As an educator I frequently find myself recommending books to others, both within and without academia. The following books – though loosely categorised – focus on core principles that will, I believe, serve any self-respecting designer well, forming the backbone of a comprehensive library.
The books here are listed using Harvard Referencing (naturally), however, in a slightly modified form, listing authors’ full names. All include links, click the titles and you’ll be magically whisked to the relevant pages, thanks to the wonders of the web and hyperlinking.
If I had to recommend just one book, it would be Peter Drucker’s ‘Managing Oneself’. I recommend it to my Masters students and re-read it at least twice a year myself. It’s short, to the point and filled with valuable advice that will you help get the most out of life.
- de Botton, Alain (2005). Status Anxiety. London: Penguin.
- Drucker, Peter (2008). Managing Oneself. Harvard: Harvard Business Review Classics.
- Peters, Steve (2012). The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness. London: Vermilion.
- Robinson, Ken (2012). The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. London: Penguin.
Innovation and Idea Generation
- Berkun, Scott (2010). The Myths of Innovation. Sebastopol: O’Reilly Media.
- Johnson, Steven (2011). Where Good Ideas Come From: The Seven Patterns of Innovation. London: Penguin.
- Kelley, Tom (2002). The Art of Innovation: Success Through Innovation the IDEO Way. London: Profile Books.
- Young, James Webb (2003). A Technique for Producing Ideas. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional.
- Bachelard, Gaston (1992). The Poetics of Space. Boston: Beacon Press.
- Hara, Kenya (2009). White. Zürich: Lars Müller Publishers.
- Tanizaki, Junichiro (2001). In Praise of Shadows. London: Vintage Classics.
- Berger, John (2008). Ways of Seeing. London: Penguin Modern Classics.
- Lupton, Ellen and Miller, J. Abbott (1993). The ABCs of the Bauhaus: The Bauhaus and Design Theory. London: Thames & Hudson.
- Munari, Bruno (2008). Design as Art London: Penguin Modern Classics.
- Crow, David (2010). Visible Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics. Lausanne: AVA Publishing.
- Leborg, Christian, (2006). Visual Grammar. Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press.
- Lidwell, William; Holden, Kritina; and Butler, Jill (2010). Universal Principles of Design. 2nd ed. Rockport Publishers.
- Tufte, Edward (1990). The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.
- Mollerup, Per (2013). Marks of Excellence: The History and Taxonomy of Trademarks. 2nd ed. London: Phaidon.
- Neumeier, Marty (2011). The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design. San Francisco: New Riders.
- Bringhurst, Robert (2013). The Elements of Typographic Style: Version 4.0. Vancouver: Hartley & Marks.
- Hochuli, Jost (2008). Detail in Typography London: Hyphen Press.
- Lupton, Ellen (2010). Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors and Students. 2nd ed. Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press.