Design Books

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  1. Inspiration for Innovation - 101 Lessons for Innovators

    Inspiration for Innovation: 101 Lessons for Innovators

    Inspiration for Innovation helps you to become a successful innovator. It offers practical insights, tips and tools and teaches you how to innovate. With 101 columns this book inspires, confronts and surprises everyone who is looking for more inspiration on this topic.

  2. Designing With and Within Public Organizations

    Designing With and Within Public Organizations

    Design practices increasingly appeal to public organisations as a new and promising approach, but how can we make collaborations between these two different parties successful? The new book Designing With and Within Public Organizations examines this. In this book, author André Schaminée introduces the art of context building - creating and maintaining the right context within public organizations for a fair, thorough yet manageable design process. Based on numerous cases, the author explains the fundamental differences between how designers and public organizations think about change, cooperation and power, and how these differences can be bridged.

  3. 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.

  4. Creative Selection - Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs

    Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs

    Hundreds of millions of people use Apple products every day; several thousand work on Apple's campus in Cupertino, California; but only a handful sit at the drawing board. Creative Selection recounts the life of one of the few who worked behind the scenes, a highly-respected software engineer who worked in the final years of the Steve Jobs era―the Golden Age of Apple. Kocienda shares moments of struggle and success, crisis and collaboration, illuminating each with lessons learned over his Apple career. He introduces the essential elements of innovation―inspiration, collaboration, craft, diligence, decisiveness, taste, and empathy―and uses these as a lens through which to understand productive work culture.

  5. Design. Think. Make. Break. Repeat.

    Design. Think. Make. Break. Repeat.

    Design. Think. Make. Break. Repeat. provides a comprehensive collection of 60 methods applicable to any design innovation project. This handbook provides a flexible, interactive learning resource for anyone interested in learning about design thinking methods and their use for product and service innovation. It includes easy-to-follow exercises for each method along with ready-to-use templates and tools, case studies and design challenges. The book features 60 methods that were selected from across the design disciplines of product design, service design, design innovation, interaction design and user experience design.

  6. This is Service Design Doing - Applying Service Design Thinking in the Real World

    This is Service Design Doing: Applying Service Design Thinking in the Real World

    How can you establish a customer-centric culture in an organization? This is the first comprehensive book on how to actually do service design to improve the quality and the interaction between service providers and customers. You'll learn specific facilitation guidelines on how to run workshops, perform all of the main service design methods, implement concepts in reality, and embed service design successfully in an organization.

  7. The Other Moderns - Sydney's Forgotten European Design Legacy

    The Other Moderns: Sydney's Forgotten European Design Legacy

    The Other Moderns uncovers the work of Sydney's forgotten émigré architects, interior designers, and furniture makers working from the 1930s to 1960s, and reveals their groundbreaking impact on modernist design. Highlighting the direct connections between Sydney and the European design centers of Vienna, Berlin, and Budapest, the book provides a new understanding of modernism. Profiling the work of architects like Henry Epstein and Hugo Stossel, along with Gerstl Furniture, The Other Moderns tells the story of the network of architects, designers, property developers, retailers, and photographers working together to bring a distinctly European style to mid-century Australia. Richly illustrated with rare photography, including stunning images from Austrian-born photographer Margaret Michaelis, and furniture from the collection of Hotel Hotel Canberra, the book explores the work of this unacknowledged group of style makers for the first time.

  8. What I've Learned

    What I've Learned

    Inspirational interviews with 28 world-renowned designers and architects shed light on the experiences that have influenced their lives and work.

  9. Women Design

    Women Design

    Women have always been a significant part of the design profession. Yet, if asked to name the design world's greats, many would produce a list of predominantly male names, with women relegated to the subcategories of their disciplines. Women Design seeks to correct this balance by highlighting some of the greatest female designers of the modern era. From architects and product designers to textile artists and digital innovators, it profiles a dynamic selection of designers, showcasing their finest work and celebrating their enduring influence.

  10. Now You See It and Other Essays on Design

    Now You See It and Other Essays on Design

    In more than fifty smart and accessible short pieces, celebrated designer Michael Bierut explores a fascinating and diverse array of subjects in Now You See It and Other Essays on Design. The essays range across design history, pop culture, and current affairs-from Hydrox cookies, design hoaxes, and the aesthetics of baseball stadiums, to eighteenth-century typography, The Sopranos, and his experience creating the logo for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Other writings celebrate such legendary figures as Jerry Della Femina, Alan Fletcher, Charley Harper, and his own mentor, Massimo Vignelli.

  11. Notes on Design - How Creative Practice Works

    Notes on Design: How Creative Practice Works

    Notes on Design features 185 mini-essays that create a panoramic overview of what designers do, and how creative practice works. Each one-page note thoroughly reflects on a design practice, showing professionals what they can learn from expert designers for innovating in their own field. These reflections are based on the knowledge and insights that have been gathered in over fifty years of design research, and on the author's own experiences as a designer, researcher and educator.

  12. World History of Design

    World History of Design

    World History of Design is the definitive historical account of global design from prehistory to the end of the Second World War, by pre-eminent design scholar Victor Margolin. These two richly illustrated volumes feature over 850 images, with over 160 in full colour.

  13. Michael Graves - Design for Life

    Michael Graves: Design for Life

    One of the most prominent and prolific designers and architects of the late twentieth century, Michael Graves is best known for his popular product designs, including the world-famous Alessi whistling-bird teakettle, and controversial buildings, such as the Portland Building in Oregon, Humana Building in Kentucky, and Dolphin and Swan Hotels at Walt Disney World, Florida. Graves was widely seen as the leading voice of postmodernist architecture, which reintroduced human scale, color, and, sometimes, playful forms into the stark white vocabulary of modernism.

  14. SuperDesign - Italian Radical Design 1965-75

    SuperDesign: Italian Radical Design 1965-75

    SuperDesign charts the Italian Radicals' bold experimentation in modern design from its birth through its continued influence on design today. Radical Design was launched by art, architecture, and design students in Italy in the mid-1960s. What started as a youthful rally against the establishment and a rejection of design norms became a movement that brought together some of the most dynamic and avant-garde thinkers and makers across the country.

  15. Product Roadmaps Relaunched

    Product Roadmaps Relaunched

    A good product roadmap is one of the most important and influential documents an organization can develop, publish, and continuously update. In fact, this one document can steer an entire organization when it comes to delivering on company strategy. This practical guide teaches you how to create an effective product roadmap, and demonstrates how to use the roadmap to align stakeholders and prioritize ideas and requests. With it, you'll learn to communicate how your products will make your customers and organization successful.

  16. Researching UX - User Research

    Researching UX: User Research

    How well do you really know your users? With properly conducted user research, you can discover what really makes your audience tick. This practical guide will show you, step-by-step, how to gain proper insight about your users so that you can base design decisions on solid evidence. You'll not only learn the different methodologies that you can employ in user research, but also gain insight into important set-up activities, such as recruiting users and equipping your lab, and acquire analysis skills so that you can make the most of the data you've gathered.

  17. Dare to Sketch - A Guide to Drawing on the Go

    Dare to Sketch: A Guide to Drawing on the Go

    Dare to Sketch is filled with practical tips about which materials to use, a variety of subject matter ranging from easy to more challenging, and wisdom about overcoming creative blocks and fear of making mistakes. This book is an inspirational, instructional, and visually stimulating guide to sketching and drawing.

  18. Exploring Experience Design

    Exploring Experience Design

    Exploring Experience Design explores key dimensions of XD: Close collaboration among interdisciplinary teams, rapid iteration and ongoing user validation. This book covers the processes, methodologies, tools, techniques and best-practices practitioners use throughout the entire product development life-cycle, as ideas are transformed to into positive experiences which lead to perpetual customer engagement and brand loyalty.

  19. Design Diary 2018

    Design Diary 2018

    Red Dot's annual agendas have become coveted collector's items in their own right. Published in letter-size format, the bilingual day books present the latest design novelties. The 52 weeks of the year are each given a full page, while the facing pages feature the latest outstanding design achievements, including winners of the Red Dot Design Award.

  20. The Secret Life of the Pencil - Great Creatives and Their Pencils

    The Secret Life of the Pencil: Great Creatives and Their Pencils

    The Secret Life of the Pencil features a unique collection of close-up pictures of pencils from some of our foremost artists, designers, writers, architects, and musicians. What makes these pictures compelling is the fact that they somehow reflect the creative personalities of their owners: Philippe Starck's is a stylish black and red, Paul Smith's is a classic jewel-like thing worth £3,000, William Boyd's is nicely aged and rusty, while Anish Kapoor's is sculpted into a mini ArcelorMittal Orbital tower. The pictures are complemented by materials such as sketches, quotes and brief interviews, giving a further insight into the workings of these great creative minds.

  21. Barber Osgerby, Projects

    Barber Osgerby, Projects

    Collaborators for over 20 years, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have applied their talents to everything from industrial design and furniture to lighting and installations. The most comprehensive survey of their work to date, this book offers a unique, 360-degree view of their approach and working methods. Stunning images explore their work thematically, while six essays provide an exclusive look into career-defining projects.

  22. A Designer's Research Manual

    A Designer's Research Manual

    Understanding the wishes of a client and the needs and preferences of their audience drives innovation. The ability to gather research, analyze findings, and apply them to project goals is as important to successful design teams as their conceptual and aesthetic skills. This essential handbook will help readers understand what design research is and why it is necessary, outline proven techniques and methods, and explain how to incorporate them into any creative process.

  23. Analysing Design Thinking - Studies of Cross-Cultural Co-Creation

    Analysing Design Thinking: Studies of Cross-Cultural Co-Creation

    Analysing Design Thinking: Studies of Cross-Cultural Co-Creation brings together 28 contributions from internationally-leading academics with a shared interest in design thinking who take a close look at professional designers working on a project that not only involves soft deliverables, but where a central role is played by co-creation across multiple, culturally diverse stakeholders.

  24. Product Leadership - How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams

    Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams

    Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams presents interviews with nearly 100 leading product managers from all over the world. Authors Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson, and Nate Walkingshaw draw on decades of experience in product design and development to capture the approaches, styles, insights, and techniques of successful product managers.

  25. Cultivating a Creative Culture

    Cultivating a Creative Culture

    Designers and front-enders have a unique advantage in solving the cultural problems in business that are sucking the life out of us. Several, in fact. The principles discussed in this book derive from the perspectives and skillsets we already use daily: empathy, objectivity and, yes, ample creativity.

  26. California - Designing Freedom

    California: Designing Freedom

    California: Designing Freedom examines California's enormous impact on contemporary design, from the counterculture of the 1960s to the tech culture of Silicon Valley. On a more expansive level, this book explores the idea that California has pioneered tools of personal liberation - from LSD to surfboards and iPhones. This ambitious survey brings together political posters and portable devices, but also looks beyond hardware to explore how user interface designers in the San Francisco Bay Area are shaping some of our most common daily experiences.

  27. The Future of Making

    The Future of Making

    How things are made is changing. The digital and physical are uniting, from innovative methods to sense and understand our world to machines that learn and design in ways no human ever could; from 3D printing to materials with properties that literally stretch possibility; from objects that evolve to systems that police themselves. This book illustrates these transformations, showcasing stories and images of people and ideas at the forefront of this radical wave of innovation.

  28. Paris in Fifty Design Icons

    Paris in Fifty Design Icons

    With entries on design icons from I.M. Pei's glass pyramid to the humble baguette, Le Monde newspaper to Le Corbusier's striking Maison La Roche, Paris in Fifty Design Icons builds an intricate portrait of Europe's most romantic city.

  29. Colour Design - Theories and Applications

    Colour Design: Theories and Applications

    Colour Design: Theories and Applications provides information on a broad spectrum of colour subjects written by seasoned industry professionals and academics. It is a multidisciplinary book that addresses the use of colour across a range of industries, with a particular focus on textile colouration. Part One deals with the human visual system, colour perception and colour psychology, while Part Two focuses on the practical application of color in design, including specifically in textiles and fashion. Part Three covers cultural and historical aspects of colour, as well as recent developments, addressing areas such as dyes and pigments, architecture, colour theory, virtual reality games, colour printing, website development, and sustainability. This revised, expanded, and updated edition reflects recent technological developments, and new industry priorities.

  30. Color Design Workbook - A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design

    Color Design Workbook: A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design

    From the meanings behind colors to working with color in presentations, this book provides readers with the vital information needed to apply color creatively and effectively to their design work. Readers also receive guidance on talking with clients about color and selling color ideas. The science behind color theory is also explained in easily understood language, and case studies are included to show the effects some color choices had on both their clients and consumers.