Need some inspiration on your bookshelf?

The following four books are the best of the best when it comes to design in 2017.

Grab your favorite mug and dive into the pages of “Picture This: How Pictures Work.”

This easy-to-read book gives you the basics on how design conveys different emotions.

Next, pick up “Pretty Much Everything” for a peek at the mind of designer Aaron James Draplin.

He’s worked with some of the most famous brands and has great insight into what makes a good graphic.

Once you’ve closed that cover, grab “Branding in Five and a Half Steps” by Michael Johnson.

It’ll tell you how to use your graphics to respond to customers’ needs.

Finally, close out with “Do Design: Why Beauty is Key to Everything.” 

In this book, Alan Moore describes how important the customer experience is to the success of your design.