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
Alan Aldridge

Classic art about a classic rock group.

Peter Arnold

A wonderful window into another era.

Tyler Beard

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

Peter Hall Editor

The conscience of design.

Guy Billout

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

Wesley M. Burnside

Dixon captured the essence of a region.

Steff Geissbuhler

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

Rudolph de Harak

La crème de la crème of international poster design.

Emmanuelle de L’Ecotais
Alain Sayag

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

Diagram Group

A great reference book.

Editors of Phaidon Press

The best compilation of products I know of.

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.

Alan Fletcher

One of design’s best thinkers.

Robert Frank

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

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

Henry Glassie

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

Katharine Harmon

A fascinating collection and perspective on maps.

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

Dick Hess
Marion Muller

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

Al Hirschfeld

A collection of maximum wit with a minimum of line.

Nigel Holmes

Holmes makes everything clear and accessible.

Takenobu Igarashi

Igarashi at his best.

Takenobu Igarashi

An international giant of typography as sculptor.

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


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

Morris Lapidus

He made Miami, Miami.

Annie Leibovitz

Surely one of the best “thinkers” in photography.

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

Philip B. Meggs
Alston Purvis

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

James Moran

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

Ottfried Neubecker

A historical reference book with contemporary meaning.

Susan Pack

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

Irving Penn

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

Paul Rand

The master of the graphic design profession.

Walt Reed

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

Harold Rosenberg

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

Julian Rothenstein
Mel Gooding

A very entertaining and contemporary look at historic typography.

David Seidner

A fabulous approach to understanding artists.

David Suter

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

Ikko Tanaka

A terrific look inside Japanese imagery.

Edward R. Tufte

One of the leaders in information design.

Fred Woodward

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

Peter Bradford

A leader in explaining everything to everyone.

Doyald Young

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

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