Design Books

How do visionary designers like Chip Kidd, Rodrigo Corral, and Barbara deWilde create such consistently memorable book jackets? A great book cover design showcases a designer’s ability to refine an idea to its essential visual expression, and Imprint surveys the best of jacket design in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and experimental work, revealing the strategies top designers use to tell a story with images and type.

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9 Snarky Greeting Card Designs for Every Occasion

OMG! I Forgot the Card is a collection of humorous tear-out greeting card designs for every occasion. Need a card for Mother’s Day, Groundhog Day or just to say a friendly hello? Just pull out this book, tear out the appropriate page, fold and send. I was raised in a family of ubiquitous dad...

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Observer: The Well-Read Designer

Deciding which books will fuel your artistic fire is tough. And creating a must-read list for the Designers & Books website is no easy feat either. Read this Observer column to find out how Rick Poynor went about creating his.

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Damn Good Design Books

Have you created some “damn good” design work with your in-house team? Enter the HOW In-House Design Awards to earn the recognition you deserve! Midsummer is the perfect time for a good read. I’ve been hunting around for some good design books to occupy my spare time, and I ended up finding the perfect...

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When Designer Becomes Client

After years and numerous concepts, Ellen Shapiro - author of The Graphic Designer's Guide to Clients - finally tracks down the perfect cover for her book.

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Graphic Content: True Stories from Top Creatives

Everyone loves a good story, and I, for one, find that designers are full of intriguing tales. If you’re addicted to beautifully-written, inspiring stories and design books, check out Graphic Content: True Stories from Top Creatives by Brian Singer. Graphic Content is a collection of true, first-hand experiences that shaped more than 50 of...

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The Details of Sutnar’s Prague

Ladislav Sutnar's book design in America is not as well known as those designed while in Czechoslovakia. Here's a choice example.

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Italo Lupi Sees All, Does All, Shows All

Italo Lupi and Italian Graphic Design are synonymous. His most recent book, Autobiografica Grafica (Edizioni Corraini), is a memoir of design (an autobiographica), aesthetics and art -- of the half century he has helped guide and influence Italian practice. I asked Lupi to tell me about book and the joys of designing.