Graphic Designer’s Reading List

I’ve been asked a few times recently to provide a list of books I’d recommend for graphic designers. I read 20-30 minutes every morning on my Kindle, but I try to have a physical book to take with me – just in case I have a few minutes of down time. My favorite way to try out new books is Amazon Kindle’s “Send a free sample” which sends the first chapter or two to my Kindle app for free. Check out the option on the right side bar of your Amazon page – it reminds me of standing in the book store reading the book jackets, unfortunately it doesn’t include that new book smell!

Here is my most recent reading list (and yes this is an Amazon Affiliate page – so if you buy them through this I do receive some compensation.)

Favorite Business Book for Creatives:

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

by Ed Catmull (Author), Amy Wallace (Author)

I didn’t expect this to be a book about business – I picked it up because my son and daughter in law were able to visit Pixar last year and loved the creative energy in the building. I thought it’d be an interesting read, but I found a wealth of information about working with and managing creatives. It is also a unique insight into the history of computer animation and graphics, the Disney legend and building a for-profit business around new technology. Ed Catmull’s willingness to give such personal details of his part in Pixar made this a fascinating read.

Do you have any design book recommendations?

About Becky Bayne

Becky is an independent graphic designer with over 20 years of experience. She and her husband live outside of Nashville, TN where she enjoys creative photography, gardening, and baking for her family.

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