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A Comprehensive Reading List for and by Designers

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Being big bibliophiles here at InVision, we asked some of our favorite designers to recommend the book that inspired them the most this past year. Check out the 75 most popular answers and the top designers who recommend them, plus 5 inspiring periodicals.

Inspired by Typography

DecorativeLogoDesign

Decorative Logo DesignThis image-heavy book explores the marks and logos of charming brands.

Yoga

Yoga Perdana

Coordinator Designer at Volcom Indonesia

DavidCran

David Cran

Illustrator, Designer and Photographer

DangerousCurves

Dangerous Curves: Mastering Logotype Design by Doyald YoungThis book exhibits Young's amazing collection of typography by focusing on the form and curves of the letters.

RyanHamrick

Ryan Hamrick

Owner of Baselime LTD

KenBarber

Ken Barber

Chief Letterer and Typeface Design Director at House Industries

JosephAlessio

Joseph Alessio

Freelance Designer and Lettering Artist

"Doyald Young's 'Dangerous Curves' showcases his own work and is an incredible study tool and reference book for lettering work."

ElementsofTypo

The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert BringhurstThis manual travels between art, history and technical knowledge, serving both as a reference book and a readable story.

Simon

Simon Gustavsson

Freelance Graphic Designer

SvenRead

Sven Read

Designer at BörseGo AG

MattYow

Matt Yow

Designer at Focus Lab

EddieWilson

Eddie Wilson

Software Designer

JacksonAlves

Jackson Alves

Owner of Custom Types

TenCommandments

The Ten Commandments of Typography/Type Heresy by Paul FeltonFelton playfully relates typography to religion in this cheeky book that includes "commandments" and "sacrilege."

VadimSherbakov

Vadim Sherbakov

Founder and Owner of Madebyvadim

TypeMatters

Type Matters! by Jim WilliamsThis book is a well-structured answer to modern problems of layout design on computers.

NickKumbari

Nick Kumbari

Independent Art Director/Graphic Designer

PeteOrme

Pete Orme

Founder of Supereight Studio Ltd.

GertTzafa

Gert Tzafa

Art Director at OgilvyOne Worldwide Athens

ThinkingWithType

Thinking with Type by Ellen LuptonThis best-seller serves as a guide to typography from digital to print, explaining the rules and how exactly to break them.

MattJohnston

Matt Johnston

Co-Founder and Head of Product at Boatbound

FabioBenedetti

Fabio Benedetti

Visual Designer and Illustrator

Jesus

Jesus Cardenas

Senior Designer at Brand Apart

BennRaistrick

Benn Raistrick

Co-Founder of Gravita

Jakub

Jakub Kejha

Freelancer

TylerAnthony

Tyler Anthony

Designer at O&H Brand Design

"I love the examples featured in 'Thinking with Type' and the process behind them. It’s a must-have book for every typeface geek."

Inspired by Product Design

DesigningForDigital

Designing for the Digital Age by Kim GoodwinThis book serves as a roadmap to create useable, helpful products, from team-building to iteration.

AlexVanderzon

Alex Vanderzon

UI / UX Designer at Alcidion and Freelancer

LivingWithComplexity

Living with Complexity by Donald A. NormanNorman picks apart the argument for simplicity and vouches for complex (but well-designed) products that shadow our rich lives.

PeteLacey

Pete Lacey

Product Design Lead at Podio

DesignofEverydayThings

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. NormanNorman delves into product design from the scientific viewpoint of a cognitive psychologist to explain why some products work and others frustrate.

MichalVasko

Michal Vasko

Senior Product Designer at Voxer

MattDaniels

Matt Daniels

Member of the Strategy Team at Undercurrent

DmitryNovikov

Dmitry Novikov

Senior Designer at MacPaw Inc.

ManoelaIlic

Manoela Ilic

Web Designer and Developer at Codrops

JoshuaCorliss

Joshua Corliss

Digital Design Director at The Martin Agency

DidiMedina

Didi Medina

Experience Designer at Mixbook

LoganFaerber

Logan Faerber

Lead Visual Designer at DockYard

ChristianBaroni

Christian Baroni

Freelance Designer

Inspired by People

DamnGoodAdvice

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!) by George LoisLois, the original "Mad Man" offers witty advice on life and business.

AndrewLittmann

Andrew Littmann

Senior Art Director at IMM

Lubalin

Herb Lubalin American Graphic Designer by Adrian ShaughnessyThis biography chronicles the life and career of Lubalin, arguably the world's most influential typographer and graphic designer.

EricNyffeler

Eric Nyffeler

Owner/Designer/Janitor at Doe Eyed

JonContino

Jon Contino

Principal of Jon Contino Studio

"Herb Lubalin is one of my idols, and this book is just a giant collection of his work. If you want good design, it's all in there!"

Nelson

George Nelson: Architect / Writer / Designer / Teacher by Stanley AbercrombieThis illustrated biography explores Nelson's classic mid-century modern designs.

AaronEiland

Aaron Eiland

Senior Graphic Designer at Fossil

Bass

Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design Hardcover Jennifer BassWorking in graphic design, corporate identity, and even short film, Bass created some of the most recognizable imagery of the 20th century.

Zach

Zach Graham

Illustrator and Designer at Dropbox

Rams

Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible by Sophie LovellThis exploration of Ram's life includes photographs, sketches, and other archival material to explain why we still use products he designed a half century ago.

AndreeBlixt

Andree Blixt

UI/ Visual Designer and Owner of Blixt Design

RaySison

Ray Sison

Design Director at R/GA

Kern

Kern and Burn by Tim HooverThis book includes interviews with 30 designers detailing their failures and successes as they created careers for themselves.

JimLeszczynski

Jim Leszczynski

Principal at Good Behavior

MadsBurcharth

Mads Burcharth

Designer/Illustrator

AmyHood

Amy Hood

Co-Founder and Designer at Hoodzpah Design Co.

DavidMSmith

David M. Smith

Maker/Designer/Entrepreneur, The BlkSmith Design Co.

CameronDearsley

Cameron Dearsley

Product Designer at Tab Payments

JonnyAshcroft

Jon Ashcroft

Freelance Designer and Illustrator

EricRMortensen

Eric R. Mortensen

Freelance Designer

TimBoelaars

Tim Boelaars

Independent Graphic Designer and Illustrator

ValerieJar

Valerie Jar

Designer/Illustrator

Jobs

Steve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonIsaacson writes an honest portrait of the iconic designer based on extensive interviews with Jobs himself as well as his family, friends, and colleagues.

JamesMcDonald

James McDonald

Owner of Enthusiastic.co

BartEbbekink

Bart Ebbekink

Senior Web Designer at Blink Interactive

MengTo

Meng To

Designer at Design+Code

AlesNesetril

Ales Nesetril

Freelance Web and UI/UX Designer

"'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson inspired me so much. It changed the way I think and how I live my life right now. It really changed the way I look at designs these days, and how I want to be better at it everyday."

Ive

Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products by Leander KahneyThis biography explores the man behind design at Apple, from overcoming dyslexia to becoming the lead designer of his generation.

DmitriLitvinov

Dmitri Litvinov

Designer at Postach.io

PierreBorodin

Pierre Borodin

Product Designer at Giant Interactive

Canon

The Vignelli CanonVignelli himself describes what he considers good design and his process behind his work.

JanVuNam

Jan Vu Nam

Freelance Product Designer

Eduardo

Eduardo Santos

Freelance User Interface Designer

Manual

The Manual - Issues 1-3 by variousEach issue contains six articles and six personal lessons from six different authors.

JedBridges

Jed Bridges

Senior Identity and Web Designer for Elevator

JoeyLomanto

Joey Lomanto

Director of Design for Product at Salesforce

JeremyLoyd

Jeremy Loyd

Creative Director at Sparkbox

DominicFlask

Dominic Flask

Independent Designer and Illustrator at Dangerdom Studios

Inspired by the Future

DesignForward

Design Forward by Hartmut EsslingerEsslinger explores how design can have an impact on sustainability for the future in both the environment and the economy.

MiguelOliviaMarquez

Miguel Oliva Márquez

UX Designer at Skype

DesignistheProblem

Design Is the Problem by Nathan ShedroffShedroff calls designers to focus on sustainable products and solutions.

JinaBolton

Jina Bolton

Senior Product Designer at Salesforce UX

ObeyTheGiant

Obey the Giant by Rick PoynorThis collection of essays by Poynor describes the increasing connectivity of commerce and culture.

DavidSizemore

David Sizemore

Art Director at MailChimp

WorldWithoutWords

World without Words by Michael EvamyEvamy shows how simple design can explain so much without words and how culture is moving toward a world without words.

MattLawson

Matt Lawson

Designer at Hubspot

PredictablyIrrational

Predictably Irrational by Dan ArielyThis book brings to light the hidden forces that shape our daily decisions in life.

MigReyes

Mig Reyes

Designer at Basecamp

MichaelSmith

Michael Smith

Designer at charity: water

JonPatterson

Jon Patterson

Freelance Designer Specializing in UX/UI, Branding and Illustration

"I’ve shifted to books about how people work, how we write, how we live, business, sales. All of the things that good designers—and good people—should know about, but we often neglect because we’re so focused on our craft."

CraftofWords

The Craft of Words By The StandardistasThis book uncovers the importance of words in design and why designers must think of words as an equally important design tool.

TomCreighton

Tom Creighton

Product Designer at Heist

CreativeHabit

The Creative Habit by Twyla TharpTharp's books offers prescriptions and exercises to release your creativity from its often-stuck mindset.

AndrewBeck

Andrew Beck

Visual Designer at Edenspiekermann

ScottDunlap

Scott Dunlap

Designer and Co-Creator of Habit List

ThinkingFastandSlow

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanNobel Prize-winning psychologist Kahneman differentiates between our quick, "gut" way of thinking and our other slower, more logical system.

MattDSmith

Matt D. Smith

Design Director at Studio Mds

Inspired by Icons and Logos

GeekArt

Geek-Art: An Anthology by Thomas OlivriOlivri's anthology consists of almost 800 examples of "geek art."

SebastienGabriel

Sebastien Gabriel

Visual Designer for Google Chrome

IconHandbook

The Icon Handbook by Jon HicksHicks goes from the basics to the finished in seven steps, laying the roadwork for a predictable way to create an icon.

JeffBroderick

Jeff Broderick

Creative Director at ShopSavvy

ZachRoszczewski

Zach Roszczewski

Freelance Iconographer and Illustrator

PiotrKwaitkowski

Piotr Kwiatkowski

Visual Designer at Palantir

NikolayVerin

Nikolay Verin

Icon Designer

EricHoffman

Eric Hoffman

Founder and Principle Designer of JellyJar Co

MateuszDembek

Mateusz Dembek

UI Designer at Motoeye

KevinAndersson

Kevin Andersson

Graphic Designer and Developer

LubosVolkov

Luboš Volkov

Lead Designer at Toptal

KubilaySapayer

Kubilay Sapayer

Visual Designer

NickChamberlin

Nick Chamberlin

Freelance Illustrator

LogoCreed

Logo Creed by Bill GardnerThis book goes from discovery to research to development to delivery and gives examples from lead designers about their own processes.

Jonas

Jonas Söder

Freelancer for Web and Print

TimFrame

Tim Frame

Principal at Tim Frame Design

LogoDesignLove

Logo Design Love by David AireyAirey's book goes beyond just images of logos in order to step into the process of creating them.

SteffenAndersen

Steffen Andersen

Lead Art Director at Wallmob

PetrHad

Petr Had

Freelance Designer

RussRosenberg

Russ Rosenberg

UI/UX Designer

MonogramLogo

Monogram logo by Leterme Dowling and Counter-PrintThis image-heavy book consists of 452 logos and ciphers from around the world.

HenricSjosten

Henric Sjösten

Typographic Designer

JosedeWal

José de Wal

Graphic Designer

"The last book I purchased, ‘Monogram Logo: Monograms & Ciphers’, is a collection of categorized monograms and ciphers from around the world and logos from some of the world's greatest design companies."

Symbol

Symbol by Angus Hyland and Steven BatemanThis well-organized book shows more than 1,300 symbols organized into groups and subgroups.

RickMurphy

Rick Murphy

Creative Director of Hardly Code

JeroenvanEerden

Jeroen van Eerden

Digital Artist

Inspired by Business

Designisajob

Design is a Job by Mike MonteiroThis easy read explains how to build your business backbone while feeding your creative talent.

VirginiaPoltrack

Virginia Poltrack

Owner of Fat Russell

TimothyReynolds

Timothy J. Reynolds

Freelance 3D Illustrator

JacobEtter

Jacob Etter

Art Director at nFusion

Morgan

Morgan Jones

Designer at 383

ErickMontes

Erick Montes

Senior Designer at Helms Workshop

EvanHuwa

Evan Huwa

Art Director at jakshop

BrianBenitez

Brian Benitez

Creative Director and Partner at Collective Ray

JorisRigerl

Joris Rigerl

Designer at Les Avignons

BenGarratt

Ben Garratt

Creative Director of Visual Republic

EricaSirotich

Erica Sirotich

Illustrator

ChristopherGulczynski

Christopher Gulczynski

Co-Ceo / Co-Founder of Next

Drawntobusiness

Drawn to Business by Bill Beachy of GoMedia.usBeachy tells his story along with 15 others of how to build a successful design company.

MikeJones

Mike Jones

Co-Founder of Creative South

JeffFinley

Jeff Finley

VP of Go Media

wanttobe

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul ArdenArden's book is a inspiring read for designers and non-designers alike, and he offers his wisdom on a wide-variety of business problems.

GlennJones

Glenn Jones

Designer at Glennz Tees

CurtisRice

Curtis Rice

Graphic Designer at Roadtrippers

CreativityInc

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy WallaceCo-Founder of Pixar, Catmull writes for managers and employees, calling them to be creative, passionate, and unique.

TimVanDamme

Tim Van Damme

Designer at Dropbox

HaraldurThorleifsson

Haraldur Thorleifsson

Creative Director at UENO

GabrielValdivia

Gabriel Valdivia

Product Designer at Facebook

LaszlitoKovacs

Laszlito Kovacs

Illustrator at Laszlito and Creative Director at PresentPlus

PasqualeD'Silva

Pasquale D'silva

Creative Director and Co-Founder of Keezy

BradHaynes

Brad Haynes

Freelance Creative Director and Designer at Airbnb

GregoryHartman

Gregory Hartman

Designer and Illustrator at Duolingo

HalldorAndriBjarnason

Halldór Andri Bjarnason

Freelance Visual Designer and Illustrator

JamesBarnes

James Barnes

Product Designer at Carbonmade

JustinMezzell

Justin Mezzell

Art Director at Code School

DannyKeane

Danny Keane

Creative Director at Zesty, Inc

I've been reading 'Creativity, Inc' lately and really enjoying it. Also 'Execute' by Josh Long and Drew Wilson was a big inspiration for me last year"

ManageDay

Manage Your Day-To-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei and 99UThis manual shows how to stop working hard and start working smart in a workplace that never seems to stop.

AaronScamihorn

Aaron Scamihorn

Designer at Ronlewhorn Industries

JeremySallee

Jeremy Sallee

Principal Product Design at Nutanix

KyleTezak

Kyle Tezak

Designer at Simple.Honest.Work.

ShaneHelm

Shane Helm

Design Director at Engage

EddieLobanovskiy

Eddie Lobanovskiy

Founder of Unfold.co

Remote

Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier HanssonThis book explores the benefits and challenges of remote work as more companies look to decentralize the office.

TommyRoussel

Tommy Roussel

Freelance UI/UX Designer

TrevorRogers

Trevor Rogers

Designer at charity: water

Inspired by UI

DontMakeMeThink

Don't Make Me Think by Steve KrugIn this classic handbook on information design, Krug shares why intuitive navigation is vital for the success of any web-based product.

CosminNegoita

Cosmin Negoita

Junior Designer at Rawnet

David

David Im

Designer at heysd.com

BadyQB

Bady

UI/UX designer at WEGO

IvoIvanov

Ivo Ivanov

Designer at Teamwork.com

JakubAntalik

Jakub Antalík

Senior Designer at Sygic.com

StephenDiDonato

Stephen Di Donato

Web Designer at Standard Life

CharlesRiccardi

Charles Riccardi

Founding Designer at Highfive

PedjaRusic

Pedja Rusic

Senior Designer at Frontmenstudio

JoeMortell

Joe Mortell

UI Designer

JasonHarrop

Jason Harrop

Web Designer and Illustrator

"'Don’t Make Me Think' by Steve Krug was the first time I read a book about web that gave me 'wow' moments. I can understand easily and scientifically some behavior that designers should notice."

AboutFace

About Face by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin and Christopher NoesselThis book explores interaction design with a new focus on the shift to mobile.

DmitryUvarov

Dmitry Uvarov, Illustrator

Icon and Graphic Designer

JannaHagan

Janna Hagan

Designer at Myplanet

InteractionDesign

Interaction Design by Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp and Jenny PreeceThis book has a multi-disciplinary approach to interaction design focusing both on technical and social issues.

AurelienSalomon

Aurélien Salomon

Freelance UI/UX Designer

RaphaelLopes

Raphael Lopes

Lead of UI Design at Apontador

ProductDesign

Product Design for the Web by Randy J. HuntEtsy's creative director explains why web designers need to think more like product designers in order to create the next great thing.

KeenanCummings

Keenan Cummings

Lead Designer at Yahoo! Mobile Products

Simple

Simple and Usable by Giles ColborneExamples and case studies tout the importance of simplicity in design.

AllisonGrayce

Allison Grayce

Lead Designer at JobHive

DesigningforEmotion

Designing for Emotion by Aarron WalterWalter looks at psychology and how it influences today's design in this book, focusing on how to make users fall in love with your design.

KevinAnderson

Kevin Anderson

UI Designer at 3D Hubs

VincentTantardini

Vincent Tantardini

Freelance

NuruzzamanSheikh

Nuruzzaman Sheikh

Freelance UX/UI Designer and Front-End Developer

PavelMacek

Pavel Maček

Lead Designer at Screenhero

JamesCipriano

James Cipriano

UI/UX Designer

MaleikaAttawel

Maleika Attawel

Owner of rockatee.com

BenJordan

Ben Jordan

VP of Customer Experience at InVision

MindinMind

Designing with the Mind in Mind by Jeff JohnsonJohnson explores the science for UI designers, explaining the theories of cognitive psychology.

FaresFarhan

Fares Farhan

UI/UX Designer at Chocaholic

KamilKhadeyev

Kamil Khadeyev

Freelance UI and Icon Designer

Inspired by Graphic Design

Animators

The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard WilliamsThe Academy Award-winning animator behind "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" writes an informative handbook on the underlying principles of animation.

AllisonHouse

Allison House

Independent Designer

Grid

Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Müller-BrockmannMüller-Brockmann's theories on grid design covered in this book are essential to computer-assisted designers.

ThomasRicciardiello

Thomas Ricciardiello

Freelance Designer

TaylorGoad

Taylor Goad

Designer/Illustrator at Hatch Design

MikeCummings

Michael Cummings

Partner at Young & Hungry

"A lot of our digital work is inspired by print design and so 'Grid Systems in Graphic Design' has been phenomenal in helping us gain a better understanding of grid systems outside the digital realm and ultimately has helped our entire design process as a studio evolve."

DesignFormChaos

Design, Form, and Chaos by Paul RandRand draws from his own experience and others that inspired him to share his process of creating good design.

AlexanderZaytsev

Alexander Zaytsev

Freelance Designer

DataPoints

Data Points by Nathan YauYau focuses on the graphics side of data visualization in his follow up to "Visualize This".

MasonYarnell

Mason Yarnell

Creative Lead at Mixpanel

FormCode

Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture by Casey ReasThis non-technical guide serves as an introduction to the history, theory, and practice of software in the arts.

GeneRoss

Gene Ross

Senior Designer and Developer at Elegant Seagulls

DesignBeforeDesigners

Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers by David JuryJury gives a history of printing and includes almost 800 illustrations, most in color.

BethanyHeck

Bethany Heck, Designer

IBM Mobile Innovation Lab

Soul

How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian ShaughnessyShaughnessy writes for young graphic designers, focusing on how to run a successful business and manage their creative process.

AnthonyLane

Anthony Lane

Owner of Studio Anthony Lane

Alex

Alex Perez

Designer by Day at Swink Inc

JakeDugard

Jake Dugard

Freelance Designer

AnnaRopalo

Anna Ropalo

Freelance Designer

Meggs

Meggs' History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs and Alston W. PurvisThis academic textbook is the gold standard for graphic design history.

JonathanSchubert

Jon Schubert

Graphic Designer at Fossil

NeilTasker

Neil Tasker

Freelance

Inspired by Method and Theory

DrawingIdeas

Drawing Ideas by Mark Baskinger and William BardelBaskinger and Bardel's book is a drawing bootcamp that aims to enhance reasoning skills and ultimately product creation.

SaschaMTrinkaus

Sascha Michael Trinkaus

CEO of Trinkaus Creative Consultants

JakePage

Jake Page

Illustrator

"I’ve really came to appreciate grabbing a mechanical pencil and sketching out ideas on good paper. 'Drawing Ideas' gave me further insight into how that passion can be put to good use in my daily workflow as a web designer."

90

90 Degrees by Andrew KimThis iBook exclusive explores the art of knolling.

IgnacioGiri

Ignacio Giri

Art Director of Hello Innovation

Brand

Designing Brand Identity by Alina WheelerThrough case studies, this book provides a proven, universal five-phase process for creating and implementing effective brand identity.

JulianHrankov

Julian Hrankov

Freelance Designer at ArtMachine

Paulius

Paulius Kairevicius

Brand Identity Designer at Kairevicius

DesigningDesign

Designing Design by Kenya HaraHara focuses on the importance of emptiness in design while crediting underrated Japanese icons and images.

NewayLau

Neway Lau

Co-Founder of DINE

Onlyoly

Onlyoly

Graphic Designer

DesigningNews

Designing News by Francesco FranchiA relative newcomer to the design field, Franchi explains his process behind his editorial design of IL and how the news and media industry should pivot.

DanielEden

Daniel Eden

Designer at Dropbox

NickSigler

Nick Sigler

Design Director at Aloompa

Geometry

Geometry Makes Me Happy by Index BooksSections including art, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, and interior design explore the role of geometry in creative expression.

DannyJones

Danny Jones

Design at Facebook

InteractionColor

Interaction of Color by Josef AlbersThis handbook and teaching aid presents Albers’s singular explanation of complex color theory principles.

BobbyGiangeruso

Bobby Giangeruso

Co-Founder of Kazmik

IvanBobrov

Ivan Bobrov

Independent Designer

JustEnoughResearch

Just Enough Research by Erika HallHall presents an easy, cross-disciplinary approach on how to do research to create a solid foundation for your project.

JaradJohnson

Jarad Johnson

Partner and Designer at Mostly Serious

SynthesisForm

Notes on the Synthesis of Form by Christopher AlexanderAlexander presents an entirely new theory of the process of design by which a form is adapted to the context of human needs.

AaronRobbs

Aaron Robbs

Design Lead at Kickstarter

ShapeofDesign

The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero This anti-textbook focuses on the "why" rather than the "how" of design.

KeiranFlanigan

Keiran Flanigan

Founder at AELIOX

NathanGodding

Nathan Godding

Visual Designer at Evernote

GeorgeOtsubo

George Otsubo

Co-Founder and Product Designer at Kanvas

PrekeshChavda

Prekesh Chavda

Freelance Product and Visual Designer

KimWouters

Kim Wouters

Designer at PixelProof

Sass

Sass for Web Designers by Dan CederholmCederholm shares how Sass, the popular CSS pre-processor, provides a clear-cut path to taking better control of your code.

OliverLisher

Oliver Lisher

Freelance

AnthonyLagoon

Anthony Lagoon

Creative Director and Founder at Underbelly.co

Inspired by the Classics

Universal

Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jill ButlerThis cross-disciplinary reference for design pairs clear explanations of design concepts featured with visual examples of those concepts applied in practice.

FarzadBan

Farzad Ban

Designer at 3dro.ps

MichaelMyers

Michael Myers

Visual Designer at WebFilings

"I don't have a formal education in graphic design, so this was a great book for brushing up on formal design principles."

Therapy

Art as Therapy by Alain de BottonPhilosopher Alain de Botton shares a new way to look at familiar masterpieces, noting that they can actually be therapeutic for their audiences.

KyleMeyer

Kyle Meyer

Product Designer at Facebook

Noble

The Noble Approach by Tod PolsonThis book shares Noble's approach to animation design from concept to final frame, illustrated with sketches and stunning original artwork spanning the full breadth of his career.

Eva

Eva Galesloot

Illustrator at skwirrol illustration

SeanHalpin

Sean Halpin

Freelance Web Designer

Natalie

Natalie Smith

Freelance Illustrator

Scripts

Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age by Steven Heller and Louise FiliThis well-organized handbook shows typefaces, handwriting, neon signs, and more.

ZackDavenport

Zack Davenport

Brand Designer at Foursquare

JeffreyDevey

Jeffrey Devey

Senior Illustrator at Graphic D-Signs

DesignStandards

Designing With Web Standards by Jeffrey ZeldmanNow in the third edition with essential updates for the modern web, this classic, industry-changing guidebook remains the essential source for creating fast, effective websites.

BenJordan

Ben Jordan

VP of Customer Experience at InVision

ResponsiveDesign

Responsive Web Design by Ethan MarcotteEthan Marcotte explains how to think beyond the desktop and craft beautiful designs that anticipate and respond to your users’ needs.

BillyKiely

Billy Kiely

Lead Designer at InVision

Inspired by Innovation

CreativityForSale

Creativity for Sale by Jason SurfrAppThe man behind IWearYourShirt and BuyMyLastName shares a practical guide on how to turn passions into profits.

RossMoody

Ross Moody

Owner of 55 Hi’s and Madison Glass Co.

Execute

Execute by Josh Long and Drew WilsonThis book shows you how to move fast and stay inspired. The book itself was written, designed, and off to the printer in 8 days.

RaquelRomanParrado

Raquel Roman Parrado

UI/UX Web and Mobile Designer at Digiti

NoeAraujo

Noe Araujo

Freelance Designer

TheGoodCreative

The Good Creative by Paul JarvisJarvis outlines the 18 habits of the world's most respected artists.

RickWaalders

Rick Waalders

Founder and Designer at Unzone

Steal

Steal Like An Artist by Austin KleonKleon urges readers to remix, borrow, steal, and re-imagine to play with creativity.

MartinKarasek

Martin Karasek

UI Designer at Twomanshow

MichaelDolejs

Michael Dolejš

Freelance Designer

FilipSlovacek

Filip Slováček

Freelance Art Director/Designer

JanLosert

Jan Losert

Freelance UI Designer

KarolisStrautniekas

Karolis Strautniekas

Freelance

RomanJusdado

Román Jusdado

Freelance Illustrator and Visual Designer

BenJohnson

Ben Johnson

Owner/Creative Director at Elegant Seagulls

LucieKaraskova

Lucie Karaskova

Freelance Icon and iOS Designer

Show

Show Your Work! by Austin KleonKleon's follow up to "Steal Like an Artist" focuses on how to use your network and how to let your network use you.

ZacharySmith

Zachary Smith

Freelance Lettering Artist, and Co-Founder of Know Where Co.

DannPetty

Dann Petty

Freelance Designer

GoodIdeas

Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven JohnsonJohnson identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines.

NickAgin

Nick Agin

Freelance Designer

Inspired by Web and Print Magazines and Their Publications

ComputerArts

Computer Arts MagazineThe industry-leading title for graphic designers, Computer Arts is the magazine for people who believe design matters.

JoaquimNielsen

Joaquim Marquès Nielsen

Graphic Designer at JOMANI

Offscreen

Offscreen MagazineOffscreen is an independent magazine about people who use the internet and technology to be creative, solve problems, and build successful businesses.

BenjaminDeCock

Benjamin De Cock

UI Designer at Stripe

Smashing

Smashing Magazine and its publicationsSmashing Magazine is a website and blog that offers resources, books, and advice to web developers and web designers.

KartikMahant

Kartik Mahant

Lead UI and UX Expert at Raven Developers

DannyKnaack

Danny Knaack

Senior Web Designer at YOOtheme

JasonMayo

Jason Mayo

Designer and Developer at Shape

PareshKhatri

Paresh Khatri

Freelance Creative Director

LukasMajzlan

Lukáš Majzlan

Founder and Designer at Art4web

MuhammadAliEffendy

Muhammad Ali Effendy

Freelance Designer

Dis

DIS MagazineThe self-described "post-internet lifestyle magazine" has an editorial mission to interrogate and collapse hierarchies.

IsaacGrant

Isaac Grant

Freelance Designer

Dwell

Dwell MagazineDwell is an American magazine devoted to modern architecture and design.

CalebLummer

Caleb Lummer

Visual Designer and Software Architect at FluidInc.

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