Design book reviews

Published:  May 13, 2011
Design book reviews

Reviews by Jack Mussett, Motherbird.

Reviews and spreads of Designers’ Identities, Turning Pages and How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul.

Designers’ Identities
Liz Farrelly
Laurence King, $65
2010, 272 pages

So often we see beautiful branding work by our favourite design studios, but we hardly see the studio’s own branding. Designers put so much time, money and thought into their own identity and stationery, it often becomes the best print work in their folio. However it only ever gets given to clients who perhaps don’t fully appreciate the foiled triplex business cards that cost somebody an arm and a leg. Designers’ Identities documents branding and print collateral from some of the best designers around the world. It is a book well worth keeping on the shelf for when you have enough cash to ‘wow’ your peers, and hopefully your clients.

Spread from Designers' Identities

Spread from Designers' Identities

How to be a graphic designer, without losing your soul (2nd edition)
Adrian Shaughnessy
Laurence King, $49.95
2010, 176 pages

If you fit in the category of design student, young design professional or thinking of starting a studio … this is your bible. How to be a graphic designer, without losing your soul addresses the most valuable questions that young designers need to ask themselves. It also feeds the ego as you find yourself constantly saying, ‘hey, that sounds like me!’. The book covers topics such as finding a job with creative freedom, freelancing, running a studio, getting good briefs, and of course, dealing with clients. The book includes a foreword from Stefan Sagmeister and interviews with Neville Brody, John Warwicker and talent alike. I highly recommend getting this book if you’re in university or within the first few years of industry.

Spread from How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul

Spread from How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul

Turning Pages
Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann
Gestalten, $130
2010, 272 pages

Graphic designers have a special bond with paper and ink. Getting my hands on a well-designed publication is certainly a favourite pastime. Turning Pages delivers some of the best contemporary print editorial design along with some very helpful insights for any budding publication designer. But isn’t print dead I hear you ask? This book proves that it is far from it. In order to remain relevant and have an edge over the digital medium, contemporary publication design is pushing traditional boundaries of print, developing exciting new products. As said in the book itself… “The true golden age for print? It’s right now.”

Spread from Turning Pages

Spread from Turning Pages

Images copyright Gestalten and Laurence King.

From desktop magazine.

2 Responses

  1. Great post & review by Motherbird, ordering of Turning Pages underway.

  2. I love this section! Pleas ekeep the reviews coming. I’m always looking for something new and inspiring :)

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