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5 Must Read Books for Graphic Designers

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  1. “The Design of Everyday Things” by Don Norman
  2. “Making and Breaking the Grid” by Timothy Simara
  3. “In Progress” by Jessica Hische
  4. “The Vignelli Canon” by Massimo Vignelli
  5. “The Non-Designer’s Design & Type Book” by Robin Williams


Pop up your Amazon Account and get your read on with these ‘must haves’ for graphic designers. At any point in your career, if you aren’t reading at least twenty minutes per day, you’ll inevitably be lost in the fast paced vertical we’re in. Things like digital media are always changing, and it’s your job as a professional to arm you with as much knowledge as possible. We found these five books to be some valuable tools for those who are studying as a graphic designer. Let’s do a quick book review on the five selected as a deeper dive for you to choose which you’d like to read first.

  1. “The Design of Everyday Things” by Don Norman gives insight into the psychology of designing. He depicts issues with things like what makes brand memorable and influencing consumers. These are all valuable tidbits that will undoubtedly change your direction in designing. May we add this is also a mandatory read for art directors who are often the leading force of ad campaigns.
  2. “Making and Breaking the Grid” by Timothy Samara allows you to free your mind to create. Everyday life can often cloud our imagination and cripple our creativity and if you find this happening this book is one to carry with you always. What’s unique about this book is that it teaches you how to embrace rather than strangle the use of grids with your layouts. An excellent choice and not a quick read so be prepared to spend some time with this plethora of information.
  3. “In Progress” by Jessica Hische is ideal for those with a passion for hand-lettering. An age-old process is taught with great lessons on the beautiful art of lettering. Even if typography isn’t your niche, this is still a great book to get visual ideas and understand how fonts can enhance any design.
  4. “The Vignelli Canon” is an e-Book that highlights the many issues based around mastering typography. This in-depth literature brings all types of knowledge centered around improving processes and allowing full control over designing from A to Z. Its free version can be found on the internet by visiting this link.
  5. “The Non-Designer’s Design & Type Book” by Robin Williams can be found on Amazon both new and used. This book combines both typography technique and the logic behind the technology. You can learn some design secrets that are engaging for both the student and the seasoned professional.

These are a few of the books we think are helpful no matter what level you’re at in design. “The knowledge is power” theory still stands high and the more you combat your career with intellect in your field, the more effective you’ll be. Happy Reading!

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