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Graphic Design Books Worth A Read

Everyone knows there’s plenty of graphic design information on the web.  But some designers still enjoy picking up an actual book from time to time, and books can present information in a completely different way.   So which books are worth checking out?

For Inspiration

Web Design: Portfolios

This book contains over 200 website design portfolios, including screenshots and information about the design process, such as how long the project took to complete.  This is a great book to browse when you’re suffering from designer’s block.

1000 Type Treatments

Struggling with how to effectively use typography in your design?  This book shows some great examples of typefaces creatively integrated into different types of design media, from print to logos to websites.

Los Logos

Designing a good logo is something that can’t really be taught.  All you need is a creative mind, a good grasp of basic design concepts, and some inspiration.  This book contains plenty of the latter, so it’s a great source to flip through when looking for some modern designs.

For Tips and Tutorials

Logo Font and Lettering Bible

A comprehensive guide to creating your own fonts, this book teaches designers to end reliance on pre-existing fonts.  So the next time you’re at a loss for the perfect typeface for your logo or design, you can just create your own.

Color Design Workbook

This is a beginner’s guide and workbook outlining the purpose, theory, and concept of color as a design element.

Making and Breaking the Grid

This book focuses on layout-based graphic design, such as magazines and journals.  This book teaches the fundamental rules of grid-based design and how to apply them to your projects.

For Business Practices

The Creative Business Guide to Running a Graphic Design Business

The go-to guide for graphic design business owners, this book covers organization, management, marketing, and so much more.  It’s a must have for anyone looking into starting a graphic design biz.

Graphic Designer’s Guide to Pricing, Estimating and Budgeting

Financial business is sometimes difficult for creative types to grasp, but this book will give you some practical guidelines for setting rates and managing your finances.

Tell Me Why: The First 24 Months of a New York Design Company

Tell Me Why is the story of the beginning years of design firm karlssonwilker inc. If you have aspirations of one day starting your own firm, this book will give you a good idea of the trials and tribulations you might run into during your first several months in business.

Whether you’re looking for a bit of tangible inspiration or just some business tips that you can’t find online, books can be a really great source of inspiration. Do you have any favorite design books that aren’t on this list?


  1. That was a very good post. I’d honestly rather read a good book than hop on here and read an article. I’m going to check some of those books out.

  2. excel tutorial Feb 20, 2012

    Books are great if you want to know everything about a topic. However, often I do not know where to start on picking one out. Thanks for posting this list.

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