Whether reading up on the latest design trends or escaping work to dive into a favorite novel, PC’s graphic designer, Jonathan, knows a thing or two about a great read.  Check out his go-to list below!

Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works, by Erik Spiekermann: This is as entertaining as a book can be about kerning and type setting. It’s an intelligently written piece about the importance of text in design.

Burn Your Portfolio, by Michael Janda: This book is supposed to teach recent design grads about a “real world” career in graphic design, but I still find it funny, relatable and informative five-plus years later in the business.

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I read this one in high school, though it is still one of my all time favorite books.

IMAGINE, by Jonah Lehrer: I recently found out that this book was pulled from shelves for fabricating truths – scandalous! I read this when I started my career in design and I still think it’s a fascinating look into how creativity works – especially the chapter that talks about brainstorming sessions at Pixar and why they’re so effective.

California: A Novel, by Eden Lepucki: A post-apocalyptic story of survival in the wilderness? Count me in! In the midst of reading this book, I also figured out that I probably wouldn’t survive long if society crumbled.

Have you had a chance to tackle any of these great reads? Let us know your favorites, too!