Today marks the 18th annual World Book Day, a celebration of books, illustrators, authors and most importantly reading. 14 million book tokens are sent to children and young people to encourage them to find the pleasure of books. You can find out more and get involved at the World Book Day website.
As adults and designers in an internet world it’s easy to forget the pleasure books, even though they may be our stock in trade. Tumblrs full of beautiful covers and spreads are bookmarked, pinned and saved to our inspiration folders without too much effort or participation. At Conductor we love our bookshelves, our physical reference libraries — whether we’re reaching for a Ken Garland retrospective or simply reading Henri Walks To Paris on a coffee break — printed matter is never far from our fingertips.
Lists of favourites or charts of the greatest are a moveable feast, so without too much deliberation we decided to make a list of five books that we thought stood the test of time. Pictured above, they are the following (with handy links for you to buy, if you haven’t already):
1. Notes on Book Design
by Derek Birdsall
2. Trademarks and Symbols
by Yasaburo Kuwayama
3. It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be
by Paul Arden
4. Grid Systems in Graphic Design
by Josef Muller-Brockmann
5. Design of a Lifetime
by Ben Bos
Incidentally, if you are looking for lovely book covers to add to you inspiration folder then you should take at look at the Tumblr of our good friend, designer Dixie Di Blasi.