Design Books

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Adrien Baker, Mar 5, 2008.

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  1. Adrien Baker macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2008
    Bakersfield, Ca.
    I used to be heavy into Web/Graphic design...I did it for a living at one point and eventually got burned out on it. I've recently sparked the interest in it again and have purchased myself copies of Illustrator and Photoshop CS3.

    One thing I've finding is maybe I'm not so creative as I once was, for whatever reason.

    My question is do any of you have recommendations on design books and other things that help get you going or to spark your creative side? I'm not looking for guides on how to use this software, but things to use a muse so to speak.

  2. tsd macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2007
    Greensboro, NC
    Welcome back!

    Anything from Before and After Magazine ( is always inspirational to me, including a recent purchase of mine, "Graphics For Business", a book written by one of the main B&A guys.

    I also subscribe to the free Graphic Design USA (aka GDUSA) magazine (

    Package Design Magazine ( is nice sometimes, especially when you need ideas for a package design.

    Layers Magazine is great for tutorials and to a lesser extent, design ideas. (

    Designing Identity, by Marc English is an endless source of inspiration for me with logos and corporate identity.

    Hope those lead you down some good paths!
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Closing because this thread seems to cover everything!
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