Good cheap used graphic design books.

I love books. In any form. Big, little, digital, analog, rigorous or fleeting, it’s all good to me. I am especially fond of getting books in the mail (all the brick and mortar stores near me are gone). In that vein, here is a list of good used books that you too can get shipped directly to your door for less than $7.50 (US) each from Amazon (or your vendor of choice). If that sounds like a deal and you are a fan of graphic design, I am sure you’ll find something to love among the following:

Why $7.50? $10 doesn’t seem cheap and $5 books are hard to find.

Pro tip: Look for older editions to save a few bucks.


No More Rules Poynor          Alone Together Turkle

No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism
Rick Poynor
Alone Together
Sherry Turkle


Graphic Design History Drucker         

Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide
Johanna Drucker and Emily McVarish
Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture
Jessica Helfand



Understanding Media
Marshall McLuhan
Don’t Make Me Think
Steve Krug



Design for Communication
Elizabeth Resnick
Stop Selling Sheep and find out how type works (Older editions)
Erik Spiekermann



Graphic Design: A Concise History
Richard Hollis
Graphic Design Manual: Principles and Practice
Armin Hofmann



Making and Breaking the Grid
Timothy Samara
Emotional Design
Donald Norman



Women of Design
Armin Vit
Color: A Natural History of the Palette
Victoria Finlay



Typographic Design: Form and Communication (Older edition)
Rob Carter, Ben Day, Phillip B. Meggs
Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design
Audrey Bennett



Graphic Design Thinking
Ellen Lupton
Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design
Steven Heller and Rick Poynor



Basic Visual Concepts and Principles For Artists, Architects And Designers
Charles Wallschlaeger and Cynthis Busic-Snyder
Steal Like an Artist
Austin Kleon