I did not have much design foundation knowledge from the classes offered at college unfortunately, even the degree is call digital media arts… What I mean is typography, grid system, color theory, branding and logo those crucial concepts which train my eyes with a better taste were NOT included in the curriculum. Therefore I learn a lot from different online resources, like the Futur, Coursera and the arts community that are generous to teach and share the knowledge and experience. Everytime I finish an online class or an article, I have a better sense of design and always regret what I designed in the past. For example, I did not pay attention to rag, or I should choose a better typeface like Helvetica or Akzidenz Grotesk to reflect the modern design. Recently I bought some books, hopefully step by step I am able to create my own style with a good sense of design.
I am very grateful to have internet to get those resources. Although I will have to move back to Taiwan where only a few people care about design (a really good design), the resources are still there for me. I just wonder I should buy more books. (So bad that the book in Taiwan costs double.)
1. Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type (Design Briefs) by Kimberly Elam
2. Logo Modernism (English, French and German Edition) by Jens Müller
3. Color Index XL: More than 1,100 New Palettes with CMYK and RGB Formulas for Designers and Artists by Jim Krause
4. Creative Strategy and the Business of Design by Douglas Davis
5. Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills by David Sherwin
6. Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair
1. Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe
2. Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art (Creative…and Beyond) by Gabri Joy Kirkendall
(also if you know the calligraphy pen is good I might get them too. How corrupt that the price of some pens in Taiwan are triple! IT KILLS ME, NO JOKING.)
Anyways, these books can keep me busy for two years. Next time I will get more from the United States or England. Maybe other Asian countries like Singapore or Malaysia sell them cheaper than Taiwan?
Thank K.D. Hall Foundation, I used the money that I freelanced to purchase these books.