Collection of Superb, Inspirational Design Books

Sure, there are hundreds of great resources to seek inspiration on the web, but it is never quite the same of holding a book in your hands and getting to flick through the pages. This collection of inspirational design books features a handful of categories, from illustration to t-shirts, infographics to letterpress products and much more in between! It’s time to splash some cash and start growing your graphic design library!

Images 33 2009

Author(s): AOI Editors

Images 33 is a superb book, featuring the very best British contemporary illustration from 2009. In total, the book features around 600 illustrations over 360 pages, as well as 8 editorial essays about various illustration categories.

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Made and Sold: Toys, T-Shirts Prints, Zines and Other Stuff

Author(s): FL@33, Tomi Vollauschek and Agathe Jacquillat.

A cool little 240 page book showcasing over 500 of the cutest and most exciting graphic products over 90 practitioners from around the world, including books, magazines and zines, toys, posters, princes, canvases, fonts, typographic 3D products, clothing and plenty of accessories.

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The Book of Inspiration

Author(s): Computer Arts

Computer Arts first book is jam-packed full of the worlds foremost digital art, design and illustration. It features a die-cut, foil-blocked and embossed cover, so you know what to expect from it’s contents…

Los Logos 4

Author(s): R. Klanten and H. Hellige

Los Logos 4 is the fourth in the series, featuring over 5,000 examples (in 508 pages) of stylistic approaches to logo design from designers all around the globe.

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Animation in Process

Author(s): Andrew Selby

Animation Process shows how artists, designers, filmmakers, programmers, directors, writers and producers have seized the chance to entertain using a versatile and compelling medium through mobile phone games to TV commercials, and everything in between.

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Author(s): R. Klanten

Tangible showcases striking visual and spatial design work by young and exceptional artists, particularly focusing on those who like to experiment with the boundaries between different styles of art and design.

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Stereographics: Graphics in New Dimensions

Author(s): Viction:Workshop Ltd

This creative book explores how the pathways of graphic design are moving away from the over exposed digital medium and turning to the crafty read-world manifestations of analog inspired visual ideas, such as paper-crafting.

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Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design

Author(s): R. Klanten, N.Bourquin, S.Ehmann and F. van Heerden

As more and more data is being visualised, Data Flow presents an abundant range of possibilities in visualising data and information. Over 256 pages, the book introduces a comprehensive selection of freshly designed diagrams.

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Illusive: Contemporary Illustration Part 3

Author(s): R. Klanten, H. Hellige

Scouted from around the world, this inspirational book showcases talented illustrators indexed into the definitive reference for contemporary illustration.

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Papercraft: Design and Art with Paper

Author(s): R. Klanten

Papercraft: Design and Art with Paper is an unparalleled collection of groundbreaking creations crafted from paper as a material for innovative art and design. It features everything from small objects and figures to large-scale art installations and urban interventions, as well as three-dimensional graphics sculptures – all crafted from paper!

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Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design

Author(s): R. Klanten and H. Hellige

Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design documents the return of classical graphic design reminiscent of the 1940s to the 1960s in contemporary graphic design. It showcases a multitude of vivid and inspiring examples ranging from illustrations, poster art, editorials, book covers, record sleeves, stationary and textiles.

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Hand Job: A Catalog of Type

Author(s): Micheal Perry

Hand Job: A Catalog of Type showcases a superb collection of clever, cute and bizarre examples of custom, hand-drawn letterforms over 250 pages.

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Tees: The Art of the T-Shirt

Author(s): MAKI Design

Everybody loves t-shirts, not only because we can wear them, but because they are so inspirational. This book showcases 336 pages of tee designs contributed by 82 studios from around the world, including Brazil, Australia, Japanan, America and more.

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New Retro: Classic Graphics, Today’s Designs

Author(s): Brenda Dermody and Teresa Breathnach

New Retro: Classic Graphics, Today’s Designs is a book of 240 pages, overviewing graphic design with an astute selection of contemporary work that makes great use of past inspiration. The book also shows how past designs can be updated to suit the needs of today. A total of 588 color and 67 black and white illustrations are showcased.

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Adventures in Letterpress

Author(s): Brandon Mise

If you like doing things the old-fashioned way, Adventures in Letterpress is for you, featuring some superb artists and printers who favor beauty, old fashioned techniques over modern day printing and mass production techniques. The book showcases delicate details and exciting designs that make it clear as to why the interest in traditional letterpress printing is increasing.

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New Masters of Poster Design: Poster Design for the Next Century

Author(s): John Foster

New Masters of Poster Design showcases the breathtaking work of some of the worlds best poster designers, proving that the poster can still serve as a worthy communications tool even with all the modern technology.

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Modern Dog: 20 Years of Poster Art

Author(s): Michael Strassburger and Robynne Raye

20 Years of Poster Art showcases the incredible work by design studio “Modern Dog”, who produce a mixture of cheeky humor and punk rock style posters, making them unique; unique-enough to be collected in design museums worldwide.

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The Big Book of Illustration Ideas 2

Author(s): Roger Walton

This book is the second in the series, and showcases a huge collection of illustrative ideas, a great companion for you to have in the office when you just can’t get your ideas on to paper – take a flick through this and you’re bound to find something similar to the image you’re picturing in your head!

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New Poster Art

Author(s): Cees de Jong and Stefanie Burger

This book contains some of the best posters created worldwide from the past fifteen years, most of which have been used as a testing ground for new artistic ideas, making each and everyone of the posters unique and very inspirational.

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Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles

Author(s): Jan Tholenaar, Alston W. Purvis and Cees de Jong

Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles offers a novel overview of typeface design, exploring the most beautiful and remarkable examples of font catalogs from the history of publishing, emphasising on the period from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century.

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  1. July 19, 2010

    Very nice collection! Going to have to pick up one or two the next time Im at the book store.

  2. July 19, 2010

    Very cool! I think designers need to start looking to great resources like these and stop pillaging the sea of CSS galleries out there. Great post.

  3. July 19, 2010

    Look at M.C. Escher’s work if you want to get lost instead of being inspired.

    Very mind bending.

  4. July 20, 2010

    @Jae Xavier: Agreed! šŸ˜‰

  5. July 20, 2010

    I would love to have an amazing library or Design and Coding Books, looks amazing :D:D only have a few at the moment ^_^

  6. July 20, 2010

    I wish I could buy them all! They all seem very inspirational in so many different ways. I will be considering buying the Computer Arts ‘Book of Inspiration.’ I’m a fan of the artwork in the magazine so I will definitely be having a look next time I’m in near a bookshop.

  7. Sara
    July 20, 2010

    I have 3 of these books and I can tell you they’re all very inspirational.

  8. Tomek
    July 20, 2010

    Nice collection. It would be good to put here also something from Japan, i.e.: yearly published ‘Annual of ads creation in Japan’ and ‘The Creator’

  9. July 20, 2010

    @Tomek: Thanks for the suggestions Tomek, maybe we will follow this post up with another 20 books and include some Japanese ones! šŸ™‚

  10. July 21, 2010

    Thanks for this collection. Some of this books seems to be very good.

    July 22, 2010

    Thank you for giving guidance. This is surely going to help me.

  12. Kathir
    July 26, 2010

    What happened to your jobsite plugin. Has it been moved elsewhere.
    Hows the plugin working. The author of the plugin claims new features in his new version. How is the plugin stability with the themes. Is the author dependable…will he support in the long term.

  13. July 27, 2010

    Collection of Superb, Inspirational Design Books I wish I could buy them all!

  14. August 26, 2010

    Wow lot of design books. I like this list it will help me lots

  15. August 27, 2010

    I have purchase some of them really interesting … lot of stuff to read…

  16. February 18, 2011

    Excellent web site. Plenty of useful information here. Iā€™m sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks for your sweat!

  17. March 19, 2011

    Nice Post!

    We love books and collection them. There are much more personable and in that respect nothing can compete with them.

    Thanks for the collection.

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