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
Henry Glassie

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

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

Tyler Beard

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

Alan Aldridge

Classic art about a classic rock group.

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

Paul Rand

The master of the graphic design profession.

Al Hirschfeld

A collection of maximum wit with a minimum of line.

Philip B. Meggs
Alston Purvis

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

David Suter

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

Editors of Phaidon Press

The best compilation of products I know of.

Alan Fletcher

One of design’s best thinkers.

Ottfried Neubecker

A historical reference book with contemporary meaning.

Peter Arnold

A wonderful window into another era.

Edward R. Tufte

One of the leaders in information design.

Takenobu Igarashi

Igarashi at his best.

Nigel Holmes

Holmes makes everything clear and accessible.

M. C. Escher

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

Wesley M. Burnside

Dixon captured the essence of a region.

Guy Billout

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

Emmanuelle de L’Ecotais
Alain Sayag

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

Ikko Tanaka

A terrific look inside Japanese imagery.

Takenobu Igarashi

An international giant of typography as sculptor.

Peter Hall Editor

The conscience of design.

Diagram Group

A great reference book.

Rudolph de Harak

La crème de la crème of international poster design.

Susan Pack

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

James Moran

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

Steff Geissbuhler

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

Katharine Harmon

A fascinating collection and perspective on maps.

Harold Rosenberg

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

David Seidner

A fabulous approach to understanding artists.

Peter Bradford

A leader in explaining everything to everyone.

Julian Rothenstein
Mel Gooding

A very entertaining and contemporary look at historic typography.

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

Dick Hess
Marion Muller

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

Walt Reed

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

Fred Woodward

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

Morris Lapidus

He made Miami, Miami.

Annie Leibovitz

Surely one of the best “thinkers” in photography.

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


Germano Facetti
Alan Fletcher

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

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

Doyald Young

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

Irving Penn

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

Robert Frank

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

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