A Designer’s Bookshelf

As has already been noted, I blimmin’ love books. Also this year I’ve been treating myself to a new design-related book every month. This image (have a click to see a larger version) shows my current design book shelf, although I don’t keep them organised by height order all the time, I just like the aesthetic this creates.

There’s actually a few missing as I tend to cycle having a couple at work for reference, so I might even do an updated post with the full selection. You can see I’ve got all three It’s Nice That journals, the almost compulsory No Logo, and a few gems like Ideas Have Legs, Bruno Munari’s Design as Art and Type, A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles.

My most recent purchase has been the info-porn that is Dave McCandless’ book Information is Beautiful, which I heartily recommend, not just for it’s lovely graphs, but for it’s playful, witty tone. Each and every page is crammed full “wow, I never knew that” moments.

So what’s next for my bookshelf? Maybe Adrian Shaughnessy’s new book, Graphic Design: A User’s Manual, or Elliot Jay Stock’s Sexy Web Design. Seriously tough call.

How about you o handsome reader? What’s on your bookshelf?

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2 Responses to “A Designer’s Bookshelf”


  1. 1 Siobhan April 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Ahh Naomi Klein’s No Logo, talk of commodification. good book!

  2. 2 hedoesdesign April 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I think everyone should read it, or at least listen to an abridged version of it, read by Jarvis Cocker (his voice can melt candles). That would have saved me so much time when I was writing my dissertation.


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