1. Burton Kramer Identities / A Career Retrospective Book
An admirable book illustrating half a century of graphic design works by a leading designer, educator and painter, Burton Kramer – best known for the design of the iconic CBC identity.
2. How to be a graphic designer, without losing your soul
by Adrian Shaughnessy
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A great book for designers who are looking for guidance in a freelance or agency role. Superb interviews from other designers, their insights, their ethics and views on the industry of graphic design. Adrian writes about how to find new work, presentations, self promotion, clients and the creative process. Here’s a bio of Adrian done up by the Design Observer Group.
3. Logo Lounge
Any book from the Logo Lounge volume. Logo lounge includes 2,000 International identities by leading designers. LogoLounge is a great online database to help with your competitive research, with over 175,000 logos and growing.
4. Designing with Type: The Essential Guide to Typography
by James Craig, William Bevington, Irene Korol Scala
A book devoted to the art and appreciation of typography. Great resource for students, educators and professional to have a copy of for your office workstation or home..
5. The Collins Big Book of Art
A beautiful book showcasing art history ranging from cave paintings, Renaissance, Impressionism to Pop Art.
6. Thou Shall Not Use Comic Sans: 365 Graphic Design Sins and Virtues: A Designer’s Almanac of Dos and Don’ts
by Tony Seddon, Sean Adams and John Foster
A beautifully quirky title about the least favourite font of designers, but a favourite to most business folk. This book outlines the dos and dont’s of the graphic design industry.
7. Don’t Make Me Think
by Steve Krug
A book for anyone interested in web usability – a fantastic resource that’s simplified usability techniques, strategies and theories. A colleague once lent me Krug’s book – thanks Mark!
8. Official Adobe Print Publishing Guide, Second Edition: The Essential Resource for Design, Production and Prepress
by Brian P. Lawler
This is a great book for understanding the entire process of design, from file creation to print production. Includes tips, guidelines and a checklist to ensure successful print jobs!
9. The Graphic Design Exercise Book
by Jessica Glaser and Carolyn Knight
Organized like a recipe book with tips and suggestions provoking the reader to spark their creativity with briefs and exercises. The exercises are helpful in blossoming ideas for package design, identity and branding, layout design, and interactive design.
10. 100 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers: Insider Secrets from Top Designers on Working Smart and Staying Creative
Written and Designed by Plazam
The title says it all – a book discussing 100 successful habits of graphic designers. Designers of all disciplines can tap into another designers mind to offer insight on how to manage and build their workflow, walking us through the design process, how to land a client and keep the creativity going to the final project.
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