Whether you’re a student of design or an old hack, having a library of design resources is a huge benefit. There is always more to learn to benefit what you do in your daily work.
Tinkertoys, Michael Michalko
Tinkertoys is a brainstorming workbook. The exercises laid out in this workbook provide a holistic problem-solving view. This book teaches you to think, rather than just do.
Design Studies, a Reader, Hazel Clark & David Brody
Design Studies is a common textbook, and there is a reason it is so popular. It’s a collection of articles from some of the most influential designers from all fields collated into one book.
Thoughts on Design, Paul Rand
Although written in 1947, Thoughts on Design is still a relevant read from one of the most influential designers in modern history. Finally back in to print, it’s affordable and easy to find once again!
Show Your Work! , Austin Kleon
In the days of social media, showing your work publicly isn’t just a trend, it’s a necessity. Show Your Work covers some basic self-marketing principals and encourages you to public profile your process- something employers love.
How to be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul, Adrian Shaughnessy
A wonderful primer on life after design school, getting a job, starting your own company, Adrian Shaughnessy combines practical advice with philosophical guidance for young emerging designers. With its broad range of topics is a good all-in-one guide.