8 essential designer books you seriously have to invest in

While the Internet offers unlimited access to sources of inspiration, there’s nothing like sitting down with a good book. As designers it is essential to, not only keep practicing and keeping up with the trends, but invest in our knowledge as well. 

 

Below is a list of 8 books that can help you either in learning the fundamentals of graphic design, expanding your existing skills, or simply help your creative juices flow again!



  • Burn Your Portfolio

Author: Michael Janda 

Burn your Portfolio takes more than just a design school education and a killer portfolio to succeed in a creative career. 

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  • Steal Like an Artist

Author: Austin Kleon

Steal like an Artist” focuses on inspiration in the design process. It will help you set up the right mindset for the best creative results.

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  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Author: Nir Eyal

This book is a guide on how to create user habits that stick. Actionable steps for building products people will love.

 

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  • The Designer’s Dictionary of Colour

Author: Sean Adams

This book focuses on color inspiration. It will help you to understand the basics of the color spectrum.

 

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  • Type Matters!

Author: Jim Williams

This book focuses around typography and its history. It will help you understand everything about typography and how it works in viewers’ minds.

 

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  • 100 Things Every Designer Needs

Author: Susan Weinschenk

This book combines real science & research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs.

 

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  • The Design of Everyday Things

Author: Don Norman

This is a best-selling book focusing on how design serves as the communication between object and user.

 

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  • Don’t Make Me Think

Author: Steve Krug

This book is mostly focused on web and mobile interface. It will  also help you to understand the basics of usability testing.

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We all feel stuck, not creative and that’s why we need to help each other to grow together!

 

Thanks for reading! 

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