Design Books

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  1. Design Your Thinking

    Design Your Thinking

    Creative problem-solving is at the heart of innovation, and some of the world's most innovative companies are very systematic in following this approach. This book attempts to offer a practitioner's perspective on how the tenets, methods and discipline of design thinking can be applied across a range of domains, including to everyday problems, and help us become expert problem-solvers through the use of the appropriate toolsets, skill sets and mindsets.

  2. Design in Asia - The New Wave

    Design in Asia: The New Wave

    'Design in Asia: The New Wave' is a major survey of Asia's next generation of designers, featuring the work of over eighty rising stars from across the region.

  3. The Design Book

    The Design Book

    The Design Book presents iconic pieces by Le Corbusier, Philippe Starck, the Eames, and Apple, alongside classic objects such as the paper clip, the hurricane lantern, and the martini glass. Each entry pairs an image with a descriptive caption, providing accessible information about the product, designer, manufacturer, and history. This new, mini edition features 30 new products, expertly selected and curated from the last 15 years.

  4. Moving Objects - A Cultural History of Emotive Design

    Moving Objects: A Cultural History of Emotive Design

    Moving Objects deals with emotive design: designed objects that demand to be engaged with rather than simply used. If postmodernism depended upon ironic distance, and Critical Design is all about questions, then emotive design runs hotter than this, confronting how designers are using feelings in what they make. Damon Taylor's original study considers these emotionally laden, highly authored works, often produced in limited editions and sold like art - objects such as a chair made from cuddly toys, a leather sofa that resembles a cow, and a jewelry box fashioned from human hair.

  5. Design Thinking - The Handbook

    Design Thinking: The Handbook

    This book is for all who intend to understand and practice the design thinking method in the most rapid and uncomplicated way. The first part describes in depth what this method is all about. The second part of this comprehensive book offers you a step-by-step guide to practically apply design thinking. The subsequent sample cases show how to put theory into practice.

  6. Articulating Design Decisions

    Articulating Design Decisions

    This practical guide focuses on principles, tactics, and actionable methods for presenting your designs. Whether you design apps, websites, or products, you'll learn how to get support from people who have influence over the project with the goal of creating the best user experience.

  7. Materialising Colour

    Materialising Colour

    Materialising Colour is a coffee table book that dives into the work and methodologies of master colorist Giulio Ridolfo, the man behind the success of many of Kvadrat's beloved contemporary fabric collections and color palettes.

  8. Culture Sensitive Design - A Guide to Culture in Practice

    Culture Sensitive Design: A Guide to Culture in Practice

    Societies worldwide are increasingly interconnected through trade, migration, education, and digitization. This has resulted in a profound new complexity of cultural groups. Consequently, designers are confronted with the challenge of gaining a clear understanding of this cultural diversity. Culture Sensitive Design provides an overview of theory as well as practical models and methods, aimed to motivate and inspire design students, practitioners, and educators to get in touch with different cultural values, customs, and symbols. It is in order to avoid mistakes that may be obstructive for certain groups of people; to enable cross-cultural cooperation; to learn more about the diverse and complex layers of culture that define who we are, how we think, how we imagine, and how we create; and to open up the design space, thereby creating a tremendous source of new ideas.

  9. Inspired by Method - Creative Tools for the Design Process

    Inspired by Method: Creative Tools for the Design Process

    Inspired by Method is both a guide to and a source of inspiration. Designing involves individuality and a systematic approach, which we may apply consciously or subconsciously, depending on the project. The 5D-method for inspiration, created by Alexandra Martini, is an incisive little tool that you can use in any design process. It takes away the fear of starting a new project. This method uses the following five dimensions: Formal-Aesthetic Dimension, Haptic Dimension, Production Dimension, Cultural Dimension and Interactive Dimension. It will help you analyze, experiment with and realize your ideas.

  10. Creative Content Kit - A Method to Ideate and Create Content Strategy

    Creative Content Kit: A Method to Ideate and Create Content Strategy

    Creative Content Kit is a toolkit with a four-step process for creating a content strategy. Each stage contains a set of cards with methods, content types, platforms and tools. The deck of 65 cards is made for content professionals and non-specialist to ideate, test and solve content problems. It provides a helpful visual structure to ease communication in planning alone, with your team and clients.

  11. The Pocket Complete Color Harmony

    The Pocket Complete Color Harmony

    This pocket-size version of The Complete Color Harmony features the color explorations, insights, and palettes included in the original version in a handy, take-along size. Get an introduction to using the color wheel and discover the key aspects of color, such as warm, cool, pale, and bright. Then, delve into moods and color and see how a wide variety of palettes can come across as earthy, powerful, regal, calm, dependable, and more.

  12. How Design Makes the World

    How Design Makes the World

    In How Design Makes The World, bestselling author and designer Scott Berkun reveals how designers, from software engineers to city planners, have succeeded and failed us. From the airplane armrest to the Facebook 'like' button, and everything in between, Berkun shows how design helps or hinders everyone, and offers a new way to think about the world around you.

  13. The Design Thinking Toolbox

    The Design Thinking Toolbox

    The Design Thinking Toolbox explains the most important tools and methods to put Design Thinking into action. Based on the largest international survey on the use of design thinking, the most popular methods are described in four pages each by an expert from the global Design Thinking community.

  14. Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890-1980

    Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890-1980

    This stunning book examines design exchanges between the United States and Scandinavia over nearly a century and explores the fascinating reasons why Scandinavian design has continued to resonate with Americans. Focusing on the extensive influence of Scandinavian design in the United States, this book shows how Nordic ideas about modern design and the objects themselves had an indelible impact on American culture and material life. It also considers America's influence on Scandinavian design, showing how the cultural exchange is mutual by nature.

  15. Design Dedication - Adaptive Mentalities in Design Education

    Design Dedication: Adaptive Mentalities in Design Education

    Design Dedication makes a plea for adaptive mentalities within design pedagogy, with a non-normative approach to design practices. It explores an attitude in and towards design education that is socially engaged, politically aware, generous in approach, lyrical in tone, experimental in form and collaborative in practice.

  16. The Practical Guide to Experience Design

    The Practical Guide to Experience Design

    Shannon E. Thomas, a design and strategy consultant and the founder of Artificial Design, leverages her years of experience in design team management and product development to guide readers through the steps, from discovery to production, helping them to understand the big picture of how these processes work together and inform one another. Thomas leads the reader through the process in four phases: discovering, defining, refining, and building. Each chapter covers a single methodology, providing insight via detailed descriptions, step-by-step guidance, and high-fidelity examples.

  17. Introduction to Modern Design

    Introduction to Modern Design

    With some 280 color illustrations, 'Introduction to Modern Design' takes us on a visual survey of design from the industrial revolution of the eighteenth century to the maker movement of today. This book offers a new understanding of the birth of modern design in the early twentieth century and chronicles the way its meaning has changed over the decades. The narrative is supported by twenty-six readings from significant texts by designers and critics, offering readers an opportunity to learn about design from those who created it and those who commented on it as it was done.

  18. Encyclopedia of East Asian Design

    Encyclopedia of East Asian Design

    The Encyclopedia of East Asian Design is the first comprehensive publication to focus on East Asian design and its histories. The work is organized by country to reflect specific regional and national histories and geographies. Within these geographies, traditions, histories, theories & practices, as well as key issues in modern and contemporary design, are considered. The topics covered in these volumes range from ceramics and textiles, interior and architectural design, to environmental and sustainable design.

  19. Design History Handbook

    Design History Handbook

    Dedicated to the history of design from the mid-19th century to the present, Design History Handbook provides guidelines for the development of design, offering an overarching vision of the subject and at the same time highlighting areas for future investigation. Along with the chronological story, Design History Handbook presents a diachronic approach in which, through in-depth graphics, the story of a single type, material or concept detaches from its historical place to create relationships with similar phenomena of other periods. The volume reproduces 300 color images, many with lavish captions elaborating on each story and leaving room for the reader's interpretation.

  20. Critical Design in Context - History, Theory, and Practice

    Critical Design in Context: History, Theory, and Practice

    Critical Design is becoming an increasingly influential discipline, affecting policy and practice in a range of fields. Matt Malpass's book is the first to introduce critical design as a field, providing a history of the discipline, outlining its key influences, theories and approaches, and explaining how critical design can work in practice through a range of contemporary examples. Critical Design moves away from traditional approaches that limit design's role to the production of profitable objects, focusing instead on a practice that is interrogative, discursive and experimental. Using a wide range of examples from contemporary practice, and drawing on interviews with key practitioners, Matt Malpass provides an introduction to critical design practice and a manifesto for how a radical and unorthodox practice might provide design answers in an age of austerity and ecological crisis.

  21. Design as Art

    Design as Art

    Design as Art is an illustrated journey into the artistic possibilities of modern design, by the enfant terrible of Italian art and design for most of the twentieth century. Bruno Munari was among the most inspirational designers of all time, described by Picasso as "the new Leonardo." Munari insisted that design be beautiful, functional and accessible, and this enlightening and highly entertaining book sets out his ideas about visual, graphic and industrial design and the role it plays in the objects we use every day. Lamps, road signs, typography, posters, children's books, advertising, cars and chairs-these are just some of the subjects to which he turns his illuminating gaze.

  22. Fabien Baron - Works 1983-2019

    Fabien Baron: Works 1983-2019

    Part design manual, part manifesto, the first career retrospective of Fabien Baron, whom Vanity Fair called 'the most sought-after creative director in the world,' is an immersive visual survey of more than 30 years of award-winning art direction, design, and image-making. Using examples taken from across the entire range of his work - including typography, packaging, product, furniture, and interior design - Baron's book communicates his aesthetic logic with clarity and style.

  23. What They Didn't Teach You In Design School

    What They Didn't Teach You In Design School

    What They Didn't Teach You In Design School is a guide for designers, covering everything they need to know about building a successful career after graduating. Here the reader will learn how to get that all-important first job, and how to impress their new employer. They will also have at their fingertips plenty of useful, practical information essential to know in the design studio and when working for clients.

  24. Central Saint Martins Foundation

    Central Saint Martins Foundation

    This is the official course book for the Central Saint Martins' Foundation diploma, including key lessons in fashion, fine art, graphic and three-dimensional design. With exclusive material and expert guidance from curriculum leaders, this book offers the essential practical know-how for you to thrive in the world of art and design.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.