11 Best Graphic Design Books & Products

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6 Products Designers Will Love This Summer

Combat the sweltering summer season by staying hydrated in style. These alluring and equally functional water bottles will look good and keep your thirst at bay whether you’re on the go or on the clock.

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Ello Thrive Water Bottle

Ello’s Thrive Glass Water Bottle is an eco-friendly, nontoxic alternative to plastic and stainless steel bottles. Made from BPA-free glass, this 20-ounce bottle features a leak-proof bamboo cap and a carry loop for on-the-go hydration. $12.99

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KangarooBlue3QuarterDetail-design-productsContigo Autoseal Kangaroo Water Bottle

This BPA-free water bottle features a built-in compartment so you can discreetly carry keys, an ID, money, a gym pass and more. It also features a one-touch Autoseal lid that automatically seals between sips to eliminate spills and leaks. $13.99

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17oz_RougeCrocodile-design-productsS’well Water Bottles

These beautifully crafted stainless steel bottles keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Plus, your purchase supports the company’s charity partners and efforts to bring clean water to the world’s poorest communities. Choose from dozens of styles in 9, 17 or 25 ounces. $25-$45

 

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“Let’s Go Letter Hunting: A Field Guide for Typographic Expeditions” is a lightly guided notebook from the popular design collective Friends of Type. The journal provides ample space to record, sketch and riff off all the letters you discover in the world around you. Perfect for typophiles who want to get outside and explore their love of adventure and typography. $12.99

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utensils-gold_redkitchen-COOL-PRODUCTSTemporary Tiles

If you’re a renter who wants to brighten up a bland kitchen or a homeowner with a fear of commitment, give Tyles a try. Tyles offer a stylish solution to finishing your untiled surfaces—think kitchen backsplash, bathroom walls, entryway—without making a long-term investment. Made from cut vinyl, Tyles are easy to apply and easy to remove—and there’s no messy grout to deal with! A set of 12 8-by-8-inch Tyles covers about five square feet. $55 for a set of 12 8-by-8-inch Tyles; $65 for two-color sets

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If you eschew body wash and embrace the old-fashioned way of scrubbing up after a long day outdoors, you know there’s nothing grosser than a slimy bar of soap. Ampersand Design has come to your rescue with the new Punk Soap Dish. Made from powder-coated aluminum with rubber feet, Punk’s pyramidal studs allow airflow underneath your soap, keeping it dry and helping it last longer. Plus, it comes in five fun colors to brighten your sink or shower. $29

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5 Best Books for Designers to Read this Summer

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By Danny Gregory, Chronicle Books, $19.95

This encouraging guide by beloved artist Danny Gregory can help you incorporate art making into your busy life. Brimming with strategies and inspiration, “Art Before Breakfast” teaches readers how to carve out time for painting and drawing, and shows how making art, even for just 10 minutes a day, can lead to a richer, more fulfilling life. The mini-art projects can be done anywhere—on a plane, during a meeting, in a waiting room or at the breakfast table.

 

100-Ideas-That-Changed-the-Web-best-graphic-design-books100 Ideas That Changed the Web

By Jim Boulton, Laurence King Publishing, $19.99

Part of the “100 Ideas” series, this book explores the scope of innovative ideas that have shaped and continue to shape one of the most quick-changing technologies of all time. Entertaining and extremely intelligent, the book is a compelling resource that not only dives into our recent digital past and the ideas that forever altered it, but also explores the way we think and communicate.

 

 

 

The Best Graphic Design Books:

 

Graphic-Style-Lab-best-graphic-design-booksGraphic Style Lab: Develop Your Own Style with 50 Hands-On Exercises

By Steven Heller, Rockport Publishers, $29.99

This guidebook features 50 step-by-step visual exercises that cover the distinctions between a personal and universal style, historical and contemporary style, and one-of-a kind styles. You’ll also discover how lettering and typography often define style.

 

 

 

 

See-for-Yourself-cover-RGB-best-graphic-design-booksSee for Yourself: A Visual Guide to Everyday Beauty

By Rob Forbes, Chronicle Books, $24.95

This handbook by the founder of Design Within Reach uncovers the beauty in the commonplace and reveals how visual thinking can enrich our lives. In friendly text complemented by photographs taken on his travels around the world, Forbes explains how to appreciate the design elements that surround us in the built environment.

 

 

 

 

success by designSuccess By Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers

From David Sherwin, the man that brought you the best selling Creative Workshop, here comes the business side of being creative! Success by Design is a reference for designers to remind themselves of best practices in the industry. Complex business advice and information is distilled into an easy-to-reference format that’s not meant to be read cover-to-cover, but to answer questions in the moment! Get it here.

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Want more graphic design books, magazines and cool design products? Check out MyDesignShop, where you’ll find resources like The Ultimate Guide to Color and cool products like this gorgeous limited-edition poster from Lesli Ink.

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