Readings, resources, and projects if you want to learn graphic design
For books, look to Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books by Jason Godfrey.
Typography and visual systems are two of the most important areas to learn and master in order to become a communication designer. Most of the resources here apply to these areas.
Hoefler & Frere-Jones Type Foundry: learn to love typography here.
Bringhurst, Robert. The Elements of Typographic Style.
Adobe’s Open Type Overview
Lupton, Ellen. Thinking with Type.
Spiekermann, Erik. Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works
Squire, Victoria. Getting it Right with Type: The Dos and Dont’s of Typography.
Lupton, Ellen. DIY: Design It Yourself.
—. Indie Publishing: How to Design and Publish Your Own Book.
Glaser, Jessica. The Graphic Design Exercise Book.