Here are some great helpful books to add to your collection for designers or anyone interested in the field. These books are a handy reference to have in your bookshelf. From basic design principles to improving your creativity to managing your time.
1- The Elements of Typography Style by Robert Bringhurst
A reference guide combining the practical, theoretical, and historical art of typography.
“Typography is the craft of endowing human language with a durable visual form.”― Robert Bringhurst,
2- Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman
This book opens up the science and the art behind how fonts influence you.
“Type triggers our imaginations, Evokes our emotions, prompts memories and links to all of our senses.”― Sarah hyndman,
3- Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Mülller-Brockmann
This guidebook is essential to computer-assisted designers. It provides examples on how to work correctly at a conceptual level and exact instructions for using all of the systems.
“The grid system is an aid, not a guarantee. It permits a number of possible uses and each designer can look for a solution appropriate to his personal style. But one must learn how to use the grid; it is an art that requires practice.”― Josef Mülller-Brockmann
4- Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
A handbook and teaching aid of colour theories and principles.
“In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is – as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.”―Josef Albers
5- Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Jill Butler, Kritina Holden
Pairs descriptive text for common design concepts with illustrated examples of each in practice.
“Simplicity is achieved when everyone can easily understand and use the design, regardless of experience, literacy, or concentration level.”― William Lidwell,
6- Logo by Michael Evamy
The logo bible, this book is a reference source for contemporary logo design.
“The next time you are tempted to design a logo, chances are, it’s already been done.”―Michael Evamy, Logo
7- Logo Design Love by David Airey
The book shows you the process of developing an iconic brand identity from start to finish, using client case studies from renowned designers.
“A logo doesn’t need to say what a company does. Restaurant logos don’t need to show food, dentist logos don’t need to show teeth, furniture store logos don’t need to show furniture. Just because it’s relevant, doesn’t mean you can’t do better. The Mercedes logo isn’t a car. The Virgin Atlantic logo isn’t an airplane. The Apple logo isn’t a computer. Etc.”―David Airey
8- Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits by Debbie Millman
Interviews with the world’s leading designers and thinkers in branding. The interviews contain spirited views on how and why humans have branded the world around us, and the ideas, inventions, and insight inherent in the search.
“Brands promise a certain affiliation that we end up benefiting from — the benefits come from the association and the affiliation. Then we can use them to project how we want to be seen in the world.”―Debbie millman
9- Designing Brand Identity by Alina Wheeler
A proven, universal five-phase process for building your brand.
“Design is intelligence made visible.”―Alina Wheeler
10- Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug
A guide to understanding the principles of intuitive navigation and information design.
“The problem is there are no simple “right” answers for most Web design questions (at least not for the important ones). What works is good, integrated design that fills a need—carefully thought out, well executed, and tested.”―Steve Krug,
11- How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy
Practical advice with philosophical guidance to help young professionals embark on their careers.
“cultural awareness (you can call it research, if you like, but it’s really something larger) ranks higher than technical ability and academic qualifications in the designer’s portfolio of attributes. When the British writer lain Sinclair was asked if he did research for his books, he replied that his whole life was research. I can’t think of a better adage for the modern graphic designer. Without constantly scanning, scrutinizing and absorbing what goes on around you, you cannot become a successful designer.”―Adrian Shaughnessy, How to be a Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul
12- Know Your Onions by Drew de Soto
This book is practical and immediate, provides support and guidance for people working in the design industry.
“What if… as a designer, your whole life should be a questioning, creative journey of ‘what ifs’.”―Drew de soto
13- How To by Michael Bierut
Offering insight and inspiration for artists, designers, students, and anyone interested in how words, images, and ideas can be put together.
“designers actually can change the world for the better by making the complicated simple and finding beauty in truth.”―Michael Bierut
14- The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
The ultimate guide to visual awareness through an exploration of the workings of the eye, the hand, the brain and the imagination, that will entertain and inspire you.
“Space is substance.”―Alan Fletcher
15- Manage Your Day-To-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei
Pragmatic insights for using your time wisely and making your best work.
“Like it or not, we are constantly forced to juggle tasks and battle unwanted distractions—to truly set ourselves apart, we must learn to be creative amidst chaos.”―Jocelyn K. Glei,
2016, I.N.T. (2011) The art of looking sideways. Available at: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/the-art-of-looking-sideways (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
2016, I.N.T. (2015) Logo book author Michael Evamy on what makes great logo design. Available at: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/michael-evamy-logo-book (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Airey, D. (no date) David Airey quote. Available at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/865689 (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Albers, J. and Weber, N.F. (2013) Interaction of color. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Interaction-Color-Josef-Albers/dp/0300179359 (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Alessio, J., Designer, F. and Artist, L. (2015) ‘Subscribe’, Design Resources, 3 July. Available at: http://blog.invisionapp.com/reading-list-for-designers/ (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Alina Wheeler (2008) Available at: http://quotesondesign.com/alina-wheeler/ (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Amazon (1996) Brand thinking and other noble pursuits by Millman, Debbie 1st (first) edition [Hardcover(2011)]. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thinking-Pursuits-Millman-Debbie-Hardcover/dp/B00BSZTM2S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1460814262&sr=8-2&keywords=brand+thinking+and+other+noble+pursuits (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Bierut, M. (2015) How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and (every once in a while) change the world. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/graphic-design-things-explain-better/dp/0500518262/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1460814529&sr=8-2&keywords=how+to (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Books — David Airey — brand identity design portfolio (no date) Available at: http://www.davidairey.co.uk/books/ (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Bringhurst, R. (2016) The elements of typographic style quotes by Robert Bringhurst. Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/671857-the-elements-of-typographic-style (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Cardiel, E. (2016) Recent posts. Available at: https://blogs.wayne.edu/dearmaryvi/2013/09/15/rb-elements-of-typographic-style-pt-1/ (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Corner of thought (no date) Available at: https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/279363983112531441/ (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Day-to-Day, M.Y. (2016) Manage your day-to-day quotes by Jocelyn K. Glei. Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/24562651-manage-your-day-to-day-build-your-routine-find-your-focus-and-sharpen (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Evamy, M. (2015) Logo: The reference guide to symbols and Logotypes (Mini). Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logo-Reference-Guide-Symbols-Logotypes/dp/1780671806 (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Fletcher, A. (2016) Alan Fletcher quotes (author of the art of looking sideways). Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/9763.Alan_Fletcher (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Grid systems in graphic design/Raster Systeme fur die Visuele Gestaltung (2014) Available at: http://abduzeedo.com/grid-systems-graphic-designraster-systeme-fur-die-visuele-gestaltung (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Hyndman, S. (2016) Why fonts matter. Available at: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=RpVwCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT10&lpg=PT10&dq=%E2%80%9CTYPE+TRIGGERS+OUR+IMAGINATIONS,+EVOKES+OUR+EMOTIONS,+PROMPTS+MEMORIES+AND+LINKS+TO+ALL+OF+OUR+SENSES.%E2%80%9D%E2%80%95+SARAH+HYNDMAN,+WHY+FONTS+MATTER&source=bl&ots=KV1lXpSMl_&sig=kfwlh2o4_4x2HEbjL89hE-vzR48&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiB1a2bp5PMAhVK6xQKHaoEDHIQ6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&q=%E2%80%9CTYPE%20TRIGGERS%20OUR%20IMAGINATIONS%2C%20EVOKES%20OUR%20EMOTIONS%2C%20PROMPTS%20MEMORIES%20AND%20LINKS%20TO%20ALL%20OF%20OUR%20SENSES.%E2%80%9D%E2%80%95%20SARAH%20HYNDMAN%2C%20WHY%20FONTS%20MATTER&f=false (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
INSIDE ALL OF US IS A WILD THING (no date) Available at: http://differentlythesamelilith.tumblr.com/post/37190433883/my-next-book-how-to-be-a-graphic-designer (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Josef Muller-Brockmann (2009) Available at: http://quotesondesign.com/josef-muller-brockmann/ (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Know your onions: Graphic design (2016) Available at: http://www.articul8publishing.com/knowyouronions-graphicdesign/ (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Krug, S. (2013) Don’t make me think, revisited: A common sense approach to web usability (voices that matter). Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Make-Think-Revisited-Usability/dp/0321965515/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460814360&sr=8-1&keywords=dont+make+me+think (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Lidwell, W. (2016) Universal principles of design quotes by William Lidwell. Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/125913-universal-principles-of-design-100-ways-to-enhance-usability-influence (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Lidwell, W., Holden, K. and Butler, J. (2010) Universal principles of design, revised and updated: 115 ways to enhance usability, influence perception, increase appeal, make better design decisions and teach through design. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Universal-Principles-Design-Revised-Updated/dp/1592535879/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460814039&sr=8-1&keywords=universal+principles+of+design (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Me, D.M. and Revisited (2016) Steve Krug quotes (author of don’t make me think, revisited). Available at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2298.Steve_Krug (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Michael Bierut quotes (author of 79 short essays on design) (2016) Available at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/117349.Michael_Bierut (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Millman, D. (2013) Brand thinking and other noble pursuits. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brand-Thinking-Other-Noble-Pursuits/dp/162153247X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460814262&sr=8-1&keywords=brand+thinking+and+other+noble+pursuits (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Popova, M. (2013) Brand thinking: Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, and other mavens on how and why we define ourselves through stuff. Available at: https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/05/01/brand-thinking-debbie-millman/ (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Popova, M. (2013) The magic and logic of color: How Josef Albers revolutionized visual culture and the art of seeing. Available at: https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/08/16/interaction-of-color-josef-albers-50th-anniversary/ (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
Wheeler, A. (2012) Designing brand identity: An essential guide for the whole Branding team. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Designing-Brand-Identity-Essential-Branding/dp/1118099206/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460814334&sr=8-1&keywords=designing+brand+identity (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
design, P.G. (2013) ‘30 books every graphic designer should read’, 18 November. Available at: http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design/books-graphic-designers-11135231 (Accessed: 16 April 2016).
jjoyharris (2014) Book reviews. Available at: http://www.duchampintheoffice.com/book-reviews/book-review-manage-your-day-to-day-99u-book-series/ (Accessed: 16 April 2016)