The Book Stealer!

Okay, technically, I am not a book stealer!

I am a book lover, I love print more than digital and I specifically love books about design, typography and anything about old print or advertising. Most of my bargains come from scouring Amazon Marketplace. Quite often you’ll find that a book you want on Amazon is quite often available on Marketplace much cheaper, even with the addition of the #2.80 postage per book.

Aaron Draplin Book Collection - screenshot ©
Aaron Draplin Book Collection – screenshot ©

But this post isn’t about how to buy books, its about how to find great books, little hidden treasures you wouldn’t have necessarily come across. Part of my little design journey has had some serendipitous little moments. People I have found or blog posts about the very subject I love have fallen into my path one way or another.

Aaron Draplin BookOne such example is Aaron Draplin. I happened upon a blog post about logo design and a link was available to a logo challenge class available on YouTube. I sat and watched this guy and my head about exploded! I love everything about this bloke’s work ethic, his thoughts on treasuring design and how to design simple but effective. His enthusiasm is awesome……and so is his book collection! I noticed he had a huge bookshelf in his video and some books laying around on his work surface. This was a goldmine!
Even better is that he also has his own book coming out this May 17th! I know I will be talking a lot more about Aaron in future posts!


What is this guy reading? What inspires him? Instantly I started taking screenshots and making notes of the authors and titles in his collection. i then found myself watching other logo and graphic design videos to see if there were any other books on show. I then also found a book called Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books (newer version here ) – using these screenshots and this book I was able to make a list of great design books, some very hard to find and some very easily available and cheap on Marketplace. Slowly I have started to grow a nice collection of design inspiring books and keep looking and finding tutorials and blogs, such as Mackey Saturday’s logo design video tutorial (he’s also an amazing logo and brand designer), about design and being very ‘Detective Dave’ looking for new titles on bookshelves!

Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books
Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books








I am going to start a little series of my design books and start listing them on my blog with links to the places where (at that moment in time) they are available.

Try and get hold of books about graphic and logo design, pre-computer times. See how these masters came to create such amazing and long-lasting, iconic artwork. You will learn more than you will realise.

So that’s the book stealing post for the day! 🙂




KelbyOne Stuff – New class and Photoshop World

Thank you for dropping by, it’s very much appreciated.

I’m really excited to have my first ever KelbyOne class launch on Thursday 3rd March.

You can get a free 10 day trial here, just scroll down the page for the free trial.

Dave Clayton - KelbyOne InDesign
Dave Clayton – KelbyOne InDesign Class

It’s an InDesign class, a subject I am very passionate about and hopefully will teach something useful to some of you. Following up on this I hope to have an article in Photoshop User magazine very soon on the same subject and then my first class at Photoshop World this July, ‘Intro to InDesign’.

Dave Clayton - KelbyOne InDesign - Photoshop World 2016

In the Kelbyone class I will show you how easy it can be to create a simple flyer for a business or your business with some simple techniques and a few little extras to make it that little bit better.

My Photoshop World class will be a little bit about me, my background and why I love print and design and how you can add it to your skill set and make some extra revenue from it. I think we come across more media created by and with InDesign than Photoshop! I will show you how to be inspired by that and what you can learn from it and how to use it to learn from. The next day, Terry White also has an InDesign class where he will teach you the additional bells and whistles, tips and tricks to take your design even further.

Dave Clayton - KelbyOne InDesign - Photoshop World 2016

I really appreciate all the kind comments so far and the support from so many people, it really means a lot. It’s a very proud moment for me to appear, stand and teach among the very people I admire and have learned from going way back to the days of buying MacDesign mag and Layers mag. I’ve watched so many KelbyOne classes, episodes of Photoshop User TV, been to many Photoshop Worlds and read endless issues of Photoshop User magazines be where I am today.

I’ll have some cool give aways very soon and something VERY special that’s Photoshop World related VERY soon!!

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Thanks as always