Ask DN: Best books to hone your design skills?
almost 8 years ago from No Name, Non
A couple weeks ago, I tweeted at Andrew Wilkinson that I needed help.
I was $0.47 short of free shipping on a pile of books from Amazon, so I asked him to tell me what book to get. Promptly, he responded and told me to get Rework by Jason Fried & David Hansson. I'm happy to say that it finally came in yesterday! (I've already read half of it; it's great.)
My question for DN is, what books do you attribute a great volume of your learning and skill to?
Share titles and authors (or photos of the covers?), but try to check any prior comments for whatever titles you suggest so we don't get too many duplicates! If someone beats you to it and you like the book, give it a thumbs up! Also, books don't necessarily have to be design focused.
My personal list:
- Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual by Timothy Samara
- The One Thing by Gary Keller
- Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler
- Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton
- Grids and Page Layouts by Amy Graver & Bill Jura
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