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A selection of recommendations for great design books. From bookbinding to Monty Python... If you’re interested in a more general reading list, you should 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 ︎
by Bruno Munari

Munari explores the possibilities of design in a modern world. A classic and a fun read ︎

Know Your Onions: Graphic Design

by Drew de Soto

Real, practical knowledge. This book is so concise, an all-rounder and the perfect book to stash under your desk for any print design emergencies ︎

Now You See It and Other Essays on Design

by Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut is unchallenged in his writings on design. He shares short and engaging thoughts, experiences, histories and insights ︎

By Caterina Bianchini Studio

A visual catalogue of Caterina Bianchini's poster and EP design work for the music scene ︎

by Ernst Lehner

Fascinating exploration of the history of icons and pictographs ︎

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

Design inspiration to cheer up any working day. A great satire of newspapers and magazines with classic Gilliam illustrations ︎

by Ruben Pater

Everyone should read this short book covering the cultural and political nature of all aspects of design ︎

The Responsible Object: A History of Design Ideology for the Future

by Marjanne Van Helvert

A good looking book with well-written content ︎

by Barbara G. Walker

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