Top Christmas Books for Creatives

Stuck for what to buy your designer beau at Christmas? Here’s 7 top picks…

What do you buy for the creative soul who has a host of gadgets and all the cool accessories they could desire? A book, that’s what. Nothing quite compares to the crisp feel of unturned pages or the smell of a brand new book!

Following on from our “Top Summer Reads“, Cogs decided to ask our designers for their top book buys of 2016, why not treat the creative in your life with the perfect Christmas gift.

How to see the World by Nicholas Mirzoeff
This book defines visual culture, Mirzoeff draws on art history, theory and everyday experience. A delightful read that deploys a blend of science, sociology and art history to interpret everything from old masters to selfies.

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The Untold Stories Behind 29 Classic Logo by Mark Sinclair

Explore 29 internationally-recognised logos, understanding their development, design, usage and purpose, from Coca-Cola logotype, the Penguin Books’ colophon. A fascinating brilliant read to be enjoyed by anyone with a creative mind.

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David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
David and Goliath is a cult read, exploring stories of remarkable underdogs throughout history, science and psychology. It’s a brilliant, illuminating book that overturns conventional thinking about power and advantage.

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What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack

Author Mark McCormack, known as on of the most powerful man in sport cleverly fills in the gaps between school education and street knowledge which he has developed from running a business and managing people. It shares the business skills, techniques and wisdom gleaned from twenty-five years of experience.  A fantastic read for anyone already running a business or for budding entrepreneurs who are considering it!

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Just My Type by Simon Garfield

Garfield uncovers where fonts come from and why we need so many. But it is so much more than just a font book, this is book of stories, from how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world and why Barack Obama opted for Gotham, while Amy Winehouse found her soul in 30s Art Deco.

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Hooked – How to Build Habit-Forming Products, by, Nir Eyal

Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? This book is on Eyal’s years of research, consulting, and practical experience -he wrote the book he wished had been available to him as a start-up founder. So it’s the perfect read for designers with big ideas!

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REWORK – Change the Way You Work Forever, by Jason Fried

For anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own (freelance or a start-up) this is for you. Written by the founders of the software company 37signals, can help a new generation of entrepreneurs – inspiring and accessible, proving anyone can make it on their own.

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There you have it, a selection of books to engage, inspire and bring joy to any one with a creative mind, as recommended from designers across the Globe.

If these books do inspire you to progress your career why not check out our live creative jobs now or contact the team today to discuss, books, holidays and most importantly your career!