As an artist, I have found that with the growth of internet resources for our work, it is also important to have resources in print. My design and art books that I have collected over the years have all come into my life in different ways whether they were gifts, intentional purchases, or just splurging. Regardless, each have influenced my design/art work and I still refer back to the books I have purchased 5+ years ago. Here are some of my favorites, new and old that I have collected over the years.
Designing For Magazines
This book was my most recent purchase. I had recently come across Jan V. White books and found out very quickly his books are quite affordable. By affordable, I mean free PDF downloads on his website. I got the print version on Amazon very cheap as well. This edition was published in the 80’s! Although the book is aged, the information inside is far from outdated. I have learned a lot about editorial design in this book.
The Design Method
The design method covers a lot of the dos and don’ts in design. It teaches you to not buy into artificial myths and means to create work. The writing has a blunt tone in the work that really lays it out clearly. The work is honest and has changed my perspective in my own line of work.
Paris Rendez-vous was an impulse purchase when I was visiting the Louvre in Paris last Summer. After exploring the museum for hours, I made my way to the gift shop and began flipping through books that were thankfully captioned in both French and English. For some reason, this book caught my eye. Its just a collection of old photos of couples in Paris over time. If I am feeling like a complete sap, I’ll just flip through the pages and envy the beautiful French couples who were captured falling in love on the streets of Paris.
I received this book as a Christmas gift a few years ago and it is still one of my favorite art books! It is a small and simple collection of different types of a photos to take. I frequented the pages much more when I did focused photography but I recommend it for anyone who wants to broaden their horizons in the photos they take or just try something different!
I purchased this gem when in a small educational library on my last visit to New York. The subtitle is exactly what it is. The book features different projects by design students across the world and discusses the inspiration and motivation for each project. It is the perfect book if you want to give yourself a project to up your portfolio work or to challenge yourself with something new in design.
Architecture Now! 3
This is one of my older books. I have actually had a long time adoration for architecture. I fell in love with it ever since I began experimenting with “The Sims” gaming series. Definitively art or design, I feel like this book makes the cut. While I don’t reference it too much, it is full of some great design which will make for a great coffee table book down the road!
- Vogue: The Editor’s Eye
- How to Style Your Brand: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Distinctive Brand Identity
- Logo Design Love: A Guide To Creating Brand Identities
- Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team
- Jacques Helleu and Chanel
As mentioned above, I believe it is incredibly important to have textile design reference at ease of access. If you are unsure about where to start in purchasing art books, just head to the book store and start flipping through the pages. A lot of my art books have been acquired over time so don’t feel the need to initiate a shopping spree on books, unless you are totally feeling it, then go right ahead! With that, log off and start reading!
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