The Most Popular Design Books

Here’s our recommendations for the 10 Design Books which have been proven to be the most popular in 2014, which are you going to add to your Library today?

design as art

1. Design as Art (Penguin Modern Classics)

Written by Bruno Munari and published back in 2008, Design as Art is considered a mondern classic by Penguin. The book follows an illustrated journey into the artistic possibilities of modern design translated by Patrick Creagh.

the design of everyday things

2. The Design of Everyday Things, revised and expanded edition

Written by Donal A Norman in 1988, The Design of Everyday Things was written by a cognitive scientist, who provocatively proposed that the fault lies not in ourselves, but in design that ignores the needs and psychology of people.

design thinking for strategic innovation

3. Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation: What They Can’t Teach You at Business or Design School

Written by Idris Mootee in 2013, What They Can’t Teach You at Business or Design School is a comprehensive playbook for applied design thinking in business and management, complete with concepts and toolkits. As many companies have lost confidence in the traditional ways of running a business, design thinking has entered the mix.

100 ideas that changed graphic design

4. 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design

Written by Steven Heller in 2012, 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design demonstrates how ideas influenced and defined graphic design, and how those ideas have manifested themselves in objects of design.

The Design Book

5. The Design Book

From 2013 The Design Book showcases 500 of the most innovative, beautiful and influential products from the last five centuries that are still in production today.

know your onions graphic design

6. Know Your Onions: Graphic Design

Written by Drew De Soto (2012) Know Your Onions can turn you from a Design Dog to Design God in approximately 32,500 words.

Chronicles- Art & Design the hobbit

7. Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)

Written by Daniel Falconer in 2013, Chronicles: Art & Design | The Hobbit is the ultimate celebration of the second Hobbit movie reveals the full creative vision of the art and design teams with more than 1,000 exclusive images and photos, including designs and concepts that never made it to the big screen.

GO-A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design

8. GO:A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design

Written by Chip Kidd in 2014, A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design explains and demonstrates a critical introductory graphic design concept, the same ones taught in the first year of art school: form, size, scale, repetition and pattern, colour, typography, etc.

Zenspiration Dangle Designs

9. Zenspiration Dangle Designs

Written by Joanne Fink in 2013, Zenspiration Dangle Designs shares fun and relaxing techniques for adding dangle patterns to your drawings. Joanne demystifies the patterning process, and shows how simple it is to create richly textured dangles by breaking down the design into component parts.

Great Designs (Dk)

10. Great Designs (Dk)

This is simply a stunning visual guide to the world’s best designs.