I encourage you to read these books.
This is a list of books I find particularly important and worth your time and money. Each of these has influenced me considerably as a designer, as a teacher of design, and as a person. I will make this list grow regularly.
Books sorted alphabetically from last name of first author. Eventually, I may add categories.
This mark > denotes a masterpiece.
Steps to an Ecology of Mind.
Ways of Seeing.
La graphique et le traitement graphique de l’information.
The Elements of Typographic Style.
The Solid Form of Language.
Natalie Canavor & Claire Meirowitz.
The Truth About The New Rules of Business Writing.
The Shape of Design.
Adam Connor & Aaron Irizarry.
Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration through Critique.
HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites.
Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type.
Ernst H. Gombrich.
The Story of Art.
Just Enough Research.
Jost Hochuli & Robin Kinross.
Designing Books: Practice and Theory.
Robert Jacobson, ed.
Unjustified Texts: Perspectives on Typography.
Modern typography: an essay in critical history.
The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life.
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man.
The Medium Is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects.
Laws of Media.
Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It.
Design Is A Job.
You’re My Favorite Client.
The Politics of Design.
Le language visuel.
Success by Design.
Erik Spiekermann & E.M. Ginger.
Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works.
William Strunk Jr & E. B. White (Strunk & White)
The Elements of Style.
Kristine Tortora, ed.
Carl Dair and the Cartier Typeface: Selected Correspondence.
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information.
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative.