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Book Club - Favourite design books

VGCDMU Does Book Club

Do you have a favourite book on design- did you pick it up and think, this is the bible that no designer should be without?

Join us for VGCDMU Does Book Club - where every designer brings their favourite resource and has an opportunity to pitch it to the group. Not only will you get a chance to turn others onto the book that rocked your soul, but you also will get to learn about many other great design resources.

From technical books like Bringhurst's, "Elements of Typographic Style", to the inspiring Biography of Steve Jobs, you can bring anything that relates to design (fiction, a graphic compilation, technical, theoretical)

We will be meeting up at the Chapters on Robson and Howe and if you let me know in advance (email me or post in the comment section) the book you will be pitching, Chapters will do their best to order a few copies in so that other designers can pick it up at a bit of a discount.

Happy reading,

Dana

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for joining, it was a great experience. I look forward to meet you at future events organized by our talented host, Dana Deschene.
    As you are interested in the book I presented Theater Plakate (Theater posters) by Karl Domenic Geissbuehler, a talented graphic designer in Switzerland you can purchase the book under following link:

    http://www.zvab.com/buch-suchen/titel/theaterplakate--posters/autor/geissbuehler

    Please reach out when you need help with translation.

    November 6, 2012

    • Wenjie

      Hi Eric, I'm just wondering, is there a french version of this book?

      November 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Wenjie, thank you for your response. I doubt that the book is published in French. Though take note that most of the book contains copies of posters that we made to promote different plays and operas.
      Do you speak French?

      November 14, 2012

  • Dana D.

    Hello everyone, as promised a list of the books from the Book Club meetup. It was super wonderful to hang with you all and get a glimpse of the various books/resources that inspire you. It was great to meet some newcomers and always a pleasure to get to catch up with some familiar faces. Thanks again, and happy reading! Ps: I will post this list in the forums section, please feel free to add to it!

    November 9, 2012

  • Dana D.

    • "Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don't Work" - Dan Roam
    • "The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures" - Dan Roam
    • "Typography Sketchbooks" - Steven Heller, Lita Talarico
    • "Color - Messages & Meanings: A PANTONE Color Resource" - Leatrice Eiseman
    • "A Visual Dictionary of Architecture" - Francis D. K. Ching
    • "Gratuitous Type" - elena schlenker.com http://www.gratuitoustype.com/
    • "Steve Jobs" - Walter Isaacson
    • "Design is a Job" - Mike Monterio http://www.abookapart.com/
    • "Moving Tales" - http://moving-tales.com/
    • "Tadao Ando: Complete Works [masked])" - Francesco Dal Co
    • "Design Basics Index (Index Series)" - Jim Krause
    • "Design of Everyday Things" - Donald Norman
    • "Emotional Design" - Donald Norman
    • "1000 Journals Project" - http://www.1000journals.com/
    • "Theater Plakate (Theater posters) - Karl Domenic Geissbuehler
    • "Graphic Design Made Difficult" - Bob Gill

    November 9, 2012

  • Laurie K.

    My recommendation:
    Typography Sketch Books. Steven Heller + Lita Talarico. There are over 100 designers that showcase their approach to creating inventive typographic layouts. There is a great reference to at the back of the book to the designer's websites for further exploration. A great book to inspire inventive hand drawn lettering.

    November 9, 2012

  • Wenjie

    Hi guys, Thank you for sharing your books. It was my first meetup with this group. I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet you guys.

    If you are interested in that specific Tadao Ando book I bought, you can find it on the Phaidon webpage: http://ca.phaidon.com/store/architecture/tadao-ando-9780714837178/
    But there are other Tadao Ando books, which are also great. His projects have a true spirit of "less is more".

    P.S. a big applause for Dana. Thank you so much for making this happen!

    November 9, 2012

  • Kevin B.

    "Graphic Design Made Difficult" is probably out of print but it outlines a playful process in how to redefine the question to find an unexpected answer. "Design Basics Index" I find invaluable as well.

    September 23, 2012

    • Wenjie

      I'm trying to get the design basics index. Thanks Kevin. Great book.

      November 9, 2012

  • alexg

    Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it last night, but it would be great to see a list of books presented. Actually it'd be nice to start an ongoing list of favs with pitches. maybe in a public googledoc or some other such format. not sure if the GD meetup currently has any kind of bulletin board. facebook isn't really ideal for that kind of thing, but maybe writing pitches as comments to an FB post could work to create books thread.

    November 6, 2012

    • Dana D.

      Hey Alex, Last night was really awesome, it was great to hear about the various resources people depend upon for great design. Some of the books and stories behind them were incredibly inspiring. I will be posting a list of the discussed books in a day or two in the files section of the meetup site and on the event page.

      November 6, 2012

    • alexg

      Great! Didn't realize meetup has a files section, but there it is, hiding in the "more" dropdown.

      November 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    In "Back of the Napkin" & "Blah-Blah-Blah" (sequel), Dan Roam explains how to use light infographic sketching to explore and explain complex problems and issues. His basic process revolves around the 6W's we learned from childhood (Who/What, hoW Many, Where, When hoW, and Why) as the basic pathway to human/audience understanding. He calls it Visual Thinking, and dedicates a chapter to explain each of the 6W's with examples, process, and applications.

    If you're using visuals to answer questions or communicate a story, Roam's 6W-based "Visual Thinking" process provides powerful tools to show & sell complex stories to your audience/target market.

    2 · November 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wide variety of book suggestions (with a couple of repeats) led to some amazing book sharing. Presentations were 5 minutes, so the sharing was rapid yet informative.

    November 6, 2012

  • Laurie K.

    Typography Sketch Books by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico

    November 5, 2012

  • Alex K.

    oops. wrong floor...

    November 5, 2012

  • Dana D.

    Hey all, so we are upstairs, 3rd floor, head towards info desk, and turn left, walk to the far wall and you will find our room.

    November 5, 2012

  • Xiaorui L.

    I'm a UI designer but would love to turn my direction to UX, good books to recommend?

    October 16, 2012

  • Craig

    Great idea for a meetup. Wish I could make it out but you know turkey day and all.

    October 1, 2012

  • pauline9

    I really want to come, but already have plan on Thanksgiving. Will there be another one in the near future?

    October 1, 2012

  • Dee B.

    Hi VerDana - great choice of venue! I'll be promoting the Edward Tufte books, "The visual display of quantitative information, Visual explanations, and Envisioning information". David

    September 23, 2012

  • Lisa W.

    Thanksgiving plans, so sorry but I have to change my RSVP to no. Next time.

    September 20, 2012

  • Dana D.

    Hey Josh, thanks for the book recos, hopefully see you out next time.

    September 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds awesome and I'd really like to go but have a class that night. I try to review my favourite design books on my LinkedIn account (it's towards the bottom of the page). Maybe the organizer could collect a list from the night and post it to our group for everyone?

    Cheers!
    Josh

    September 14, 2012

  • Dana D.

    The Design of Everyday Things - by Don Norman

    September 13, 2012

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