Typography and Design (Two Free Ebooks)

Get­ting Real is the undis­puted bible of agile soft­ware development—a mani­festo that can change your view in a single read­ing. How­ever when it comes to typo­graphy and design, the closest I have ever come to such a doc­u­ment was Mark Boulton’s Bet­ter Typo­graphy present­a­tion. Now there’s a con­tender:

The Vign­elli Can­on (pdf)

I can­’t do this tome justice. Split into two parts—The Intan­gibles (semantics, syn­tactics, etc.) and The Tan­gibles (paper sizes, grids, type sizes, etc.)—Massimo Vign­el­li’s book cov­ers everything you could want to know about typo­graphy in graph­ic design.

One def­in­itely not to miss.

How Do You Design? (pdf)

Hugh Dub­berly’s book looks at “over one-hun­dred descrip­tions of design and devel­op­ment pro­cesses, from archi­tec­ture, indus­tri­al design, mech­an­ic­al engin­eer­ing, qual­ity man­age­ment, and soft­ware devel­op­ment”.

By read­ing this you can­’t fail to learn some­thing about design.