10 Graphic Design Books You Should Read In 2017
If you wonder what makes a graphic designer great, how they work and from where they found their motivation then you should read some books about graphic design. All of these books are also written by famous graphic designers. Some graphic designers learn their craft skill from school and some of them are self-taught. It doesn't matter what your background is you have to read some books in order to strength your base on graphic design. I hope these 10 books will hep you to clear your concept on graphic design. Let's get started.
1. Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything
This book is written by a famous graphic designer named Aaron James Draplin. This book is a combination of work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-tos, and advice. There are many examples of authors work such as- posters, records covers, logos and much more. You can learn how he works how should graphic designers present their work. The author also gives some valuable advice in this book. Overall it's an interesting book and as a graphic designer you should read this book or you can collect this for your personal collection.
2. Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team
Branding is one of the most important parts in the graphic design. This book provides in-depth guidance for the entire branding team, with a universal five-stage process for brand development and implementation. From research to analysis through launching and marketing this book provides expert insight on all aspects of branding and identity design. This book provides best practice that will help you to build better brands. With the newest edition, it expanded coverage of social media cross-channel synergy, crowdsourcing, SEO, experience branding, mobile devices, wayfinding, and placemaking, with 30 all-new case studies of top brands from various industries around the world.
3. Universal Principles of Design
Although this book was published in 2003 the newest edition of this book offers a details look and analysis of the graphic design.Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated is a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia of design. This book is richly illustrated and very easy to navigate. In this book, you can find very clear examples of graphic design concept with visual examples. This book is a great source of knowledge for graphic designers.
4. Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students
This book is one of the amazons all time best sellers. This book is a definitive guide to using typography in visual design. If you are a typography lover then you should read this book. The newest edition of this book added the latest information on style sheets for print and the web, the use of ornaments and captions, lining and non-lining numerals, the use of small caps and enlarged capitals, as well as information on captions, font licensing, mixing typefaces, and hand lettering.
5. Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities
This book shows you how to develop an iconic brand identity from start to finish. You will learn these processes through case studies from renowned designers. You can learn how to create effective brief, generate ideas, how much you should charge for your work and how can you collaborate with your clients. This book is full of authors personal experiences working on identity projects - including sketches and final results.
6. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
As a graphic designer, you always have to deal with people.If you knew how most of them thinks then you will understand them better. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With this, you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that suit the way people think, act, and play.
7. Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines
This book gives graphic designers details view in the evolving marketplace for graphic design. As the graphic art marketplace remains to evolve to meet the needs of both digital and print media and as clients strive with shortening budgets in the modern economy, the need for current information on business, ethical, and legal issues is now greater than ever. You can find it all here in the 14th Edition.
8. Logo: The Reference Guide to Symbols and Logotypes
This book is known as the '' Logo Bible ''. It provides graphic designers the best resource on logo design. More than 1300 logos are grouped according to their focal form, symbol and graphic associations into 75 categories such as crosses, stars, crowns, animals, people, handwritten, illustrative type, etc. It features the visual form with the black and white form of every logo example.
9. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
Creativity is everywhere you just have to find it. Inspiration is everywhere you just have to pursue it.You don’t need to be a genius to be creative, you just need to be yourself. This is the main message of this book. This book is the ultimate guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.
10. Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills
There are 80 challenges in this book. All of these challenges will help you to improve you as a graphic designer. This book also provides the visual solutions for every problem which will help you to learn how other graphic designers work.
I hope these books will help you to improve you as a graphic designer. Please let us know how you like these books. If you have any personal favorite graphic design book let us know in the comment section.