Top 10 Best Books to Read in Commercial Graphic Design - August 2021



Books in the commercial graphic design genre are about designing labels for advertisements, booklets, brochures, colophons, trademarks and, envelopes. This genre portrays the importance of typeface, ornamentation, symbolic designs, and photographs on a commercial level. Some of these books might include the history and examples of famous commercial designs. Such designs are the main components of advertising. Therefore, most of this genre of books consists of how-to guides for creating a perfect professional design. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Commercial Graphic Design.

1. Chanel: Collections and Creations


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Commercial Graphic Design - August 2021

Chanel's combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from the 1920s onwards, and now reinterpreted to become the motifs for brand new garments, accessories and beauty products. Inspired by the House's signature fragrance, the legendary ‘Chanel No 5’, the book explores five central themes – the suit, the camellia, jewelry, fragrances and make-up, and the little black dress – and follows the threads from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented by fashion designers working in the footsteps of their illustrious predecessors. This visual journey is enhanced by previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models and timeless design leave no doubt as to the lasting fame of the brand and embody everything that has come to symbolize the magic of Chanel. llustrations: 159

  • Author: Daniele Bott
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st Edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0500513606
  • Dimensions: 9.9 x 1 x 11.3 inches

                 

2. Lettering and Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide: Learn Hand Lettering and Brush Lettering


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Commercial Graphic Design - August 2021

Learn to letter! Learn to letter and create beautiful designs with this beginner's guide and workbook! Every page is filled with tips, tricks encouragement and practice space to kickstart your lettering journey! Learn 5 different alphabet styles, upper and lower case letters, practice connections and dive into design and composition with this beautiful lettering book. At the end of this book, there are also 15 beautiful lettering projects to help you bring together your knowledge and skill and help you begin to create beautiful works of art! You can do this!! Let us teach you how to upgrade your handwriting and learn this amazing and fun form of art The Book Contains: Learn five different alphabet styles Upper and lower case letters Detailed instructions 15 beautiful lettering projects

  • Author: Paper Peony Press
  • Publisher: Paper Peony Press (October 27, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1948209007
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.26 x 10 inches

                 

3. How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Commercial Graphic Design - August 2021

How to Draw Cool Stuff shows simple step-by-step illustrations that make it easy for anyone to draw cool stuff with precision and confidence. These pages will guide you through the basic principles of illustration by concentrating on easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings. With the step-by-step guidelines provided, anything can become easy to draw. This book contains a series of fun, hands-on exercises that will help you see line, shape, space and other elements in everyday objects and turn them into detailed works of art in just a few simple steps. The exercises in this book will help train your brain so you can visualize ordinary objects in a different manner, allowing you to see through the eyes of an artist. From photorealistic faces to holiday themes and tattoo drawings, How to Draw Cool Stuff makes drawing easier than you would think and more fun than you ever imagined! Now is the time to learn how to draw the subjects and scenes you've always dreamt of drawing. How to Draw Cool Stuff is suitable for artists of any age benefiting everyone from teachers and students to self-learners and hobbyists. How to Draw Cool Stuff will help you realize your artistic potential and expose you to the pure joy of drawing!

  • Author: Catherine V Holmes
  • Publisher: Library Tales Publishing, Incorporated; Illustrated edition (March 17, 2014)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0615991429
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.57 x 10 inches

                 

4. Pretty Simple Lettering: Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners: A Step by Step Guide to Beautiful Hand Lettering & Brush Pen Calligraphy Design


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Commercial Graphic Design - August 2021

Pretty Simple Lettering: Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners| Paper Peony Press Learn the art of hand lettering with this comprehensive how-to book, full of beauty, knowledge, and inspiration! Pretty Simple Lettering is the perfect book for any hand letterer, whether you're new to the art or an experienced designer looking to expand your skill. In the book, you will learn the basics of creating alphabets in many different styles, how to develop those styles into one that is uniquely your own, and how to turn your lettering into beautiful pieces of art. Learning the basics of hand lettering can be pretty simple! Whitney breaks down 10 individual alphabets in various lettering styles, including upper and lower case, showing you how to form each letter, turn those letters into words, and turn those words into works of art! Discover the tools, techniques, and tricks of the trade from a seasoned lettering artist who has been in the business since 2014. In the final sections of this book, learn how Whitney approaches every design as she leads you through a step-by-step tutorial outlining her process of composition. The last section of the book is filled with project pages for you to create your own works of art to hang on your wall or gift to a friend! Every project is surrounded by gorgeous floral designs, adding a special touch of whimsy to your final creation!

  • Author: Whitney Farnsworth
  • Publisher: Paper Peony Press (July 13, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1948209472

                 

5. Tom Ford


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Commercial Graphic Design - August 2021

Tom Ford has become one of fashion's great icons. He transformed Gucci from a moribund accessories label into one of the sexiest fashion brands in the world. His designs have increased sales at Gucci tenfold and have helped build the Gucci brand into the luxury goods conglomerate that it is today. Ford brought a hard-edged style synonymous with 21st century glamour to his clothes, and Hollywood sat up and took note. This book is a complete catalogue of Ford's design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004. It chronicles not only Ford's clothing and accessories designs for both houses, but also explores Ford's grand vision for the complete design of a brand, including architecture, store design, and advertising. Tom Ford features more than 200 photographs by Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Todd Eberle, and numerous other photographers including many previously unpublished images. Published to coincide with his departure from Gucci, this book has been created with Ford's full cooperation and every page reflects his exceptional taste. It is Ford's testament to a career of singular moments reinventing the boundaries of style and sensuality in clothing.

  • Author: Tom Ford
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Slp edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0847826698
  • Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.23 x 14.8 inches

                 



6. Tarot of the Divine: A Deck and Guidebook Inspired by Deities, Folklore, and Fairy Tales from Around the World: Tarot Cards


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Commercial Graphic Design - August 2021

Take a step forward on your spiritual journey with this gorgeously illustrated celebration of deities, folklore, and fairy tales from all over the world. The path to enlightenment is unique for each of us, but many of the lessons we learn are shared stories passed among cultures and generations. With rich, vibrant art and a keen understanding of traditional tarot archetypes, illustrator Yoshi Yoshitani infuses Tarot of the Divine with worldly insight and an intriguing selection of fables and folktales from cultures across the globe. The Major Arcana cards are brought to life with characters from beloved stories who embody the fool's journey, from the Danish fable of the naive Little Mermaid (a character who represents The Fool) to China's Beauty and the Beast (The Lovers) to the Maori legend of Hinemoa and Tutanekai (The World). The archetypes of the Minor Arcana--focused on suits of cups, coins, swords, and wands--are made richer with diverse cultural fables, ancient mythologies, and spiritual legends like the Crane Wife (Japan), Aladdin (Persia), Jack and the Beanstalk (England), Fenrir (Norway), Oedipus (Greece), the Pandavas (India), and dozens more. As you acquaint yourself with your cards, a 44-page guidebook illuminates how these fables support traditional tarot imagery and themes. With fables from more than forty countries, this spiritual journey is a worldly experience like no other.

  • Author: Yoshi Yoshitani
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (September 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0593135143
  • Dimensions: 4.77 x 1.95 x 6.3 inches

                 

7. Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Commercial Graphic Design - August 2021

50 ANIMAL PATTERNS TO COLOR | From MantraCraft, creator of best-selling coloring books. This adult coloring book from MantraCraft has over 50 animal patterns and provides hours of stress relief through creative expression. It features small and big creatures from forests, oceans, deserts and grasslands. Designs range in complexity and detail from beginner to expert-level.  You will Love this Coloring Book. It offers: Stress Relieving Designs that are Great for Relaxation.  Each coloring page is designed to provide calmness and relaxation as you channelize your energies for creative expression. Beautiful Artwork and Designs.  Well-crafted illustrations and designs that lay the groundwork for you to create your own frame-worthy masterpieces.   High Resolution Printing.  Each image is printed in high resolution to offer crisp, sharp designs that enable trouble free coloring and high quality display. Single-sided Pages.  Every image is printed on a single-sided page, so that you can use a broad variety of coloring choices without fearing bleed through. Moreover, single-side pages can be framed to display your masterpieces. Suitable for All Skill Levels.  This coloring book offers a broad variety of designs suited for all skill levels - ranging from beginner to expert level. A Great Gift.  Coloring books make a wonderful gift and MantraCraft coloring books are frequently one of the most gifted items. About MantraCraft MantraCraft creates a wide range of coloring books that help you relax, unwind, and express your creativity. Explore the entire MantraCraft collection to find your next coloring adventure. Buy Now & Relax.  Scroll to the top of the page and click the  Add to Cart  button.

  • Author: MantraCraft
  • Publisher: New Castle P&P (January 26, 2018)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1945710797
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.25 x 11 inches

                 

8. Minecraft Composition Notebook: Wide-Ruled, 7.5 x 9.25, 100 Pages, For kids, teens, and adults, Video Game (Composition Notebooks)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Commercial Graphic Design - August 2021

7.25 x 9.5 100 Pages Soft Matte Cover Great for kids, teens, and students. Perfect for school or play.

  • Author: Mark Alan
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 17, 2021)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 979-8538883851
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.23 x 9.25 inches

                 

9. Little Book of Prada: The Story of the Iconic Fashion House (Little Books of Fashion)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Commercial Graphic Design - August 2021

Little Book of Prada is the pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated story of the legendary fashion house. Understated elegance and luxury, technologically advanced fabrics and sublime originality of design are all hallmarks of the House of Prada. In this miniature monograph, Laia Farran Graves documents the history and heritage of the brand, from the company's origins as a leather-goods manufacturer to the global fashion empire created by Miuccia Prada. Little Book of Prada explores the evolutions and innovations of the brand, as well as a design ethos informed by an interest in minimalism and contemporary art. Images of individual garments, catwalk shots and fashion photography pay tribute to one of the world's most influential fashion houses and the woman behind it, in a perfectly designed and stylish format that makes a perfect gift for any lover of fashion.

  • Author: Graves Laia Farran Graves
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design

                 

10. How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Commercial Graphic Design - August 2021

Written by the iconic Stan Lee, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way is a must-have book for Marvel fans and anyone looking to draw their first comic strip. Stan Lee, the Mighty Man from Marvel, and John Buscema, active and adventuresome artist behind the Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, the Mighty Thor and Spider-Man, have collaborated on this comics compendium: an encyclopedia of information for creating your own superhero comic strips. Using artwork from Marvel comics as primary examples, Buscema graphically illustrates the hitherto mysterious methods of comic art. Stan Lee’s pithy prose gives able assistance and advice to the apprentice artist. Bursting with Buscema’s magnificent illustrations and Lee’s laudable word-magic, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way belongs in the library of everyone who has ever wanted to illustrate his or her own comic strip.

  • Author: Stan Lee
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Illustrated edition (September 14, 1984)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0671530778
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches