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Founder and Design Director of Quixotic Design Co. I'm a big fan of all things design, and a HUGE coffee addict (did someone say latte?). Welcome to our blog: the spot where you'll find business tips, DIY design hacks, and inspirational stories of real female business owners. Get ready to get creative!

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Our top favorite books on design

We’ve curated a list of all of our favorite design books for beginners, seasoned designers, and anyone interested in general design. These books are rich in educational content, inspiration, and the science behind aesthetics.

Our top 10 design literature recommendations:

The Elements of Typographic Style

This typography guide has the final word on all of those type nuances you've been struggling with. If you're looking for the appropriate dash to use on every occasion, this is your book.

Hand Lettering Ledger

Mesmerized by the sheer skill in hand-lettering on instagram? This interactive workbook not only provides lettering techniques and tricks, but also features guided workbook pages for you to practice your letterforms.

Burn Your Portfolio

If you need advice about getting started as a designer (rates, clients, project management, employees, freelancing), this is your personal guru.

The Freelancer’s Bible

This book covers EVERY challenge that goes through the mind of a freelancer - from where and how to network to creating invoices. It's your go-to-guide for growing your business to maximize revenue (cha-ching) and workday efficiency (more pool time, please).

Logo Design Love

What makes a complete, original and unique logo is something that is hard to put into words. Logo Design Love does an incredible job of dictating the feelings that a logo evokes into tangible qualities.

1000 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design

This is our FAVORITE book for inspiration on those "stuck in a design rut even after 4 cups of coffee" days. Looking back at emerging design trends that revolutionized future aesthetic and style puts current design trends in perspective and inspires us to include influence from beyond our own time.

Design is Storytelling

A complete and comprehensive guide to the behavioral science behind design, Design is Storytelling examines design as a tool in creating an emotional response. This book has pushed our brainstorming sessions outside of current trends to now include the feelings evoked by specific designs.

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