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Books on Creativity, Inspiration, Graphic Design, Typography, Web Design and Layout

Within the Recommended Books on Web Site Design, Graphic Design section you'll find books on color, creativity, inspiration, graphic design, graphics software programs and Web graphics, typography, Web design and layout, and color calibration software and hardware. You'll also find graphics software recommendations.

Each listing is hand chosen with thought and care to help WebsiteTips.com visitors in their searches for helpful Web site-related books, software, and other products. Recommendations cover needs for beginners through advanced.

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Creativity, Inspiration Books

Thinking Creatively
  • Cover - Creativity for Graphic Designers: A Real-World Guide to Idea Generation, by Mark Oldach. North Light Books (4-2000).
  • The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron, 10th anniv ed. Tarcher (2-28-2002) 
  • How to Mind Map: Make the Most of Your Mind and Learn to Create, Organize and Plan, by Tony Buzan (2-2003).
  •  How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, by Michael Gelb. Dell (2-8-2000) 
Inspiration for Color and Color Schemes
  •  Color Index 2: Over 1500 New Color Combinations: For Print and Web Media: CMYK and RGB Formulas. by Jim Krause. by Jim Krause. How (12-06-2007) 
  • Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color, by Leatrice Eiseman

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Inspiration for Design Layouts
  • Layout Index, by Jim Krause
  • Idea Index: Graphic Effects and Typographic Treatments, published 2000.
  • Inspiration=ideas: A Creativity Sourcebook for Graphic Designers. by Petrula Vrontikis. Rockport (4-2002) 

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Inspiration for Design Layouts,
Organizing Information
  • Envisioning Information, by Edward R. Tufte
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd Ed. by Edward R. Tufte 

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Graphic Design Books

Books on Graphic Design
  • Cover - Creativity for Graphic Designers: A Real-World Guide to Idea Generation, by Mark Oldach. North Light Books (4-2000).
  • Cover: Getting it Right in Print : Digital Prepress for Graphic Designers, by Mark Gatter. Published by Harry N Abrams, April 5, 2005.
  •  Cover: Forms, Folds, and Sizes : All the Details Graphic Designers Need to Know but Can Never Find. by Poppy Evans. Published by Rockport Publishers, May 1, 2004. 
  • Design for Communication, by Elizabeth Resnick. Wiley (6-10-2003).
  •  Elements of Graphic Design. By Alexander White. Allworth Press, 11-2002 
  •  1,000 Graphic Elements: Details for Distinctive Designs, by Wilson Harvey. Rockport Publishers (September 4, 2004). 
  •  Marks of Excellence, by Per Mollerup. Phaidon Press (March 18, 1999). 
  •  Why Not Associates ?2, by Alice Twemlow, others. Thames & Hudson; 2Rev Ed (6-2004). 
  •  Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop, by Timothy Samara. Rockport (2-2003) 
  • Illusive: Contemporary Illustration And Its Context. By Klanten, Hellige. 4th ed. Gestalten Verlag (1-1-2007) 
  •  The Laws of Simplicity. By John Maeda. MIT Press (8-21-2006) 
  • Robin Williams Design Workshop, 2nd Ed., by Robin Williams, John Tollett.
Books on Design and Typography
  •  Avant-Garde Page Design 1900-1950, by Jaroslav Andel. Delano (6-2001) 
  • Book cover: Logo Font & Lettering Bible, by Leslie Cabarga. 
  • Thinking with Type. by Ellen Lupton 
  • Great Web Typography, by Wendy Peck; Wiley Publishers 2003.
  •  Cover: The Elements of Typographic Style, by Robert Bringhurst 
  •  New Typographic Design, by Roger Fawcett-Tang. Yale Univ. Press (5-21-2007) 
  •  Cover - Design with Type. by Carl Dair. University of Toronto Press (June 14, 2000). 
  • The The Non-Designer's Type Book, 2nd Ed., By Robin Williams. Peachpit (9-22-2005).
  •  Type Addicted (The New Trend of a to Z Typo-Graphics). By Victionary (12-7-2007) 
  • Typography 28- The Annual of the Type Directors Club. by Emily Oberman. Collins Design (12-26-2007) 
  • Exploring Typography (Design Exploration Series), by Tova Rabinowitz. OnWord Press (2-21-2006).

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Books on Graphic Design Business, Web Design Business, Freelancing
  •  The Business Side of Creativity: The Complete Guide to Running a Small Graphic Design or Communications Business, Third Updated Edition. by Cameron S. Foote. Norton (9-18-2006). 
  • The Graphic Design Business Book, by Tad Crawford 
  • Graphic Artists Guild Handbook : Pricing & Ethical Guidelines, 12th Ed. (9-12-2007) 
  • Artists & Graphic Designers Market 2008. by Erika O'Connell, Michael Schweer 
  •  Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer. by Michael Fleishman. Allworth (2001, 2004). 

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Typography Books

Also Recommended on Typography
  •  Type Addicted (The New Trend of a to Z Typo-Graphics). By Victionary (12-7-2007) 
  • Typography 28- The Annual of the Type Directors Club. by Emily Oberman. Collins Design (12-26-2007) 
  • Exploring Typography (Design Exploration Series), by Tova Rabinowitz. OnWord Press (2-21-2006).
  • Book cover: The Complete Manual of Typography, By Jim Felici. Adobe Press (10-06-2002). 
  • Great Web Typography, by Wendy Peck; Wiley Publishers 2003.
  • The The Non-Designer's Type Book, 2nd Ed., By Robin Williams. Peachpit (9-22-2005).
Typographic Ornaments, Typography Graphics, Illustrations, Clipart CD-ROMs and Books

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Web Design, Web Design and Layout Books

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on Web Design and Layout
  • Defensive Design for the Web. 37Signals. New Riders 03-02-2004. 
  •  Art and Science of Web Design, by Jeffrey Veen. New Riders; 1st ed (12-28-2000). 
  • The Non-Designer's Web Book (3rd Edition), by Robin Williams, John Tollett.
  •  Design of Sites, 2nd Ed. van Duyne, Landay, Hong. Prentice Hall 12-2006. 
  •  Principles of Beautiful Web Design [ILLUSTRATED]. by Jason Beaird. SitePoint (1-31-2007). 
  • The Zen of CSS Design, by Dave Shea, Molly E. Holzschlag. Peachpit 12-2004.
  • Web Menus with Beauty and Brains, by Wendy Peck, pub. by Hungry Minds, Dec., 2001
  • Great Web Typography, by Wendy Peck; Wiley Publishers 2003.
  • The The Non-Designer's Type Book, 2nd Ed., By Robin Williams. Peachpit (9-22-2005).
  •  Elements of Graphic Design. By Alexander White. Allworth Press, 11-2002 

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