Books for Creatives

  1. A New Program for Graphic Design

    A New Program for Graphic Design

    A New Program for Graphic Design is a do-it-yourself textbook that synthesizes the pragmatic with the experimental and builds on mid to late 20th-century pedagogical models to convey advanced principles of contemporary design for a general reader. Through a series of in-depth historical case studies and assignments that progressively build in complexity, the book serves as a practical guide to visually understanding and shaping the increasingly networked world of information and design.

    category Graphic Design Books

  2. Structured Lineages - Learning from Japanese Structural Design

    Structured Lineages: Learning from Japanese Structural Design

    Structured Lineages: Learning from Japanese Structural Design presents a selection of essays and roundtable discussions by internationally prominent structural engineers on the intertwined traditions of architecture and engineering in postwar Japan. Charting a largely unexplored history in a manner at once scholarly and accessible, these conversations and essays - each accompanied by an expansive array of archival and contemporary photographs - illustrate how intimately the innovations of this collaborative tradition passed from one generation to the next.

    category Architecture Books

  3. Analog Algorithm - Source-Related Grid Systems

    Analog Algorithm: Source-Related Grid Systems

    Analog Algorithm is a tool kit to create new forms. It deals with grid-based design and gives the reader techniques to develop new forms, fonts, logos, and pattern. The concept represents a design process in which individual decisions follow much larger and deeper principles than immediate and spontaneous-intuitive actions. Using a wide variety of examples, each chapter contains a detailed description of the procedure from form analysis to setting up design rules and their application.

    category Graphic Design Books

  4. Connecting - Harness Your Emotions to Enhance Your Creativity

    Connecting: Harness Your Emotions to Enhance Your Creativity

    Strong emotions, no matter how negative or positive, are the true drivers of creative thought. Anger, happiness, frustration, love and even hate make us think - all emotional states can help us to create. This is the ground breaking idea behind Connecting, a new book that explains in both graphic and intellectual terms how to foster and drive the creative mindset. Written by creativity expert Paulina Larocca and illustrated by design master Tony Ibbotson, the book offers visual and psychological proof of the pathways to originality and inventiveness.

    category Design Books

  5. 100 Ideas that Changed Design

    100 Ideas that Changed Design

    100 Ideas that Changed Design chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped industrial and product design. Written by two experts on modern design, it provides a concise history of the subject and offers a fascinating resource to dip into for the general reader. From the origins of modern design in the craft movements of the 19th and early 20th century, and the changes brought about by mass production, the book traces the most important ideas in design through the modern movement and post-war consumer society to more recent ideas such as Open-Source Design and Biomimicry.

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  6. Mid-Century Modern Interiors - The Ideas that Shaped Interior Design in America

    Mid-Century Modern Interiors: The Ideas that Shaped Interior Design in America

    Mid-Century Modern Interiors explores the history of interior design during arguably its most iconic and influential period. The 1930s to the 1960s in the United States was a key moment for interior design. It not only saw the emergence of some of interior design's most globally-important designers, but it also saw the field of interior design emerge at last as a profession in its own right. Through a series of detailed case studies, this book introduces the key practitioners of the period - world-renowned designers including Ray and Charles Eames, Richard Neutra, and George Nelson - and examines how they developed new approaches by applying systematic and rational principles to the creation of interior spaces.

    category Interior Design Books

  7. Computational by Design

    Computational by Design

    The contemporary material culture - everyday objects surrounding us - is dominated by mass manufactured products, but Digital Fabrication together with Computational Design (also called generative or parametric design) promises a shift towards substantially personalizable products, in a relatively cost-effective way. Considering this shift an opportunity for designers, the book argues that in order to consolidate the practice of developing personalizable products, designers need to change their focus from convergent to divergent user needs and desires, leaving room for the creative contributions of the users in the design of their objects, thus converting them from simple users to (computational) co-designers.

    category Industrial Design Books

  8. Accessible America - A History of Disability and Design

    Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design

    Disability advocates fought tirelessly to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities became a standard part of public design thinking. That fight took many forms worldwide, but in the United States it became a civil rights issue; activists used design to make an argument about the place of people with disabilities in public life. Williamson provides an extraordinary look at everyday design, marrying accessibility with aesthetic, to provide an insight into a world in which we are all active participants, but often passive onlookers. Richly detailed, with stories of politics and innovation, Bess Williamson's Accessible America takes us through this important history, showing how American ideas of individualism and rights came to shape the material world, often with unexpected consequences.

    category Design Books

  9. The Hidden History of American Fashion - Rediscovering 20th-century Women Designers

    The Hidden History of American Fashion: Rediscovering 20th-century Women Designers

    The Hidden History of American Fashion offers the first in-depth exploration of the revolutionary designers who defined American fashion in its emerging years and helped build an industry with global impact, yet have been largely forgotten. Focusing on female designers, the authors reclaim a place in history for the women who created not only for celebrities and socialites but for millions of fashion-conscious customers across the United States. This fully illustrated collection takes us from Hollywood to Broadway, from sportswear to sustainable fashion, and explores important crossovers between film, theater, and fashion.

    category Fashion Books

  10. Japanese Fashion Designers

    Japanese Fashion Designers

    Over the past 40 years, Japanese designers have led the way in aligning fashion with art and ideology, as well as addressing identity and social politics through dress. They have demonstrated that both creative and commercial enterprise is possible in today's international fashion industry, and have refused to compromise their ideals, remaining autonomous and independent in their design, business affairs, and distribution methods. Based on twelve years of research, this book provides a richly detailed and uniquely comprehensive view of the work of these three key designers. It outlines their major contributions and the subsequent impact that their work has had upon the next generation of fashion and textile designers around the world.

    category Fashion Books

  11. 100 Ideas that Changed Fashion

    100 Ideas that Changed Fashion

    Charting the movements, developments, and ideas that transformed the way women dress, this book gives a unique perspective on the history of twentieth-century fashion. From the invention of the bias cut and the stiletto heel to the designers who changed the way we think about clothes, the book is entertaining, intelligent, and a visual feast.

    category Fashion Books

  12. The Dress Detective - A Practical Guide to Object-Based Research in Fashion

    The Dress Detective: A Practical Guide to Object-Based Research in Fashion

    The Dress Detective is the first practical guide to analyzing fashion objects, clearly demonstrating how their close analysis can enhance and enrich interdisciplinary research. This accessible book provides readers with the tools to uncover the hidden stories in garments, setting out a carefully developed research methodology specific to dress, and providing easy-to-use checklists that guide the reader through the process.

    category Fashion Books

  13. Sustainability and Social Change in Fashion

    Sustainability and Social Change in Fashion

    'Sustainability and Social Change in Fashion' explains concepts, applications, legal and regulatory issues, and tools available to professionals throughout the fashion industry. Call to Action Activities, case studies, Conversations with industry professionals, and Company Highlights in every chapter will help you practice sustainability in your career.

    category Fashion Books

  14. 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design

    100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design

    100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design demonstrates how ideas influenced and defined graphic design. Lavishly illustrated, it is both a great source of inspiration and a provocative record of some of the best examples of graphic design from the last hundred years. The entries, arranged broadly in chronological order, range from technical (overprinting, rub-on designs, split fountain); to stylistic (swashes on caps, loud typography, and white space); to objects (dust jackets, design handbooks); and methods (paper cut-outs, pixelation).

    category Graphic Design Books

  15. Think Like a UX Researcher

    Think Like a UX Researcher

    Think Like a UX Researcher will challenge your preconceptions about user experience (UX) research and encourage you to think beyond the obvious. You'll discover how to plan and conduct UX research, analyze data, persuade teams to take action on the results and build a career in UX. The book will help you take a more strategic view of product design so you can focus on optimizing the user's experience.

    category Interaction Design Books

  16. Layout Essentials - 100 Design Principles for Using Grids

    Layout Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Using Grids

    Grids are the basis for all design projects, and learning how to work with them is fundamental for all graphic designers. From working with multi-column formats to using type, color, images, and more, Layout Essentials not only demonstrates, using real-world examples, how to use grids effectively but shows you how to break the rules to use them effectively, too.

    category Graphic Design Books

  17. Typography Essentials - 100 Design Principles for Working with Type

    Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type

    Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type is a practical, hands-on resource that distills and organizes the many complex issues surrounding the effective use of typography. An essential reference for designers since 2009, Typography Essentials is now completely refreshed with updated text, new graphics and photos, and a whole new look.

    category Typography Books

  18. Identity Designed - The Definitive Guide to Visual Branding

    Identity Designed: The Definitive Guide to Visual Branding

    Ideal for students of design, independent designers, and entrepreneurs who want to expand their understanding of effective design in business, Identity Designed is the definitive guide to visual branding. Written by best-selling writer and renowned designer David Airey, Identity Designed formalizes the process and the benefits of brand identity design and includes a substantial collection of high-caliber projects from a variety of the world's most talented design studios.

    category Branding Design Books

  19. Jean Schlumberger - The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    Jean Schlumberger: The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    Famous for his inventive interpretations of animal and botanical subjects, artist-jeweler Jean Schlumberger (1907-1987) played a key role in 20th-century fashion with his vibrant sculptural designs for whimsical jewelry and accessories. After beginning his career crafting costume jewelry for designer Elsa Schiaparelli in 1930s Paris, Schlumberger opened his own private salon at Tiffany & Co. in the mid-1950s and began attracting celebrity clients, including Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, and Jacqueline Kennedy. This stylish catalog presents highlights from the unrivaled collection of Schlumberger's work given to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

    category Jewelry Design Books

  20. Basics Fashion Design 09 - Designing Accessories

    Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories

    Long since regarded as an inessential object that simply adds to the beauty, convenience or effectiveness of an outfit, accessories are now considered key items in a fashion collection and as stand-alone pieces worthy of our undivided attention. Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories is filled with important information that any designer will need to know, examining four key items from concept to production: the bag, footwear, jewellery and millinery. The key accessories are dissected to clearly display the core components, giving a clear view of how each connects.

    category Fashion Books

  21. The Good Metropolis

    The Good Metropolis

    The Good Metropolis presents the first historical analysis of the productive tension between the city and the architectural form. It introduces 20th-century theories to construct a historical context from which a new architecture-city relationship emerged. The book provides a conceptual framework to understand this relationship and comes to the conclusion that urbanization may be filled with potential, i.e. be a Good Metropolis.

    category Urban Design Books

  22. Graphic Assembly - Montage, Media, and Experimental Architecture in the 1960s

    Graphic Assembly: Montage, Media, and Experimental Architecture in the 1960s

    Graphic Assembly unearths the role played by montage and collage in the development of architectural culture over the past century, revealing their unexamined yet crucial significance. Craig Buckley brings together experimental architectural practices based in London, Paris, Vienna, and Florence, showing how breakthroughs in optical media and printing technologies enabled avant-garde architects to reimagine their field.

    category Architecture Books

  23. Chair Times - A History of Seating

    Chair Times: A History of Seating

    Chair Times: A History of Seating takes the reader on a journey through a "sea of chairs." This book features 124 objects, dating from 1807 to the latest 3D-printed designs, arranged in the order of their production year, to create a timeline of modern furniture design.

    category Furniture Design Books

  24. Furniture Marketing - From Product Development to Distribution

    Furniture Marketing: From Product Development to Distribution

    Furniture Marketing, 2nd Edition, contains an overview of how furniture products are developed, marketed, and presented to targeted retailers and consumers. Bennington focuses on developing an appreciation for furniture as a functional art form. This new edition covers the entire industry, including types of furniture, design periods, product development, and manufacturing.

    category Furniture Design Books

  25. Early British Animation - From Page and Stage to Cinema Screens

    Early British Animation: From Page and Stage to Cinema Screens

    This book is the first history of British animated cartoons, from the earliest period of cinema in the 1890s up to the late 1920s. In this period cartoonists and performers from earlier traditions of print and stage entertainment came to film to expand their artistic practice, bringing with them a range of techniques and ideas that shaped the development of British animation.

    category Animation Books

  26. Bauhaus


    In a fleeting 14-year period between two world wars, Germany's Bauhaus School of Art and Design changed the face of modernity. With utopian ideas for the future, the school developed a pioneering fusion of fine art, craftsmanship, and technology, which they applied across media and practices from film to theater, sculpture to ceramics. This book is made in collaboration with the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin, the world's largest collection on the history of the Bauhaus. Some 550 illustrations including architectural plans, studies, photographs, sketches, and models record not only the realized works but also the leading principles and personalities of this idealistic creative community through its three successive locations in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin.

    category Design Books

  27. Playing Smart - On Games, Intelligence, and Artificial Intelligence

    Playing Smart: On Games, Intelligence, and Artificial Intelligence

    In Playing Smart, Julian Togelius explores the connections between games and intelligence to offer a new vision of future games and game design. Video games already depend on AI. We use games to test AI algorithms, challenge our thinking, and better understand both natural and artificial intelligence. In the future, Togelius argues, game designers will be able to create smarter games that make us smarter, in turn, applying advanced AI to help design games.

    category Game Design Books

  28. Michigan Modern - An Architectural Legacy

    Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy

    This monograph presents 34 selected projects carefully documented to record its place in art history and the story behind both its architect and client. One breathtaking view after another invites readers to enter what are often private realms not open to the public, to explore the innovative and cutting-edge design solutions presented on these pages. With 300 pages and 227 color images, Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy will appeal to a wide audience beyond professional designers, art scholars, and cultural historians.

    category Architecture Books

  29. CMF Design - The Fundamental Principles of Colour, Material and Finish Design

    CMF Design: The Fundamental Principles of Colour, Material and Finish Design

    The discipline of CMF design focuses on designing and specifying colours, materials and finishes to support both functional and emotional attributes of products. The work of the CMF designer combines aesthetics and practical knowledge of materials and technologies with intangible human perceptions of value. Introducing the CMF process and detailing the areas of colour, material and finish design, this book serves as a valuable source of information about this emerging professional discipline and its fundamental principles.

    category Design Books

  30. Spaceagency Guide to Wayfinding

    Spaceagency Guide to Wayfinding

    Spaceagency Guide to Wayfinding is a visual guidebook in six chapters, which leads the reader through the stages of designing and implementing a wayfinding system. The book covers the value of wayfinding, principles for signage placement and information design, development of meaningful design concepts that contribute to the identity of a place, how to build a coherent graphic language and ensure accessibility, and insight into next-generation wayfinding technologies.

    category Graphic Design Books