📙 6 Must-Have Books For Designers
Courtesy of @kalypsodesigns
The following books will add real-world context to your studies, give you that extra spark of inspiration, and help you hit the ground running as a more rounded designer when you enter the industry.
1. Logo Design Love
2. Draplin Design Co
3. Symbol (Mini)
4. Layout Essentials
5. Ultimate Guide to Logo Design
6. Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art
Logo Design Love
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
Draplin Design Co
Esquire. Ford Motors. Burton Snowboards. The °barna Administration. While all of these brands are vastly different, they share at least one thing in common: a teeny, little bit of Aaron James Draplin. Draplin is one of the new school of influential graphic designers who combine the power of design, social media, entrepreneurship, and DIY aesthetic to create a successful business and way of life.
Symbols play an integral role in branding programs. This book explores the visual language of symbols according to their most basic element: form. Over 1,300 symbols from all over the world are here categorized by visual type, divested of all agendas, meanings, and messages that might be associated with them so that the effectiveness of their composition and impact can be assessed without distraction and so that the reader can enjoy them as a pictorial language in their own right.
Adhering to certain layout and grids standards and principles is important for any job from brochures, to annual reports, to posters, to websites, to publications. However, knowing how to bend the rules and make certain grids work for the job at hand takes skill.
Ultimate Guide to Logo Design
A definitive, complete e800k: 709 pages, 20,000+ words Pricing your logos, dealing with clients, mutually beneficial negotiations, and much more How to add massive value to your logo design service, Timeless strategies for next-level growth Written by an experienced logo designer who has worked with organizations like Toyota, Entrepreneur, the Detroit Lions, USA Swimming and American Cancer Society.
Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art
Held by many to be the father of modern branding, American art director and graphic designer Paul Rand is best known for his logo designs for big-name clients such as IBM, UPS, and NeXT. His book Design, Form and Chaos is out of print – although it’s worth seeking out for insight into some of his most famous identity work-but for the full Rand, you want his 1985 book, Paul Pond: A Designer’s Art.
Bonus — 6 tools that may be useful in your designer way:
Crello — the simplest online image editor. A simple but powerful tool to create awesome designs for any social media format — posts, covers, graphics, and posters using the best software on the web. It’s easy! A lot of animated designs.
Webflow — all-in-one web design tool that allows users to design, build, and launch responsive websites visually.
Kinsta – Premium WordPress Hosting for Everyone. Kinsta’s managed WordPress hosting service helps you take care of all your website needs.
FlyWheel — is managed WordPress hosting built for designers and creative agencies.
Leadpages — lets you build beautiful, high-converting websites, unlimited landing pages, pop-up forms you can add to your other websites.
Flowkit — allows designers to create frighteningly fast user flows within Sketch and Figma.