Top Graphic Design books recommended by experts

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Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Understanding the concepts of Graphic Design starts with understanding the fundamentals. On your way to mastery, it's crucial for you to understand how certain concepts were derived, and why things work like they do. Starting with these resources is the best way to do so.

Logo Modernism

Logo Modernism

Examine the distillation of modernism in graphic design with this vast collection of approximately 6,000 logos from 1940–1980. Ranging from media outfits to retail giants, airlines to art galleries, these clean, clear visual concepts may be seen as the visual birth of corporate identity.

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Why Fonts Matter

Why Fonts Matter

This book opens up the science and the art behind how fonts influence you. It explains why certain fonts or styles evoke particular experiences and associations. Fonts have different personalities that can create trust, mistrust, give you confidence, make things seem easier to do or make a product taste better.

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Know Your Onions: Graphic Design

Know Your Onions: Graphic Design

It is like having a graphic design mentor who will help you come up with ideas, develop your concepts, and implement them in a way that is engaging and humorous. It gives readers the experience and ability that normally comes from years of on-the-job training.

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Grid Systems in Graphic Design

Grid Systems in Graphic Design

In visual design, a grid system helps you align screen elements based on sequenced columns and rows. Like making a map, you apply the column-based structure of a grid system to guide your design, structuring your text, images and functions consistently throughout it so they can appear instantly recognizable elsewhere.

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Interaction of color

Interaction of color

Interaction of Color is a handbook and teaching resource for artists and designers that shares Albers' theory of color. Originally printed in 1963, the text outlines a set of principles and teaching methods for understanding and perceiving color in different ways.

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How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul

How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul

How to Be a Graphic Designer offers clear, concise guidance along with focused, no-nonsense strategies for setting up, running, and promoting a studio; finding work; and collaborating with clients.

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Hello, I'm Chris Ellinas and I love solving business problems, through design thinking! 😊 I believe in good people. Good work is secondary. I had the opportunity to work with engaging clients and brands around the world. My main client right now is Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime where I …

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Miklos is a seasoned Lead UX/Product Designer with over 18 years of experience. He is also an accomplished speaker, writer, and mentor, boasting over 10,000 followers across Medium, LinkedIn, and Twitter. With a seven-year track record in mentoring, Miklos has successfully guided over 50 mentees through MentorCruise, DesignLab, and Springboard …

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So I'm John a product designer of services/applications, I'm a South African by birth with an Irish mother. I have an obsessive nature for the understanding of complex and beautiful things. Be it software, gadgets, people or even macro systems. This has naturally found me designing software and services for …

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Hey there! I am a UX professional with 5+ years of experience designing digital products and a Master's degree in HCI. I am also the founder of a small design agency. Very early on during collage I managed to secure part-time jobs within design and I have been working since. …

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✨✌️✨ Hey there, I'm James! β€” I’ve spent the last decade of my career learning everything I can about being a UXer, working at companies like Disney, Live Nation, and FabFitFun, and even earning a UX Master Certification from The Nielsen Norman Group β€” the g.o.a.t. firm on usability in …

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πŸ‘‹ Passionate about user-friendly and eye-pleasing design that engages users UX/UI designer. πŸ’ͺ With my valuable knowledge and experience you will successfully achieve your goals in design. πŸ’¬ Besides English, I speak Ukrainian, Polish, Swedish, and some Spanish. I studied Graphic design for 2 years while working in tourism and …

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