Branding: In Five and a Half Steps

Michael Johnson’s book is the ultimate step-by-step visual guide to creating a successful brand identity. He breaks down everyday brands into their basic components and examines hidden elements that make them successful.

How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul

If you’re new to graphic design and looking for practical advice, Adrian Shaughnessy’s got you covered, from gaining employment and setting up as a freelancer to forming a company and dealing with clients.

House Industries: The Process Is the Inspiration

Celebrated type foundry and design studio House Industries released this 400-page book in 2017. Packed with stories, case studies and handy advice, it’s dedicated to answering the question: “Where do you find inspiration?”

Why Fonts Matter

Sarah Hyndman’s book explores the science behind how fonts influence our feelings, our senses and even our taste. It explains why certain fonts or styles evoke particular experiences and associations.

The Graphic Design Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters

The Graphic Design Idea Book is a fantastic introduction to the key elements of good design — form, narrative, color, type, image, ornament, simplicity, wit and humor — and is sure to spark inspiration and keep creative juices flowing. After you’ve finished this book, check out The Typography Idea Book (also by Steven Heller), which covers the key elements of good typographic design.

The Non-Designer’s Design Book

Aimed specifically at beginners, The Non-Designer’s Design Book presents the fundamental building blocks for creating compelling visual art. Written with an approachable tone, it’s loaded with quizzes, exercises and relevant examples.

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