Resources

I have found that one of the most important skills as a designer (or any career, really) is to be resourceful, knowing where to look for everything one would need. Whether it's finding the perfect typeface for a branding project, or a book to spark some new ideas.

 
 
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Design Books

 

How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing your Soul

Definitely one of my all-time favorites. I read this before my first internship in Seattle and learned oodles of design knowledge. 

Never Sleep: Graduating to Graphic Design

Recommended to me by one of my professors in college. 

Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits

Required reading in my BFA program. Debbie Millman is awesome. Her podcasts are a must listen as well. 

Steal Like an Artist

The perfect little inspirational book.

The Great Discontent: Magazine

This publication is a must for anyone who is passionate about pursuing their dreams (which should be everyone). They're online site is a great resource as well. I always read a few of these interviews when I need some encouragement and a little pick-me-up.

 

Kern and Burn: Conversations with Design Entrepreneurs

I read this book for my independent study in college on Design Entrepreneurism. An amazing publication that includes interviews with 30 leading designers and discusses what it takes to run a successful business and build your career.

Creative Confidence

One of the most important attributes to have as a successful designer is the confidence to vocalize your thoughts and thinking. Authors Tom & David Kelley help teach us how to unleash our own creativity and innovative spirit that lies in all of us. 

The Design of Business

Roger Martin discusses why thinking like a designer is the next competitive advantage to benefit any individual or company in today's modern, innovative and technological world. 

 
 

*This site has a great list of traditional books on Graphic Design & Typography as well

 

 

DESIGN SITES

The sites I check on a daily basis to spark some ideas and help with design road blocks.

Site Inspire

Savee

Visuelle

Visual Journal

MIND SPARKLE

BEAUTIFUL STORES

EYE ON DESIGN

BP&O

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

When I need to create a mood board, find photographers, establish art direction or place some temporary FPO.