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learning design

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.

Visual Systems

Wheeler, Alina. Designing Brand Identity.
Budelman, Kevin. Brand Identity Essentials.


Lidwell, Williams et al. Universal Principles of Design.
Lupton, Ellen. Graphic Design Thinking.
—. Design Writing Research.


Project resources

Lupton, Ellen. DIY: Design It Yourself.
—. Indie Publishing: How to Design and Publish Your Own Book.
Glaser, Jessica. The Graphic Design Exercise Book.

US Gov Occupational Outlook for Graphic Designers