This book lists 100 important books on graphics design and typography. Each book is discussed, put in its historical context, and highlighted with an image of the cover and a few page spreads.
It is striking to see how only a few decades ago, graphics and type still looked so basic. But equally important is the realization how the current overdose of computer-generated images and decorations detracts from the basic purpose of a poster or a slide: convey a message. When people just had type and basic shapes as design tool, it forced them to make the most of them. I find myself in a similar situation, armed with PowerPoint, fonts, images but without the graphic artillery of sophisticated Adobe Illustrator designs. Looking some of the designs from the 30s or 60s convinces me that I can do without this back up.
Some books discussed in the book are still in print, and I have added a few to my wishlist:
- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd edition by Edward Tufte (yes, I have not read this book yet)
- Helvetica: Homage to a Typeface by Lars Mueller (maybe time to stock up on the DVD
- Meggs' History of Graphic Design by Philip Meggs
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