Research

    Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methodologies is a guide to the practice of researching for graphic design projects. The book explains the key terms and theories that underlie design research; examining the importance of audience, communication theory, semiotics and semantics. Inspirational case studies demonstrate how the use of rigorous research methods can form the basis of effective visual communication and design problem solving.

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    The Graphic Design Exercise Book

    The design briefs in The Graphic Design Exercise Book act as sparks to fire your creativity and exercises to broaden your skill set. Each brief is illustrated with inspiring reference material providing a visual resource that can be utilized well beyond this book. Sample roughs and visuals show work in progress to give you an insight into the thought processes and creative bent of other designers. Industry insiders share their specialist knowledge, offering professional advice on a selection of fully realized projects.

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    A History of Graphic Design

    A History of Graphic Design for Rainy Days takes its readers on a charmingly illustrated and cleverly revealing whirlwind tour through this creative discipline's milestone developments, personalities, and technologies.

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    More Graphic Simplicity

    As the second volume of Graphic Simplicity, this collection presents brand-new works which succeed in demonstrating design simplicity.

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    Eye-Catching Graphics

    Cool and unique designs on a budget. When designing eye-catching work, expensive special effects are not always necessary. Basic techniques on a low budget can be applied to great effect. This book presents useful and cool ideas in graphic design, photo direction, printing, and post-printing techniques for various graphics that are eye-catching and yet cost-effective.

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    Arabesque 2

    The book features examples of recent innovative and groundbreaking design work that is inspired by the richness of the region's visual culture. Given the important role of calligraphy in the Middle East, Arabesque 2 focuses on typography. The book presents a wide range of Arabic fonts and typefaces inspired by traditional calligraphy.

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    New Eco-Style Graphics

    New Eco-Style Graphics documents the trend of combining eco-consciousness with distinct graphic art: a trend that is becoming more and more visible around the world. The products featured in this book stand out among others for their considered and unique graphic design, often simple but suggesting honesty and integrity. Their dedication to the quality of their materials also carries over to their brand concepts and packaging.

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    Bruno Monguzzi: Fifty Years of Paper

    Monguzzi studied graphic design at Geneva in the later 1950s, then typography, photography, and Gestalt psychology in London. In 2003, the Royal Society of Arts in London nominated him Royal Designer for Industry. From his early professional work, first in London and then at the legendary Studio Boggeri in Milan in the early sixties, where Max Huber had arrived from Switzerland twenty years earlier, this monograph retraces the most significant phases of a language that has influenced graphic design well beyond Switzerland, with an impression of great precision and uncontaminated by the recurrent caprices of fashion.

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    Take a Line for a Walk

    Every artist and designer, student or professional, needs a journal space to play in new ways, to think with a pencil in hand, by inventing, imagining, and thinking creatively. Unlike a blank journal, Take a line for a walk is a Creativity Journal - comprised of varied prompts, cuing people to respond to whatever creative action the prompt calls for--sketch/design/conceive/write.

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    Representation of National Identity in Graphic Design

    While creating a design solution, graphic designers often contemplate, if we must or must not present our particular style of designing in the solution. This book is an analysis of whether or not it is necessary for graphic designers to represent their national identity in every design solution they create. To do so, the book contains a detailed research of various designs from specific countries.

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    Graphic War

    Graphic War is a superb collection of top-secret drawings, including training manuals and colorful wartime posters, from World War II. They were brilliantly created from a few downed aircraft, but mainly from pilots' views of the enemy in the air, during missions.

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    Now In Production

    Featuring work produced since 2000, Graphic Design: Now in Production explores the worlds of design-driven magazines, newspapers, books and posters; the renaissance in digital typeface design; the storytelling potential of film and television titling sequences; and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives. The catalogue features important original essays by leading designers that tackle themes such as the changing roles of reading and writing within the context of new technologies and self-publishing; the nature of design labor and production, from blue-collar handcraft and making to white-collar design thinking and strategy; and the impact and influence design programs and schools have had on shaping the direction of contemporary graphic design.

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    Minimalist Graphics

    With an introduction exploring the history and significance of minimalist design, Minimalist Graphics is organized into sections revealing a wealth of successful minimalist identity, publication, and printed design projects.

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    Imprint focuses on the creative design aspects of books, print and paper. The book explores the essential formats, dimensions, techniques and elements that can enhance both the aesthetic appearance and visual impact of innovative editorial design for books, catalogues, mailings, posters for promotional material, etc.

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    Mid-Fi takes a extensive look at the recent change in the perception of how a computer can be used in a graphic-design/ illustration process. Mid-Fi is an exploration of this hybrid crafts-based approach, mixed with modern technology, and the new forms of expression that brings.

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    Graphic Design Thinking

    Graphic Design Thinking: How to Define Problems, Get Ideas, and Create Form explores a variety of informal techniques ranging from quick, seat-of-the-pants approaches to more formal research methods for stimulating fresh thinking, and ultimately arriving at compelling and viable solutions.

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    Diagraphics is the ultimate book on the latest design ideas for all varieties of graphs. Featured here in full-color illustrations are bar, line, and pie graphs, as well as area charts and modern display graphs.

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    Designing Diagrams

    "Designing Diagrams" is a guide to the world of diagrammatic presentation of facts, figures, thoughts, processes and relations.