I’m big on books, not only for their aesthetic value but also for their educational value. Duuuuhhhhh!!!!!
Anyway, it think it’s important for any designer to have a good collection of design oriented books from which they can seek inspiration, ideas and knowledge.
So I’ve put together an Amazon store called AisleOne Essentials to act as a single place for all designers to find the most essential books on graphic design, typography and grid systems. These are all “must reads” in my opinion.
The collection will grow over time so keep checking back for the latest books and I also welcome you all to send me suggestions. If you know of a book that should be included please let me know. Thanks.
19 thoughts on “AisleOne Essentials”
Good idea. Now just wait for a deluge of suggestions (I’m working on a list right now).
Richard definitly send over your list. I’m looking forward to it. .
Superb idea, Antonio. I hope your store sees plenty of sales. I’m eagerly awaiting my copy of Michael Bierut’s 79 design essays.
Should add The Elements of Typographic Style, awesome book for learning about typography.
David, that’s an excellent book. Enjoy.
JakeSahn, that book is already listed. I agree that it’s a great book on typography.
Ahh I see it now, missed the categories in the left sidebar, thought it was just the two graphic design pages.
I’m reading Graphic Design The New Basics right now… so far so good. Also, 79 Short Essays on Design is brilliant… one of my favorites.
Good luck with this.
I suggest John Maeda´s Books.
Very good list! I would add:
– The New Typography (by Jan Tschichold, Robin Kinross (Introduction), Ruari McLean (Translator))
– Design Writing Research: Essays on Graphic Design and Typography (by Ellen Lupton & J.Abbott Miller)
– Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works (by Erik Spiekermann and E.M Ginger)
– First Principles of Typography (by Stanley Morison)
– De proporties van het boek (Die Proportionen des Buches), (by Jan Tschichold, Amsterdam, 1991) in Dutch.
Wow! Thank you!
i love Gavin Ambrose collection, i’ve have the three you put here.
and, I’ve to say, that this blog is very inspirational to me 🙂
Greetings from Spain!
Good list there Antonio, thanks.
Dion, thanks for the suggestions. I’d added all of them except for the last two.
While i love that you’ve done this because i think it’s a great resource for those of us who look at the multitudes of graphic design books with trepidation, and are unable to choose the best ones to buy, i have a comment about the amazon page.
i tried to read the comments on one of the books and gave up when my vision was going peculiar from trying to read the small white type on the black background. i don’t know how much say you have over the design of this page, but may i suggest that reading small text with fairly tight leading on a black background is not much fun for the eyes.
Ali, thanks for the feedback. I’ve actually been meaning to fix that. I’m going to make the text a light shade of gray to reduce the contrast and space out the leading.
Ali, take a look now.
oh much better – now i can actually read the reviews!
I twitted this last week, but forgot to tell you how rad this is. Good stuff man.
OMG! Kim´s book has been posted. She has published many other good books. I love her grid books.
I had her for my type class last year, and going to class was quite ean experience. She is a genious.
awesome book: Baumann & Baumann — Spiel Räume (Room to move)
baumann & baumann are brilliants!
all the best
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