I am a software engineer attempting the impossible: to codify logotype creation.
I want to learn all the rules and principles for logotype design and don’t want to rely on blogspam. I’m looking for timeless, pre-internet information.
What are the definitive books and courses that career logo designers have read and taken?
I would have to recommend Doyald Young’s books. If you don’t know who he is, you can check out a short documentary of him and his work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8_tOrJHIr8