23 Books About Design You Ought To Read

I often mention how I read a lot of books and how much of what you read here came to me via one design book or another. Perhaps just as often someone asks me which books I’ve read and would recommend. It’s probably time I mentioned a few of them.
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Is Content Necessary Prior To Web Design?

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it's decoration

The above is a tweet from about 3 years ago that recently came to my attention via Luke Wroblewski. It’s hardly controversial, however, I think the quote above can be taken too literally.
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How To Steal Like A Designer And Produce Better Work

Good artists borrow great artists steal
Pablo Picasso

I’m sure you’ve seen the above quote before. What does it really mean? Is it an ok from one of the world’s great artists to literally steal from others? Is it an excuse to ignore copyright? No and no. It’s a much deeper statement about the creative process.
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4 Types of Grids And When Each Works Best

Last week I posted the anatomy of a grid and touched on what each part of a grid is and does. Parts like columns and modules, gutters and margins can be combined in different ways to form distinct types of grids.
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Anatomy of a Modular Typographic Grid

Recently I’ve been trying to expand my knowledge and skills working with typographic grids. On the knowledge side I sought out definitions for the different parts of a grid, specifically a modular grid.
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