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5 Useful Graphic Design Books
Read Graphic Design Books
Graphic design books are invaluable for broadening graphic design knowledge. You can focus on studying one specific topic such as typography or logo design. You can also get a broad view on the whole spectrum. Although there are lots of information available on the internet, few of them provide in-depth knowledge as a book do. I personally bought quite a lot graphic design books (paper or e-format), which I can easily read them when I need.
Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills
Practise Your Graphic Design Skills
"Creative workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills" contains 80 graphic design briefs. I bought this book because I found that no matter how many design books I read, I still get no improvement in my skills until I practice them! When you try to create a design based on a brief actually, you gain the real experiences and growth of graphic design skills. You can practice your design thinking, idea generation, composition, software operation etc. This book contains 80 different graphic design exercises across different categories. Each contains a brief about the project and some samples from the other designers. Sometimes we find difficult or uncomfortable to generate a design from the vacuum, this book just helps. If you want to know more, you can go to amazon.com or whatever to view the table of content on all exercises titles, and also can preview the book to decide whether you need it:)
Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities
Learn Logo Design
I bought the Chinese Version of from a bookstore. ( I am from Hong Kong:). I like the cleanness and tidiness of the book. And I am satisfied with it. The book points out the important keys of designing a good logo. Also, the author discusses the business sides of logo design, such as how to set your price. There are more. This book is written by David Airey. He is a famous designer especially in logo and brand identity design. You can visit his popular blogs: Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identitieshttp://www.logodesignlove.com/ and http://www.davidairey.com/.
Graphic Design Thinking
Improve Your Graphic Design Thinking
I found the book from amazon.com. I haven't bought the book but I want to have one. (Just I am tight in spending...:) This book focuses on the graphic design thinking divided into three main categories: How to Define Problems, How to Get Ideas, How to Create Form. Seems that it mainly tells the thinking methods. Good Graphic Design starts from our brain. To learn the way to think is critical to the outcome. This book should inspire us on new graphic design thinking and help us find our ways through. Please visit the above link for more details:) Graphic Design Thinking
Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business
Learn the Business
I read the Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business ebook. I was looking for a guide to prepare me for running a freelance business. This book is not specific on graphic design. It is general on all kinds of creative business. It talks about issues like marketing, working with clients, pricing etc. It is better to search for information about freelance business before you run it. There are lots of "XX things I wish I had known" advices on the internet. I think they are valuable information for us to reduce obstacles. In order to thrive on our career, the balance between design and business is essential.
Creative Grab Bag: Inspiring Challenges for Artists, Illustrators and Designers
Search for Inspiration
The book, Creative Grab Bag: Inspiring Challenges for Artists, Illustrators and Designers, shows how various artists, illustrators and designers tackle different design challenges. The guest are not necessarily being asked to work on what they are familiar with. For example, a graphic designer has to create an animation. I read this book for inspiration. It is really good to see how others are doing to get insights. You may also challenge yourself by working on the tasks.
Additional Recommendation: Meggs' History of Graphic Design
Graphic design history is the foundation of graphic design
I hope you find one or more of these books useful:)