Books for Creatives

  1. Products That Flow - Circular Business Models and Design Strategies for Fast Moving Consumer Goods

    Products That Flow: Circular Business Models and Design Strategies for Fast Moving Consumer Goods

    Products that Flow is an unusual book about common things that surround us every day. Fast-moving consumer goods, such as food, packaging, disposables, fashion, cheap gifts and gadgets. This book by Siem Haffmans, inspires designers, marketeers and business developers with circular business models and design strategies, to improve the flow of these products.

    category Industrial Design Books

  2. A Landscape Inventory - Michel Desvigne Paysagiste

    A Landscape Inventory: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste

    A Landscape Inventory is a richly illustrated and elegantly designed manifesto on landscape experimentation, the work of the internationally renowned architect, Michel Desvigne. As an "anti-monograph," this publication is not comprehensive and projects are not discussed in depth. Instead, it features a composite view of elements such as tree pattern and density across scales, from diminutive urban courtyard to territory, to reveal the weight of planting and material choices in shaping landscapes, irrespective of design language. Highly idiosyncratic, A Landscape Inventory offers a broader reflection on how to present and represent landscapes, organized in two parts - equally casual and purposeful.

    category Landscape Design Books

  3. Norman Bel Geddes - American Design Visionary

    Norman Bel Geddes: American Design Visionary

    Norman Bel Geddes has long been considered the 'founder' of American industrial design. During his long career he worked on everything from theatre design, world fairs and cars to houses and product and packaging design. Nicolas P. Maffei's magisterial biography draws on original material from the archive at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, and places Bel Geddes' work within the fast-changing cultural and intellectual contexts of his time. Maffei shows how Bel Geddes' futuristic but pragmatic style - his notion of 'practical vision' - was central to his work, and highly influential on the professional practice of American industrial design in general.

    category Industrial Design Books

  4. How Things Are Made - From Automobiles to Zippers

    How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers

    How Things Are Made offers a behind-the-scenes look at the production everyday objects of all kinds, from guitars, sunscreen, and seismographs to running shoes, jet engines, and chocolate. Thoroughly revised and redesigned from the best-selling 1995 edition, How Things Are Made also contains three new entries by author Andrew Terranova. However, each page still contains informative step-by-step text along with detailed but easy-to-follow illustrations, diagrams, and sidebars to tell the stories behind the things we sometimes take for granted.

    category Industrial Design Books

  5. Design, Ecology, Politics - Towards the Ecocene

    Design, Ecology, Politics: Towards the Ecocene

    Design, Ecology, Politics links social and ecological theory to design theory and practice, critiquing the ways in which the design industry perpetuates unsustainable development. Boehnert argues that when design does engage with issues of sustainability, this engagement remains shallow, due to the narrow basis of analysis in design education and theory. The situation is made more severe by design cultures which claim to be apolitical. Where design education fails to recognise the historical roots of unsustainable practice, it reproduces old errors. New ecologically informed design methods and tools hold promise only when incorporated into a larger project of political change. Design, Ecology, Politics describes how ecological literacy challenges many central assumptions in design theory and practice.

    category Sustainable Design Books

  6. Iconic Advantage - Don't Chase the New, Innovate the Old

    Iconic Advantage: Don't Chase the New, Innovate the Old

    Modern business gurus all cry for the need to innovate, to disrupt, and to act like a startup. Iconic Advantage is a different approach that allows companies to leverage what they already have to create lasting differentiation and deeper relationships with their customers. It generates disproportionate levels of profit and protects you against market fluctuations. Many of the world's most successful brands have been using it for years.

    category Industrial Design Books

  7. Design Roots - Culturally Significant Designs, Products and Practices

    Design Roots: Culturally Significant Designs, Products and Practices

    Design Roots provides a comprehensive review of culturally significant designs, products and practices which are rooted to particular communities through making tradition and a sense of place. Many rich traditional practices associated with community, tacit knowledge and culture are being rapidly lost due to globalisation and urbanisation. Yet they have much to offer for the future in terms of sustainability, identity, wellbeing and new opportunities in design. This book considers the creative roots, the place-based ecologies, and deep understandings of cultural significance, not only in terms of history and tradition but also in terms of locale, social interactions, innovation, and change for the sustainment of culturally significant material productions. Importantly, these are not locked in time by sentimentality and nostalgia but are evolving, innovative, and adaptive to new technologies and changing circumstances.

    category Design Books

  8. History of Illustration

    History of Illustration

    History of Illustration covers image-making and print history from around the world, spanning from the ancient to the modern. Hundreds of color images show illustrations within their social, cultural, and technical context, while they are ordered from the past to the present. Readers will be able to analyze images for their displayed techniques, cultural standards, and ideas to appreciate the art form.

    category Illustration Books

  9. American Runway - 75 Years of Fashion and the Front Row

    American Runway: 75 Years of Fashion and the Front Row

    New York Fashion Week has served many purposes throughout its long history, but it has always remained at the center of the American fashion world. During World War II, Fashion Week challenged the dominance of French couture; in the 1970s and 1980s, it was a showcase for American sportswear stars who became household names; in the 2000s, it was the stage for celebrity designers using the runway as a vehicle for entertainment; and now, it is the place to see and be seen by contemporary reality TV and social media stars. Now, this illustrious history is told as it's never been told before, in a book packed with designer interviews, backstage ephemera, and exclusive photographs culled from all 75 years of New York Fashion Week. Part historical over­view, part scrapbook, and part fashion-industry field guide, American Runway will bring to life the people, places, and over-the-top runway productions of New York Fashion Week.

    category Fashion Books

  10. Fashion Forward - A Guide to Fashion Forecasting

    Fashion Forward: A Guide to Fashion Forecasting

    Fashion Forward demystifies the exciting career of a fashion forecaster and fosters skills that will benefit any design professional. The book begins with an overview of fashion forecasting theories and concepts and then leads readers through a step-by-step guide to creating and presenting a forecast. The authors reveal the inner workings of global fashion forecasting through real-world examples and interviews with both influential forecasters and the designers who rely upon them.

    category Fashion Books

  11. Portfolio Presentation for Fashion Designers

    Portfolio Presentation for Fashion Designers

    Portfolio Presentation for Fashion Designers is a guide to showing your designs, skill sets, and creativity, to get you that job. In this Fourth Edition, the book shows examples of croquis books, spec and flat drawings, and visual research presentations from both fashion professionals and students.

    category Fashion Books

  12. Norell - Master of American Fashion

    Norell: Master of American Fashion

    The first book dedicated to the career and creations of esteemed fashion designer Norman Norell, the man hailed as the 'Dean of American Fashion' by the New York Times. Norell showed the world that American design could climb to great heights by producing collection after collection that was both elegant and practical. He singlehandedly shaped the character of the ready-to-wear industry and served as a role model to younger generations of American designers.

    category Fashion Books

  13. Structure As Architecture - A Source Book for Architects and Structural Engineers

    Structure As Architecture: A Source Book for Architects and Structural Engineers

    Structure as Architecture presents a comprehensive analysis of the indispensable role of structure in architecture. An exploration, as well as a celebration, of structure, the book draws on a series of design studies and case study examples to illustrate how structure can be employed to realize a wide range of concepts in contemporary architecture. By examining design principles that relate to both architecture and structural engineering, Andrew Charleson provides new insights into the relationship between both the technical and aesthetic aspects of architecture.

    category Architecture Books

  14. A New History of Modern Architecture

    A New History of Modern Architecture

    Combining a fascinating, thought-provoking and - above all - readable text with over 800 photographs, plans, and sections, this exciting new reading of modern architecture is a must for students and architecture enthusiasts alike. Organized largely as a chronology, chapters necessarily overlap to allow for the discrete examination of key themes including typologies, movements, and biographical studies, as well as the impact of evolving technology and country-specific influences.

    category Architecture Books

  15. Conran on Color

    Conran on Color

    In Conran on Color, Terence Conran shares a lifetime of experience as one of the world's leading designers, retailers and restaurateurs to explain how to make the most of this vibrant and dynamic ingredient. With reference to a wide range of sources, from nature and fashion to street markets and works of art, he reveals how to translate such examples into practical strategies for bringing color into your home.

    category Interior Design Books

  16. The Modern A-Frame

    The Modern A-Frame

    The A-Frame home surged in popularity in the 1950s, and has captured the public's imagination with its playfully modern, steep-sloping roofline ever since. The Modern A-Frame celebrates seventeen diverse accounts of these minimalists cabins reinvented for the twenty-first century. Nostalgic escapes, heritage homes, full-time simplicity, and artists at work categorize the A-frames whose engaging stories are shared.

    category Architecture Books

  17. Interior Design Illustrated

    Interior Design Illustrated

    Interior Design Illustrated is the definitive guide to design for interior spaces. Richly illustrated in author Francis Ching's signature style, this book introduces complex design concepts in a visually stunning format; from defining the space and using the elements of design, to planning building systems and incorporating sustainable materials, this volume embodies the idea that beauty and function are not separate entities, but two parts of a whole. This new fourth edition has been updated to reflect the latest building codes and design practices, with discussion of new materials related to acoustics, lighting, and sustainable furnishings. Renewed attention to sustainability includes new information on energy conservation, design for longevity and adaptive reuse of existing buildings, as well as an updated discussion on LED lighting, workplace design, use of color, and computer modeling software to provide a well-rounded view of how interior design firms are working today.

    category Interior Design Books

  18. The Advertising Handbook

    The Advertising Handbook

    The Advertising Handbook provides a critical introduction to advertising and marketing practices today. Contributions from leading international scholars and practitioners offer extended coverage of the contemporary shifts and pressures reshaping the marketing communications (or advertising and marketing) industries and their relationship to the consumer. Profiles and case studies illustrate innovation and diversification among advertising, marketing and public relations companies.

    category Advertising Books

  19. Paid Attention - Innovative Advertising for a Digital World

    Paid Attention: Innovative Advertising for a Digital World

    Spanning communication theory, neuroscience, creativity and innovation, media history, popular culture, branding, and emerging technologies, Paid Attention explores how ideas move people and how advertising can and should change in response to changes in the communication landscape. Packed with real-world examples of campaigns from companies including Sony, Red Bull and HP, the book also contains practical advertising and branding templates and toolkits.

    category Advertising Books

  20. Jewelry Matters

    Jewelry Matters

    Designed by Irma Boom, Jewelry Matters explores the magnificent jewelry collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam with loving attention. Each jewel in this volume is reproduced at its true size (sometimes with enlarged details) to reveal its beauty and its relationship to the human body in full, intimate detail.

    category Jewelry Design Books

  21. Stage Lighting Design

    Stage Lighting Design

    Stage Lighting Design is a comprehensive introduction to technical theatre, tracing the evolution of lighting design from ancient drama to contemporary performance. Neil Fraser covers everything that today's designers will need to know, from the simple nuts and bolts of equipment, through to the complexity of a full lighting rig, including all aspects of the stage electrician and lighter designer's roles.

    category Lighting Design Books

  22. Intuitive Design - Eight Steps to an Intuitive UI

    Intuitive Design: Eight Steps to an Intuitive UI

    Designing intuitive apps is one of the most important objectives for modern UX designers. Yet surprisingly, many designers have only a vague understanding of what makes a UI intuitive. Intuitive Design: Eight Steps to an Intuitive UI will give you the insight, principles, and guidelines you need to get the job done.

    category Interface Design Books

  23. The Materiality of Interaction - Notes on the Materials of Interaction Design

    The Materiality of Interaction: Notes on the Materials of Interaction Design

    Smart watches, smart cars, the Internet of things, 3D printing: all signal a trend toward combining digital and analog materials in design. Interaction with these new hybrid forms is increasingly mediated through physical materials, and therefore interaction design is increasingly a material concern. In this book, Mikael Wiberg describes the shift in interaction design toward material interactions. He argues that the 'material turn' in human-computer interaction has moved beyond a representation-driven paradigm, and he proposes 'material-centered interaction design' as a new approach to interaction design and its materials. He calls for interaction design to abandon its narrow focus on what the computer can do and embrace a broader view of interaction design as a practice of imagining and designing interaction through material manifestations.

    category Interaction Design Books

  24. Typographic Design - Form and Communication

    Typographic Design: Form and Communication

    Typographic Design: Form & Communication is the definitive reference for graphic designers, providing a comprehensive introduction to the visual word. This book provides essential guidance on everything related to type: from letterforms and negative space, to messaging, processes, and history. This new seventh edition has been fully updated with new coverage of contemporary typography processes, updated case studies, and new examples from branding, print, web, motion, and more. On-screen typographic design concepts are discussed in greater detail, and the online supplemental materials include new flashcards, terminology and quizzes.

    category Typography Books

  25. Mario Valentino - A History of Fashion, Design and Art

    Mario Valentino: A History of Fashion, Design and Art

    Established in 1952 in Naples - where its headquarters are still located, Mario Valentino is a leading brand in the leather sector and a legendary manufacturer of shoes, accessories and clothing. In the early 1970s, following successes at fashion shows in Rome and in the US, Mario's business flourished and he soon expanded into prêt-à-porter, where artisanal tanning skills meet the rules of haute couture and where leather takes on unexpected forms. From the late 1960s through the 1980s, top models like Verushka and Ashley Richardson contributed to the brand's success, while photographers like Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Avedon, Mimmo Jodice, Helmut Newton and many others helped define the designs of Mario Valentino as a true art form. Drawing on archival documents, this publication recreates the extraordinary adventure of Valentino, recognizing the debt of this "enlightened Neapolitan" to his native land and outlining that "yet unwritten part" he played in the fame of "Made in Italy" businesses.

    category Fashion Books

  26. Giorgio Armani - Empire of the Senses

    Giorgio Armani: Empire of the Senses

    Exploring 35 years of creative output, this richly illustrated book offers an unprecedented look into Giorgio Armani's unique aesthetic, corporate and cultural strategies. Written in a lively and accessible style, the book includes thoughtful and provocative chapters exploring: the evolution of the man's suit; boutique culture in a global reality; the influence of Orientalism; the designer's ambivalent relationship with the fashion press; the business of vertical branding; the use of the evening dress to construct the house's history; power dressing for the modern woman; the relationship between textiles, film and the contours of masculinity; the continued dialogue with early twentieth-century aesthetics; as well as the spaces and bodies of the theatre of fashion.

    category Fashion Books

  27. Sustainaspeak - A Guide to Sustainable Design Terms

    Sustainaspeak: A Guide to Sustainable Design Terms

    Sustainaspeak: A Guide to Sustainable Design Terms provides a current guide to the sustainable design strategies, terms, and practices needed for the next generation of designers, architects, students, and community leaders to design a carbon-neutral world for future generations.

    category Sustainable Design Books

  28. Sustainable Nation - Urban Design Patterns for the Future

    Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future

    As a follow up to his widely acclaimed Sustainable Urbanism, this new book from author Douglas Farr embraces the idea that the humanitarian, population, and climate crises are three facets of one interrelated human existential challenge, one with impossibly short deadlines. The vision of Sustainable Nation is to accelerate the pace of progress of human civilization to create an equitable and sustainable world. The core strategy of Sustainable Nation is the perfection of the design and governance of all neighborhoods to make them unique exemplars of community and sustainability. The tools to achieve this vision are more than 70 patterns for rebellious change written by industry leaders of thought and practice. Each pattern represents an aspirational, future-oriented ideal for a key aspect of a neighborhood.

    category Urban Design Books