Must Read: Design Books We Love

Women in Graphic Design

Why do apparently so few women feature in the history of design? Why do so few women speak at conferences? Why are previously well-known women ‘forgotten’? Are women judged today solely on the basis of their quality of work? First published in Germany, Women in Graphic Design 1890–2012 — whose contributors include Ellen Lupton, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Paula Scher, Tina Roth Eisenberg and Julia Hoffmann — raises and seeks to answer these questions, and in the process debunks the myth that artistic genius is solely a male thing. The antidote: an opulently illustrated volume which shines the light on accomplished women designers with 400 short biographies, samples, essays, sources and detailed discussions. The authors are Gerda Breuer and Julia Meer, and the publisher is Jovis.


The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design

The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design is a “book in a box” — a collection of 500 looseleaf cards that represent the most influential and innovative designs throughout history. There are 15 categories, among them, type, logos, ads, magazines, film graphics, posters, packaging and more. It’s an indispensable tool here at GDUSA.


The Anatomy of Type

Font Geeks Unite In The Anatomy of Type, Stephen Coles obsessively organizes 100 typefaces into 17 group classifications, and then explores each in loving detail. It’s a book for font geeks and anyone who wants to join the club. Coles has been a Creative Director at FontShop SF and publishes several typographic websites.


The Design Activist’s Handbook

Co-authored by Noel Scalin and Michelle Taute, the Design Activist’s Handbook is a practical guide to making a living while living by your ethical principles. The authors ask (and answer) the core question: How do you do work that matters and still pay the bills?