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22 Best Design Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Design books (instead of one person's opinion).

Our process:
1. Search for "best design books" and study the top 5 articles.
2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 4
    Appears in 3 articles
  2. 5

    Geometry of Design

    Kimberly Elam

    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 6

    How To

    Michael Bierut

    Appears in 3 articles
  4. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    7
    Appears in 2 articles
  5. 8
    Appears in 2 articles
  6. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  7. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 12
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 13
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 15
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 16
    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 20

    Designing Type

    Karen Cheng

    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 21
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 22
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this Design books list created?

    We searched for "best Design books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Design books are in this list?

    There are 22 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Design books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Design books on the internet.

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