Books for Creatives

  1. Cafe Culture - For Lovers of Coffee and Good Design

    Cafe Culture: For Lovers of Coffee and Good Design

    Cafe Culture: For Lovers of Coffee and Good Design features a curated selection of 37 modern architecturally designed coffee shops (cafés) in 28 cities throughout the world. Richly illustrated throughout with full-color photos that capture the feel and personality of each coffee shop, and with detailed analysis of each design and its features, along with an insightful overview of the industry trends in design across the globe, this book successfully connects an appreciation for great coffee with spaces that invite human interaction and create memories through good design.

    Category Retail Design Books

  2. Judson - Innovation in Stained Glass

    Judson: Innovation in Stained Glass

    Hidden away from the bustle of Los Angeles sits the Craftsman-era home of Judson Studios, the legendary family of artisans who began handcrafting stained glass windows in 1897. This book chronicles five generations of family artisans and hundreds of astonishing windows throughout the world.

    Category Glass Design Books

  3. ABCD of Typography

    ABCD of Typography

    The ABC of Typography traces 3,500 years of type from Sumerian pictographs through Roman calligraphy to Gutenberg, the Bauhaus, and beyond. Brimming with insight and anecdote, ABCD of Typography is a witty and well-informed graphic guide exploring the historical, technological, and cultural shifts that have defined the look of the words we read.

    Category Typography Books

  4. Bulgari - The Story, The Dream

    Bulgari: The Story, The Dream

    Bulgari: The Story, The Dream celebrates not just the evolution of Bvlgari's style through more than one hundred years, but also its ability to inspire the modern woman through the ages. Jewels from Bvlgari's heritage collection are matched with one hundred haute couture garments of the same time period from the most illustrious fashion houses, including Chanel, Dior, Prada, Versace, Fendi, Pucci, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, and more.

    Category Jewelry Design Books

  5. Bejeweled - The World of Ethical Jewelry

    Bejeweled: The World of Ethical Jewelry

    In the wake of Charles Leavitt's insightful 2006 movie Blood Diamond, which told how conflict diamonds fund civil wars, the buying and wearing of ethically sourced and sustainably mined jewelry has become a priority in today's luxury market. Bejeweled is the first book to cover this timely subject. Profiling leading international designers who are at the forefront of the ethical jewelry movement, this beautifully photographed publication examines how an ancient art is powering a green revolution in chic jewelry for everyone.

    Category Jewelry Design Books

  6. Design Between the Lines

    Design Between the Lines

    Most widely acclaimed for his 22 years in charge of Renault Design, resulting in such standout models as the Twingo, Scénic and Avantime, Patrick le Quément has enjoyed a 50-year career that has also taken in Simca, Ford and Volkswagen-Audi. In his foreword to the book, Stephen Bayley calls le Quément 'perhaps the very most original designer working in the conservative car business at the turn of the millennium.' Some 60 million cars across the world now bear the unmistakable stamp of le Quément. Design: Between the Lines is not a straightforward autobiography; rather, le Quément charts his journey through five decades of thoughts, actions, failures and successes. He offers fascinating commentaries on design and the creative process, and on some of the extraordinary automotive brands that make up our shared cultural heritage.

    Category Transportation Design Books

  7. Fashion, New Edition - The Definitive Visual Guide

    Fashion, New Edition: The Definitive Visual Guide

    From the extravagance of Ancient Egypt, through the legendary houses of Chanel and Dior, to today's catwalk sensations, 'Fashion, New Edition' shows how fashion reflects people and places, and captures the times in which they lived. Packed with a dazzling combination of original fashion plates, archive images, and commissioned photography, this carefully curated book takes you on a fabulous tour across the centuries as it catalogs the history of what people wear, revealing how Western fashion has been influenced by design from around the world, and celebrating everything from costume to haute couture.

    Category Fashion Books

  8. Red Dot Design Yearbook 2019/2020

    Red Dot Design Yearbook 2019/2020

    Red Dot Design Yearbook 2019/2020 set (Living + Doing + Working + Enjoying) marries the areas of life and living, activity and lifestyle, and work and technology, as well as leisure and relaxation. Red Dot provides a vibrant picture of the design industry and its current developments, broken down into different thematic categories. The winning products showcase model developments, potentials, and trends in current product design that will whisk you away into a fascinating world full of beauty and functionality.

    Category Design Books

  9. Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design

    Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design

    Prototyping and ModelMaking for Product Design goes behind the scenes to illustrates how prototypes are used to help designers understand problems better, explore more imaginative solutions, investigate human interaction more fully and test functionality so as to de-risk the design process. Following an introduction on the purpose of prototyping, specific materials, tools and techniques are examined in detail, with step-by-step tutorials and industry examples of real and successful products illustrating how prototypes are used to help solve design problems. Workflow is also discussed, using a mixture of hands-on and digital tools.

    Category Industrial Design Books

  10. Aalto


    Alvar Aalto made a unique modernist mark. Influenced by both the landscape and the political independence of his native Finland, he designed warm, curving, compassionate buildings, wholly set apart from the slick, mechanistic, geometric designs that characterized much contemporary European practice. Whether a church, a villa, a sauna, or a public library, Aalto's organic structures tended to replace plaster and steel with brick and wood, often incorporating undulating, wave-like forms, which would also appear in his chair, glassware, and lamp designs. This book features approximately 120 images, including photographs, sketches, drawings, and floor plans. Introductory essays explore the architect's life and work, touching on family and background as well as collaborations with other architects.

    Category Design Books

  11. Saarinen


    The creator of the ubiquitous Knoll 'Tulip' chairs and tables, Eero Saarinen was one of the 20th century's most prominent space shapers, merging dynamic forms with a modernist sensibility across architecture and design. Among Saarinen's greatest accomplishments are Washington D.C.'s Dulles International Airport, the very sculptural and fluid TWA terminal at JFK Airport in New York, and the 630 ft. (192 m) high Gateway Arch of St. Louis, Missouri, each of them defining structures of postwar America. With rich illustration tracing his life and career, this introduction follows Saarinen from his studies across his training all the way to his most prestigious projects, and explores how each of his designs brought a new dimension to the modernist landscape.

    Category Design Books

  12. Wellbeing in Interiors - Philosophy, Design and Value in Practice

    Wellbeing in Interiors: Philosophy, Design and Value in Practice

    Wellbeing in Interiors explores how the design of interior spaces impacts wellbeing. In the built environment, this topic is generally overlooked, even though it is one of the most important topics in sustainable building. This book will enable project teams to understand how specific decisions about sustainable design and materials can be implemented on a day to day basis. Each Part ends by placing each issue into context, exploring how it is a part of sustainable design and includes practical examples.

    Category Interior Design Books

  13. Tiny Interiors - Compact Living Spaces

    Tiny Interiors: Compact Living Spaces

    Tiny Interiors features contemporary projects from around the world that take on the simple yet challenging task to develop enthralling room concepts and spatial solutions for the efficient use of the smallest living spaces. The furnishings need to be carefully designed and compact to make the most of the available space. These mini interiors investigate the possibility of providing a better setting for everyday living based on what is necessary, what is desired and what is possible.

    Category Interior Design Books

  14. Wrapping It Up - 50 Years of British Packaging Design 1920-1970

    Wrapping It Up: 50 Years of British Packaging Design 1920-1970

    Wrapping It Up gives an account of the usefulness of packaging to all involved - manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and consumer - beyond its commercial value as a marketing and advertising tool. Homage is paid to the many graphic artists and designers - whether employed by manufacturer or retailer, by a design studio or an advertising agency - whose ingenuity was so successfully applied to the problem of how to protect goods in transit and in storage as well as having them attract attention.

    Category Package Design Books

  15. The Social Design Reader

    The Social Design Reader

    The Social Design Reader explores the ways in which design can be a catalyst for social change. Bringing together key texts of the last fifty years, editor Elizabeth Resnick traces the emergence of the notion of socially responsible design. This volume represents the authentic voices of the thinkers, writers and designers who are helping to build a 'canon' of informed literature which documents the development of the discipline.

    Category Design Books

  16. Explorations in Typography

    Explorations in Typography

    Explorations in Typography features a vast collection of beautiful typesetting. Page after page, a brief article by Erik Spiekermann has been set in hundreds of ways in hundreds of typefaces, creating an extended visual taxonomy of typesetting that allows you to learn by looking.

    Category Typography Books

  17. Eames


    The creative duo Charles Eames and Ray Kaiser Eames transformed the visual character of America. Though best known for their furniture, the husband and wife team were also forerunners in architecture, textile design, photography, and film. The Eameses' work defined a new, multifunctional modernity, exemplary for its integration of craft and design, as well as for the use of modern materials, notably plywood and plastics. From the couple's earliest furniture experiments to their seminal short film Powers of Ten, this book covers all the aspects of the illustrious Eames repertoire and its revolutionary impact on middle-class American living.

    Category Design Books

  18. Product Design and Sustainability - Strategies, Tools and Practice

    Product Design and Sustainability: Strategies, Tools and Practice

    As a guide and reference text, Product Design and Sustainability provides design students, practitioners and educators with the breadth and depth needed to integrate the most appropriate sustainable strategies into their practice. It establishes the principles that underpin sustainability and introduces a diverse range of social, economic and environmental design responses and tools available to designers. The numerous real-world examples illustrate how these strategies play out in different product sectors and reinforce the view that sustainability is the most positive opportunity and the creative challenge facing designers today.

    Category Sustainable Design Books

  19. The New Architecture of Wine - 25 Spectacular California Wineries

    The New Architecture of Wine: 25 Spectacular California Wineries

    The New Architecture of Wine celebrates the sophisticated blend of agriculture and style that defines California wine country. With well-told stories and stunning photography, author Heather Hebert features the architecture of 25 California wineries, including buildings designed by top architects Juan Carlos Fernandez and Howard Backen, among others.

    Category Architecture Books

  20. Big-Game - Everyday Objects - Industrial Design Works

    Big-Game: Everyday Objects: Industrial Design Works

    Big-Game is a design studio based in Lausanne, Switzerland, founded in 2004 by Augustin Scott de Martinville, Grégoire Jeanmonod and Elric Petit. Based on a series of interviews with the founders, this book looks at 15 years of the group's industrial design work on everyday objects, by way of anecdotes about the inception of their most successful work. Illustrated with 200 diagrams and photographs made for this publication, the book examines projects including wine bottles designed for supermarkets, a set of cutlery for an airline, a collaboration with Japanese potters and a piece of Ikea furniture.

    Category Industrial Design Books

  21. The Art of Game Design

    The Art of Game Design

    The Art of Game Design features over 100 sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game's design. Written by one of the world's top game designers, this book describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design, demonstrating how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in video games. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again.

    Category Game Design Books

  22. Rhino 6.0 for Jewelry

    Rhino 6.0 for Jewelry

    Rhino's powerful NURBS technology makes it possible to achieve extreme accuracy while being flexible enough to create your most fluid designs. This book was written to demonstrate and teach the use of Rhinoceros software for the design and creation of jewelry. Chapters are in tutorial format with step-by-step instructions that will gradually build a knowledge base as later chapters become more advanced. Intensive instruction in both technical drawings of jewelry objects and the creation of jewelry models.

    Category Jewelry Design Books

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

    Category Information Design Books

  27. 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

  28. 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.

    Category Graphic Design Books

  29. 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

  30. 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