Our recommended books for students and junior designers.

Blue skies, warm weather and maybe even a BBQ - believe it or not, we're describing a British Bank Holiday on this occasion. It's been a great weekend, and during that time, I've had a chance to catch up on some reading. While I haven't been reading any design related books in particular, I thought it would be good to put a post out about some design books we'd recommend for students and anyone looking to expand their knowledge of the design industry, and good practices within it. It's always good to learn how design agencies and the whole design process works, no matter what level you're at!

There's certainly a lot of books to get through, and there's bound to be loads that are fantastic that we still haven't read yet, but here's our top 3 books to read. We're posting them in no particular order by the way, just to be awkward.

1. Burn your Portfolio

© 2018 Michael Janda

I read this book when I was starting out, and it really set me up in a great way to start out my design career. As someone who doesn't have a formal education in design, this really helped understand a bit more about how the industry works, and also smaller helpful tips that you may not be aware of if you haven't had much experience in the industry. It also gives some helpful advice on good practices as you work through a project. Whether you're a freelancer or working for an agency, we would highly recommend it!

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Burn-Your-Portfolio-design-school/dp/0321918681/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525776394&sr=8-1&keywords=burn+your+portfolio

Author: Micheal Janda

2. Know your Onions - Graphic Design

© Articul8 Publishing

Another one that I read when I was starting out, this book is a one stop shop to understanding how to think as a designer, and work effectively to bring a project to a successful conclusion. It even features a glossary at the back if you don't understand all the design jargon that we often use! Here's a list of the different sections, just to prove how much is in here:






The principles of typography

The principles of spacing with type 

The principles of punctuation

Knowledge of colour 

Knowledge of reprographics 

Knowledge of print 

Knowledge of finishing 

Knowledge of paper

Essential kit for the professional 

Magic numbers

10 things... 

Keyboard shortcuts 



... so yeah, it's pretty comprehensive when you're starting out!

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Know-Your-Onions-Creative-Businessman/dp/9063692587/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525776511&sr=8-1&keywords=know+your+onions

Author: Drew De Soto

3. Logo Design Love

© David Airey

This one is great for those who are looking to get into branding and identity design. It features case studies from many successful brands and looks into how their identity system works - and most importantly, why it works. David Airey (the author) also goes into detail into some of his projects, and how he presented them to clients and came to the conclusions that he did during those projects. In short, it's about logo creation that is effective, and logos that last and stand the test of time; hopefully something that we provide our clients with!

Just as a side note, David's website is a great resource as well, with different articles and case studies of brands being posted on there all the time. He also has a section to download different companies' brand guidelines, so you can see how they are packaged for clients.

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Logo-Design-Love-Creating-Identities/dp/0321985206/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=AAEKK7DDHDM2D9X81G75

Author: David Airey - Logo Design Love

Anyway, that's all we wanted to post about today, it's a bit of a shorter one for those of you who don't like reading pages and pages of text. For those of you who do enjoy reading, sorry it wasn't longer (and sorry if you find it's written in an annoying way) - but you can always give these books a read if you're interested in design/are a designer yourself!

We'll speak to you soon!

The BRIX Team