Books, Books, & Even More Books!

Hello Internet! I don’t know about you, but the snow here won’t go away!

Anyways, nothing cures a designer’s winter blues better than a warm Starbucks beverage and getting into your favourite design book. As graphic design students, we look through a lot of design books and I’m thankful that our school has an awesome selection on design books! But even with our library, its hard to find good design books. We all have different taste and all of the books are different. Some of them are full of helpful tips and tricks, while other books are filled with lots of eye candy.

So, what are the best books for students?

Here’s the list of recommended books for students from design-daily.com

I heard of a few of these books and we are using Designing Brand Identity as a textbook in school. I also own How to be a Graphic Designer without losing your soul, great reference book with a little bit of everything in it. Package Design Workbook: The Art and Science of Successful Packaging, The Art of Colour, & Stationery Design Now also look like books that I may buy in the future, especially the packaging one! I’m a sucker for some good packaging!

Now, let’s compare graphicdesign.com list of recommend books for students.

Designing Brand Identity and How to be a Graphic Designer without losing your soul are the only books that are on both lists. I heard good things about Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills and Grid Systems in Graphic Design by swiss designer Joseph Müller-Brockmann.

Overall, I think design-daily.com has the best list of books because they look like books that my classmates and I may use while the books from graphicdesign.com look out dated and not as useful for students. What’s your opinion on design books and do you have suggestions for good design books?

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