Best Books To Learn Web Design
When it comes to design, there is no shortage of inspiration. In fact, the term “design” is so broad that it encompasses everything from interior design to user interface design, graphics to architecture, painting, magazines, fashion and more.
To grow as a designer, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to learn from others in the design world.
In this blog post, we bring before you a collection of best books that every web-designer should have on his desk at all times and read again regularly.
Find Below The List Of Best Books For Web Designers
1. 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design by Steven Heller
From technique to style, through the discussion of objects and the evolution of design concepts, there are 100 Ideas that every designer must know to have contributed to shaping the field as a whole.
2. Design Elements, Color Fundamentals, by Aaris Sherin
Color theory and beyond is the ideal solution when you need a quick inspiration, starting with the basics of design.
3. Graphic Design Visionaries by Caroline Roberts
75 influential designers, including M Paris, Wim Crouwel, Tom Eckersley, Stefan Sagmeister, Irma Boom and many others, tell their personal stories and how their experiences shaped the work for which they became famous. These personal stories cover the development of the design culture, particularly about typography, magazine layouts, films, iconic poster work, and corporate branding. Part of the story, part of the visual entertainment, is a glimpse of the humans behind some of the most known design work to date.
4. How To by Michael Bierut
One of the world’s best-known graphic designers, Michael Bierut, details the creative processes behind his most recognized projects. Examples of clients include Brooklyn Academy of Music, Yale School of Architecture, New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York Jets, and more. That’s the kind of book you read when you need to hear, even in a low voice: “I did it – and you too.”
Michael’s story is extraordinary and was watched by Graphic designers years as a case-in-point for what it means to stay true to your creative vision.
5. Graphic Design Theory by Helen Armstrong
Who better to learn than those on the ground? From 1900 to the present day, this book by Helen is your intensive course on the progress of design as art and field.
6. Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton
A literary hymn for the role of design in visual communication, Thinking With Type is a must read for those who want to deepen their understanding of how typographic choices change not only on different media but also emotionally on the viewer.
7. Patternalia by Jude Stewart
Do you want to be funky with that? Look no further than Patternalia: An unconventional story of peas, stripes, Plaid, camouflage and different graphic pattern.
8. The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
This is an excellent book about typography. Typography of design says as much about the words themselves. This book is a must-read for all designers who want to use the perfect font.
9. Mastering Type by Denise Bosler
What is the right type to use on the digital? How does the platform change the design? For any user interface designer, in particular, this book should be on your desktop.
10. Logo Design Love by David Airey
A bestseller, and a guide to creating an iconic brand identity, which is where you have to defend.
11. Logo by Michael Evamy
Consider this your Bible, but for the logo design. With more than 1,300 symbols and logos included, it’s the ultimate collection of some of the world’s best-known logos and the process that has manifested their creation. For logo designers, in particular, it is a crucial resource for you. This book covers categories including crosses, stars, crowns, animals, people, handwritten characters, illustrations, etc., to show the different shapes that logos can take.
12. Design brand identity by Alina Wheeler
This is a book every designer must read to understand the branding aspect of designing. It’s more than a designing book. It is also helpful for marketing as it teaches marketing as a whole.
13. Editorial Design: Digital and Print by Cath Caldwell & Yolanda Zappaterra
From the beginnings of print in the digital age, it is a complete overview of editorial designing.
14. 100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People by Susan Weinschenk
Author of the book, Susan Weinschenk, is a doctorate in psychology. She also has more than 30 years of experience in communication in the field of design. Thus this book is an excellent resource to learn about pyschology and communication aspect of designing.
15. Creative Workshop by David Sherwin
What do you do when your creativity has stopped flowing? Compress your process in a difficult time. That’s why it’s so important that you keep it on your deck to help you re-inspire your best work. This book provides 80 different creative challenges to make you think and spin your wheels again. These exercises include everything from timed design challenges to complete project suggestions, all with various stress brainstorming exercises. Think of it as your practice manual for design.
So, that’s our top 15 books on designs that should fill your bookshelf. They have been all compiled after hours of online research by our team.
Now, it’s your turn. Let us know if there are any books that you would recommend.