Reading By Design

Reading By Design – It’s book club time again, and this month we have a great book about design and design thinking. Resolved by the head of the design team, Martijn digs deep into his library of favorite books to bring us this amazing list.

I first realized that I wanted to be a designer when I was 14-15 years old. I found a book in the local library about Memphis, an Italian design group from the 80s, and it blew me away. It’s safe to say that books, and specifically book designs, have always played a big role in my work.

Reading By Design

Since I saw this book in the library, I rarely walk past a bookstore without going in and heading straight for the design section. My goal for years has been to find the best book on how to design and be good at it.

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Until now, I haven’t found it, but along the way I’ve come across some truly extraordinary design books. Although I didn’t find “the one”, I found many interesting, funny, funny and beautiful books. It’s too long to list my list of favorites, but let’s try…

#1: All the Weird and Crazy Books and Magazines You Can Find in Tiny Bookstores, Flea Markets, and Your Grandma’s Attic

My favorite design books are often not about design. You can find inspiration for designing in a wide variety of publications and magazines. I really recommend you pick up that old book of woodcuts or that encyclopedia of flowers and I’m sure you’ll surprise yourself. Someday you will use it. Don’t throw out old storage magazines! If you come across an image while flipping through the pages of an old magazine, it helps create a network of associations. It can lead to your biggest and best ideas.

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Understanding comics is not what you might expect. This book is not about how to draw comics, but about how to use and understand visual language to communicate and tell stories. Although he uses comics and graphic novels as the basis of his explanation, the principles discussed can be applied to almost any (visual) medium. If you are starting out as a designer, I really recommend you read this book, it will help you become a better designer. Oh, and the book itself is also a comic (like Meta!)

Reading By Design

If everything is a plan (I’m working my way through the bonus book here 😉 and thus can be planned, conversations are no exception. In his book, Daniel Stillman writes about how conversations work and what patterns and structures lie behind a good and meaningful conversation. When you see design as a form of conversation, in other words, your design is trying to communicate or tell a story, suddenly patterns and structures also make sense to you as a designer.

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As you progress in your career, I guarantee you will learn that 90% of design is conversation. What do I mean? Well, you spend a lot of time explaining concepts to clients, discussing ideas with colleagues, and presenting your work to relevant stakeholders. When you consider this, it becomes clear that a good understanding of what makes a good conversation will be more effective in your work.

There is certainly no shortage of books explaining the “business value of design” over the years. However, this particular book is different because it is written from a designer’s perspective. This explains the value of understanding business principles in the context of design. Most creative schools do not provide this part of the necessary education for creative children. It’s important to understand how the business works and how it will affect your design work. This is a must read.

This is one of Edward Tufte’s three essential books on how to present and interpret data visually and elegantly. It was first published in 1983, but remains as relevant today as it was then. In a world where data and data visualization are everywhere and constantly growing, his books teach how to understand it and how we designers have a role and a job to play. It’s also a great book for tech geeks interested in the creative side of data.

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This is a book I bought recently. Besides being beautifully designed by one of my favorite graphic designers, it also teaches designers how to make an impact and use design to make a difference at all levels. As designers, we are responsible for creating problems, but we are also responsible for solutions. To put it better and to quote Mr. Mao, “The greatest challenge we face today was created by design and must be solved by design.”

So this is my list, I recommend these books to beginners and experienced designers. They helped me revise and revise the plan over and over again. They challenge what I thought I knew and made me a better designer.

Martyjn is the creative director and founder of our Solving Design Studio. Formerly Creative Director of Jungle Minds and Creative Director of The Garage, he has over 20 years of experience in the agency world.

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