10 Graphic Design books you should check out!
After Top 10 Web design books to help you with your project many of our readers suggested that we have to create such list for Graphic design books, so I decided to do it so and here is a list of Graphic design books that will always be handy in case you are in doubt while creating the next exciting project or you need a tiny little bit of inspiration. Hopefully, you will like them.
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100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design
New in the “100 Ideas that Changed…” series, this book demonstrates how ideas influenced and defined graphic design, and how those ideas have manifested themselves in objects of design. The 100 entries, arranged broadly in chronological order, range from technical (overprinting, rub-on designs, split fountain); to stylistic (swashes on caps, loud typography, and white space); to objects (dust jackets, design handbooks); and, methods (paper cut-outs, pixelation).
Written by one of the world’s leading authorities on graphic design and lavishly illustrated, the book is both a great source of inspiration and a provocative record of some of the best examples of graphic design from the last hundred years.Learn more
The Graphic Design Exercise Book
Creative Briefs to Enhance Your Skills and Develop Your Portfolio
Graphic designers like to be creatively challenged. The design briefs in “The Graphic Design Exercise Book” act as sparks to fire your creativity and exercises to broaden your skill set. As prompts for developing your own personal projects they can lead to unexpected developments and revitalized portfolios, helping you break into new and lucrative areas of the design industry.Each brief is illustrated with inspiring reference material providing a visual resource that can be utilized well beyond this book.
Sample roughs and visuals show work in progress to give you an insight into the thought processes and creative bent of other designers. Industry insiders share their specialist knowledge, offering professional advice on a selection of fully realized projects.As an additional research tool, “The Graphic Design Exercise Book” gives you a full glossary and reading list for every genre covered, including: packaging visual identity and branding page layout music graphics screen-based design.Learn more
Grid Systems in Graphic Design
This book is suitable for those who work with automated text and image design. It shows examples of working correctly on a conceptual level. Exact directions for using all of the grid systems presented (8 to 32 grid fields) are given to the user. These can be used for the most varied of projects. The three-dimensional grid is treated as well. Put simply: a guidebook from the profession for the profession.
The development of organisational systems in visual communication was the service and the accomplishment of the representatives of simple and functional typography and graphic design. In the 1920s in Europe, works already arose in the areas of typography, graphic design and photography with objectified conception and rigid composition. In 1961 a brief presentation of the grid with text and illustrations appeared for the first time in an earlier book by the author.
Articles published mainly in trade journals then followed. This book now attempts to close a gap by giving examples and exact directions to the professional concerning all grid problems that can occur. The author, a world-renowned professional, thus offers his colleagues the tools to solve problems more easily.Learn more
Elements of Graphic Design
This very popular design book has been wholly revised and expanded to feature a new dimension of inspiring and counterintuitive ideas to thinking about graphic design relationships. “The Elements of Graphic Design, Second Edition” is now in full color in a larger, 8 x 10-inch trim size, and contains 40 percent more content and over 750 images to enhance and better clarify the concepts in this thought-provoking resource.
The second edition also includes a new section on Web design; new discussions of modularity, framing, motion and time, rules of randomness, and numerous quotes supported by images and biographies. This pioneering work provides designers, art directors, and students–regardless of experience–with a unique approach to successful design. Veteran designer and educator Alex. W. White has assembled a wealth of information and examples in his exploration of what makes visual design stunning and easy to read.
Readers will discover White’s four elements of graphic design, including how to: define and reveal dominant images, words, and concepts; use scale, color, and position to guide the viewer through levels of importance; employ white space as a significant component of design and not merely as background; and use display and text type for maximum comprehension and value to the reader. Offering a new way to think about and use the four design elements, this book is certain to inspire better design.Learn more
The Fundamentals of Graphic Design
The book covers key aspects of design, including typography, art direction, production and finishing, environmental design, and self-promotion. It also examines the broader implications of graphic design, including social responsibility, its role in art and its future.
“The Fundamentals of Graphic Design” places graphic design in its socio-historical context, discussing its influences and development. It includes contributions of work from contemporary designers, including Pentagram, Why Not Associates and Studio Myerscough. It is an ideal guide for anyone starting out or seeking a role in the world of graphic design.
Information Design Workbook:
Graphic Approaches, Solutions, and Inspiration
New in paperback, this workbook is a methodical yet comprehensive approach to conveying the fundamentals of avant-garde, innovative, information design by examining history, theory, criticism, technology and media, process, method, and practice.
Opening with a very brief history followed by an instructive breakdown of the discipline, readers get an intimate understanding of the complexities of crafting information design to effectively improve communication both functionally and aesthetically.
The back half of the book contains a wide range of case studies from design firms around the world so designers can see the techniques previously outlined in the first half of the book. The author also critiques and explains why the design is successful in terms of formal quality (Aesthetics) and function (How does it improve communication?).Learn more
Best of Letterhead and Logo Design
The best-selling “Letterhead and Logo Design” now compiles the most creative and inspiring work in the field in a stunning collection featuring the best of the past four volumes.
From well-known design leaders, new design firms, and cutting-edge artists, this collection includes everything identity, from logos to labels, business cards to envelopes, and the creative techniques and full-color images portrayed in this broad range of work will inspire new design solutions for age-old challenges that beg for a fresh approach.
This book is an invaluable resource for both design firms and their clients who are looking for inspiration and ideas that grab the viewer’s attention and create a lasting impression.Learn more
A Smile in the mind
The best graphic design does more than capture attention and make the audience linger. It prolongs the encounter, compelling the reader not only to notice, but to remember. This book is about making graphics memorable by using witty thinking. It argues that ideas which happen in the mind, stay in the mind.
Beryl McAlhone and David Stuart begin by explaining what wit is and how it works. They make the case for wit in graphic design, seeing humour as the shortest distance between two people. The different routes designers can take are explainedincluding ambiguity, missing links, substitution and double-takes – to clarify the options available at the start of an assignment. A Smile in the Mind documents the power of intellectual playfulness as it invades even the corporate heartland of annual reports and the dry territory of technical literature.
Designers can refer to examples for every category of graphics, from direct mail to information graphics, and for a variety of sectors from leisure and the arts to manufacturing and the law. For the finale, witty designers answer the big question: how did they get the idea? They offer a peep into their private working methods, as they check out word lists, look at things sideways, or put several jobs on the table at once. Gathering together the best examples of graphic wit over the past three decades, A Smile in the Mind shows work from over 300 designers in the USA, Britain, Europe and Japan.Learn more
The Language of Graphic Design
An Illustrated Handbook for Understanding Fundamental Design Principles
For anyone trying to communicate in a new language, one has to first gain a complete understanding of its fundamentals; the ABC’s of that language–definitions, functions, and usage. “The Language of Graphic Design “provides graphic design students and practitioners with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental elements and principles of their language–graphic design–what they are, why they are important, and how to use them effectively.
Organized by the building blocks of the graphic design language, this reference includes work by some of the most successful and renowned practitioners from around the world and how they have applied these fundamental principles to their work. By examining both student and professional work, this comprehensive handbook is a more meaningful, memorable, and inspiring reference tool for novice design students, as well as young designers starting their careers.
To understand visual communications one has to first understand by seeing. To develop this discipline or visual sense is similar to learning a new language with its own unique alphabet, lexicon (vocabulary), and syntax (sentence structure). This book provides clear, concise information that will enhance visual literacy, while using dynamic, memorable visual references to inspire and reinforce the skill of seeing.Learn more
A Real-world Guide to Building Pages in Graphic Design
“Layout Workbook” is one of five volumes in “Rockport’s” series of practical and inspirational workbooks that cover the fundamental areas of the graphic design business. In this edition, author Kristin Cullen tackles the often perplexing job of nailing down a layout that works. More than a collection of great examples of layout, this book is an invaluable resource for students, designers and creative professionals who seek design understanding and inspiration.
The book illuminates the broad category of layout, communicating specifically what it takes to design with excellence. It also addresses the how and why of the creative process – the very heart of design. Cullen approaches layout with a series of step-by-step fundamental chapters (a ‘how-to’ of layout) addressing topics such as The Function of Design, Inspiration, The Design Process, Intuition, Structure and Organisation, The Interaction of Visual Elements, Typography and Design Analysis.
The book offers inspirational quotations and a unique, progressive design that truly reflects its content.Learn more
Design Elements, Color Fundamentals:
A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding Color in Design
This is the second book in the Design Elements series that focuses on a single core element of design. Created with the design student in mind, each book in the series offers a comprehensive reference for understanding and effective application of these core building blocks for designers.
Each book breaks down the rules and elements of its specific subject, how and when to apply effective usage, as well as when it’s okay to break the rules. This series of books expands on the chapters offered in Design Elements, which also inspired its presentation style and didactic nature. Other books in the series include Book 1: Form and Space, Book 3: Choosing & Using Type and Book 4: Choosing & Using Images.
Both text book and design reference, each book offers not only instruction promising a solid understanding and usage rules for the core elements of design but also provides application-oriented inspiration as a crucial teaching tool.Learn more