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Inspiration for Artists & Designers

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The list author says: "This list is a compilation of resources that have inspired me or proved useful throughout my education & career as a Graphic Designer. Some of these are directly related to Graphic Design, but others could be inspiring or useful to creatives of any stripe!"
A Smile in the Mind
A Smile in the Mind
"Really clever book that shows the power of grabbing people with subtle smiles in design."
Graphic Design as a Second Language: Bob Gill (Hands on Graphics)
Graphic Design as a Second Language: Bob Gill (Hands on Graphics)
"Loved this book! It really shows the power of marrying visuals with words to create more than the sum of its parts."
3,800 Early Advertising Cuts: Deberny Type Foundry
3,800 Early Advertising Cuts: Deberny Type Foundry
"Really beautiful ad cuts. Can be used for inspiration or reinterpreted directly into designs."
A Typographic Workbook: A Primer to History, Techniques, and Artistry
A Typographic Workbook: A Primer to History, Techniques, and Artistry
"Kate Clair was a professor at Kutztown University while I was attending there. I didn't have any of her classes, but this book was used as a primary text for typography classes there. It is a wonderful, comprehensive resource."
Drawing is Thinking
Drawing is Thinking
"He's a legend. Enough said."
Leadership Is an Art
Leadership Is an Art
"This is a really great book about the art of leadership. It's not directly related to design but can be helpful as you navigate your career."
Johns
Johns
"One of my favorite American Artists. This book showcases a lot of his work and process."
Bomb It
Bomb It
"This DVD looks at the development of various street art movements around the world. It is well-made and classy. :-)"
The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
"A really broad look at the lives of the Impressionists and how truly revolutionary their work was in its time."
The Designer's Lexicon: The Illustrated Dictionary of Design, Printing, and Computer Terms
The Designer's Lexicon: The Illustrated Dictionary of Design, Printing, and Computer Terms
"Some of the information in this book seems a smidge outdated now, but almost all of it is still really useful. This is basically the encyclopedia of everything from color to print process to paper. I have this book on my desk & I imagine it will stay here for a long, long time."
What's New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion
What's New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion
"This book has a wide variety of creative cupcake designs. My FAVORITE recipe is for cupcakes that look like real rats. Amazing."
Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable--Includes new bonus chapter
Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable--Includes new bonus chapter
"Seth Godin is a hero. This book is inspiring. Read it."