Today we’ve got another book review! And this month I read Know Your Onions: how to think like a creative, act like a businessman and design like a God. By Drew de Soto.
Know Your Onions definitely falls under the "handbook" category.
Because of this, I’ll be honest I had trouble getting myself to sit down and read it, sometimes it feels a little textbook-y. I ended up just skipping around a lot to whatever I felt like reading at the moment or if there was something I was particularly curious about.
Here were the sections that stood out to me and ones I think you would also enjoy:
- In the past we’ve talked about file management and organization and Drew offers his tips there.
- There’s a very nice Typography section that covers pretty much everything you could know about type.
- He has a helpful process with designing with teams and I think the way I would translate that into working by yourself is doing shorter sprints of focused work and then coming back to it with fresh eyes.
- There were tips to getting out of a creative rut and my favorite was playing the what if game, which I think I’ve done but didn’t have a name for it. The concept is if you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, what if you only used typography, or illustrations, or a minimal color palette. I think that could be a fun way to pump out a lot of ideas.
- Printing Section is fully loaded with tons of printing jargon that will definitely come in handy -especially if you do...print work!
- Handy Dandy Glossary in the Back.
If you’re new to graphic design, I think you would enjoy reading this cover to cover- if you’re more seasoned, it’s definitely a nice one to add to your bookshelf, pick it up for inspiration, brush up some knowledge.
What should I read next time? Let me know!