Typography & design basics

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The Elements of Typographic Style
1.  The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
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  "AN EXCELLENT BOOK. Very readable, with a fascinating history of typography as well as a practical manual. If you only buy one book from this list, make it this one."
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Design Basics Index
2.  Design Basics Index by Jim Krause
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  "You should get this book, too. Covers pretty much every aspect of design concisely whilst remaining very readable - read cover-to-cover or dip in to subjects one at a time. Lots of exercises to try."
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Thinking in type
3.  Thinking in type by Alex W. White
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  "If you buy three books from this list, make this the third! Very visual, lots of examples, really useful practical tips and overall a great insight into the designer's mind."
£2.25   Used & New from: £0.69

Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, and Students (Design Briefs)
4.  Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, and Students (Design Briefs) by Ellen Lupton
The list author says:
  "Explains basic principles well, with some nice examples. A little short on the detail."
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Layout (Basics Design)
5.  Layout (Basics Design) by Gavin Ambrose
The list author says:
  "Full of great, inspiring examples of modern page design work. Good food for thought and a great source of ideas but it doesn't help you do it in practice."
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Typography (Basics Design)
6.  Typography (Basics Design) by Gavin Ambrose
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  "Aimed at both students and practising designers, this book will provide an in-depth exploration of typography and a thorough examination of how it informs other aspects of creative design."
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A Type Primer
7.  A Type Primer by John Kane
The list author says:
  "A gentle introduction to layout & typography. Not very inspiring, but it does have some nice exercises to try out that will get you thinking about letterforms and page layout in a very physical way."
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The New Designer's Handbook
8.  The New Designer's Handbook by Alastair Campbell
The list author says:
  "Quite complex and technical. Not so useful for the amateur desktop publisher, but if you ever need to send your work to a printer, buff up with this book first so you can speak their language."
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Before and After Graphics for Business
9.  Before and After Graphics for Business by John McWade
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  "Basic but solid design principles; pretty conservative, very American style."
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Before and After Page Design
10.  Before and After Page Design by John McWade
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  "The same conservative, very American style as Graphics for Business. Unlikely to teach you anything new."
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Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works
11.  Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works by Erik Spiekermann
The list author says:
  "Lots of font samples. Quite good on detail but unfortunately misses some of the broader perspective and consequently is less useful in practice than some of the books above."
£27.99   Used & New from: £1.74
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From Gutenberg to Opentype: An Illustrated History of Type from the Earliest Letterforms to the Latest Digital Fonts
12.  From Gutenberg to Opentype: An Illustrated History of Type from the Earliest Letterforms to the Latest Digital Fonts by Robin Dodd
The list author says:
  "A lovely history of type with lots of visual interest."
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Layout Index
13.  Layout Index by Jim Krause
The list author says:
  "More from Jim Krause's really excellent series of Indexes (see second item on list). Also available in a pack as ISBN 1581805519 (Colour, Layout, Idea)."
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Colour Index
14.  Colour Index by Jim Krause
The list author says:
  "More from Jim Krause's really excellent series of Indexes (see second item on list). Also available in a pack as ISBN 1581805519 (Colour, Layout, Idea)."
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Idea Index
15.  Idea Index by Jim Krause
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  "More from Jim Krause's really excellent series of Indexes (see second item on list). Also available in a pack as ISBN 1581805519 (Colour, Layout, Idea)."
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Photo Idea Index: Explore New Ways to Capture and Create Exceptional Images with Digital Cameras and Software
16.  Photo Idea Index: Explore New Ways to Capture and Create Exceptional Images with Digital Cameras and Software by Jim Krause
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  "More from Jim Krause's really excellent series of Indexes (see second item on list)."
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Type Idea Index: The Ultimate Designer's Tool for Choosing and Using Fonts Creatively
17.  Type Idea Index: The Ultimate Designer's Tool for Choosing and Using Fonts Creatively by Jim Krause
The list author says:
  "More from Jim Krause's really excellent series of Indexes (see second item on list)."
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Type Style Finder: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Type and Color Palettes
18.  Type Style Finder: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Type and Color Palettes by Timothy Samara
The list author says:
  "Not just fonts, but whole design concepts. You want to make a poster in an art nouveau style or with a modern office feel? This book will help you choose your typeface, colour scheme, and images."
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