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Handan Brennah McGoldDay

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CCC: Graphic Design Books

If you wish to stand on the shoulder of design giants, then there’s a hefty library of reading material at your disposal to do so. Fill up your bookshelves with the following guides and chronicles of graphic design and art direction.
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Best design books
  • Show your Work, Austin Kleon
  • Pentagram Marks
  • Why Font Matters, Sarah Hyndman
  • Don’t get a job, make a job: How to Make it as a Creative Graduate, Gem Barton
  • Women in graphic design, 1890-2012, Gerda Breuer
  • Big Brand Theory Gingko Press
  • Grid Systems in Graphic Design, Josef Müller-Brockmann
  • The Book of Trees, The Book of Circles, Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information: Manuel Lima
  • Envisioning information, Edward Tufte
  • How to be a Graphic Designer without losing your soul
  • 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 – Michael Bierut
  • Making a Splash: Graphics That Flow – Viction:ary
  • A Smile in the Mind, Revised and Expanded Edition: Witty Thinking in Graphic Design – Beryl McAlhone
  • Make Your Own Luck: A DIY Attitude to Graphic Design and Illustration – Kate Moros
  • Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team by Alina Wheeler
  • Know Your Onions: Graphic Design: How to Think Like a Creative, Act Like a Businessman and Design Like a God by Drew de Soto

Best books for Art directors


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