A few Christmases ago, I received a great book called “Before and After Design“. There’s a huge number of graphic design books out there, but this one really hits a home run. The author, John McWade, offers insight as to why something looks good or bad and points out all the design elements that contribute or detract from a design. John’s style is unassuming and conversation, while totally demystifying the creative process.
Along with his website, magazine, and video emails, Before and After is an awesome resource for the graphically gifted and challenged alike.