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What Graphic Design Book?!

Discussion in 'General Software & Hardware Forum:' started by philjohns, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    ITs about time I got round to buying another design book - Im in the need of something to spark my imagination with great design for print.

    Nothing too expensive - just something that will get me going on a creative streak, with examples of great design, tips/hints etc.

    BASICALLY! what book do you use most for graphic design?!
  2. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Some of the Rockport books on Letterhead & Logo Design or Brochure Design are good, but read up on reviews of them first as some are much better than others, should be a good point of inspiration for print design though. Have you got a budget in mind as decent design books can be very expensive...
  3. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    Weel, I was given a £10 amazon voucher for christmas - i figured ide be putting some towards tho - lets say I'll pay an extra tenner so...

    Budget of £20
  4. Greg

    Greg Active Member

  5. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    There is an entire series of a publisher called ICONS... but I can't remember the titles, they're at the office so I can't immediately let you know. But these books just showcase some very inspirational websites with a short introduction. There are like 150 designs in each book I think... I'll get back to you :)
  6. berry

    berry Active Member

    Theres a great set of really THICK books just filled page to page with great stuff by Rockport called 1000 Great...
    Grahic elements, Type treatments, retail elements etc. We have about 6 of these they are wall to wall inspirations. NO words just pictures!!!!

    Attached Files:

  7. matt

    matt Member

    D&AD annual(S)?
  8. berry

    berry Active Member

    Great work.... but not an 'instant reference' book to stimulate immediate creative thinking...

    What's needed is Stimulation not Procrastination.
  9. Adam

    Adam Senior Member

    Berry, thank you for those suggestions! I've just been looking online and they look amazing for a source of inspiration.

    I'll be purchasing one today I think, then another at the end of the month! 1000 font treatments first I think!

  10. Adam

    Adam Senior Member

    Ok Berry i've gone from loving you for giving the name of those books to hating you.... I have 7 of the books in my basket costing way over £100 these Rockport books look priceless, gone from buying 1 now to thinking of getting 3 now and 4 at the end of the month!
  11. Krey20

    Krey20 Senior Member

    I've always got a lot out of a book called "A Smile in the Mind".

    Mostly examples, with a few articles, but good samples of clever and witty design.
  12. matt

    matt Member

    Not sure why it didn't come to mind when I first read this thread, but The Art Of Looking Sideways by the late Alan Fletcher is a very interesting and inspirational book.
  13. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    I have that one in my collection and likewise not sure why it didn't spring to mind! :)
    - The Art of Looking Sideways: Alan Fletcher: Books
  14. Purplegurl

    Purplegurl Senior Member

    I recently got Los Logos 4 ..... lots of lovely pictures I love it, I find it inspiring :)
  15. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

  16. Adam

    Adam Senior Member

    My Rockport 1000 type treatment book should arrive Monday! I only got one in the end, and have decided i'll try to pick up 2 month for the next few months.

    I met up with a mate who has his studio and he happened to have a couple in there, I looked through and realised how valuable they will become. It's so much easier to flick through a book to get inspiration than to trawl through websites looking for them
  17. twiggy8520

    twiggy8520 Senior Member

  18. thoughtandtheory

    thoughtandtheory Junior Member

    I just released a site called EMPRNT that might help you choose new design books:

    Solid Book from John Maeda:
    Laws of Simplicity
  19. Adam

    Adam Senior Member

    My 1000 type treatments just arrived in the studio, good times!

    It's the more compact version of the bigger books, I actually like it in this size as its easier to flick through, might see if I can collect them all in this smaller size!

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