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10 Graphic Design Books you have to add to your collection in 2016

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The Design industry is very versatile when it comes to who they allow in. Designers come from all different backgrounds such as craft schools, self-taught and in house training. It does not matter what your training consisted of, as long as you have the eye for this industry and you good at your job, your work will be credited.

The books listed below will help you get an understanding of the foundations of this industry and will help you decide if Design is the path for you.

Design History / Theory

Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field

Author: Helen Armstrong
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Graphic Design Theory Book

This is an ideal book for any graphic designers. It does not matter what age you are or the level of your experience however, it is important for you to have a basic understanding of the technical aspect of design.

This book gives you a great understanding of the history of design, with use of images, commentary, and cultural and historical background throughout the book.

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Graphic Design School: The Principles and Practice of Graphic Design

Authors: David Dabner, Sandra Stewart, Eric Zempol
Publisher: Wiley

Graphic Design School - The Principles and Practice of Graphic Design

If you are just starting out, this is the book that is going to give you the best understanding of the industry. The back of the book reads, “Foundation course for graphic designers working in print, moving image and digital media.”

Reviewers rave about this book and so will you once you buy it from your local bookshop.

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Typography

The Elements of Typographic Style

Author: Robert Bringhurst
Publisher: Harley and Marks Publishers

The Elements of Typographic Style

This book should be compulsory for anyone who is in the designer industry. For anyone who wants to get a better understanding of typography and the history, this is a book that you need to be reading.

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Thinking with type: A critical Guide for Designers,
Writers, Editors and Students

Author: Ellen Lupton
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

A critical Guide for Designers

While other books might break down the history and theory of typography, this book digs deeper into the importance of it through visual communication. This book has been listed on both FastCo’s 2015 list of best design books as well as LinkedIn’s list of the 10 Graphic design books every designer should read.

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Logo / Brand design

Logo Design Workbook: A hands-on Guide to creating Logos

Author: Noreen Morikoa, Terry Stone, Sean Adams.
Publisher: Rockport Publishers

The Elements of Typographic Style

Not only does this book come with full case studies on a wide variety of logos but it also explains why each element is essential to that particular piece. It will give you a step by step idea of how that logo came about from what the client asked for to the final result.

If creating logos is your path you wish to pursue, then you need to read this book to get a better understanding.

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Logo Design Love: A guide to creating Iconic Brand Identities

Author: David Airey
Publisher: PeachPit Press

Logo Design Love

It is critical that you understand your client’s brand so that you can create the perfect logo to fit the client and the business. This book will help you understand the concept better and teach you how to turn an idea into a completed product through case studies.

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Editorial Design

Designing News: Changing the world of editorial design and information graphics

Author: Francesco Franchi
Publisher: Gestalten

Changing the world of editorial design and information graphics

This book will help you understand how news has changed and how you can publish work that is modern and no longer old-school print media. It will help you grasp the new concepts and rapid changes from a design standpoint.

If you work with any form of media or journalism, this is a book you need to get your hands on!

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Editorial Design: Digital and Print

Authors: Cath Caldwell, Yolanda Zappaterra
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

Digital and Print

This book aims to blend the standard of the print age to the speed and expectations of digital consumers. This book is an extension of the first; it adds case studies, best practices and tips for designing in the digital age.

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Editing by design: For designers, art directors, and editors- the classic guide to winning readers

Author: Jan White
Publisher: Allworth Press

For designers, art directors

This book has been written with both designers and editors in mind. It will help you engage with your readers better and help your work take up permanent residency in their lives. If you are struggling to get into the same page as your readers, then this is a book you need to read that will help you better your work.

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Marketing / Business for designers

Graphic Artists guild handbook of pricing and Ethical guidelines.

Author: Graphic Artist’s Guide
Publisher: Graphic Artist’s Guide

Graphic Artists guild handbook

Designers also need to make a living. This book will help you understand the value of your work as well as teach you the ethical issues you may come across and how you can face them. No matter what level you are at, this book needs to be on your shelf!

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And there you have it, 10 books that you as a designer should have added to your collection by the end of 2016.

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