09 November 2015

Books for Designers // In The Studio

At a time when we are looking to expand our studio book collection, we've been reflecting on our favourite reads on our shelf.


Impressive is a Printmaking, Letterpress and Graphic Design book, absolutely brimming with visual inspiration from creatives who are using old-fashioned techniques to create cutting-edge work. It is a topical exploration of the interplay between current trends in graphic design and traditional handiwork such as letterpress printing. This is an essential book for print-loving designers like us.

How to be a graphic designer, without losing your soul

Written by Adrian Shaughnessy, this book is a practical and inspirational user's guide for designers. It offers guidance on employment options straight out of college, setting up as a freelance, establishing a firm, finding and keeping clients, pitching, and generally doing good work. It was a great purchase back when we were looking to start Leaff, and an easy reference point when we were on our feet, but it still serves as a good read even now.

Obey The Giant

This is a book by Rick Poynor - an acclaimed design writer. It is a really rich source of knowledge on the communication of design and branding, on every level - even levels that you hadn't perhaps considered before. It is in this way that Poynor exposes what is really beneath the surface of contemporary visual culture, which shows how designers and image-makers both collude with, and resist, corporate control of the image world.

Do you own any really inspiring books that you couldn't do without? We would love to hear about them - they may be just what we are looking for to expand our own collection.

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