Graphic Design Books

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Expand your perspective and improve graphic design skills with our curated books on visual design, communication design, branding, typography, and more. Ideal for advertising and design industry professionals.

Graphic Design Books
Graphic Design Play Book: An Exploration of Visual Thinking

Graphic Design Play Book: An Exploration of Visual Thinking

Aurélien Farina and Sophie Cure's "Graphic Design Playbook: An Exploration of Visual Thinking" goes beyond aesthetics to provide an interactive method for understanding graphic design. A great tool for beginners and experts alike, the book teaches basic concepts such as typography, signage, and branding through fun puzzles and hands-on exercises. The concise, accessible explanations and inclusion of work by well-known designers such as Otl Aicher and Gerd Arntz demonstrate the authors' skill. This book has been praised by magazines such as Creative Boom and Eye for its creative and entertaining approach to the study of visual communication.
Graphic Design Handbook

Graphic Design Handbook: Improve Productivity and Save Time

Radu Frasie's *Graphic Design Handbook* is an essential tool for graphic designers looking to improve productivity and save time. This thorough handbook compiles basic design information on topics such as logo design, color theory, typography, branding, and the psychology of form. It includes useful tools, such as brochure folding charts and measurement charts, that make it easy for designers to quickly find and use important information. Published in 2018 and named one of the top graphic design books by Book Authority, this 152-page manual showcases Frasie's attention to detail and quality, helping designers create effective and profitable projects.
Graphic Design, Third Edition: A History

A Practical and Historical Perspective on Graphic Design

Now in its third edition, Graphic Design: A History provides a thorough overview of the basic ideas and uses of graphic design, while emphasizing its importance as a marketing tool for communication. Offering insight into design components such as color theory, typography, and visual hierarchy, this book is written for the novice designer as well as the marketing professional. In addition to covering complex topics such as branding and digital marketing, it examines contemporary design applications across digital platforms such as web and mobile interfaces. The book also explores new developments in technology and trends that will affect graphic design in the future, such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality. The knowledge and skills readers gain will be useful in creating beautiful, functional designs for a variety of media.
Identity Designed: The Definitive Guide to Visual Branding

Identity Designed: The Definitive Guide to Visual Branding

For those interested in the visual aspects of branding, David Airey's book "Identity Designed: The Definitive Guide to Visual Branding" is an essential resource. Renowned designer Airey specializes in brand identity design and is aimed at freelancers, entrepreneurs, and students alike. The book is notable for its methodical approach, analyzing the evolution of branding and combining historical insights with modern methods. Airey uses a variety of case studies from prestigious design firms to enrich the story, provide useful advice, and inspire innovation. "Identity Designed gives everyone, regardless of experience level, the resources and motivation they need to improve their design projects and make a lasting impact in the cutthroat field of branding.
Meggs’ History of Graphic Design

Meggs’ History of Graphic Design: The Evolution of an Art Form

Written by Alston W. Purvis and Philip B. Meggs, "Meggs' History of Graphic Design" remains the gold standard for understanding the evolution of graphic design. Now in its sixth edition, this groundbreaking book has been thoroughly revised to reflect the latest developments in digital, interactive, multimedia, and online design, while still providing a thorough account of the history of type from its inception to modern design. With more than 1,400 excellent photographs and expanded teaching resources, the book is an inspiring resource for professionals and students alike, documenting historical movements and technological consequences. This edition emphasizes Meggs's continuing influence on the industry and the importance of understanding graphic design's past in order to create in the present and future.
The Psychology of Graphic Design Pricing

Graphic Design Pricing: A Comprehensive Guide with Michael C. Janda

In his book, The Psychology of Graphic Design Pricing, Michael C. Janda explores the psychological and strategic factors that determine pricing in the graphic design industry. He draws attention to the critical role of price and illustrates how it affects a designer's career in many ways, including income and client perception. Janda's strategy emphasizes the importance of using price as a tool to strengthen market positioning and client relationships. The book provides a thorough process for formulating price ranges and calculating costs that balance market value, production costs, and client budgets. Offering insights to help designers succeed in a competitive marketplace and price their work with confidence, this book is a great resource for designers at any stage of their careers because of Janda's extensive experience in the field.
Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills

Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills

The comprehensive "Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills" by David Sherwin is designed to improve the problem-solving and creative thinking skills of designers of all types. More than just an exercise book, it includes inductive brainstorming techniques and ideas from renowned designers. With eighty varied activities, the book provides useful strategies for overcoming design obstacles and encouraging creative thinking. This book is an essential tool for developing creative skills and fostering creativity, regardless of your role as a professional, student, or educator. As a seasoned creative director and educator, Sherwin brings his wealth of experience to the forefront, offering insightful guidance through every obstacle.
Design Is Storytelling

Design Is Storytelling: A Playbook for Creative Thinking

Design Is Storytelling by Ellen Lupton expertly blends the fundamentals of storytelling with the art of graphic design, showing how designers can use narrative techniques to create meaningful and compelling work. This book is a practical playbook for designers, providing tools and ideas to enhance their work in digital applications, print publications, or the real world. As a senior curator and award-winning author with a wealth of knowledge, Lupton advises designers on how to create engaging narratives that entice visitors to explore and connect. For anyone who wants to use storytelling to enhance their designs, this book is an essential tool.
Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities

David Airey’s Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities

"Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities" by David Airey is a thorough handbook that provides clients and designers alike with insightful advice on the art and science of logo design. With more examples, case studies, and useful guidance, the second edition builds on the first, making it an essential tool for anyone working in the graphic design industry. Airey draws on his extensive knowledge and the experience of renowned designers to demystify the process of creating unique brand identities. Key topics include the importance of asking the right questions, refining the creative process, integrating logos into larger brand systems, and understanding the elements that contribute to an effective logo.
The Non-Designer’s Design Book

The Non-Designer’s Design Book

For nearly twenty years, Robin Williams' "The Non-Designer's Design Book" has been a mainstay for graphic designers and aficionados. Proximity, alignment, repetition, and contrast-four essential design principles-are presented in an entertaining and accessible way in this comprehensive book. With a new chapter on typography, improved exercises to hone design skills, and updated projects to inspire creativity, the latest edition builds on its strong foundation. The book teaches readers how to choose fonts, apply color schemes, and apply design concepts to practical projects such as newsletters and business cards. Highly praised for its comprehensiveness and ease of use, this book is recommended for both beginning and experienced designers looking for useful and motivating design advice.