I need to learn more about design and generally get better at it, and I hope to do that through many books, and then possibly take an online class.
Design As Art - Bruno Munari
That book is multi-disciplinary. Loads of topics from various disciplines like Psychology, Biology, Statistics, Economics, Philosophy, etc. If you're a well-read person you'll know most of them.
Lidwell has a course based on this book on Lynda, if you want to save time and money, probably best to just take a free trial and go over his videos. Probably more interesting than reading the book.
It seems like this is everyones go-to. I should probably check it out!
That looks good. Thanks!
Half the people I've asked have mentioned William Lidwells book. Hmmm. And thanks for the tips!
There are the usual design books that everyone recommends:
Grid Systems in Graphic Design - Josef Müller
The Design of Everyday Things - Don Norman
Thinking with Type - Ellen Lupton
Graphic Design: The New Basics - Ellen Lupton..
Universal Principles of Design - William Lidwell..
Stop Stealing Sheep - Erik Spierkmann
The Elements of Typographic Style- Robert Bringhurst
I've found that Joe Natoli's Design Rules course on Skillshare is probably the most comprehensive and practical information about graphic/UI design. It encompasses a lot of the information from the books above but in a relatively short course.
I would actually recommend doing the opposite and going over a design course first and diving deeper with books later.
I really enjoyed Universal Principles of Design. It's kinda like a dictionary of different concepts, not specific to artists. https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Principles-Design-William-Lidwell/dp/1592530079
It's been a while since I read it, but I'd recommend Frank Chimero's The Shape of Design: https://shapeofdesignbook.com