This is my first blog post, and I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to all those who have helped me in my journey so far. As a self-taught designer, I am eternally thankful to the authors of the many books from which I have gained valuable insights. Books written by Vello Hubel, Diedra B. Lussow, Robin Landa, Mark Oldach, Francis D.K. Ching, J.D. Hillberry, Margot Schulzke, Rebecca E. Burnett, Bob Baxley, and Kim Goodwin have been my source of knowledge, strength, hope, and inspiration. 

Here are some of the books that have helped me through the years.

  1. Focus on Designing by Vello Hubel & Diedra B. Lussow  / This book helped me understand what design is, and how to become aware of it.
  2. Graphic design solutions by Robin Landa / My very first roadmap to self-study in a structured manner came from this book.
  3. Creativity for graphic designers by Mark Oldach / This is my source of how to think through an idea, and what not to do.
  4. Design drawing by Francis D.K. Ching / This book opened up a whole new way of looking at the world.
  5. Drawing realistic textures in pencil by J.D.Hillberry / This helped me learn how to see, observe, and interpret the realism of the real world.
  6. A painter’s guide to design and composition by Margot Schulzke / From this book I learnt about design and composition in the context of creating art.
  7. Technical Communication by Rebecca E. Burnett / The information in this book helped me gain an understanding of creating graphics for instructional purposes. 
  8. Making the web work by Bob Baxley / This helped me understand how to approach the user experience design of websites.
  9. Designing for the Digital Age: How to create human-centered products and services by Kim Goodwin / This book helped me understand how to approach the user experience design of digital products.

If you have a list you would like to share, please do so in the comments section. I intend to use this blog to write about my work and experiences, and in the process, share my learnings and learn from others.