Some people might think that books do not have much merit today. The thing is there is still a lot you can learn from a book. Now there are more ways than ever to read a book from an audio book, kindle, ebook, or just a good old fashion physical copy. There might be a lot for a designer to learn on the internet but there is still a lot designers can learn from a book. Here is a list for some of the best books for a graphic designer in 2018.
There is a large selection of what kind of books a graphic designer could use to learn from. There are art of books, art books, educational books, business books, and more.
Here are some of the best types of books for a graphic designer that we will be talking about:
- Art books
- Business Books
Best books for a graphic designer in 2018: Art Books
Some of the best books that any designer needs on their shelf are art books. These are like giant picture books for adults. These are great to have so you can have something to look though when you are needing inspiration or are looking for something unique and different. The only issue with art books is some designers will only get art books that are close to their passion. This is great to have but if you have things that are not familiar to you it will actually give you more ideas and think about a problem differently. There are art books for almost everything from logo design, layout design, annual review design, and web design. If you can design it there is probably an art book for it.
Best Art Book for a Logo Designer in 2018: Logo Modernism
Logo Modernism by: Jens Muller. This is a great book for a person who is looking for great logo design. This book is filled with great minimal logo designs from all over the years. It will show you how a great design can last a lot longer than a trending design.
Best Art Book for Layout Design in 2018: Making and Breaking the Grid
Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop by Timothy Samara. Now this is really not a true art book but this is the best way for any graphic designer who is looking to learn how to do basic and advanced grid theory.
Best books for a graphic designer in 2018: Business Books
A lot of graphic designers are great designers but are not the best business or sales person. It is not always needed for graphic designer to learn how to run a business. It is helpful though if you want to be a freelancer and need to know how to run a business and make a sale. You could as a freelance graphic designer have someone do all the marketing and selling for you but that means you are going to need to split some of the profits.
Best Business Books for a graphic designer in 2018: Crush It!
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk. This is a little bit of an older book but it still holds up really well. If you have not seen any of Gary Vee’s content than you are missing out if you are wanting to become the best entrepreneur you could be. This is one of the best books he has written and will make you get to work and make something great.
Best Business Books for a graphic designer in 2018: Design is a Job
Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro. This is also another older book. This is still a great book for anyone who is wanting to figure out how to make it as a graphic designer or a web designer. This book is written from the perspective of Mike Monterio the Creative Director of Mule Design. This is good for any designer who wants some tough love and learn about all of the pitfalls that there are in being a designer.