"It has lots of insightful tips on problematic issues when you are a creative entrepreneur including studio admin." → Recommended by Erica Choi, Graphic Designer based in London.
Run Studio Run is a book that details how to manage and grow a small creative studio.
"it opens up a whole new world for those who's just starting learning typographic rules, later on allows you to break those rules safely and have a solid understanding of that remote typographic universe." → Recommended by Diana Valot, Graphic Designer based in Montreal.
Since its initial publication in Berlin in 1928, Jan Tschichold's The New Typography has been recognised as the definitive treatise on book and graphic design in the machine age.
"Fantastic journal by a Creative Director describing his journey from an intern to director. Filled with great tips, techniques and a plethora of portfolio work to be inspired by!" → Recommended by Jake Fernandes, UX Designer based in Newcastle.
This is a journal of creative direction and graphic design; a collection of thoughts, musings and observations from my ups and downs in the creative industry. It’s about how the world outside influences the creativity inside; and how it inspires us, teaches us and makes us create better work.
"Paul Rand... do I need to say more? So much wisdom in such a small book." → Recommended by Laura Bertinelli, Graphic designer based in London.
Writing at the height of his career, Rand articulated in his slender volume the pioneering vision that all design should seamlessly integrate form and function.
"Easy to read, with lots of great thought-starters and reflection on what makes good design (and a good designer) 'good'. It also helped me to think of design as something that goes beyond the day job, that can be seen and experienced on most everyday life experiences." → Recommended by Laura Bertinelli, Graphic designer based in London.
The Shape of Design is an odd little design book. Instead of talking about typography, grids, or logos, it focuses on storytelling, co-dependency, and craft. It tries to supplement the abundance of technical talk and how-to elsewhere by elevating why great work is done.
"It helped me reflect on the importance of creating work that is not just functional, but also pleasing to the eye and enjoyable. Beauty brings enjoyment, enjoyment brings engagement. Beauty gets reframed and becomes a function." → Recommended by Laura Bertinelli, Graphic designer based in London.
Acclaimed designers Sagmeister & Walsh explore the essence of beauty and the transformative power of beautiful design.
"It is very uplifting and inspiring. I like seeing what goes on in the minds of creative people I admire." → Recommended by Laura Bertinelli, Graphic designer based in London.
Follow infamous Austrian graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, as he decides to turn himself into a design project. Can he redesign his personality to become a better person? Is it possible to train his mind to get happier? He pursues 3 controlled experiments of meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way.
"It was really inspiring to see the drive and determination of Miyazaki, and what inspires him; but also how fun and silly he can be. It's a very genuine, candid documentary that shows all the humanity behind such a genius man!" → Recommended by Laura Bertinelli, Graphic designer based in London.
An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the genius of Japan's foremost living film director, Hayao Miyazaki -- creator of some of the world's most iconic and enduring anime feature films.
"The articles are all very interesting and dive deep into a wide range of topics, from design trends to biographies of famous designers (or not famous at all but unknowingly influential), design critics... the printed magazine is also excellent." → Recommended by Laura Bertinelli, Graphic designer based in London.
AIGA Eye on Design covers the world’s most exciting designers—and the issues they care about. They’re published by AIGA, the professional association for design, the oldest and largest not-for-profit design organisation in the United States.