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18 Books for Designers: Upgrade Your Skills & Vision

Invest in books, guys. It’s impossible to overestimate the value of a well-written book. Understanding this simple idea and smartly investing in books, you are at risk of becoming successful and full of ideas 😉

 

So, what are the best books for designers? There is a huge variety of them on the Web, including those for graphic designers, for web designers and for both of them. Most of them may be interesting to non-designers as well, just because they explain the rules of beauty of typography, banners, color combinations, advertisements and other things around us. We’ve gathered a collection of highly-rated books for you which are available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle

 

Who will they be useful to? As I already said, the list will be of great use to everyone who is related to design professionally or is artistically inclined by nature.

Books for Web Designers

  1. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
    best books for designers

Although the book was first published a long time ago, the concepts can easily be applied elsewhere. It’s seems to belong to light-reading, while actually it brings you a lot of useful info.

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2. Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics

best books for web designers

The path of every web designer starts with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and this is a great entry-level book which helps you start off a new specialization. Test what you’ve learned in the exercises which the book includes.

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3. Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design

best books for web designers

Although this book is a little dated, the information provided in it still helps those studying CSS. If you are at the very beginning of your learning, this one may be of great help to you.

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4. Professional WordPress: Design and Development

best books for designers

This one is a great option for those who are new to WordPress development and those who come from WordPress background.  It’s easy to read and easy to understand. An incredibly decent guide into WP world.

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Books Both for Graphic Designers and Web Designers

5. Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers

best books for designers

This is a piece of inspiration for those who love sketches and the very process of designing. Seeing the result and how exactly it was being created takes you to the designer, as if you are standing right behind him and seeing him working. 352 pages of this book will give tune you up for a wave of creation and mildly push you towards your new way of thinking.

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6. How to be a Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul

best books for designers

This is a must-read for you if you are a graphic designer. While reading this book, you’ll find yourself nodding to the text. The interviews with famous designers,  tips and pieces of advice for those who is going to become a freelancer and much more is waiting for you on the pages of this book.

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7. Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms

best books for designers

If you are in a search of some hand lettering inspiration, you’ll enjoy coming across this book. Try handlettering yourself, using the sheets at the end of the book.  

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8. 2000 Colour Combinations: For Graphic, Web, Textile and Craft Designers

best books for designers

For everyone who is interested in a thorough study of color, this book will become a windfall. Over three hundred of pages dedicated to color palettes and explanations will assist you well every time you need a piece of advice related to the color.

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9. The A – Z of Visual Ideas: How to Solve any Creative Brief

best books for designers

This book connects and inspires new ways of thinking and creative solving. It could be a great option for you if you have a creative block, if you’ve faced a problem which you can’t solve or you just need to boost your creativity.

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10. Processing A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists

best books for designers

Processing programming handbook could be a great introduction to someone who’s artistically inclined. If you are at the very beginning of your design way, check it out.

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11. Production for Graphic Designers, 5th Edition

best books for designers

In spite of the fact that this book was published a long time ago, this is still an up-to-date assistant in your graphic design work.

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12. Thinking with Type, Second Revised and Expanded Edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, and Students (Design Briefs)

best books for designers

This book would be great both for graphic designers, web designers and people who just appreciate art. It explains a lot about fonts and all the technical nuances related to them, so that you can apply your knowledge in real life after reading the book.

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13. Theory of Colours

 Theory of Colours

This is a classic book for designers and for everyone interested in colors. It was first published in 1810 and still attracts thousands of readers. Not surprisingly, because this book can be referred to evergreen books.

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14. How to Create a Portfolio & Get Hired: A Guide for Graphic Designers and Illustrators (Portfolio Skills)

best books for designers

We all need a piece of a good advice from time to time, and this book could serve a great advice inspiration for those who are trying to find their place in a design world.

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15. The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher

best books for designers

If you know a Dutch graphic artist Escher, you may enjoy this book. A thorough analysis of Escher’s work, it gives an in-depth look into the process of designing. This book would be useful for everyone and especially to those who are mathematically-minded, as explanations are much better understood if you still remember your geometry class.

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16. 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design

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This book introduces you to a graphic design history. If you haven’t done much digging into it, you will find it inspirational and fascinating.

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17. Make Your Own Luck: A DIY Attitude to Graphic Design and Illustration

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Make Your Own Luck will make you wish that the book were longer. Embrace the unknown and master your creative thinking with it!

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18. Know Your Onions: Graphic Design: How to Think Like a Creative, Act Like a Businessman and Design Like a God

best books for designers

Regardless of which skills you have as a designer, you will get something from the book. Although it is already 5 years old, it is still in demand by graphic designers, especially if you embark upon graphic design.

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