Reading list
Books I read, mostly on typography and design.
By David Reinfurt
A *New* Program for Graphic Design⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
'This is an experiment - that's the first thing to know'
The book that is performed not written. David Rainford put his design course at Princeton University in three full days of lectures and those lectures were video-recorded and then transcribed to this book. It includes three parts: typography, gestalt and interface. No rules, no guidelines and methods, but many stories about how others have practiced design before. The big part on Bruno Munari is probably my favoirite. You can also find some tasks to practice in each chapter.
'When you finished A *New* Program for Graphic Design, rip it up, throw it away, and get busy assembling your own' But I think I will save my copy, it is a great book.
Eric Gill
An essay on typography⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A stone carver, sculptor, engraver, illustrator, print maker, essayist and type designer. Also a controversial figure, but I will leave this part for your own research. If by any chance you haven't read this book, read it before any biographic materials about Eric Gill. The author of one of the most successful sans serifs faces ever designed. And I am already reading biography of Eric Gill by Fiona MacCarthy, stay tuned.
Bruno Munari
Design as art⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You can find this book almost in all reading lists for designers, but in case you haven't heard about it before, here you go. It is great, loved every page of this small, but incredible book. Bruno Munari – an artist, a designer, a writer, a teacher, an industrial designer, a TV host and a curator. What impressed me the most, is that he had no boundaries between all these spheres, he was working in, moving freely from one to another and mixing them together.
'Today it has become necessary to demolish the myth of the star artist who only produces masterpieces for a small group of ultra-intelligent people'
Bruno Munari
Alan Moore
Do design ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is an inspirational book. Actually it is a series of books, each one is written by a speaker from an annual event in Wales "Do Lectures". You can check out all books on @dobookco
Normally I don't read this type of books, but this one is different. Firstly, it is short (around 100 pages), so you will not have to read a thousand pages on one or two ideas, that are spinning in this book like in a laundry machine. Secondly, it gives you fourteen steps to improve your creative process. Not fourteen smart advices, but interesting examples of projects or objects that illustrate these steps. My personal favorite is about curiosity.
All in all a very nice book.
Cool covers by @jamesvictore
Also available on @audible
Ellen Lupton
Thinking with type
Somehow this book for years was in my to read list, but I was not buying it, partly because of the person, who recommended it :) I thought it was a very complicated read.
I must tell you, I should have read it earlier. It is very good structured and has all the basic information you need. Will definitely be the one with a lot of postage nots and the one to go back to many times in a future. Especially good for those who doesn't know where to start. Wish I had it when I was a student.
Just my type
By Simon Garfield
Just finished this book and I have this awful feeling that you usually have by the end of the last season of your favorite TV series. The book is incredible I have enjoyed every single chapter of it. The main characters are type designers and their fonts (or typefaces?). There is a lot of drama and humor with tons of interesting details and stories. The author takes you through the history of letters but in a completely different way from what you would experience seating through a boring lecture in university. Instead you will be waiting impassionately for the each episode.

I bought it on Audible. I am not a big fan of listening to books, but when you have a baby, reading is a luxury, so you have to adjust, compromise and multitask. So, I am running twice a week with the stroller while listening to the book. This one in particular turned out to be very good in this format. It is quite big (more than 7 hours) and of course it is full of references to visual materials, but as long as you have Google you will be just fine.
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