Visual Design Resources: 5 Books We Recommend for Your Bookshelf

Visual Design Resources: 5 Books We Recommend for Your Bookshelf

Grids & Guides: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers


“144 pages of blank graph paper, plus charts, infographics, tables, and other scientific resources for the curious mind” 

With 8 different and enticing graph paper styles, this is our new go-to notebook for mapping out layouts, plans, storyboards and visual details.

Typography Sketchbooks


Typography Sketchbooks reveals the process of imagining and reimagining type and typographic designs.

Filled with playful, tactile, and unusual techniques & materials, this book takes you out of the box and into the minds of creators. It’s a great resource for gaining inspiration in concept exploration.

Palette No 2 – Multicolour – New Rainbow-Hued Graphics


“Vivid, expressive, full of energy and strength. Indulge yourself in the buoyancy of colour splashed over a remarkable spectrum of graphic projects.” – by Viction:ary

Need I say more?! Crack this book open on a rainy day.

The Map Design Toolbox


We bought this as a visual reference for icon design. There are hundreds of examples of beautiful flat design illustrations, many showing various takes on a single subject. They are truly something to behold. An added bonus is it comes with a DVD with 640 ready to go vector files of continents, countries, and cities as well as numerous additional handy assets.

Left, Right, Up, Down – New Directions in Signage and Wayfinding


This book is coming in handy right now as Akendi is sponsoring Ottawa’s Internet of Things Conference this fall and we are tasked with designing the signage and wayfinding for the event. This stunning book features experimental and compelling examples that shift your thinking away from conventional and towards the bold and unexpected.

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Siobhan Kennedy is a Senior Designer at Akendi, a firm dedicated to creating intentional experiences through end-to-end experience design.  To learn more about Akendi or user experience design, visit

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