Akshay loves art, design and philosophy books

Below are some of my favorite books. I have read most of them cover to cover. There are a lot more books but this is what I can recall so far.
I would highly encourage these books if you are

  • Graphic designer
  • UX Designer
  • Product Designer

Business & Entrepreneurship books

  • Business Model Generations – Alex Osterwalder (I have to finish this)
  • Value Proposition Design – Alex Osterwalder (This is on my radar)
  • Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
  • Zig Ziglar – Secrets of Closing the Sale(Read few chapters)
  • Growth Hacker Marketing – Ryan Holiday


  • Eastern Philosophy – Victoria S Harrison
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  • Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu and Stephan Mitchell
  • Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism – Lama Anagarika Govinda
  • Tibetan Book of the dead
  • Man and his symbols – Carl Jung

Life hack, productivity books

  • How to think like DaVinci – Michael Gelb
  • Seven habits of highly effective people – Steven R Covey
  • The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
  • Become What You Are – Alan Watts
  • The Art Of Happiness – Dalai Lama
  • Survive – Les Stroud(On Chapter 3)

Graphic Design & Branding Books

  • The Vignelli Canon – Massimo Vignelli
  • Basics Design 01: Format by Gavin Ambrose
  • Basics Design 02: Layout by Gavin Ambrose
  • The Fundamentals of Typography by Gavin Ambrose , Paul Harris
  • The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
  • Logo Design Love
  • Logo Lounge vol. 2
  • 1,000 Icons, Symbols, and Pictograms: Visual Communications for Every Language
  • Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds

Art and Illustration books

  • Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing from Life – George Bridgman
  • The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield (This is also an essential book in Life category)
  • How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way – Stan Lee
  • Steal like an artist – Austin Kleon

Photography and Visual composition books

  • John Hedgeco’s Complete Guide to Photography by John Hedgcoe
  • Canon EF Lens Work III by Canon
  • Basics Photography 01: Composition by David Prakel
  • Basics Photography 06: Working in Black & White
  • Basics Photography 07: Exposure by David Prakel
  • The Visual Dictionary of Photography
  • The Fundamentals of Creative Photography by David Prakel