Design Books

Design books for non-designers, recommended by Stripe Design team.

  1. Beauty by SAGMEISTER & WALSH
  2. The Design of Everyday Things by DONALD A. NORMAN
  3. A Primer of Visual Literacy by DONIS A. DONDIS
  4. On the Necessity of Gardening by LAURIE CLUITMANS
  5. White by KENYA HARA
  6. The Creative Act – A Way of Being by RICK RUBIN
  7. A New Program for Graphic Design by DAVID REINFURT
  8. Forget All the Rules About Graphic Design – Including the Ones in This Book by BOB GILL
  9. Designing News – Changing the World of Editorial Design and Information Graphics by FRANCESCO FRANCHI
  10. Emotional Design – Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things by DON A. NORMAN
  11. Notes on the Synthesis of Form by CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER
  12. Designing Products People Love – How Great Designers Create Successful Products by SCOTT HURFF
  13. In Praise of Shadows by JUNICHIRO TANIZAKI
  14. The Intelligent Lifestyle Magazine – Smart Editorial Design, Storytelling and Journalism by FRANCESCO FRANCHI
  15. Dieter Rams: Ten Principles for Good Design by CEES W. DE JONG
  16. The Vignelli Canon by MASSIMO VIGNELLI
  17. The Elements of Typographic Style by ROBERT BRINGHURST
  18. Content Design by SARAH WINTERS
  19. Graphic Design Manual – Principles and Practice by ARMIN HOFMANN
  20. Understanding Comics – The Invisible Art by SCOTT MCCLOUD
  21. Serialize – Family Faces and Variety in Graphic Design by ROBERT KLANTEN
  22. Collaborative Product Design by AUSTIN GOVELLA
  23. Re-Printed Matter by KAREL MARTENS
  24. Typographie – Ein Gestaltungslehrbuch by EMIL RUDER
  25. Typography for Lawyers by MATTHEW BUTTERICK
  26. Designer's Guide to Creating Charts and Diagrams by NIGEL HOLMES
  27. Envisioning Information by EDWARD R. TUFTE
  28. Principles of Form and Design by WUCIUS WONG
  29. Designing Design by KENYA HARA
  30. Designing Programmes – Programme as Typeface, Typography, Picture, Method by KARL GERSTNER
  31. The Timeless Way of Building by CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER
  33. The World as Design by OTL AICHER
  34. The Laws of Simplicity – Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life by JOHN MAEDA
  35. Zen & the Art of the Macintosh – Discoveries on the Path to Computer Enlightenment by MICHAEL GREEN
  36. Karel Martens / Patterns by MARTENS & MARTENS
  37. How to – Use graphic design to sell things, explain things by MICHAEL BIERUT
  38. Design Is Storytelling by ELLEN LUPTON
  39. Designing Brand Identity – An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team by ALINA WHEELER

I have a deep appreciation and respect for good design, and want to learn more about what makes good design good, the why behind it, and hopefully be able to turn my taste into skill.

My goal is to read this list of design books, and note some ideas and takeaways for each of them.