Creative Resources

Run Studio Run by Eli Altman

"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.

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"The New Typography" by Jan Tschichold

"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.

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Book of Ideas by Radim Malinic

"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.

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Thoughts on design by Paul Rand

"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.

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The shape of design by Frank Chimero

"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.

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Beauty by Sagmeister & Walsh

"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.

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The happy film by Sagmeister

"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.

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10 years with Miyazaki

"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.

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Invisibilia

"Fascinating stories on human behaviour. It's a mix of storytelling and science. Season 1 is essential listening." → Recommended by Zie Kirk, Designer based in Dublin.

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AIGA Eye on Design

"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.

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The Brand Identity

"They showcase hot design projects across the globe and interview designers. Every design blogs make me have FOMO and hard on myself but, to be staying on the edge of the creative world, I have to continuously read, watch and learn." → Recommended by Erica Choi, Graphic designer based in London.

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Desk Magazine by Tobias Van Schneider

"Really interesting thoughts on design" → Recommended by Sara Caldas, UX/UI designer based in Barcelona.

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