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books on design -for beginners


do you have recommendation on design books? I am mostly into graphic design and interior design.


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This is much to broad a subject -- two subjects, actually. If you have a design professor nearby, you might want to ask what s/he recommends for students. Other than that, I would advise you to go to a library, bookstore or Amazon and start browsing; something might "speak" to you. Don't forget design magazines, too, both dead-tree and online.

I find the ubiquitous design annuals (for logo and "new" typography and so on) to be fine for a quick read but not worth purchasing. One classic for designers, though, is Meggs' History of Graphic Design. It always inspires me, and I like that it avoids the Eurocentric bias of most design histories. You could also pick up a history of typography. There re a few good ones. I have (and often consult) Bingham's ELements of Typographic Style. You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been -- or rather, where others have been. That's true whether you plan to travel a well-worn road or carve out your own.


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Universal Principles of Design. Someone recommended on this very forum a while ago, I picked it up on Amazon and was glad I did. Very interesting and informative and at least somewhat applicable to all design fields.

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