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a design reader

A COMPENDIUM OF MEDIA that I find inspire me as a designer, illustrator + professor.

 

My attempts to directly relate all books, films, periodicals + websites on this list to visual art do not belie the validity of some media. You will find something that applies to or enriches your understanding of art + design in each of these items. 

 

I do solemnly swear to keep this list as up-to-date as I, a human, possibly can. 

 

 

books + artist books

 

The Maker’s Hand

Ken Campbell

 

The Red Square

El Lizistky

 

Bon Bon Mots

Julie Chen

 

Entropy and Art

Rudolph Arnheim

 

Mythologies: The Complete Edition, in a New Translation

Roland Barthes

 

Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

Roland Barthes

 

On Photography

Susan Sontag

 

Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture

Sturken & Cartwright

 

Things I have learned in my life so far

Sagmeister

 

The Education of an Illustrator

Arisman, Heller

 

Making and Breaking the Grid: A graphic Design Layout Workshop

Samara

 

Grid Systems in Graphic Design

Josef Muller-Brockmann

 

Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible

Lovell, Kemp, Ive

 

Designing Design

Hara

 

Visible Signs

Crow

 

Massive Change

Mau

 

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Benyus

 

Force of Nature: Site Installations

by Ten Japanese Artists

Mark Sloan, Brad Thomas

 

Creative Confidence

Kelley, Kelley

 

Visual Intelligence

Barry

 

Designing Type

Cheng

 

Chasing the Perfect

Ilyin

 

Don’t Make Me Think

Krug

 

Everything is Illuminated

Foer

 

Crisp: Universal Traveler

Koberg, Bagnall

 

Brand Thinking

Millman

 

Outliers

Gladwell

 

Paper Prototyping

Snyder

 

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits 

and the Art of Battling Giants

Gladwell

 

Thinking in Systems

Meadows, Wright

 

Unjustified Texts

Kinross

 

The Artists’ + Writers’ Cookbook

Beryl and Barbara Turner Sachs Barr

The Futurist Cookbook

F. T. Marinetti

 

The Fundamentals of Illustration

Lawrence Zeegan

 

Thinking with Type

Lupton

 

The Elements of Typographic Style

Robert Bringhurst

 

Robert Brownjohn: Sex And Typography

Emily King

 

Typography: Macro- and Microaesthetics

Willi Kunz

 

Graphic Design Manual

Armin Hofmann

 

How Music Works

David Byrne

 

Understanding Comics

Scott McCloud

 

The Medium is the Massage

Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore

 

A History of Graphic Design

Philip B. Meggs

 

Process: A Tomato Project

Tomato

 

Stop Stealing Sheep

& Find Out How Type Works

Erik Spiekermann

 

Design As Art

Bruno Munari

 

Design without Boundaries: Visual

Communication in Transition

Rick Poynor

 

Vas: An Opera in Flatland

Steve Tomasulla

 

Dear Mili

Wilhelm Grimm, Maurice Sendak

 

Scary Stroies to Tell In The Dark

Schwartz

 

Grimm’s Fairytales

Book by Wilhelm Grimm and Jacob Grimm

 

poetry

 

Annabel Lee

Poe

 

The Sonnets

Wm. Shakespeare

 

A Light In The Attic

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Different Dances

Shel Silverstein

 

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

 

Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood

June Jordan

 

The Essential Rumi

Rumi

 

Aesop’s Fables

Aesop

 

films

 

Amelie

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

 

Big Fish

Tim Burton

 

Pulp Fiction

Kill Bill vol. 1 + 2

Quentin Tarentino

 

Moulin Rouge

Baz Luhrmann

 

The Royal Tenenbaums

Wes Anderson

 

Casino

Martin Scorcese

 

Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi

 

Work shown with permission of students of Meena Khalili

meenakhalili.com