Book suggestions

Any book suggestions for learning about graphic design?

Have a look at these articles. Seems to be a good place to start :slight_smile:

If others have good suggestions, I’m sure they will chime in :slight_smile:



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I did some research on this a few months ago and came up with a list of books that sounded promising. But I don’t guarantee quality. Maybe the experts will jump in to help with that.

  1. The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman

  2. Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell

  3. How to Have Great Ideas: A Guide to Creative Thinking by John Ingledew

  4. Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things by Don Norman

  5. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

  6. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

  7. Graphic Design: A Concise History by Richard Hollis

  8. Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide by Johanna Drucker and Emily McVarish

  9. Design, Writing, Research by Ellen Lupton and Abbot Miller

  10. A Century of Graphic Design by Jeremy Aynsley

  11. Communication Design, Principles, Methods and Practice by Jorge Frascara

  12. Typographie by Emil Ruder

  13. Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Müller-Brockmann

  14. The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst

  15. Type & Typography by Phil Baines & Andrew Haslam

  16. Ways of Seeing by John Berger

  17. How To by Michael Bierut

  18. Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug


Seriously #2 on your list “Universal Principles of Design” I think is one of the best design books ever written. (At least that I have ever read :smiley: ) And the principles apply to just about every kind of design, not just graphic.


Thanks for the help !

This is one of the best books ever written for user-friendliness on websites.

I’m a big fan of David Airey’s “Work for money, design for love”. It gave me a direction when I was pretty aimless and was thinking about giving up design. He also writes a blog with tons of useful tips for students and beginner designers.

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right now I am reading “Graphic Design Solutions” by Robin Landa. So far it’s pretty good for learning the basics and design principles.

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