GD Reading List

Indicative Texts:

ISBN Number Author Date Title Publisher
050020270 Hollis.R 2000 Graphic Design: A Concise History T & H
3906700895 Müller.L 2000 Josef Müller Brockman: Pioneer ofSwiss Graphic Design Lars Müller
9780714838519 Luton, E. Miller, A 2008 Design Writing Research Phaidon
2940361878 Newark, Q 2002 What is Graphic Design? Roto Vision
1856694372 Baines, P. 2005 Type and Typography: Portfolio Series Laurence King
2940373205 Noble, I. Bestley, R. 2007 Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design AVA Publishing
0714834491 Flecthcer, A 2001 The Art of Looking Sideways Phaidon
1856692299 Poynor, R 2003 No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism Laurence King
0099529750 Barthes, R 2009 Mythologies Vintage Classics
0415351111 Chandler, D 2002 Semiotics: the basics Routledge

Design Writing Research
Writing on Graphic Design
by Ellen Lupton & Abbott Miller
Phaidon Press

Other suggested texts
Not Required for this course but good for your library.

Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide
Johanna Drucker & Emily McVarish

Meggs’ History of Graphic Design (Hardcover)
by Philip B. Meggs, Alston W. Purvis
Cost approximately $60–80

Graphic Design: A New History (Hardcover)
by Stephen J. Eskilson
Cost approximately $40

Thirty Centuries of Graphic Design: An Illustrated Survey (Paperback)
by James Craig, Bruce Barton
Out of print but available on Amazon. In my opinion this was the best text for students just beginning to study Graphic Design History. Get one of the last copies before they disappear.

TYPOGRAPHY – An Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques Throughout History by Friedrich Friedl, Nicolaus Ott (Editor), Bernard Stein, published by Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Biographies of many designers as well as historical survey of tools. “It presents and reviews over 1,000 different typographers, designers, calligraphers, and artists as well as inventors, scholars, and theorists who have left their distinctive mark.”


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