Art of Graphic Design
by Bradbury Thompson
was a real innovator, and his experiments with printing technology
and unicase typography are still fresh today. This book is pretty
pricey, but well worth it. That is, unless you like bad design,
in which case this is way overpriced.
by Tibor Kalman
late Mr. Kalman was one of the few consistently interesting voices
in graphic design. This book is a beautiful monograph of his work
and ideas, and should be required reading for any design student.
That means you, slacker!