My teacher gave everyone in class a book assignment to find books in your local library/bookstore that give way to intellectual design in your own work, a book report of sorts. I got two books, from half-price books. But I liked one, more than the other. The one I liked is called The Complete Guide to Digital Graphic Design. For $6-$8? You can't really go wrong. I really like both books, even though I just got them. They're colorful and have both Digital and Illustrated design, and the type formatting of both books, is wonderful. But I like the organization of The Complete Guide to Digital Graphic Design.
The pages are colorful, and have two-to-three-dimensional design. It showcases some of the best practitioners in the field of print, exhibitions design, advertising, signage, packaging, multimedia, and the Web. Provides in-depth information on design basics like type, color, and images, technical issues that designers today face, hands you stunning examples of design graphics from around the world. This book is ideal for those who are not only studying graphic design, but for those of whom are already in the field. It is beautifully illustrated and provides a very sound introduction to the very modern graphic design(er).