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Best Design Books

Spark your creativity with this collection of the most influential design books, compiled from premier design blogs and publications, ranked by their citation frequency.

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The Design of Everyday Things
Revised and Expanded Edition
Don Norman - 2002-09-19 (first published in 1988)
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This thought-provoking book argues that product design that ignores the needs of users and principles of cognitive psychology can make even the smartest people feel inept. The author, a cognitive scientist, explains how good design can guide users effortlessly to the right action at the right time by making things visible, exploiting natural relationships, and using intelligent constraints. With an updated introduction, The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how excellent design can be the key to influencing consumer behavior.
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Thinking with Type
A Primer for Designers
Ellen Lupton - 2004-09-09
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This comprehensive book on typography covers the fundamental aspects of design: choosing fonts, sizing, alignment, spacing, and more. Ellen Lupton offers clear guidance and practical exercises for anyone wanting to improve their typography skills. Divided into letter, text, and grid sections, the book includes historical and theoretical concepts of typography, as well as examples from leading practitioners. Thinking with Type is a must-read for designers and anyone interested in typography.
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Grid systems in graphic design
A visual communication manual for graphic designers, typographers and three dimensional designers (NIGGLI EDITIONS) (German and English Edition)
Josef Müller-Brockmann - 2007-01-01 (first published in 1996)
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A comprehensive handbook on modern typography and using the Grid System, perfect for graphic designers, typographers, and three-dimensional designers. This VERY RARE illustrated hardcover book includes English and German text, as well as drawings, diagrams, black & white photographs, and numerous examples of graphic design. Explore topics like design philosophy, the typographic grid, margin proportions, construction of the grid and type area, and more. A must-read for any designer looking to up their game.
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100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
Susan Weinschenk - 2011-01-01
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Designing without understanding human behavior is like exploring a new city without a map. This book combines research and practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. Learn to design more intuitive and engaging work that matches the way people think, work, and play. Discover what grabs and holds attention on a page or screen, what makes memories stick, and much more. These are just a few of the questions this deep-dive exploration of human behavior answers.
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Don't Make Me Think
A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Steve Krug - 2013-12-24 (first published in 2000)
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Discover the timeless principles of intuitive navigation and information design with this classic guide, relied on by over 400,000 web designers and developers since its first publication in 2000. In this 3rd edition, Steve Krug offers fresh perspective, updated examples, and a new chapter on mobile usability, while retaining the short, profusely illustrated, and fun to read style that has made this book a must-read for anyone working on websites. Whether you're a veteran or a newcomer, this book will show you why it's essential for web designers and developers alike.
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How To Use Graphic Design To Sell Things
Michael Bierut - 2015-11-03
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Learn from the best in the graphic design world with this monograph, manual and manifesto by a leading designer. Michael Bierut, a protege of design legend Massimo Vignelli, showcases 35 diverse projects that demonstrate the breadth of graphic design today. With humorous anecdotes and fascinating insights into his creative process, Bierut offers a glimpse into the struggles and successes of a design professional. This inspiring and informative book is set to be the bible of graphic design ideas.
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How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
Adrian Shaughnessy - 2005-09-22
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This book addresses the concerns of young graphic designers who want to create meaningful work and avoid becoming hired drones. It offers practical advice and philosophical guidance on managing the creative process, interpreting briefs, generating ideas, setting up and promoting a studio, finding work, and collaborating with clients. The book also features interviews with ten leading designers, making it an indispensable guide for any aspiring designer.
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How to Build Habit-Forming Products
Nir Eyal - 2014-11-04 (first published in 2013)
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Discover the secret behind why some products keep us coming back for more in this insightful book on the Hook Model. Author Nir Eyal breaks down the four-step process that successful companies use to subtly encourage customer behavior, resulting in products that users can't put down. With practical insights and actionable steps, Eyal provides a how-to guide for anyone involved in product management, marketing, or design. Dive into fascinating examples from the likes of Twitter, Pinterest, and the Bible App to master the art of creating user habits that stick.
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Change by Design
How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
Tim Brown - 2009-09-29
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Learn how design thinking belongs in every level of business with Change by Design. Discover the collaborative process where designers match people's needs with what is technically feasible and viable to the bottom line. With new case studies included in the updated edition, this human-centered approach helps organizations become more innovative and creative. Creative leaders seeking to drive new alternatives for business and society will benefit from this visionary guide.
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The Elements of Typographic Style
Version 4.0
Robert Bringhurst - 2004-09-27 (first published in 1992)
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Discover the art of typography with this masterful style guide from renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst. This book combines the practical, theoretical, and historical aspects of typography, offering a completely updated edition with important revisions based on the ever-evolving field. Don't miss the expert insights and clarity that Bringhurst brings to this timeless subject.
Designing Brand Identity by Alina Wheeler
Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated by William Lidwell Kritina Holden Jill Butler
Graphic Design by Ellen Lupton
Styled by Emily Henderson
Logo Design Love by David Airey
About Face by Alan Cooper
Designing Design by Kenya Hara
Made to Stick by Chip Heath
Logo Modernism by Jens Müller
Making and Breaking the Grid by Timothy Samara
Homebody by Joanna Gaines
The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier
The Finer Things by Christiane Lemieux
Geometry of Design by Kimberly Elam
100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design by Steven Heller
Design Thinking by Nigel Cross
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
SPRINT by Zeratsky Jake Knapp
Value Proposition Design by Alexander Osterwalder
The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams
The User Experience Team of One by Leah Buley
Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
Elements of Style by Erin Gates
Design as Art by Bruno Munari
Know Your Onions by Drew de Soto
Logo by Michael Evamy
Creative Workshop by David Sherwin
Thoughts on Design by Paul Rand
Woman Made by Jane Hall
Mario Buatta by Emily Evans Eerdmans, Patricia Altschul
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley
Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman
The Laws of Simplicity Simplicity by John Maeda
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
Ruined by Design by Mike Monteiro
Design Is a Job by Mike Monteiro by Mike Monteiro
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone
Made for Living by Amber Lewis, Cat Chen
Meggs' History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs
Sagmeister by Stefan Sagmeister
Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines by Artists Guild Graphic
New York School of Interior Design by Ellen S. Fisher, Jen Renzi
House Industries by House Industries
Pantone by Leatrice Eiseman
Designing for People by Henry Dreyfuss
Greco Disco by Luke Edward Hall
Drawing Type by Alex Fowkes
New Perspectives in Typography by Scott Williams
Big Brand Theory by Sandu Publishing
100 Ideas that Changed Design by Peter Fiell
The Design Process by Karl Aspelund
Rooms with a History by Ashley Hicks, Christian Louboutin
The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett
Seductive Interaction Design by Stephen P. Anderson
Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge
The Design of Business by Roger L. Martin
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
User Friendly by Cliff Kuang
Nudge by Richard H. Thaler
Japanese Interiors by Mihoko Iida, Danielle Demetriou
Home by D. Stanley Dixon, Eric Piasecki, Charlotte Moss
Living with Pattern by Rebecca Atwood
John Ike by John Ike, Mitchell Owens
The Inspired Room by Melissa Michaels
Emotional Design by Don Norman
Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf
Just My Type by Simon Garfield
The Home Edit by Clea Shearer
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
You’re My Favorite Client by Mike Monteiro
HTML and CSS by Jon Duckett
Draplin Design Co. by Aaron James Draplin
Axel Vervoordt by Michael Gardner
Domino by Deborah Needleman
Designing Type by Karen Cheng
Paul Rand by Paul Rand
Typographic Systems of Design by Kimberly Elam
Graphic Design School by David Dabner
Logo, Font & Lettering Bible by Leslie Cabarga
Inspired Design by Jennifer Boles
Graphic Design Visionaries by Caroline Roberts
100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design by Christian Brandle
Jake Arnold by Jake Arnold
The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, Robert Petkoff, Donna Dale Carnegie, Simon & Schuster Audio