Chez Hugo

Awesome Design Books

I encourage you to read these books.

This is a list of books I find particularly important and worth your time and money. Each of these has influenced me considerably as a designer and as a teacher of design. I will make this list grow regularly.

Books sorted alphabetically from last name of first author. Eventually, I may add categories.

Coloured book titles represent classic masterpieces.

  • Rudolf Arnheim. Visual Thinking.

  • John Berger. Ways of Seeing.

  • Robert Bringhurst. The Elements of Typographic Style. + The Solid Form of Language.

  • Natalie Canavor & Claire Meirowitz. The Truth About The New Rules of Business Writing.

  • Frank Chimero. The Shape of Design.

  • Adam Connor & Aaron Irizarry. Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration through Critique.

  • Jon Duckett. HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites.

  • Kimberly Elam. Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type.

  • Ernst H. Gombrich. The Story of Art.

  • Erika Hall. Just Enough Research.

  • Marijn Haverbeke. Eloquent JavaScript.

  • Jost Hochuli & Robin Kinross. Designing Books: Practice and Theory.

  • Robert Jacobson, ed. Information Design.

  • Alla Kholmatova. Design Systems.

  • Robin Kinross. Unjustified Texts: Perspectives on Typography. + Modern typography: an essay in critical history.

  • John Maeda. The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life.

  • Marshall McLuhan. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. + The Medium Is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. + Laws of Media

  • Mike Monteiro. Design Is A Job. + You’re My Favorite Client.

  • Ruben Pater. The Politics of Design.

  • Catherine Saouter. Le language visuel.

  • David Sherwin. Success by Design.

  • Erik Spiekermann & E.M. Ginger. Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works.

  • Kristine Tortora, ed. Carl Dair and the Cartier Typeface: Selected Correspondence.

  • Edward Tufte. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. + Envisioning Information. + Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. + Beautiful Evidence.