Sometimes people, usually students, email me and ask me what books they should read. Here are two classics that should never be over looked. They're pretty famous, but if you're a new student you may not have heard of them (and let's face it one of them is 12 years old) so I thought it worth mentioning them again.
You'll notice I've said 'books you should own' and not 'books you should read' that's becuase you should OWN these books. They're not really the sort of books you can read, they're the sort of books you should own and keep coming back to again and again. And it's Christmas soon, so you can put them on your list.
A Smile in the Mind is a lovely book. It feels a bit dated now but that doesn't stop it being a great book. And it shouldn't stop you buying it. Just don't copy every logo for every project you work on. It's full of witty, penny dropping moments in graphic design. There's some great stuff by some great designers. It's also a book you can give to non-designers and they'll happily spend an hour looking through it.
The Art of Looking Sideways is an equally lovely book. If magpies were graphic designers and they could write books, this is the book they would write. And wonderful collection of images, quotes, thoughts, photos, stuff. I guess you might call it a thought starter. If you spoke like that. It's a book full of inspiration and one that can get you out of the deepest funk.
Both of these books get better with time.