In doing a bit of research to see the best ways to help people learn graphic design I found an excellent book you might want to check out. it’s called The Graphic Design Exercise Book – Creative Briefs to Enhance Your Skills and Develop your Portfolio by Carolyn Knight and Jessica Glaser

Who is the book for?

I think this book is suitable for anyone who has just started learning graphic design, but is also for more experienced designers wanting to expand their portfolio.

What is the book about?

This book does not actually teach you graphic design, but instead contains a series of project briefs for you to experiment with. Alongside the brief the author also suggests a way to approach the project ie. research, thumbnails and design development etc. With each project the author shows some related design work (ie some preliminary research) and what another designer or two has created in answer to the brief.

How could it help you?

One of the best ways to learn or improve your design skills is through practice. This book provides plenty of variety of project briefs from logos to packaging to web design.

Examples of design briefs in the book

  • For example here are a few of the projects in the book
  • tea packaging
  • name style and symbol
  • magazine cover and spreads
  • promotional posters
  • travel website

Check out the book on Amazon here (aff link)