I write this post because I wanted to bring you books that will influence you on your path to becoming a graphic designer and push you further in your already established career as a graphic designer. This article presents 30 graphic designer books that are must reads. Having read five of the books on the list myself, I found the article did a great job of presenting 30 books that graphic designers should read.
The books mentioned that I’ve read are “50 Best Logos Ever,” ”How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul,” “The Little Know-It-All: Common Sense For Designers,” “The Design Career Book,” and “The Ultimate Guide to Creative Cloud.” The article presents a brief summary with all of the 30 books listed but I’ll provide a detailed analysis of the aforementioned five books (Books 1).
The “50 Best Logos Ever,” the book does exactly what the title reveals showcasing the 50 best logos in the author’s mind. One of the other features of the book is a detailed timeline in how certain companies have evolved over the course of time (Books 1).
“How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul,” is a book I would recommend every graphic designer to read before becoming involved in the industry. The book talks about obtaining gainful employment, operating your own company, working as a freelance graphic designer, and pitching creative concepts. The book dives into the creation of your portfolio and the best way to present your work to a perspective client. “How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul,” includes interviews with established graphic designers in the industry (Books 1).
“The Little Know-It-All: Common Sense For Designers,” this book covers the entire design world. The book goes in depth on marketing, layouts for your projects, legal information you need for your graphic design business, and design tips. It’s a must have for every desk (Books 1).
“The Ultimate Guide to Creative Cloud,” I consider to be the definitive guide on the creative cloud. This book teaches you how to make your workflow seamless. Covering all of adobe’s design products and its new design tools it’s the only book you’ll need increase your productivity in any application (Books 1).
“The Design Career Book,” helps you establish a career in the field. I believe if this book is partnered with “How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul,” you have all the books you need to create a long lasting career in the field. This book covers topics on promotion, getting bigger projects, and boosting your reputation amongst your colleagues. How to reinvent yourself in the creative field and a strategy to employ upon graduation (Books 1).
Even though I haven’t read every book in the article I believe it’s the best comprehensive list of books to read for graphic designers. The only issue I have with the article is I wish it would provide a more detailed analysis of what to expect in each book so you could make sure it was the right book before purchasing. If any person was looking for a list of books to purchase that involve the design field I would point them to this article.
“30 books every graphic designer should read.” Creative Bloq. Creative Bloq ART AND DESIGN INSPIRATION, 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 23 Jan. 2017. <http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design/books-graphic-designers-11135231>