Books for Creatives

  1. 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

  2. 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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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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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  6. 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

  7. 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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  8. 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.

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  9. 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

  10. 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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  11. 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

  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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

  15. Paris by Design - An Inspired Guide to the City's Creative Side

    Paris by Design: An Inspired Guide to the City's Creative Side

    Paris by Design is the definitive Paris book for the design-savvy traveler and creatively curious Francophile. With a combination of interviews, profiles, essays, tips, and lists, author and designer Eva Jorgensen explores why Paris has such a magnetic pull for artists and design lovers, by introducing us to some of the city's most fascinating residents and frequent visitors.

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  16. Fashion Knitwear Design

    Fashion Knitwear Design

    Written for fashion, textile, and knitwear design students and young professional designers, Fashion Knitwear Design provides advice on the diverse skills needed to take a design from idea to finished product. The entire design process is covered, including research and concept development, fabric, and garment design development, pattern cutting, and garment construction.

    category Fashion Books

  17. Christian Dior

    Christian Dior

    Capturing the highlights of a major V&A exhibition, this stunning volume celebrates the House of Dior from its foundation in 1947 to the present day. Haute-couture gowns by Christian Dior and the illustrious creative directors who followed him-Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri-are showcased here, atmospherically photographed by Laziz Hamani. Archival material-including design sketches by Christian Dior-and press and fashion photography provide colorful context, amplified by introductory texts to each section by V&A Fashion Curator Oriole Cullen.

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  18. Seattle Style - High Fashion/High Function

    Seattle Style: High Fashion/High Function

    Seattle Style: Fashion/Function highlights how elegance and practicality co-existed and converged in Seattle wardrobes, providing new insights into local clothing, ranging from couture to outdoor gear, to denim. The book features over fifty garments and accessories from the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) collection, revealing captivating stories about the city's sartorial spirit.

    category Fashion Books

  19. Hi-Fructose - New Contemporary Fashion

    Hi-Fructose: New Contemporary Fashion

    Attaboy and Annie Owens, editors of the acclaimed Hi-Fructose Magazine, present a stunning visual exploration of the intersection between the worlds of wearable art and fashion; where technology, sculpture, experimental materials, and otherworldly design converge into a new contemporary fashion genre. This 296-page book is filled with avant-garde fashion designs; featuring a special introduction by Lucas Museum of Narrative Art's costume archivist, Alina Campbell; as well as essays about and interviews with emerging and legendary designers such as Mirco Hepburn, Arena Flavia Rose, and Kansai Yamamoto.

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  20. Gio Ponti - Archi-Designer

    Gio Ponti: Archi-Designer

    Gio Ponti: Archi-Designer covers Ponti's entire career from 1921 to 1978, highlighting the many aspects of his work: from mechanical production to handicraft, from architecture to industrial design, from furniture to lighting, from the creation of magazines to his forays into the fields of glass, ceramics and goldsmithing. Featuring more than 500 pieces, this book traces Ponti's multidisciplinary journeys through architecture, furniture and design in his work for private homes and public buildings, including universities and cathedrals.

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  21. Bauhaus


    In a fleeting fourteen-year period, sandwiched between two world wars, Germany's Bauhaus school of art and design changed the face of modernity. With utopian ideals for the future, the school developed a pioneering fusion of fine art, craftsmanship, and technology to be applied across painting, sculpture, design, architecture, film, photography, textiles, ceramics, theatre, and installation. This book celebrates the adventurous innovation of the Bauhaus movement, both as a trailblazer in the development of modernism and as a paradigm of art education, where an all-encompassing freedom of creative expression and cutting-edge ideas led to functional and beautiful creations.

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  22. Iterate - Ten Lessons in Design and Failure

    Iterate: Ten Lessons in Design and Failure

    Failure is an inevitable part of any creative practice. As game designers, John Sharp and Colleen Macklin have grappled with crises of creativity, false starts, and bad outcomes. Their tool for coping with the many varieties of failure: iteration, the cyclical process of conceptualizing, prototyping, testing, and evaluating. Sharp and Macklin have found that failure - often hidden, covered up, a source of embarrassment - is the secret ingredient of the iterative creative process. In Iterate, they explain how to fail better.

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  23. Women in Design - From Aino Aalto to Eva Zeisel

    Women in Design: From Aino Aalto to Eva Zeisel

    Featuring more than 100 profiles of pioneering women designers, some who have achieved global recognition such as Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand and Zaha Hadid, 'Women in Design' also introduces the fascinating and often untold stories of lesser-known designers, who have similarly shaped and enriched the story of design.

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  24. Design History Beyond the Canon

    Design History Beyond the Canon

    Design History Beyond the Canon subverts hierarchies of taste which have dominated traditional narratives of design history. The book explores a diverse selection of objects, spaces and media, ranging from high design to mass-produced and mass-marketed objects, as well as counter-cultural and sub-cultural material. The authors' research highlights the often marginalized role of gender and racial identity in the production and consumption of design, the politics which underpin design practice and the role of designed objects as pathways of nostalgia and cultural memory. While focused primarily on North American examples from the early 20th century onwards, this collection also features essays examining European and Soviet design history, as well as the influence of Asia and Africa on Western design practice.

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  25. Graphic Design - A History

    Graphic Design: A History

    Organized chronologically, the book traces the impact of politics, economics, war, nationalism, colonialism, gender and art on graphic designers working in print and film and with the latest web, multimedia and emerging digital technologies. For the third edition of Graphic Design Stephen Eskilson has, with the aid of 540 new and existing images, updated key parts of the book. Most notably he has expanded the introduction to begin with the origins of writing and added a new chapter 11 that investigates current trends in digital design.

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  26. Art of Color and Design

    Art of Color and Design

    In The Art of Color and Design, Maitland Graves identifies and analyzes the core principles of visual design. A comprehensive analysis of all facets of design, this text is essential for all visual artists and designers.

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  27. The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle - The Bauhaus and Design Theory

    The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle: The Bauhaus and Design Theory

    This book broke new ground when first published in 1991 by introducing psychoanalysis, geometry, early childhood education, and popular culture into the standard political history of the Bauhaus. The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle also introduced two young designers, Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller, whose multidisciplinary approach changed the field of design writing and research. With a new preface by Lupton and Miller, this collection of visually and intellectually stimulating essays is a must-read for educators and students.

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  28. Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design

    Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design

    Written by designers, for designers, the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design presents the first systematic overview of the burgeoning field of sustainable product design. Brimming with intelligent viewpoints, critical propositions, practical examples and rich theoretical analyses, this book provides an essential point of reference for scholars and practitioners at the intersection of product design and sustainability.

    category Sustainable Design Books

  29. From A to Eames - A Visual Guide to Mid-Century Modern Design

    From A to Eames: A Visual Guide to Mid-Century Modern Design

    This sophisticated A to Z picture book for adults is an illustrated journey through midcentury modern design, perfect for any reader with a keen eye for style. Each letter delves into one facet of this enduring era of design: midcentury modern homes, interior design, graphic design, and illustration, as well as the iconic personalities.

    category Furniture Design Books