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The list author says: "This list should provide a wealth of information on many aspects of books. Everything from the design, how-to-books, background info on collecting etc."
Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books
Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books
"excellent overview of many books you may not have a chance to see elsewhere ... many rare gems .... well researched."
Designing Books: Practice and Theory:
Designing Books: Practice and Theory:
"Concise and articulate overview of (many formal and classic aspects) from one of todays most respected authorities on the subject."
THE DESIGN OF BOOKS
THE DESIGN OF BOOKS
"Classic from the late 1960's / along with John Lewis's, The Twentieth Century Book (see below)."
Twentieth Century Book - Its Illustration and Design, The
Twentieth Century Book - Its Illustration and Design, The
"Text book classic introducing the new visual language of book design to the masses."
Beauty And the Book: 60 Years of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books
Beauty And the Book: 60 Years of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books
"so good it makes your wallet hurt."
New Book Design
New Book Design
"Similar to the first book on this list, including interviews with book designers, collectors, and retailers."
Notes on Book Design
Notes on Book Design
"Review “Inspirational and revealing. . . . Birdsall comes across not only as a brilliant craftsman but also a gifted teacher. . . . A vital book for students of book design and typography and an extremely readable journey through Birdsall’s career.”—Mark Sinclair, Creative Review."
Book Design (abrams studio)
Book Design (abrams studio)
"very informative, for the beginner as well as a solid reference for the expert."
On Book Design
On Book Design
"one of the best in show for this genre, a timeless tribute to the craft of book design"
Printed Matter, Mainly Books
Printed Matter, Mainly Books
"wow, what a stunning collection of work. this is the author of on of the earlier titles in this list ..... this is less theory and process, and more a showcase of personal work"
Chip Kidd: Book One: Work: 1986-2006
Chip Kidd: Book One: Work: 1986-2006
"you knew it had to make the list. the modern master - part of the talented design team at Knopf going back to the early 90's. His work helped redefine the breadth, scope, and impact of the modern book jacket."
Classic Book Jackets: The Design Legacy of George Salter
Classic Book Jackets: The Design Legacy of George Salter
"A man of equal influence, but of the previous generation. Took the kitch out of American book design typical of his era."
Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books (Unpacking My Library Series)
Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books (Unpacking My Library Series)
"i can't really describe how much i love this little book. if your like me, you love looking at other people's book shelves ... sometimes more interesting than small talking etc. it's like peeking into the interesting aspects of how each library reflects much of it's respective owner(s)."
Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005
Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005
"If you had to choose between this penguin publication and the one printed below .... it's now question - this is the better book (in my opinion ..... )"
Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary (the Good, the Bad . . .)
Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary (the Good, the Bad . . .)
"Printed on the occasion of Penguins 75th anniversary .... this is a very interesting look into the process of designing and refining cover design, as well as the personalities involved ... but limited in scope - lot of good history left out."
20 Years 010
20 Years 010
"one of the most respected names in the design publishers, 010 straight out of the Netherlands, they will blow you over with meticulous designs, always ahead of there time."
Bookmaking: Editing, Design, Production (Third Edition) (Balance House Book)
Bookmaking: Editing, Design, Production (Third Edition) (Balance House Book)
"from Amazon's Product Description: The definitive guide to bookmaking for the next generation. Bookmaking, first published in 1965 and revised in 1979, was the unchallenged introduction to the industry for newcomers, a reference for experienced hands, and a textbook for students."
By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design
By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design
"From Amazon's description: In this groundbreaking and lavishly illustrated history, authors Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger establish American book cover design as a tradition of sophisticated, visual excellence that has put shape to our literary landscape. Enough historical background to keep this title a relevant resource."
Experimental Layout (Design Fundamentals)
Experimental Layout (Design Fundamentals)
"Far few examples than the title above, but there are more essays and interviews with numerous designers and influential critics. (FYI: since the range of work is limited relative to the publication date, this book may seem a bit dated to some)."
Under Cover: An Illustrated History of American Mass Market Paperbacks
Under Cover: An Illustrated History of American Mass Market Paperbacks
"The unassuming and inexpensive (and perhaps overlooked) book is actually packed with an interesting history of the paperback, from humble beginnings, to the expansion and diversification (in both range of subject matter, but visual trends) of this medium."
Editing by Design: For Designers, Art Directors, and Editors--the Classic Guide to Winning Readers
Editing by Design: For Designers, Art Directors, and Editors--the Classic Guide to Winning Readers
"This is really a sort of entry-level, informal (but very thorough and comprehensive), and highly accessible books for editorial design with a consistent focus on user/reader based objectives. It's done is a sort of rapid-viz style, mostly sketched ink thumbnails which do an excellent job of conveying the authors ideas, strategies, tips, and techniques."