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Books for the Designer in you this Christmas



Here’s a selection of some of our favourite design related books. Find out more or buy any of them on Amazon via the links on this page.


Don’t Make Me THINK

Steve Krug

It’s been almost 10 years since the first version of Krug’s ultimate usability guidebook first hit the shelves.

Since it launched, this book has achieved its goal of bringing far more usable sites to the web, with legends like Jeffrey Zeldman giving it the highest praise possible: “It has done more to improve my abilities as a web designer than any other book.”

If you want to maximise the traffic you already have, get your visitors buying your products, or reading more of your posts, you need this book.

The Elements of Typographic Style

Robert Bringhurst

This is the book on typography, but anyone who claims to be a graphic designer needs the information contained within.

Bringhurst guides you through the basics and the finer points of achieving typographical perfection. Methods are explained conceptually, going far beyond the more down-to-earth perceptive approach typographers usually take.

Out of the hundreds of books on typography, this is by far the best. It is clear, intelligent, scholarly and practical. It’s also beautifully written, well designed and often rather amusing.



101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

Matthew Frederick

101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation that provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy.

Written by an architect and instructor who remembers well the fog of his own student days, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School provides valuable guideposts for navigating the design studio and other classes in the architecture curriculum.

Getting Real


Although strictly not a book on design, I think the principles of Getting Real could (and should) be applied by the majority of people reading this.

37signals created this book a few years ago based on their own experience of building web apps for small companies. To this day, hundreds thousands of companies live by the ideas and philosophies in this book.

At GoSquared, we work to many of the mantras that 37signals throw at you in this book. If you don’t already own it, buy it. And then get a copy for everyone on your team.


The Smashing Book by Smashing Magazine

The Smashing Book

Smashing Magazine

From arguably the best design blog on the internet comes The Smashing Book. Packed with the great tips, tricks, and inspiration we see on Smashing Magazine everyday, you can now enjoy such fantastic content on printed paper.

The Smashing Book shares technical tips and best practices on coding, usability and optimization and explores how to create successful user interfaces and apply marketing principles to increase conversion rates.

Los Logos by Gestalten

Los Logos

Die Gestalten Verlag

Go Faster by Gestalten

Go Faster

Die Gestalten Verlag

Designing Web Usability by Jakob Nielsen

Designing Web Usability

Jakob Nielsen

Regular - Graphic Design Today by Gestalten

Regular – Graphic Design Today

Die Gestalten Verlag

We hope you like the selection of books. We also hope Santa brings some of them down the chimney for you. If you’ve got any suggestions for books that simply can’t be missed by any self respecting designer, drop a note in the comments.

Note: When you buy any of the books we’ve linked to here on Amazon, we’ll get a little kickback. You don’t have to click these links, but, you know, it would make us happy if you do. Also, whatcha think of the more “Blogazine” style format?

Written by
James is CEO and one of the co-founders of GoSquared. He also likes to talk about design.

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