10 Essential Books for Graphic Designers

Learning graphic design is a lifelong process you’ll have plenty of time becoming an expert in your field. this The 10 best graphic design books of 2015 so far list what we feel are 10 essential reads if you’re a Graphic Design practitioner.

No.01 Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative$6.86 Author: Austin Kleon (@austinkleon)

10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

   Austin Kleon pens out probably the best advice any artist can be given and condenses it  into a terrific read. There are a lot of myths that classical art school training hammer into  you, such as to be completely ‘original’ and Kleon makes the extra attempt to straighten  things out. You can also listen to his TED Talk on this subject over here.

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No.02 Design Is a Job$32.99 Author: Mike Monteiro (@monteiro)

Design Is a Job

This isn’t the first time we’ve covered Mike Monteiro, and for good reason. You can check out an article we did based after his talk: ‘F*ck you, Pay me‘ at YouTheEntrepreneur. Mike Monteiro stresses the importance of valuing ourselves in the industry. Mike Monteiro speaks strongly against Spec Work, and this is a primer that tackles some real truths about the industry.

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No.03 Milton Glaser: Graphic Design – $30.31 Author: Milton Glaser (@MiltonGlaserInc)

Milton Glaser    Personally, when talking about design – I always ask people to refer to the classics.  Milton Glaser, Saul Bass and Paul Rand. Glaser, who is famous for the I <3 NY Logo, is a  must read for trying to achieve a design that is truly memorable, iconic and timeless. We  recently covered Milton Glaser’s craft beer packaging critique.

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No.04 How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul (New Expanded Edition)$16.96 Author: Adrian Saughnessy (@AJWSaughnessy)

How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul Adrian Saughnessy the questions that are a little on the thorny side. Such as how to find graphic design jobs, attributes needed to be a modern designer and setting up and running a studio. It’s a work that embodies the concept of for designers by designers.

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No.05 Talent is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers (3rd Edition) (Graphic Design & Visual Communication Courses)$30.23 Author: Shell Perkins

Talent is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers  What no one really talks about while you’re learning graphic design is the fact that there’s  just as  much business as there is creativity. Shell Perkins details why raw talent really isn’t  enough  when you don’t have the business sense to back it up.

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No.06 AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design$19.19 Editor: Tad Crawford (@tadcrawford1)

AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design  AIGA is such a good source regarding how we’re supposed to conduct ourselves in this industry. It’s quite the comprehensive guide that covers everything from Insurance for graphic designers, Marketing, Image Rights and managing client relationships.

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No. 07 Basics Graphic Design 03: Idea Generation – $36.05 Author: Neil Leonard (@neilleonard)

Basics Graphic Design 03: Idea Generation   AVA Books are a bit of a gem and it took all my self-control not to make a list of  everything in this series. I feel like Ideation or Idea Generation is the biggest aspect of  Graphic Design so I’ve chosen to feature this instead. Neil Leonard does a really thorough  job about getting into the process of creation. Great stuff, no matter what side of the field  you’re in.

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No.08 Just My Type: A Book About Fonts – $12.38 Author: Simon Garfield (@simongarfield)

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts Just My Type is probably my favourite Typography book. It covers everything from the heart of typography, it’s history to font pairing. It tackles legibility vs readability and the reason why we hate comic sans

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No.9 Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities – $25.29 Author: David Airey (@davidairey)

Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities   LDL is an extremely informative blog on creative branding strategies, it’s certainly  practically a house hold name when it comes to terrific design blogs. David Airey writes  some really fantastic stuff about identity. You can catch a free chapter of the book on the website.

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No.10 The Elements of Graphic Design$20.03 Author: Alex W. White

The Elements of Graphic Design A good book for beginners, learn some basics of graphic design as well as parts of the history. In this book you’ll learn some key concepts of space, unity, page architecture, and typography.

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