8 Must-Read Books for Graphics Designers

If you are on the way to becoming a graphics designer, then know the books that are a must-read for you.

Wed Jun 15, 2022

8 Must-Read Books for Graphics Designers

Hello readers, in our previous blog we have talked about the skills required to become a motion graphics designer. Now that you have a clear picture of what a graphics designer actually is and what are the skills required to become one, it’s time to know about a few books that are a must-read for the graphics designers. These books authored by well-known authors take you through a deeper understanding of the design. Stay connected till the end to know who authored these books and what they teach you.

Top Must-Reads for Graphics Designers

Logo Modernism by Jens Müller

Published by the TASCHEN publication, the book is authored by Jens Muller. The book brings before you over 6000 trademarks from 1940 to 1980 to understand the attitude and imperatives that gave birth to corporate identities. It takes you from the media outfits to the retail giants, from airlines to the art galleries and the survey is focused on the chapters based on Geometric, Effect, and Typographic. Each of these chapters is further sub-divided into form and style and focuses on alphabets, overlays, dots and squares.

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Steal like an artist explains the most important ten transformative principles of creativity that guides a reader to inculcate and transform their artistic side and develop a more creative mindset. This inspiring guide is a must read book for the budding graphic designers.

Grid systems in graphic design by Josef Müller-Brockmann

Grids are an important part when it comes to graphic designing. They work as the points to connect to each other while designing. This book authored by Josef Muller Brockmann makes you an expert of the grid system which is necessary to become a successful graphics designer.

Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton

Thinking with Type becomes a must read for the graphics designer since it guides you through the fundamentals and intermediate points of typography that are essential for visual communication in designing.

The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst

Authored by the poet and typographer Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style, brings forward and guides the designers on the art of typography and the importance of using it the correct way to master typography.

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

Whether you are the project head of the rebranding of the company or need to elaborate to people about your brand fundamentals and works, the book Designing Brand Identity is an essential resource. It explains what design identity actually is and how it works. The 5th edition of this classic book has been released for graphic designers and other readers.

The Art of Hand-Lettering: Techniques for Mastery and Practice by Helm Wotzkow

Author Wotzkow has put forward a step-by-step guide for hand lettering. The book starts from the fundamentals and then takes you through the intermediate and expert steps. The book explores both the pen and brush lettering and focuses on italics, script, gothic and block styles along with perspective and negative lettering and lettering on curves.

Interaction of Color by Josef Albers

Interaction of Color is the masterwork of the author Josef Albers in the field of art and design. The book is one of the great books for budding artists, instructors and design teachers. The author explains the principles of the color theory in the easiest possible way.

These are just a few books that are suggested reads for the designers and others in the field of art and design. There are a lot many that one can refer to, If you too come across such a book, do email me with the name to get them added to this list of must-reads.


An India-based writer and co-author of "Words That Were Never Said" loves traveling and reading literature.
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