Kit Hinrichs

Graphic Designer / United States / Studio Hinrichs

Kit Hinrichs’s Book List

It’s interesting to be asked about what books have influenced my career. Although I am an avid reader (often of airplane trash), most of what has affected my career is the observation of what you see in everyday culture. My book list is a very broad array of books that have inspired, influenced, and informed my career through the editorial eye of the designer, artist, photographer, or writer who wrote, created, assembled, analyzed, and designed the material within the pages of these books.

48 books
Nigel Holmes

Holmes makes everything clear and accessible.

Steff Geissbuhler

Perhaps the best examples of corporate design in print today, and all designed by one firm.

Henry Glassie

Folk art remains an entry level to all cultures and this book is a great guide.

On one of the most influential designers of the early 20th century.


Rudolph de Harak

La crème de la crème of international poster design.

Walt Reed

A great perspective on the American spirit through illustration; a win-win.

Edward R. Tufte

One of the leaders in information design.

Editors of Phaidon Press

The best compilation of products I know of.

Morris Lapidus

He made Miami, Miami.

Harold Rosenberg

A tour-de-force exploration of an artist’s imagination.

An interesting design comparison of one culture’s design aesthetic superimposed on another.

Katharine Harmon

A fascinating collection and perspective on maps.

Alan Fletcher

One of design’s best thinkers.

Lois was perhaps the most influential art director in my life.

Tyler Beard

Western wear is one of America’s original clothing designs.

Ikko Tanaka

A terrific look inside Japanese imagery.

Fred Woodward

One of the best assemblages of illustration in America in the 20th century.

Annie Leibovitz

Surely one of the best “thinkers” in photography.

David Suter

One of the most imaginative Op-Ed illustrators in the field.

Robert Frank

Perhaps the most influential documentarian of our (American) culture.

I collect all of Steven’s books and I just love illustration.

Peter Hall Editor

The conscience of design.

For me, Glaser is one of the most influential design thinkers in the world.

Philip B. Meggs
Alston Purvis

The best reference guide to American design, even if I didn’t make the cut!

David Seidner

A fabulous approach to understanding artists.

Emmanuelle de L’Ecotais
Alain Sayag

An in-depth look at one of the 20th century’s geniuses.

Takenobu Igarashi

An international giant of typography as sculptor.

M. C. Escher

A classic book about one of the 20th century’s most influential imagery makers.

Germano Facetti
Alan Fletcher

A comprehensive and practical look at the origin and use of clichés.

Diagram Group

A great reference book.

Irving Penn

Irving Penn's imagery is the gold standard for art direction and photography.

Guy Billout

Guy is perhaps the most iconic and ironic designer working today.

Al Hirschfeld

A collection of maximum wit with a minimum of line.

Doyald Young

Young was one of my most influential teachers on typographic spacing.

Peter Bradford

A leader in explaining everything to everyone.

Peter Arnold

A wonderful window into another era.

Paul Rand

The master of the graphic design profession.

Julian Rothenstein
Mel Gooding

A very entertaining and contemporary look at historic typography.

Dick Hess
Marion Muller

Lou Dorfsman’s work in the corporate world is phenomenal.

Alan Aldridge

Classic art about a classic rock group.

Wesley M. Burnside

Dixon captured the essence of a region.

Susan Pack

The influence of these designers and their work is as fresh today as it was when they were created.

Takenobu Igarashi

Igarashi at his best.

Ottfried Neubecker

A historical reference book with contemporary meaning.

James Moran

Morison was and is one of my typographic heroes—he influences me daily.

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