Whether you're well established in the creative industry, you're just starting out, or you're simply fascinated by the subject of logos, branding and brand identity, Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities (Voices That Matter)
is a must read.
David Airey, the gentlemen (who took the time to reply to my follow up question on safeguarding against copyright infringement), scholar (of all things Brand ID) and author (of this book + the almanac logodesignlove.com blog on which it's based), walks you through a history of branding and demystifies the process of designing brand identity with numerous examples from his portfolio and those of other renowned designers & agencies.
This book makes for easy, informative, instructive and inspirational reading... and as such I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone with even the slightest interest in the subject of brand identity.
Thanks again David, for the body of work and for the reply!