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
Tyler Beard

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

Doyald Young

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

Paul Rand

The master of the graphic design profession.

Morris Lapidus

He made Miami, Miami.

Julian Rothenstein
Mel Gooding

A very entertaining and contemporary look at historic typography.

James Moran

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

Peter Bradford

A leader in explaining everything to everyone.

Katharine Harmon

A fascinating collection and perspective on maps.

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

David Suter

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

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

Nigel Holmes

Holmes makes everything clear and accessible.

Takenobu Igarashi

Igarashi at his best.

Robert Frank

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

Philip B. Meggs
Alston Purvis

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

Al Hirschfeld

A collection of maximum wit with a minimum of line.

Alan Fletcher

One of design’s best thinkers.

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

Guy Billout

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

Dick Hess
Marion Muller

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

Editors of Phaidon Press

The best compilation of products I know of.

Peter Hall Editor

The conscience of design.

Peter Arnold

A wonderful window into another era.

Alan Aldridge

Classic art about a classic rock group.

David Seidner

A fabulous approach to understanding artists.

Takenobu Igarashi

An international giant of typography as sculptor.

Fred Woodward

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

Irving Penn

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

Susan Pack

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

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.

Germano Facetti
Alan Fletcher

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

Harold Rosenberg

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

Rudolph de Harak

La crème de la crème of international poster design.

M. C. Escher

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

Ottfried Neubecker

A historical reference book with contemporary meaning.

Wesley M. Burnside

Dixon captured the essence of a region.

Walt Reed

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

Emmanuelle de L’Ecotais
Alain Sayag

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

Edward R. Tufte

One of the leaders in information design.

Diagram Group

A great reference book.

Ikko Tanaka

A terrific look inside Japanese imagery.

Annie Leibovitz

Surely one of the best “thinkers” in photography.

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

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


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