Best 20 Graphic Design Books

Graphics is drawing and design. Graphic design is the art or composition from which a message is conveyed, or visual communication is done. A painting, sketch, or photo is also a graphic design. Also, graphic design combines commercial art, fine art, applied art and animation. Also present in the field of graphic designing are today’s user interface design and user experience design. If you want to learn more about graphic design, here are the Best 20 Graphic Design Books.

List of Graphic Design Books

  • How to be a Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul.
  • Thinking With Type.
  • Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team.
  • The Element of Typographic Style.
  • Making and Breaking the Grid: A Layout Design Workshop.
  • Elements of Graphic Design.
  • 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design.
  • Just My Type: A Book About Fonts.
  • A Designer’s Art.
  • Grid System in Graphic Design.
  • Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines.
  • Graphic Design: The New Basics.
  • Graphic Design, Referenced.
  • The Art of Looking Sideways.
  • The Big Brand Theory.
  • A Smile in the Mind: Witty Thinking in Graphic Design.
  • Know Your Onions: Graphic Design.
  • Type Matters!
  • Creative Workshop.
  • Sagmeister: Made You Look.

 

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How-to-be-a-Graphic-Designer-Without-Losing-Your-Soul-2nd-Edition

How to be a Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul

Description – Graphic designers constantly complain that there is no career manual to guide them through the profession

AUTHOR – Adrian Shaughnessy

Price – ₹ 1,853.87

Review – Matthew B:- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. A must read for anyone in graphic design. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 January 2019. Whether you are a junior designer or been in the graphic design world for year this book is a must-read. it great to get yourself out of a rut, know your next step in your career or just reassurance that you are working in the right industry.

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Thinking-With-Type

Thinking With Type

Description – Thinking with Type is to typography what Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time is to physics.

Author – Ellen Lupton

Price – ₹ 1,310

Review – Rahul:- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. A must have for any typographer. Reviewed in India on 12 October 2017. If you’re aspiring to be a typographer, this is a must have. Start with the foundation, can be handy as you can carry it with you wherever you go.

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Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team

Description – A revised new edition of the bestselling toolkit for creating, building, and maintaining a strong brand

Author – Alina Wheeler

Price – ₹ 9,211.59

Review –Raaj :- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. Aaazing book for branding. Reviewed in India on 6 May 2017. Very good book for branding. Through detailing with the example given. Great book. This book will be really helpful to you to understand how brands actually develop. Thanks for the writer Alina Wheeler.

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The-Elements-of Typographic-Style

The Elements of Typographic Style

Description –Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide. Combining the practical, theoretical, and historical, this edition is completely updated, with a thorough revision and updating of the longest chapter, “Prowling the Specimen Books,” and many other small but important updates based on things that are continually changing in the field.

Author –Robert Bringhurst

Price – ₹ 2,181.96

Review – Howdy :- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. If you’re interested in the finer points of type and typography you’ll end up with ….Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2018. If you’re interested in the finer points of type and typography you’ll end up with a bookshelf full of books. You can save a lot of money by buying this one first. It’s rather difficult to find anything wrong with it… OK, so it’s not in colour.

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Making and Breaking the Grid: A Layout Design Workshop

Description – For designers working in every medium, layout is arguable the most basic, and most important, element. Effective layout is essential to communication and enables the end user to not only be drawn in with an innovative design but to digest information easily.

Author –Timothy Samara

Price – ₹ 4,730.00

Review – Ankit Singh :- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. Five Stars. Reviewed in India on 5 March 2016. A great book for understanding the grid rules.

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Elements-of-Graphic-Design

Elements of Graphic Design

Description – This very popular design book has been wholly revised and expanded to feature a new dimension of inspiring and counterintuitive ideas to thinking about graphic design relationships.

Author – Alex White

Price – ₹ 1,988

Review –Tashi Topgyal Laya :- 4.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. A good book to go for Graphic Design educations. Reviewed in India on 8 June 2018. A good book to go for Graphic Design educations! Will recommend from myside to those who wants to learn graphic designing

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100-Ideas-that-Changed-Graphic-Design

100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design

Description – New in the 100 Ideas that Changed series, this book demonstrates how ideas influenced and defined graphic design, and how those ideas have manifested themselves in objects of design.

Author –Steven Heller, Veronique Vienne

Price – ₹ 3022.53

Review – kashyap :- 4.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. Must have book. Reviewed in India on 21 October 2019. Very useful book for Graphic Design students

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Just-My-Type

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Description – Just My Type is not just a font book, but a book of stories. About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham, while Amy Winehouse found her soul in 30s Art Deco. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, or people like Neville Brody who threw out the rulebook, or Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi.

Author –Simon Garfield

Price – ₹ 979

Review – Aakriti Jadwani :- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. It’s a must read. Reviewed in India on 17 September 2017. It’s one of the best books that I’ve read on Typography. It’s a rich text with the advent of how print and fonts came into existence. It is a must read for all Typography enthusiasts.

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A-Designer's-Art

A Designer’s Art

Description – Paul Rand was one of the world’s leading graphic designers. Here he describes his work with the same precision, economy and passion that he displays in his graphic designs, seeking to help us to understand the nature of his relationships with his clients, his audience and his art.

Author – Paul Rand

Price – ₹ 46,892.00

Review – designlsc. :- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. A seminal work. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 December 2018. Any student wishing to dig deep and learn about the profession they want to enter into, then start here. Any professional graphic designer who needs a reminder of why they entered the profession in the first place, should read this (again).

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Grid-Systems-in-Graphic-Design

Grid Systems in Graphic Design

Description – Custom typefaces have become an increasingly common means for forward-thinking brands to establish and further strengthen their visual identities. By expressing a unique personality or supporting a campaign effectively, these typefaces go beyond aesthetics and achieving marketing objectives to build value for the brands over the long term.

Author – Josef Mülller-Brockmann

Price – ₹ ₹ 3,810

Review –Lily Fielding :- 3.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. Belongs in a time capsule. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 September 2018. The fact that the author/translator uses male pronouns to describe the graphic designer indicates how out of touch with the contemporary world this publication is. Long story short: yes, the information in this book is practical and useful, but to imply (as the author does, on many ocassions) that those who haven’t read this book are not ‘real designers’ is the kind of classist bullshit that has plagued the design industry for generations. Don’t believe the hype, this is not a book that every designer should own.

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Graphic-Artist's-Guild-Handbook-of-Pricing-and-Ethical-Guidelines

Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines

Description – An indispensable resource for people who create graphic art and those who buy it. As the graphic art marketplace continues to evolve to meet the needs of both digital and print media and as clients struggle with shrinking budgets in the current economy, the need for up-to-date information on business, ethical, and legal issues is greater than ever. Find it all here in the 14th Edition.

Author – Graphic Artist’s Guild

Price – ₹ 2,669

Review – Simon M Middleweek :- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. An essential book for all freelance designers. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 June 2016. This books great, if your thinking of going freelance or starting your own thing in design, this books an essential buyl. Giving you a great starting point for pricing and the legalities of design. A quick note, this is a US publication so all pricing is in dollars.

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Graphic Design : The New Basics

Description – Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips’s celebrated introduction to graphic design, available in a revised and updated edition. Graphic Design: The New Basics explains the key concepts of visual language that inform any work of design. A foundational graphic design book for students, Lupton and Phillips explore the formal elements of design through visual demonstrations and concise commentary. 

Author – Ellen Lupton, Jennifer Cole Phillips

Price – ₹ 2,500

 

Review –Amazon Customer :- 4.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. A nice introduction into the elements of design. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2016. A good exploration into the visual language of design, with examples, but is missing a couple of principles – especially when it comes to dimensions and perspective

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Graphic Design, Referenced

Description – Graphic Design, Referenced is a visual and informational guide to the most commonly referenced terms, historical moments, landmark projects, and influential practitioners in the field of graphic design. 

Author – Armin Vit, Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Price – ₹ 3,865.92

Review – Shivendu Narayan :- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. Reviewed in India on 25 April 2015. This is a great book, which points out what works in graphic design at a very basic level.

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The-Art-of-Looking-Sideways

The Art of Looking Sideways

Description – The Art of Looking Sideways is a primer in visual intelligence, an exploration of the workings of the eye, the hand, the brain and the imagination. It is an inexhaustible mine of anecdotes, quotations, images, curious facts and useless information, oddities, serious science, jokes and memories, all concerned with the interplay between the verbal and the visual.

Author – Alan Fletcher

Price – ₹ 17,950.00

Review – Pradhan Thandra :-5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. Reviewed in India on 24 August 2017. It’s a great book for designers and enthusiasts. It can just lie there in your room and you can flip pages anytime of the day and be fascinated by the work of many.

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The-Big-Brand-Theory

The Big Brand Theory

Description – BIG BRAND THEORY is a spectacular ‘best of’ compilation featuring the highest-profile branding campaigns. Case studies illustrate the crucial design elements essential to crafting a youthful and dynamic corporate identity. Examination of each branding concept is multi-faceted, with examples devoted to not just one, but many elements utilized in major campaigns. Richly illustrated, BIG BRAND THEORY is an indispensable guide through a variety of industries to reveal what really works in the world of branding.

Author – Gingko Press

Price – ₹ 31,209.00

Review – Jackie Jax :- 2.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. Insubstantial. Reviewed in the United States on 11 December 2012. I was looking for an insight into branding. Actual theory unlike the title suggests! This is mages no info. The design is not the best either. There are better books out there if you’re just looking for pretty design. Better websites and magazines too.

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A-Smile-in-the-Mind

A Smile in the Mind: Witty Thinking in Graphic Design

Description – This book explores so-called ‘witty thinking’ – arguably the most entertaining area of graphic design. Witty thinking is playfulness with ideas, words playing against images, and unexpected connections prompting new insights. It is clever thinking, not funny drawing. A Smile in the Mind analyses the intricate thought processes behind the apparently forward images.

Author – Beryl McAlhone, David Stuart

Price – ₹ 8,913.00

Review – Marky :- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. Really good at breaking down wit!. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2012. Really good read if you are into witty imagery and ways of thinking. I am using this to help with my dissertation… Also if you like this check out creative advertising by Mario Pricken too for witty thinking!

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Know-Your-Onions

Know Your Onions: Graphic Design

Description – This book is practical and immediate, without being condescending or overly technical. It is like having a graphic design mentor who will help you come up with ideas, develop your concepts, and implement them in a way that is engaging and humorous. It gives readers the experience and ability that normally comes from years of on-the-job training. All of the essential techniques of graphic design and its digital implementation are covered.

Author – Drew de Soto

Price – ₹ 1,491

Review – Ankit Singh :- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. really a great book if you are a full-time freelancer designer. Reviewed in India on 5 March 2016. really a great book if you are a full-time freelancer designer. gets you a pretty good idea about print and graphic design industry.

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Type-Matters!

Type Matters!

Description – Once upon a time, only typesetters needed to know about kerning, leading, ligatures, and hanging punctuation. Today, however, most of us work on computers, with access to hundreds of fonts, and we’d all like our letters, reports and other documents to look as good – and as readable – as possible. 

Author – Jim Williams

Price – ₹ 1,984

Review – kp :- 1.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. Only for Beginners. Reviewed in India on 7 September 2019. Good book for Beginners and basic level….who knows nothing about typography…it is a introduction type of book…which discuss about every aspect of typography in very brief way…..you want get anything in detailed.

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Creative-Workshop

Creative Workshop

Description – Have you ever struggled to complete a design project on time? Or felt that having a tight deadline stifled your capacity for maximum creativity? If so, then this book is for you. Within these pages, you’ll find 80 creative challenges that will help you achieve a breadth of stronger design solutions, in various media, within any set time period. 

Author – David Sherwin

Price – ₹ 1,254.00

Review – Rahul Kumar :- 4.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. Must buy for a graphic designer. Reviewed in India on 2 January 2015. Nice book, easy language, useful exercise. Will definitely recommended this to any graphic designer.

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Sagmeister

Sagmeister: Made You Look

Description – Just as film, art, music, and literature have the power to move people, Stefan sagmeister’s innovative work shows that graphic design, too, can cut to the emotional quick. His desire is to transform stale thinking, and sagmeister: made you look does just that. Compelling, honest, and intensely personal, made you look covers 20 years of sagmeister’s graphic design. 

Author – Stefan Sagmeister, Peter Hall

Price – ₹ 2,839

Review – Thomas Ager :- 5.0 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. WOW. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 May 2014. This dude is a fuggin genius. I’ve only seen the cover and the first 5 or so pages and I’m so impressed.

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Conclusion

If your focus is on Graphic Design and if you want to learn more about Graphic Design.
Then you are on the right path. Here are the Best 20 Graphic Design Books for you.