A selection of recommendations for great big design books (with lots of pictures) and practical guides. If you’re interested in a more theory based design reading list, you could jump over to this page.

Behind the Zines: Self-Publishing Culture ︎︎︎

by Robert Klanten

This beautiful book documents self-publishing and DIY creations in the publishing sector.

Bookbinding: The Complete Guide to Folding, Sewing & Binding ︎︎︎

by Franziska Morlok and Miriam Waszelewski

Thorough, informative and stunning. A must for amateurs or professionals looking to delve into the world of bookmaking.

Home School ︎︎︎


DIY brand strategy tool, the Home School workbook is designed to help you build brand smarts at a time and place that suits you.

Know Your Onions: Graphic Design ︎︎︎

by Drew de Soto

Real, practical knowledge. Concise, all-rounder. A handy book to stash under your desk for any print design queries.

by Ernst Lehner

Fascinating exploration of the history of icons and pictographs. Good for research and inspiration.

Making Books: A Guide to Creating Handcrafted Books ︎︎︎

London Centre for Books Arts

An easy to follow DIY manual for making books.

by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Pailin and Terry Gilliam

Design inspiration to cheer up any working day. Great satire of newspapers and magazines. Cannot include without acknowledging some of the Pythons’ ridiculous tendency to bemoan progress made in the modern world.

by Barbara G. Walker

Another favourite resource for looking into the history of signs and symbols.