As graphic designers, most of us rarely have enough free time to do other things other than our 9-5 graphic design jobs or our freelance projects. And if given the chance of this rare luxury called free time, most of us just spend it online looking and researching for new design trends. This lead me to the question -- do graphic designers nowadays still read books? If so, are these books still related to graphic design or do you choose some fiction novels not related to work?
I've always believed in the power of reading and how every page brings us to unexplored parts of ourselves and of the world, so I'll leave you with these words by A.C. Grayling.
“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”
as far as im concerned as graphic designer, i dont read books that much... i mean books which are not related to graphic technics and all...it is already hard always lookin for better design technics that when i want to relax, its still in video games or animation movies... maybe the point is : do graphic designers nowadays can live outta graphic and inspiration feeds (meaning lookin for inspiration whatever they do or wherever they are) ? Still, we all have our way to activate our inspiration mode whether in readin books or else
I think it basically depends upon the work load of a Graphic Designer but if one of his passions is reading then I guess he must allot a time for it. Reading can bring new ideas and widens imagination so I don't think there's harm in reading despite the heavy work load.
Hi Jon Andrew! Yes, there really is no harm in reading. It can even provide you the creative break or inspiration that you need when doing your designs.:)
Hi Ismael! Yes I do understand, most of us are very busy indeed. But the thought of graphic designers still finding time to read amazes me as it proves that graphic designers are not just artistically and visually gifted people, but also possess the ability to translate written words into powerful and expressive images.
yeah every sense of a graphic design is like a mean to shape what it receives into images
I think it is depend on the work and projects a graphic designer associated with. And reading is an best deal for designers. Because the ability to convert written words into expressive images is best practice.
I read all the time. I am a freelance designer with a few projects on the run and have a full time job (3-midnight) but I always try to read. I usually take time out of what would be sleeping to read a bit before I fall asleep. I have always been a big reader though, from JRR Tolkien, to JK Rowling, to Anne Rice, to John Green. I like a little of everything and need a nice fiction novel to help me relax and put all my work aside for some personal time.
And I agree anything can spark creativity. I constantly make typographical graphics for quotes from books or people I truly enjoy.
Hi Amorith! It's so nice to know that some graphic designers still read. And I am but amazed by the variety of books and writers that you enjoy. Keep it up, for there's always learning in reading.:)
I'll occasionally pick a novel to read but most of my non-design related reading is comic books. I'm a HUGE comic collector and pick up anywhere from 20 to 50 new comics every three weeks.
I'm also into podcast novels and audio dramas. I guess I like listening to novels... does that count? lol
Hi Eric! 20-50 comics every 3 weeks is huge. Anyhow, I'm new to podcast novels. But maybe we can count them in.:D
I read but most often it is not books. I stopped reading fiction some time ago and decided my reading time was better spent on articles that could help me progress in learning something new or learning something about the past.
I read but most of my reading relates to my work (design)- However, when I want to give a brake I read poems.
I believe we (designers) use our eyes so much (few don't wear glasses)- when we are free we try to use our other senses, may be that is why we don't read much