Here is a list of the best Graphic Design books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!
- Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills (2010)
- Graphic Design: The New Basics (2015)
- Graphic Design School: The Principles and Practice of Graphic Design (2017)
- Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities, 2nd Edition (2014)
- Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don’t teach you in design school, but should (2013)
- Graphic Design Thinking (Design Briefs) (2014)
- Graphic Design Handbook (2018)
- The Psychology of Graphic Design Pricing: Price creative work with confidence. Win more bids. Make more money. (2019)
- Graphic Design Play Book: An Exploration of Visual Thinking (2019)
- The Non-Designer’s Design Book (4th Edition) (2014)
- Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design (2011)
Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills (2010)
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 Creative Workshop, 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.
Graphic Design: The New Basics (2015)
Our bestselling introduction to graphic design is now available in a revised and updated edition In Graphic Design The New Basics bestselling author Ellen Lupton Thinking with Type Type on Screen and design educator Jennifer Cole Phillips explain the key concepts of visual language that inform any work of design from logo or letterhead to a complex website Through visual demonstrations and concise commentary stude…
Graphic Design School: The Principles and Practice of Graphic Design (2017)
Graphic Design School provides a comprehensive introduction to visual design for modern media. From the fundamentals of design to advanced techniques and problem solving, this book is packed with practical advice and tutorials for a broad range of applications in any media.
Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities, 2nd Edition (2014)
Completely updated and expanded, the second edition of David Airey’s Logo Design Love contains more of just about everything that made the first edition so great: more case studies, more sketches, more logos, more tips for working with clients, more insider stories, and more practical information for getting the job and getting it done right. In Logo Design Love, David shows you how to develop an iconic brand identity from start to finish, using client case studies from renowned designers.
Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don’t teach you in design school, but should (2013)
It takes more than just a design school education and a killer portfolio to succeed in a creative career. Burn Your Portfolio teaches the real-world practices, professional do's and don'ts, and unwritten rules of business that most designers, photographers, web designers, copy writers, programmers, and architects only learn after putting in years of experience on the job.
Graphic Design Thinking (Design Briefs) (2014)
Creativity is more than an inborn talent; it is a hard-earned skill, and like any other skill, it improves with practice. Graphic Design Thinking: How to Define Problems, Get Ideas, and Create Form explores a variety of informal techniques ranging from quick, seat-of-the-pants approaches to more formal research methods for stimulating fresh thinking, and ultimately arriving at compelling and viable solutions.
Graphic Design Handbook (2018)
Ease your work and save your time by keeping all the important information at your fingertips.As a graphic designer, many time you find yourself losing precious time searching for various information that you need to use in your daily projects.
The Psychology of Graphic Design Pricing: Price creative work with confidence. Win more bids. Make more money. (2019)
Learn how to price creative work with confidence. Win more bids. Make more money. When it comes to pricing their work, far too many freelance designers and agencies merely guess what to charge their clients. As a result, profitable projects have as much to do with luck as they do anything else.
Graphic Design Play Book: An Exploration of Visual Thinking (2019)
An entertaining and highly original introduction to graphic design, this beautifully designed book uses puzzles and visual challenges to demonstrate how typography, signage, posters, and branding work. Through a series of games and activities, including spot the difference, matching games, drawing, and dot-to-dot, readers are introduced to concepts and techniques in an engaging and interactive way.
The Non-Designer’s Design Book (4th Edition) (2014)
For nearly 20 years, designers and non-designers alike have been introduced to the fundamental principles of great design by author Robin Williams. Through her straightforward and light-hearted style, Robin has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to make their designs look professional using four surprisingly simple principles.
Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design (2011)
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.
Best Graphic Design Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf
We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some graphic design books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.
Engineering Design and Graphics with SolidWorks 2023
Author(s): Jim Bethune, Nathan Brown
ID: 3654936, Publisher: Pearson, Year: 2023, Size: 213 Mb, Format: epub
Adobe Illustrator for Creative Professionals: Develop skills in vector graphic illustration and build a strong design portfolio with Illustrator 2022
Author(s): Clint Balsar
ID: 3313725, Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: 2022, Size: 30 Mb, Format: epub
Mechanical Design of Machine Elements by Graphical Methods
Author(s): Majid Yaghoubi, Hamed Tavakoli
ID: 3355072, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2022, Size: 17 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.