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    I've read a few free e-books on graphic design which are the following:

    by D E N I S E B O S L E R

    This short book is about font management, creating contrasts between serifs and sans serif,etc and some rules like not stretching types; basic terms like kerning, tracking, leading and ligatures.

    * The Complete Manual of Typography, Second Edition
    by James Felici

    It's more about font formats such as otf,ttf, web fonts etc. - Why they were created etc.

    by Blue Soda Promo

    It's a sort book about a few fundamentals of logo design e.g. choosing the correct type face, not using fancy effects, simplicity, using vector formats.

    *The Vignelli Canon by Massimo Vignelli

    It's about few of Massimo Viginelli's laws of graphic design. It consists of his complaint about how fancy type faces have created visual pollution, creating hierarchy in layouts, why European print sizes are better than USA's, Why sizes like A4 are the standard size? (since it's a golden rectangle), one of his remarkable laws: "I strongly believe that design should never be
    boring, but I donít think it should be a form
    of entertainment. Good design is never boring, only bad design is."

    So for me what would be the most sensible thing to do? I mean which and what kind of book might be sort of the best for me to spend on?


  • #2
    Oops! I forgot to mention that I want to specialize in corporate identity, poster and banner design.
    Last edited by Thug-D; 10-22-2017, 03:44 AM. Reason: misspelled one word


    • #3
      Work for money design for love by David Airey and Know Your Onions: Graphic Design by Drew De Soto are good books for freelancers if your just starting out in the industry.

      Also Pretty Much Everything by Aaron Draplin is a nice book, although I think you might gain more from the others I mentioned from what I gather from your previous posts.

      There are loads of good ones out there though and I would own them all twice if I was rich lol


      • #4
        Logo Font & Lettering Bible by Leslie Cabarga
        An interesting and colourful read.

        Perspective! for Comic Book Artists: How to Achieve a Professional Look in Your Artwork by David Chelsea
        Is good, if you need to get your head around perspective for any kind of design / art.


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          • #6
            Maybe you should have a look at Graphic Design The New Basics (2nd ed.) by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips; Design Elements, Color Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Color Affects Design by Aaris Sherin.






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