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Regularly updated collection of great design books.

August 22, 2016
When design is hostile on purpose
When design is hostile on purpose

The image above has been going viral on the Internet for quite a while now. It shows a bench that is not usable by anyone who is slightly overweight, in memory of Leonard Ball, who supposedly hated fat people. I don’t know if this bench exists of if it’s fake, but it doesn’t matter, it […]

August 9, 2016
The fake chalets of Switzerland
The fake chalets of Switzerland

If you take a walk in the Swiss Alpes, you’ll get the chance to see stunning landscapes, some animals, and traditionnal chalets. However, not all chalets were made equal. Some of these mountain houses are actually not what they seem. With their fake front walls and roofs, some chalets were just made to hide some […]

July 28, 2016
Book: 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design by Lars Müller
Book: 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design by Lars Müller

If you are interested in the Swiss influence on graphic design worldwide, this is the book you should buy to get a good overview of the history of Swiss graphic design. Published in 2014 by Lars Müller, it features texts by a number of authors with a design layed out by the talented people of […]

April 26, 2016
A new guide to graphic design by Scott W. Santoro
A new guide to graphic design by Scott W. Santoro

It’s been a long time since I last opened a graphic design textbook. With the “Guide to Graphic Design”, I have now refreshed my design school memories. Thanks to the author, Scott Santoro. When opening this book, the fist good thing for me was the structure of the book. The textbook I had in Switzerland was […]

January 22, 2016
New Metaphor Books: a curated selection of rare design books
New Metaphor Books: a curated selection of rare design books

For 14 years, Russell spread the word among the design cognoscenti about design titles published by Princeton Architectural Press. His new venture is an online bookshop called New Metaphor Books that features a nicely curated selection of rare, out of print, and unusual graphic design, architecture, art, film, and visual culture books. While many of the […]

August 8, 2014
5 books to learn more about packaging design
5 books to learn more about packaging design

If you are looking for some inspirational books to learn about packaging design then here are top five books that will help you out. Check it out below! 1. Packaging Design: Successful Product Branding From Concept to Shelf Packaging Design is a fully updated single source guide that allows you to create successful packaging designs […]

March 30, 2014
Design books of the month: March 2014 edition
Design books of the month: March 2014 edition

Every month hundreds of books are released on design-related topics. In this post you can find the books released in May that I found worth sharing. Show Your Work! Ten ways to share your creativity and get discovered. Adventures in Letterpress Adventures in Letterpress features over 200 examples of the resulting work: elegant cards, edgy […]

January 27, 2014
Books for designers this month: January 2014
Books for designers this month: January 2014

Every month hundreds of books are released on design-related topics. In this post you can find the books released in May that I found worth sharing. 3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers The 3D printing technology has the potential to change the world. Even if it didn’t change the world, it is still a […]

November 24, 2013
Books for designers this month: November edition
Books for designers this month: November edition

Every month hundreds of books are released on design-related topics. In this post you can find the books released in May that I found worth sharing. Lettering Large A selection of dramating and telling examples of huge lettering. A book by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic. Manifesti posters A book that collects advertising and Italian […]

September 25, 2013
Books for designers this month: September edition
Books for designers this month: September edition

Every month hundreds of books are released on design-related topics. In this post you can find the books released in May that I found worth sharing. Shady characters The secret life of punctuation, symbols, and other typographical marks. Graphic icons Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design. Yearbook of type ‘The Yearbook of Type‘ is an […]

August 28, 2013
Books for designers this month: August edition
Books for designers this month: August edition

Every month hundreds of books are released on design-related topics. In this post you can find the books released in June that I found worth sharing. Shadow type Steven Heller’s new book on type, this time discussing shadow type. Conditional Design: Workbook Conditional Design provides beautifully simple ideas for open, collaborative processes in art and […]

July 28, 2013
Books for designers this month: July edition
Books for designers this month: July edition

Every month hundreds of books are released on design-related topics. In this post you can find the books released in June that I found worth sharing. Branding typography Branding Typography gathers a selection of the most original type design of recent years, used to promote products and companies through game changing graphics in print, fashion, […]

June 27, 2013
Books for designers this month: June edition
Books for designers this month: June edition

Every month hundreds of books are released on design-related topics. In this post you can find the books released in June that I found worth sharing. Design/Portfolio: Self promotion at its best Get inspired by successful designers’ portfolios. This books contains approximately 300 exquisite designs, along with essays from designers in the field about the […]

May 28, 2013
Books for designers this month: May edition
Books for designers this month: May edition

Every month hundreds of books are released on design-related topics. In this post you can find the books released in May that I found worth sharing. Logobook To create the award-winning animated movie Logorama, Ludovic Houplain amassed a stunning archive of over 7000 logo specimens organized alphabetically in this Logobook. A very inspiring book for […]

June 22, 2012
10 books for graphic design students
10 books for graphic design students

As some of you probably already know, I am also a regular contributor on Graphicdesign.com. I’d like to attract a bit of attention to my latest column there: The top 10 books for graphic design students. It’s a short list of recommended books for the students out there. Of course the list is not comprehensive, […]