Books for Creatives

  1. Gathering - Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

    Gathering: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

    Good buildings require an understanding of the principles of structure, light, space, and material, but great buildings require an understanding of people. The most successful inspire through the interactions and connections made within them. Gathering is the latest book from the award-winning architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. This collection of work exemplifies how architecture has the power to bring people together by design, allowing them to engage with one another in new ways, to generate ideas, share their passions, and build communities.

    category Architecture Books

  2. Good Services - Decoding the Mystery of What Makes a Good Service

    Good Services: Decoding the Mystery of What Makes a Good Service

    Service design is a rapidly growing area of interest in design and business management. Good Services lays out the essential principles for building services that work well for users. It is a practical book for practitioners and non-practitioners interested in better service delivery, to guide their decision-making without the need to first learn how to design a service themselves.

    category Design Books

  3. Jacqueline Groag - Textile and Pattern Design

    Jacqueline Groag: Textile & Pattern Design

    Jacqueline Groag was probably the most influential textile designer in Britain in the post Second World War era. Although originally Czech, she studied textile and pattern design in Austria in the 1920s. During the late twenties and early thirties, she designed textiles for the Wiener Werkstatte in Vienna and subsequently designed and produced unique hand-printed lengths of fabrics for many of the leading Parisian fashion houses, including Chanel, Lanvin, Worth, Schiaparelli, and Paul Poiret. This book showcases Groag's textiles design work.

    category Textile Design Books

  4. History of Information Graphics

    History of Information Graphics

    History of Information Graphics explores the history of data graphics from the Middle Ages right through to the digital era. Curated by Sandra Rendgen, some 400 milestones span astronomy, cartography, zoology, technology, and beyond. Across medieval manuscripts and parchment rolls, elaborate maps, splendid popular atlases, and early computer-based information design, this book systematically breaks down each work's historical context.

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  5. The Book of Pockets - A Practical Guide for Fashion Designers

    The Book of Pockets: A Practical Guide for Fashion Designers

    Whether fashionable or functional-or both-pockets are an important design detail that can enhance the aesthetic of your collection and improve the experience of the wearer. The Book of Pockets features inspirational imagery, overlaid with flat patterns or zoom-ins of the pocket detail; comprehensive information on all things pocket, beginning with their long history and going all the way from workwear to activewear and couture; and practical advice through interviews with fashion designers, curators, and technology developers.

    category Fashion Books

  6. Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design

    Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design

    Encompassing everything from record covers and posters to typography and advertisements, 'Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design' is a stylish guide to the hugely popular graphic style. With their eye-popping palettes, experimental type, and images buzzing with kinetic energy, mid-century graphic design remains innovative and beloved. Packed with hundreds of color illustrations, this stunning volume features work from a wide selection of international and influential artists: Charles and Ray Eames, Paul Rand, Alvin Lustig, Elaine Lustig, Alexey Brodovitch, Jim Flora, Herb Lubalin, Olle Eksell, Miroslav Sasek, and more.

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  7. User Experience Design - A Practical Introduction

    User Experience Design: A Practical Introduction

    Applicable to a wide spectrum of design activity, this book offers an ideal first step, clearly explaining fundamental concepts and methods to apply when designing for the user experience. Covering essential topics from user research and experience design to aesthetics, standards and prototyping, User Experience Design explains why user-centered methods are now essential to ensuring the success of a wide range of design projects.

    category Interaction Design Books

  8. Bojagi - Design and Techniques in Korean Textile Art

    Bojagi: Design and Techniques in Korean Textile Art

    Bojagi, traditional Korean wrapping cloths, were originally made from pieces of leftover fabric skillfully and imaginatively put together. The stunning results often resembled the paintings of such modern artists like Mondrian and Klee. Using her own work and that of others, Sara Cook - a leading expert on the subject - explains how modern textiles can interpret the principles of Bojagi in their own beautiful creations. Cook briefly covers the history and meaning of Bojagi in Korean culture, as well as the equipment and fabrics (including silk, hemp, and ramie); Obanseak, or Bojagi's techniques, designs, colors, and symbolism; color seams and embellishments; and Jagokbo, or textiles pieced from tiny scraps.

    category Textile Design Books

  9. The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design

    The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design

    The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design explores contemporary practice in printed textile design. It outlines the process of creating designs, looking at the vital role played by drawing, color, style and content. It also analyses how to contextualize and communicate effectively in order to build a professional portfolio, whether through traditional design staples or via a more original approach.

    category Textile Design Books

  10. Powershop 6 - Retail Design Now

    Powershop 6: Retail Design Now

    Featuring 100 projects completed in recent years, Powershop 6 captures the current trends in retail design. Project typology ranges from pop-ups and luxury fashion boutiques to supermarkets and gourmet shops. Between the covers of this book are cutting-edge shops crafted by world-famous designers as well as young design studios, all selected based on their original concept, creativity, innovative approach or the project's unmistakable wow-factor. Each project is presented through an engaging explanatory text about the design and a curated selection of photography.

    category Retail Design Books

  11. Graphic Design - A New History

    Graphic Design: A New History

    Now in its third edition, this acclaimed survey explores the evolution of graphic design from the 19th century to the present day. Following an exploration of design's prehistory in ancient civilizations through the Industrial Revolution, author Stephen J. Eskilson argues that modern design as we know it grew out of the influence of Victorian-age reformers. He traces the emergence of modernist design styles in the early 20th century, examining the wartime politicization of regional styles. Richly contextualized chapters chronicle the history of the Bauhaus and the rise of the International Style in the 1950s and '60s and the postmodern movement of the 1970s and '80s.

    category Graphic Design Books

  12. Urban Lighting for People

    Urban Lighting for People

    'Urban Lighting for People' explores the needs and experiences of people at night and how these can be addressed by public lighting. It will give readers the confidence to develop more sophisticated lighting plans and add value to their projects. Case studies provide an in-depth analysis of real-life projects to help the reader to understand lighting designers' own experiences, including post-installation observations.

    category Lighting Design Books

  13. Case Study Houses (Basic Art Series 2.0)

    Case Study Houses (Basic Art Series 2.0)

    The Case Study House program (1945-1966) was a unique event in the history of American architecture. Sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, the program sought to respond to the postwar building boom with prototype modern homes that could be both easily replicated and readily affordable to the average American. The results of the program would redefine the modern home and extend influence not only across the United States but around the world. This compact guide includes all of the Case Study Houses with over 150 photos and plans, as well as a map showing locations of all sites, including those that no longer exist.

    category Architecture Books

  14. Great Designs - The World's Best Design Explored and Explained

    Great Designs: The World's Best Design Explored and Explained

    Great Designs is an illustrated guide to the history of design, featuring more than 100 of the most groundbreaking and important design classics ever created - from the 1860s to the present. Discover the story of design and its evolution from the industrial revolution to the modern-day - from William Morris wallpaper and the Swiss Army Knife to 21st-century icons of design such as the Apple iPad and Philippe Starck's Master's Chair.

    category Industrial Design Books

  15. Pagani Hypercars

    Pagani Hypercars

    Horacio Pagani's work is a great adventure in artistic and engineering excellence. This book celebrates Pagani's legendary supercars, which the wealthiest people in the world are prepared to spend a fortune on. Stunning photographs, aesthetic refinement, and perfectionism combine in this one-of-a-kind book.

    category Transportation Design Books

  16. Architects at Home

    Architects at Home

    Architects at Home takes readers on a thrilling tour through the fascinating, eclectic and stylish abodes of some of the world's best-known architects. Combining rich photography and spectacular imagery with an incisive summary by a leading architecture specialist, Architects at Home provides a rich source for those keen to delve into the design aesthetics, concepts and innovations of prominent architects from around the globe.

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  17. Mastering Contemporary Jewelry Design

    Mastering Contemporary Jewelry Design

    An accessible and easy-to-use guide to the principles and elements of jewelry design, this resource helps jewelry makers of all skill levels take their designs from good to great. Instructor and expert Loretta Lam offers guidance on working with a wide array of materials, along with exercises to help you explore new design concepts before applying them to your work directly. Dozens of stunning examples from designers around the world help inspire anyone looking for a new source of creativity.

    category Jewelry Design Books

  18. Childhood by Design - Toys and the Material Culture of Childhood, 1700-present

    Childhood by Design: Toys and the Material Culture of Childhood, 1700-present

    Informed by the analytical practices of the interdisciplinary 'material turn' and social-historical studies of childhood, Childhood By Design: Toys and the Material Culture of Childhood offers new approaches to the material world of childhood and design culture for children. This volume situates toys and design culture for children within broader narratives on history, art, design and the decorative arts, where toy design has traditionally been viewed as an aberration from more serious pursuits.

    category Toy Design Books

  19. F.L. Wright

    F.L. Wright

    Acclaimed as the 'father of skyscrapers,' the quintessentially American icon Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect of aspiration. He believed in giving cultivated American life its fitting architectural equivalent and applied his idealism to structures across the continent, from suburban homes to churches, offices, skyscrapers, and the celebrated Guggenheim Museum. Exploring Wright's aspirations to augment American society through architecture, this book offers a concise introduction to his at once technological and Romantic response to the practical challenges of middle-class Americans.

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  20. New Architecture Los Angeles

    New Architecture Los Angeles

    This book is an exhilarating and richly illustrated guide to Los Angeles's most exciting new buildings, establishing the city as a mecca for forward-thinking and environmentally conscious architecture. Fifty of the most striking buildings are profiled in this book that features every type of architecture--houses, municipal structures, art museums, office buildings, performance spaces, and houses of worship

    category Architecture Books

  21. The Structural Basis of Architecture

    The Structural Basis of Architecture

    The Structural Basis of Architecture is a book that shows how to 'see' structures as being integral to architecture. It engages a subject that is both about understanding the mechanical aspects of the structure as well as being able to relate this to the space, form, and conceptual design ideas that are inherent to the art of building. Analyzing the structural principles behind many of the best-known works of architecture from past and present alike, this book places the subject within a contemporary context. The subject matter is approached in a qualitative and discursive manner, illustrated by many photographs and structural behavior diagrams.

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  22. Giugiaro - Masterpieces of Style

    Giugiaro: Masterpieces of Style

    Giugiaro is one of the most prestigious names in the history of automotive design, synonymous with iconic cars such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT and Alfetta, the Volkswagen Golf, the Audi 80, the Fiat Panda, Uno and Punto, the Lancia Delta, Thema and Prisma and the Maserati Bora, Ghibli and Merak. Born in 1938 at Garessio in the province of Turin, Giugiaro honed his professional skills at Bertone and then at Ghia before setting up on his own when founding Giugiaro Italdesign in 1968. Today the firm is as active as ever and has been responsible for concept cars such as the Caimano, the Iguana and the Canguro, all based on Alfa Romeo mechanicals, and the Asso di Picche and the Quadri on respectively Audi and BMW chassis. This monograph covers this long technical and stylistic history, drawing on a clear, comprehensive text and hundreds of photographs, many of which previously unpublished.

    category Transportation Design Books

  23. Interactive Design for Screen - 100 Graphic Design Solutions

    Interactive Design for Screen: 100 Graphic Design Solutions

    'Interactive Design for Screen: 100 Graphic Design Solutions' features extraordinary website and app design projects that showcase the functionality and accessibility of great digital user interfaces. The featured designers analyze their projects based on areas such as product features, site purpose and target users, making this volume a highly practical and inspiring guide for students and designers who know that great mobile user experience is vital to the success of any project.

    category Interface Design Books

  24. Designing Experiences

    Designing Experiences

    J. Robert Rossman and Mathew D. Duerden present a comprehensive and accessible introduction to experience design. They synthesize the fundamental theories and methods from multiple disciplines and lay out a process for designing experiences from start to finish. Rossman and Duerden challenge us to reflect on what makes a great experience from the user's perspective. They provide a framework of experience types, explaining people's engagement with products and services and what makes experiences personal and fulfilling.

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  25. Page Design - Printed Matter and Editorial Design

    Page Design: Printed Matter and Editorial Design

    In the graphic design sector, technology is taking giant steps forward, providing designers with increasingly sophisticated tools for producing high-impact designs. In this context, print publications are becoming exclusive objects, and this means that they need designs, textures and finishes that make them especially desirable. Page Design pays tribute to the tradition of print editorial design by focusing on its outstanding contemporary value. This volume offers a panorama of contemporary trends and styles through a selection of one hundred projects of different sizes, from flyers and magazines to posters, catalogs and books.

    category Print Design Books

  26. Graphic Design Sourcebook - The 100 Best Contemporary Graphic Designers

    Graphic Design Sourcebook: The 100 Best Contemporary Graphic Designers

    Graphic Design Sourcebook surveys the visually stunning and thought-provoking work of 100 of the world's most exciting and groundbreaking practitioners. This informative guide to contemporary graphic design showcases a wide variety of projects, from websites, apps, banner ads, packaging, and infographics to exhibition design, social-issue posters, corporate-branding campaigns, and interactive media. Every entry includes a detailed biography and a short précis of the creator's approach, written by the designers themselves.

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  27. DESIGN{H}ERS - A Celebration of Women in Design Today

    DESIGN{H}ERS: A Celebration of Women in Design Today

    DESIGN(H)ERS is a stunning showcase of up-and-coming talent spanning across a variety of design mediums to highlight the distinction and diversity that women bring to their respective fields. Coupled with compelling stories revolving around the journeys of luminaries who have already made their mark, this book serves to intrigue and inspire the creatives of the future.

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  28. Architectural Lighting Design - A Practical Guide

    Architectural Lighting Design: A Practical Guide

    Where do you start if you want to light an interior space? What is the best color temperature for your design scheme? What do you need to consider when choosing LED lamps and luminaires or fixtures? Architectural Lighting Design answers these questions and more in a comprehensive introduction to the design, application, and techniques of lighting interior spaces. Using real examples of successful lighting schemes, experienced designer Admir Jukanovic explains the fundamentals of lamps and fixtures, and how to meet the requirements of a design brief.

    category Lighting Design Books