Books for Creatives

  1. 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

  2. Designing Interfaces - Patterns for Effective Interaction Design

    Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design

    By capturing UI best practices and reusable ideas as design patterns, Designing Interfaces provides solutions to common design problems that you can tailor to the situation at hand. This updated edition includes patterns for mobile apps and social media, as well as web applications and desktop software. Each pattern contains full-color examples and practical design advice that you can use immediately.

    category Interaction Design Books

  3. Product Design and the Supply Chain - Competing Through Design

    Product Design and the Supply Chain: Competing Through Design

    Product design is not just concerned with the appearance and functionality of products; it has an important role in determining the cost, pricing, risk and profitability profile of those products. Product Design and the Supply Chain shows how decisions taken at the design stage of a product's life cycle go on to affect that product's subsequent value to a company. Eighty percent of a product's eventual supply chain costs are already present at the early stages of product design and development. This book allows companies to make informed design decisions that have significant positive through-life implications for risk, complexity and responsiveness, thus allowing them to create a 'moat' that is difficult for competitors to sidestep or surmount.

    category Industrial Design Books

  4. Designing for Society - Products and Services for a Better World

    Designing for Society: Products and Services for a Better World

    In Designing for Society, Paul Hekkert and Nynke Tromp provide a hands-on tool for design professionals and students who wish to use design to counteract social issues. Viewing the artefact as a unique means of facilitating behavioral change to realize social impact, this book goes beyond the current trend of applying design thinking to enhancing public services, and beyond the idea of the designer as a facilitator of localized social change.

    category Design Books

  5. The Story of Western Architecture

    The Story of Western Architecture

    Now in its fourth edition, this classic bestselling book has been updated with brand new chapters and hand-drawn illustrations. The Story of Western Architecture explores not only the buildings constructed, but also how they were built, by whom and for what purpose. This informative book, brought to life through the author's expressive line drawings, is an essential guide to how buildings have evolved through time for keen amateurs and experts alike.

    category Architecture Books

  6. Structure and Architecture

    Structure and Architecture

    This thoroughly updated edition of Angus J. Macdonald's insightful book Structure and Architecture offers an in depth analysis of structural design and its relationship with architecture. It draws on clear explanations of the connections between structural form, structural performance and architectural design to explore the interface between the technical and the visual in architecture. Additional chapters in this new edition cover the fields of structural theory, structural philosophy, the contributions of prominent engineers to the evolution of Modern architecture, and the concept and practice of sustainable design.

    category Architecture Books

  7. The Sea Ranch - Architecture, Environment, and Idealism

    The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism

    This large-format and generously illustrated book captures the visionary approach to the land embraced in designs for The Sea Ranch, the planned community that has become a touchstone of 1960s West Coast modernism. It features the work of architects Lawrence Halprin, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, Charles Moore, William Turnbull, Donlyn Lyndon, Richard Whitaker, and Joseph Esherick. A collection of essays that consider The Sea Ranch in relation to popular leisure destinations and within the context of the architectural history of California are accompanied by conversations with designers and others associated with the project from its inception.

    category Architecture Books

  8. Fashion History - A Global View

    Fashion History: A Global View

    Fashion History: A Global View proposes a new perspective on fashion history. Arguing that fashion has occurred in cultures beyond the West throughout history, this groundbreaking book explores the geographic places and historical spaces that have been largely neglected by contemporary fashion studies, bringing them together for the first time.

    category Fashion Books

  9. Who's Afraid of Pink, Orange, and Green? - Colourful Living and Interiors

    Who's Afraid of Pink, Orange, and Green?: Colourful Living & Interiors

    This book lavishly presents home décor options outside of safe color schemes, traditional furniture, and every day accents. With more than 20 international interior designs and interviews with acclaimed design professionals, this is an inspirational handbook on creating exciting, even daring, interiors using color in accents, and on walls, furniture and floors.

    category Interior Design Books

  10. Food Design Thinking - The Complete Methodology

    Food Design Thinking: The Complete Methodology

    Food Design Thinking is the process that triggers creativity and leads to innovative, meaningful, and sustainable propositions for new dishes, food products, food events, food services, food systems, and anything in between. Food Design Thinking is a food-specific branch of Design Thinking. Ideated by Dr. Francesca Zampollo, it is the answer to the question "How do I design food?". This book contains the entire Food Design Thinking methodology, with description and worksheets of all its 52 methods.

    category Food Design Books

  11. Tricky Design - The Ethics of Things

    Tricky Design: The Ethics of Things

    Tricky Design responds to the burgeoning of scholarly interest in the cultural meanings of objects, by addressing the moral complexity of certain designed objects and systems. The volume brings together leading international designers, scholars and critics to explore some of the ways in which the practice of design and its outcomes can have a dark side, even when the intention is to design for the public good. Considering a range of designed objects and relationships, including guns, eyewear, assisted suicide kits, anti-rape devices, passports and prisons, the contributors offer a view of design as both progressive and problematic, able to propose new material and human relationships, yet also constrained by social norms and ideology.

    category Industrial Design Books

  12. Designing for Kids

    Designing for Kids

    Designing for Kids brings together all a designer needs to know about developmental stages, play patterns, age transitions, playtesting, safety standards, materials and the daily lives of kids, providing a primer on the differences in designing for kids versus designing for adults. Research and interviews with designers, social scientists and industry experts are included, highlighting theories and terms used in the fields of design, developmental psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology and education.

    category Industrial Design Books

  13. Mindful Design

    Mindful Design

    Mindful Design introduces the areas of brain science that matter to designers, and passionately explains how those areas affect each human's day-to-day experiences with products and interfaces. You will learn about the neurological aspects and limitations of human vision and perception; about our attachment to harmony and dissonance, such as visual harmony, musical harmony; and about our brain's propensity towards pattern recognition and how we perceive the world cognitively.

    category Interaction Design Books

  14. Cyclepedia - 90 Years of Modern Bicycle Design

    Cyclepedia: 90 Years of Modern Bicycle Design

    Cyclepedia is a photographic homage to the beauty of two wheels as well as a celebration of the fastest, lightest, and most innovative bicycles designed over the past century. This book features highlights from the unique collection of architect and designer Michael Embacher's more than 250 bicycles. This compact edition of Cyclepedia offers an expanded selection, including fifteen new bicycles from Embacher's collection, among them designs from Alex Singer, Alan, Textima, and Puch.

    category Transportation Design Books

  15. Creative Bicycle Design and Framebuilding

    Creative Bicycle Design and Framebuilding

    Creative Bicycle Design and Framebuilding is for the experienced craftsman interested in making steel bicycle frames and forks in a small shop, or well-equipped home studio. It covers aspects of the design process, including creativity, and bicycle geometry. Tools and equipment are discussed, and the process of building bicycle frames is illustrated.

    category Transportation Design Books

  16. The Thonet Brand - A Look at Its Graphic Design History

    The Thonet Brand: A Look at Its Graphic Design History

    The company Thonet was founded in 1819 and has since become a furniture manufacturer with the highest standards of design and quality. Worldwide, the name is associated with famous design classics of our time. In this book, the graphic design behind the Thonet brand is explored for the very first time, along with the development of signets and printed goods parallel to the furniture design and the aesthetics of the age. More than 100 exhibits from the Thonet archives are presented chronologically - from the first 19th-century sales posters, adorned with ornaments like the furniture of the period, to the reduced-format catalogs from the 1920s, to the creation of a timeless image from 1974. Discussions with designers of the brand from 1969 complete the volume.

    category Graphic Design Books

  17. Postmodern Design Complete - Design, Furniture, Graphics, Architecture, Interiors

    Postmodern Design Complete: Design, Furniture, Graphics, Architecture, Interiors

    Postmodern Design Complete is a comprehensive and authoritative publication on one of the most popular periods of international design. This book profiles key creators including Graves, Mendini, Sottsass, Venturi, Charles Jencks, and Denise Scott Brown and covers the fields of architecture, furniture, graphic design, textiles, and product and industrial design. A section on Living with Postmodernism presents fifteen seminal homes and their furnishings; and a final section titled Postmodernism Continues is a comprehensive overview of contemporary makers.

    category Design Books

  18. Atlas of Furniture Design

    Atlas of Furniture Design

    The Atlas of Furniture Design is the most comprehensive overview of the history of furniture design ever published. The 1,028-page book documents 1,740 objects by 546 designers and 565 manufacturers and features more than 2,500 images, from detailed object photographs to historical documentation such as interiors, patents, brochures, and reference works in art and architecture.

    category Furniture Design Books

  19. The Pyramid of Game Design

    The Pyramid of Game Design

    In The Pyramid of Game Design, Nicholas Lovell identifies and explains the frameworks and techniques you need to deliver fun, profitable games. Using examples of games ranging from modern free-to-play titles to the earliest arcade games, via PC strategy and traditional boxed titles, Lovell shows how game development has evolved and provides game makers with the tools to evolve with it.

    category Game Design Books

  20. Design - Vignelli

    Design: Vignelli

    The graphics, interiors, and products designed by Vignelli Associates are internationally recognized for their refined aesthetics, evolving modernity, and crisp execution. This landmark volume is devoted to Massimo and Lella Vignelli's influential work produced from their New York headquarters since the 1960s, as well as rarely seen early work produced in their native Italy. Design: Vignelli presents the brilliant multidisciplinary approach of the Vignellis, from designs for corporate identity programs including American Airlines, Bloomingdale's, and Benetton, to world-famous signage for the New York subway system.

    category Design Books

  21. Designing the Global City

    Designing the Global City

    This text explores how architectural and urban design values have been co-opted by global cities to enhance their economic competitiveness by creating a superior built environment that is not just aesthetically memorable but more productive and sustainable. It focuses on the experience of central Sydney through its policy commitment to 'design excellence' and more particularly to mandatory competitive design processes for major private development. Framed within broader contexts that link it to comparable urban policy and design issues in the Asia-Pacific region and globally, it provides a scholarly but accessible volume that provides a balanced and critical overview of a policy that has changed the design culture, development expectations, public realm and skyline of central Sydney, raising issues surrounding the uneven distribution of benefits and costs, professional practice, representative democracy, and implications of globalization.

    category Urban Design Books

  22. Order without Design - How Markets Shape Cities

    Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities

    In this book, the eminent urban planner Alain Bertaud argues that applying the theories of urban economics to the practice of urban planning would greatly improve both the productivity of cities and the welfare of urban citizens. Bertaud explains that markets provide the indispensable mechanism for cities' development. He cites the experience of cities without markets for land or labor in pre-reform China and Russia; this "urban planners' dream" created inefficiencies and waste. Drawing on five decades of urban planning experience in forty cities around the world, Bertaud links cities' productivity to the size of their labor markets; argues that the design of infrastructure and markets can complement each other; examines the spatial distribution of land prices and densities; stresses the importance of mobility and affordability; and critiques the land use regulations in a number of cities that aim at redesigning existing cities instead of just trying to alleviate clear negative externalities.

    category Urban Design Books

  23. Urban Grids - Handbook for Regular City Design

    Urban Grids: Handbook for Regular City Design

    Urban Grids: Handbook for Regular City Design is the result of an eight-year research project undertaken at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The book emphasizes the value of the regular city as an open form for city design, and specifically insists that the grid has the unique capacity to absorb and channel urban transformation flexibly and productively.

    category Urban Design Books

  24. Typography 39

    Typography 39

    The World's Best Type and Typography (Typography 39) is the only awards annual devoted exclusively to typography. It presents the winning designs for the Type Directors Club's two respected annual competitions: the 64th annual communications design competition (TDC64) and the 21st TDC Typeface Design Competition. This beautiful 358-page book features full-color images of international graphic design and type design in a wide range of categories, including books, magazines, corporate identities, logos, stationery, annual reports, video, and web graphics, and posters.

    category Typography Books

  25. Typeset in the Future

    Typeset in the Future

    In Typeset in the Future, Dave Addey invites sci-fi movie fans on a journey through seven genre-defining classics, discovering how they create compelling visions of the future through typography and design. The book delves deep into 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Alien, Blade Runner, Total Recall, WALL·E, and Moon, studying the design tricks and inspirations that make each film transcend mere celluloid and become a believable reality.

    category Typography Books

  26. The Jeweller's Directory of Decorative Finishes

    The Jeweller's Directory of Decorative Finishes

    The Jeweller's Directory of Decorative Finishes is a complete guide to the tools, materials, and techniques for creating decorative finishes for jewelry. It outlines all the materials and equipment needed to carry out different techniques, together with detailed demonstrations and sample swatches. It is richly illustrated with work by professional jewelers, explaining how they have used different applications in their work.

    category Jewelry Design Books

  27. East Meets West

    East Meets West

    East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection focuses on four centuries of magnificent jewelry that resulted from the cultural exchange between India and Europe. This book features more than 150 objects, including jewel-encrusted jades, famous gemstones, enameled gold, and other precious works of art that range in date from the 17th century to the 1930s, along with exquisite contemporary examples by JAR and Baghat that draw from earlier motifs.

    category Jewelry Design Books

  28. The Little Book of Cartooning and Illustration

    The Little Book of Cartooning & Illustration

    In The Little Book of Cartooning & Illustration, beginning cartoonists, animators, and illustrators will discover key concepts associated with learning the art of traditional cartooning and animation. With this guide, dozens of tips from the pros will help you find the materials and tools you need to develop your own unique style.

    category Illustration Books

  29. Herman Miller - A Way of Living

    Herman Miller: A Way of Living

    Herman Miller: A Way of Living presents a comprehensive history of this innovative furniture company, from its founding in the early twentieth century to today. For more than 100 years, Michigan-based Herman Miller has played a central role in the evolution of modern and contemporary design, producing timeless classics while creating a culture that has had a remarkable impact on the development of the design world. Ten chapters and thousands of illustrations tell the Herman Miller story, documenting its defining moments and key leaders.

    category Furniture Design Books