Graphic Design Books

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    Swiss Graphic Design and Advertising by Geigy 1940 - 1970

    The design studio of J. R. Geigy AG was the launching pad for one of the great periods of Swiss graphic design, in the 1950s and 1960s. This is the first comprehensive presentation of Geigy design, an important Swiss contribution to the international history of design, in all its determination and independence.

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    Go Faster: The Graphic Design of Racing Cars

    Stripes, numbers, colors, and logos- the graphic visual look of a racecar has to stand out from all the others as they go zooming by. Go Faster is a collection of over one hundred examples of racecar design that documents the carefree anarchy in which they were created.

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    Relaxing Graphics: Warm, Calm, Exhilarating

    This book introduces graphic design works which recaptures such images as secure-feeling, heart-warming, kind, brisk, feeling good, comfortable and relaxing, representing harmonious coexistence between nature and humans.

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    New Food Shop Graphics

    A collection of the latest in comprehensive design solutions for food retailing such as restaurants, cafes, sweet shops, and fast-food eateries. This book contains many examples of design-menus, shop cards, coasters, etc.-not usually accessible without actually visiting the premises.

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    By Hand: Handmade Elements in Graphic Design

    New handmade designs elicit feelings of warmth, coziness, and nostalgia. Featuring many examples of "handmade elements" - designs that look as if they are hand drawn; homey collages with photographs, papers, and fabrics; warm and cozy designs with handwritten fonts or typographic letters; and old and weathered designs using rustic effects - By Hand is loaded with designs for posters, direct mails, flyers, shop tools, and more.

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    1000 Ideas by 100 Graphic Designers

    1000 Ideas by 100 Graphic Designers showcases work from a selection of today's best designers while providing precious tips to the graphic design enthusiast. The book delivers a behind-the-scenes depiction of every project, providing a virtual instruction manual to the finished project and its creative, productive, and organizational framework.

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    Contemporary Graphic Design

    This compendium showcases the extraordinary cutting-edge work of 100 of the world's most progressive graphic designers, from the hard-hitting political messages of Jonathan Barnbrook to the lyrical digital compositions of Peter Saville to the iconoclastic imagery of Stefan Sagmeister.

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    Works in Progress: Graphics for Visual Presentations

    Examples of the creative process in action. This book includes a wide variety of visuals, but rather than just completed graphics, the process is shown from idea to work in progress to final presentation.

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    Visual Language for Designers

    Within every picture is a hidden language that conveys a message, whether it is intended or not. This language is based on the ways people perceive and process visual information. By understanding visual language as the interface between a graphic and a viewer, designers and illustrators can learn to inform with accuracy and power.

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    Sustainable Graphic Design

    Sustainable Graphic Design opens your eyes to the bigger picture of design seen from the viewpoints of the audience, the creative vendor, their suppliers, and society as a whole. Chapters are written by a wide range of sustainable design pioneers and practitioners-including graphic designers, creative managers, marketing consultants, environmentalists, researchers, and psychologists-giving you critical information on materials and processes.

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    ABCing: Seeing the Alphabet Differently

    ABCing: Seeing the Alphabet Differently is a primer to seeing and understanding the visual world. From abstract to zeitgeist, the book uses the Latin alphabet to introduce ways of visualizing, thinking and talking about art and design.

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    Alex Steinweiss: Creator of the Modern Album Cover

    Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover as we know it, and created a new graphic art form. The book includes essays by three-time Grammy Award-winning art director/designer Kevin Reagan and graphic design historian Steven Heller; Steinweiss personal recollections from an epic career; and extensive ephemera from the Steinweiss archive, most of it never before published.

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    Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design

    Look Both Ways is a collection of fully illustrated essays on the intersection of graphic design, love, life, behavior, rituals, brands, perceptions, music, art, even physics. It is a broad compendium of living and thinking in today's world of design by one of its most popular personalities.

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    Creativity 38

    Creativity 38 features more than 1000 colour photographs and illustrations, covers dozens of categories in both the consumer and trade markets, including advertisements, posters, billboards, brochures, catalogs, calendars, promotional items, corporate identity manuals, magazine covers, websites, and much more. Creative professionals looking for inspiration or anyone with an interest in quality graphic design will find "Creativity 38" an invaluable resource.

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    Graphic Design: The New Basics

    Through visual demonstrations and concise commentary, The New Basics shows students and professionals how to build interest and complexity around simple relationships between formal elements of two-dimensional design such as point, line, plane, scale, hierarchy, layers, and transparency. The New Basics explains the key concepts of visual language that inform any work of designfrom a logo or letterhead to a complex web site. It takes a fresh approach to design instruction by emphasizing visually intensive, form-based thinking in a manner that is in tune with the latest developments in contemporary media, theory, art, and technology.

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    Designers Don't Read

    Designers Don't Read is a love song to graphic design and graphic designers. Austin Howe explores the creative process and conceptualization, and delves into what to do when inspiration is lacking.

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    Design Collection with Limited Colors

    This book presents powerful designs achieved with one or two colors, and one color on colored paper. The limited-color projects help designers not only work on a limited-budget project but also how to leave a lasting impression on viewers. Useful information for professionals like pantone numbers and process colors is included with every project.

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    Design for Obama: Posters for Change

    Hundreds of artists and designers expressed support for the Obama candidacy by designing posters and submitting them to for free download. This selection of the very best curated by Spike Lee and Aaron Perry-Zucker is a visual document of the most inspirational U.S. presidential campaign in living history.

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    Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design

    Naive documents the return of classical graphic design reminiscent of the 1940s to 1960s in contemporary graphic design. Naive illustrates this new development in graphic design, assembling a multitude of vivid and inspiring examples ranging from illustrations, poster art, editorials, book covers and record sleeves to stationery and textiles.

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    Sourcebook of Contemporary Graphic Design

    The Sourcebook of Contemporary Graphic Design is a cutting-edge design anthology featuring material from established and emerging designers around the world, as well as hundreds of full-colour examples of work forging new graphic ground across a complete range of visual media. For ease of reference, graphic design illustrations and explanations are categorized according to design type such as: websites, brochures, posters, company reports, stationery, and promotional materials.

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    Graphic Design, Referenced

    Graphic Design, Referenced is a visual and informational guide to the most commonly referenced terms, historical moments, landmark projects, and influential practitioners in the field of graphic design. With more than 2,000 design projects illustrating more than 400 entries, it provides an intense overview of the varied elements that make up the graphic design profession through a unique set of chapters.

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    Studio Culture: The Secret Life of a Graphic Design Studio

    Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy conduct penetrating interviews with a group of visionary graphic designers who have formed and run landmark international design studios. In a series of candid and revealing interviews, many of the leading figures in contemporary graphic design reveal the secrets behind creating a vibrant studio culture.

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    Satellites Mistaken for Stars

    With Satellites Mistaken for Stars, Egger contributes to the dialog of experimental graphic design by giving us a book concerned largely with understanding the poetic potential of everyday occurrences and expressing disdain for hierarchical concepts and their boundaries. The seemingly unimportant, banal events of everyday life are documented, re-contextualized and de-constructed; confusion, deficiency and surprise are woven in, bringing these events back into the viewer's field of vision.

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    Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration From the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers

    More than half of the graphic designers in the U.S. are women, yet they are less likely to be invited to speak at conferences or to offer expert opinions to the media. Their award-winning work is seen everywhere, but with few exceptions, they are not celebrated in the same way as their male counterparts. Women of Design explores this contradiction while at the same time shining a light on the work of women designers, both industry veterans and influential newcomers.

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    Color Index 2

    Color Index 2 contains hundreds of different color combinations, each with an accurate formula for both print and web use. You'll easily find the best colors for your piece with chapters organized by dominant hue, and with unique expansion palettes - sets of four related hues arranged from dark to light - that allow you to explore even more color combinations for limitless possibilities.

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    Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books

    "Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books" is an insightful compilation of the best design books of the last 100 years. It covers a huge range of material historic titles from pioneering type foundries to the best of recent monographs from today's leading studios and provides a unique insight into the evolution of graphic design in the twentieth century.

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    Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design

    Spain: a country that calls so many famed artists - Picasso, Dali, Goya, Miro, to name only four - its own. Yet, the reputation of its graphic designers has never been fully recognized by the international design community, until now. Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design establishes, once and for all, the legacy of 15 groundbreaking Spanish graphic designers working between 1939-1975.

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    There's Nothing Funny About Design

    By winning the 2008 Winterhouse Award for Design Writing, David Barringer firmly established himself as the freshest and most interesting writer on the subject. His articles, which have appeared in publications from Print to Emigre, are notable for his strong personal point of view, literary style, and even humor, not always attributes associated with writing about design.

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    Vormator: The Elements of Design

    The Vormator contest started over two years ago. It challenges artists to create a visual by using a very limited palette of shapes and possibilities. And now, the best results are available for the first time in print.

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    Designing Universal Knowledge

    The development of modern communication and information technologies like the Internet and globalization have not only changed access and spread of the available knowledge but also the speed of collecting. The author examines collections of knowledge such as archives, encyclopedias, data collections, and libraries that make knowledge accessible worldwide.