10 Graphic Design and Typography Books I Cannot Live Without

This post is for all of those graphic designers and typography lovers. I consider myself to be equal parts illustrator, UX designer and graphic designer. Here are ten of my very favorite books.

1: How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the World 

The first monograph, design manual, and manifesto by Michael Bierut, one of the world’s most renowned graphic designers—a career retrospective that showcases more than thirty-five of his most noteworthy projects for clients as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Yale School of Architecture, the New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, and the New York Jets, and reflects eclectic enthusiasm and accessibility that has been the hallmark of his career.

Specially chosen to illustrate the breadth and reach of graphic design today, each entry demonstrates Bierut’s eclectic approach. In his entertaining voice, the artist walks us through each from start to finish, mixing historic images, preliminary drawings (including full-size reproductions of the notebooks he has maintained for more than thirty-five years), working models and rejected alternatives, as well as the finished work.

2: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web and Beyond (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter)

From the moment it was published almost ten years ago, Elements of User Experience became a vital reference for web and interaction designers the world over, and has come to define the core principles of the practice. Now, in this updated, expanded, and full-color new edition, Jesse James Garrett has refined his thinking about the Web, going beyond the desktop to include information that also applies to the sudden proliferation of mobile devices and applications.

Successful interaction design requires more than just creating clean code and sharp graphics. You must also fulfill your strategic objectives while meeting the needs of your users. Even the best content and the most sophisticated technology won’t help you balance those goals without a cohesive, consistent user experience to support it.

With so many issues involved—usability, brand identity, information architecture, interaction design— creating the user experience can be overwhelmingly complex. This new edition of The Elements of User Experience cuts through that complexity with clear explanations and vivid illustrations that focus on ideas rather than tools or techniques. Garrett gives readers the big picture of user experience development, from strategy and requirements to information architecture and visual design.

3: Why Fonts Matter Paperback – 28 Jan 2016
by Sarah Hyndman

We all constantly interact with type in almost every aspect of our lives. But how do fonts affect what we read and influence the choices we make?

This book opens up the science and the art behind how fonts influence you. It explains why certain fonts or styles evoke particular experiences and associations. Fonts have different personalities that can create trust, mistrust, give you confidence, make things seem easier to do or make a product taste better. They’re hidden in plain sight, they trigger memories, associations and multisensory experiences in your imagination.

* Fonts can alter the meanings of words right before your very eyes.
* See what personalities fonts have, and what they reveal about YOUR personality.
* Explore how you respond to fonts emotionally and can make fonts work for your message.
* Be amazed that a font has the power to alter the taste of your food.

This book is for anyone who is interested in giving words impact, who loves words and how they influence us.

Excerpt:

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3. Fingerprint: The Art of Using Handmade Elements In Graphic Design by Chen Design Associates – A super inspiring look at how designers use handmade lettering, illustrations, etc. to add a personal touch. Get it here. $10+

 

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4. Creative Lettering and Beyond by Gabri Joy Kirkendall – And easy-to-read introduction to hand lettering, and ways to apply it to your own projects. Buy yours here. $13

 

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5. Graphic Design Cookbook by Leonard Koren – If you’re ever stuck, pick up this book. It has hundreds of diagrams that can kickstart your layout if you’re having trouble getting started. Buy it here. $5+

 

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6. 1000 Type Treatments by Wilson Harvey – In the mood for some good old fashioned inspiration? Pick up this one. $20

 

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7. Meggs’ History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs and Alston W. Purvis – This is a great all-encompassing resource, somewhat like a textbook (but filled with all kinds of fun, inspiring images). Buy here. $74

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8. Culture + Typography: How Culture Affects Typography by Nikki Villagomez – An interesting way of looking at typography in the real world. Buy your copy here. $24

 

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9. The End of Print: The Grafik Design of David Carson by Lewis Blackwell – If you like to break the (design) rules, this one’s for you. It’s also a great kick starter if you are suffering from designers’ block. Buy here. $22

 

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10. 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design by Steven Heller & Veronique Vienne – A fascinating take on the basics of the influential principles of graphic design. Get a copy here. $23