Read Me

The following lists provide you with some key publications that are essential reading and looking. It is by no means comprehensive but we would expect you to refer to this list throughout your course of study and purchase certain publications.* Any further suggestions to this list are welcome.

Here is a link to an Amazon wish list of books we recommend should be present on any visual communicator's shelf. 


Laurence King
Unit Editions


A Smile in the Mind*
David Start/Beryle McAlohne

Problem Solved*
Michael Johnson

The Art of Looking Sideways*
Alan Fletcher

Beware Wet Paint
Alan Fletcher

Pioneers of Modern Graphic Design
Jeremy Aynsley

Ways of Seeing*
John Berger

Lateral Thinking
Edward De Bono

Paper Graphics
Catharine Fishel

How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul*
Adrian Shaughnessy

Graphic Agitation
Liz Mcquiston

Open Here
Paul Mijksenaar

Lakshmi Bhaskaran

Pentagram: Compendium

1000 Graphic Elements
W. Harvey

Paul Rand
Armin Hofmann

Sagmeister: Made You Look
Peter Hall

Basics Design: Print and Finish
Gavin Ambrose & Paul Harris

Michael Evamy

Look At This: Contemporary Brochures, Catalogues and Documents
Adrian Shaughnessy

Fingerprint: The Art of Using Handmade Elements in Graphic Design
Chen Design Associates

Marks of Excellence*
Per Mollerup

Pioneers of Modern Graphic Design
Jeremy Aynsley

All Messed Up – Unpredictable Graphics
Anna Gerber

Nancy Williams -Williams & Phoa

Wally Olins on Brand
Wally Olins

Corporate Identity*
Wally Olins

Naomi Klein

It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be*
Paul Arden

Graphic Design – A Concise History*
Richard Hollis

What is Graphic Design*
Quentin Newark

The Production Manual
Ambrose – Harris

The Layout Book
Ambrose – Harris

This Means This, That Means That: A users guide to semiotics
Sean Hall

Graphic Design – A New History
Stephen Eskilson

Editorial Design
Yolanda Zappaterra

Robert Brown John – Sex and Typography
Emily King – H.N. Werkman

Edward Bowden – Eric Ravillious

You Are Here – Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination
Katherine Harmon


Stop Stealing Sheep*
Erik Spiekermann

Type and Typography*
Phil Baines

Hand Job
Michael Perr

Thinking With Type
Ellen Lupton

About Face
David Jury

The New Typography
Jan Tschichold

Letterpress: The Allur of the Handmade
David Jury

Joseph Muller-Brockmann
William Purcell

Rookledge’s Classic International Typefinder*
Christopher Perfect

Letterwork: Creative Letterforms in Graphic Design
Brody Neuenschwander

Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in a Digital Age
Steven Heller

Basics Design: Layout*
Gavin Ambrose & Paul Harris

Basics Design: Grids*
Gavin Ambrose & Paul Harris

Encyclopaedia of Typefaces
Jaspert, Berry & Johnson

Grid Systems in Graphic Design*
Joseph Muller-Brockmann

ABZ. More Alphabets & Other Signs
Redstone Press

Typography/Layout 1000 Type Treatments
Wilson Harvey

Friedl / Ott /Stein

Avant – Garde Page Design 1900-1950
Jaroslav Andel

Penguin by Design -The Cover Story*
Phil Bains

Mastering Materials, Bindings & Finishes. The Art of Creative Production
Cathrine Fishel

A Source Book for Classical & Contemporary Letter forms
Thames & Hudson

Type Heresy – Braking the Ten Commandments of Typography
Paul Felton & Jonathan Barnbrook

Jan Tschichold – Posters of the Avant – Garde

Typographic Systems – Rules for Organising Type*
Kimberly Elam

Type Addicted – The New Trend of A to Z

Letterhead & Logo Design
Sussner Design Co

Designing with Type – The essential guide to Typography
James craig – Irene Korol Scala

Getting it Right with Type
Victoria Squire

A Type Primer
John Kane


Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art
Jennifer New

The Picture Book: Contemporary Illustration
Angus Hyland

Lost Control
Neasdon Control Centre

Wall and Peace

Hand to Eye*
Angus Hyland

Jimmy Corrigan – The Smartest Kid on Earth
F.C. Ware

Drawing for Designers
Alan Pipes


Creative Review – Monthly*

Design Week 

Baseline Magazine – Quarterly*

Eye Magazine – Quarterly

Grafik Magazine – Monthly*

Archive – Monthly

Ad Busters – Monthly

Blueprint – Monthly


Icon Magazine – Monthly

Computer Arts Magazine – Monthly

*Cheap copies can be acquired via the Amazon website in the ‘Used & New’ section.