Design books

The Stripe design team wants to share their favorite books for learning design, even if you don’t have a design background. Whether you love beauty, everyday objects, visual communication, or finding inspiration in unexpected places, their list has something for you.

Some highlights include books about visual literacy, the importance of simplicity in design, and using comics as an art form. You’ll also discover how emotional responses are shaped in products and learn principles for creating beloved designs. Insights into editing, typography, architecture and more can be found in the diverse recommendations.

Don’t miss classic works about the timeless ways of building and synthesizing pleasing forms. Profiles of influential designers are included too. The team hopes non-designers are encouraged to explore these books to gain new perspectives and fuel your creativity. Browse the list to find thought-provoking reads that match your interests.