5 Must Have Graphic Design Books Recommended by Professional Graphic Designer

It’s been a month I never bought a single graphic design book and my hand started to get itchy now. I’ve been googling around to find some recommended book and this is what I found for my shopping list.

Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye, Recommended by Milton Glaser




“A basic and essential book for anyone in the visual arts – Milton Glaser”


Book description : Since its publication fifty years ago, this work has established itself as a classic. It casts the visual process in psychological terms and describes the creative way one’s eye organizes visual material according to specific psychological premises.


In 1974 this book was revised and expanded, and since then it has continued to burnish Rudolf Arnheim’s reputation as a groundbreaking theoretician in the fields of art and psychology.


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Visual Thinking by Rudolf Arnheim, Recommended by Milton Glaser




“Designers need these introductions for their work – Milton Glaser”


Book Description : For thirty-five years Visual Thinking has been the gold standard for art educators, psychologists, and general readers alike. In this seminal work, Arnheim, author of “The Dynamics of Architectural Form”, “Film as Art”, “Toward a Psychology of Art”, and “Art and Visual Perception”, asserts that all thinking (not just thinking related to art) is basically perceptual in nature, and that the ancient dichotomy between seeing and thinking, between perceiving and reasoning, is false and misleading. This is an indispensable tool for students and for those interested in the arts.


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Adrian Frutiger—Typefaces: The Complete Works, Recommended by Erik Spiekermann




“This is the best book I have ever seen about the 20th century’s best type designer and shows images and projects that have never been published elsewhere. I helped with the adaptation into English – Erik Spiekermann”


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Shapes for Sound by Timothy Donaldson, Recommended by Erik Spiekermann




“Why alphabets look like they do, what has happened to them since printing was invented, why they won’t ever change, and how it might have been.


Timothy Donaldson calls himself a “letterworker.” I know him as one of the best calligraphers and letterers around who infuses his work not with quasi-religious vigor but with English humor and a great deal of spontaneity.


I cannot do better than Ken Garland, himself a well-respected designer and writer, who writes in the foreword: “This is a work many of us have been waiting for: one that brings together information on topics as diverse as the organs of speech, hieroglyphics, the development of the minuscule, maritime signal flags, the qwerty keyboard, semaphore and many others …”


The charts—one for each of the 26 letters—are complex and comprehensive and beautiful at the same time. There are many more illustrations, all made for this book. Whenever students of visual communication ask for my recommendation, I mention Shapes for Sounds as the first thing they should read. It is as entertaining and well-designed as any coffee-table book and offers a wealth of information beyond the good looks – Erik SPiekermann”


Book description : Twenty-six letters account for the approximately 43 elementary sounds in the English language, which contains close to 500,000 words. Compiled and designed by Timothy Donaldson, “Shapes for Sounds” comprises illustrated charts that track the history and development of the written alphabet and its connection to oral traditions.


Donaldson’s text also elucidates the connections between speech and written language through his chapters that touch on the organs of speech, the physics of articulation, the naming of letters and the shaping of letters.


An established typeface designer, Donaldson taught typography at Stafford College, England, and is a Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln, UK.


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Non-Designers Type Book by Robin Williams, Recommended by Jacob Cass





“This book is a must read for anyone starting out with design or anyone that has to deal with type on a regular or irregular basis – even if you are not a designer. The book teaches you the basics of typography in simple, easy to understand terms with examples on the way – Jacob Cass”


Book description :  This latest addition to Robin Williams’ Non-Designers line of books not only defines the principles governing type but explains the logic behind them so readers can understand and see what looks best and why.


Armed with this knowledge, and putting into practice the secrets Robin reveals for making type readable and artistic, readers can then go on to create beautiful, sophisticated, professional-looking pages on their computers for output as hard copy or for use on Web pages.


Each short chapter explores a different type secret including use of evocative typography, tailoring typeface to project, working with spacing, punctuation marks, special characters, fonts, justification, and much more.


It is written in the lively, engaging style that has made Williams one of the most popular computer authors today. And it uses numerous examples to illustrate the subtle details that make the difference between good and sophisticated use of type.


The non-platform specific, non-software specific approach to the book makes this a must-have for any designer’s bookshelf – from type novices to more experienced graphic designers and typesetters.


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Your Turn…

Do you own one of them? What’s your review? Let me know in the comment box below.