Design Books

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    The Power of Pro Bono

    A first-of-its-kind book, equally representing the voices of architects and their clients, The Power of Pro Bono presents 40 pro bono design projects across the country.

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    Design Is How It Works

    Drawing on interviews with top executives such as Virgin's Richard Branson and Nike's Mark Parker, Jay Greene illuminates the methods of companies that rely on design to stand out in their industries.

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    Everyone is a Designer

    The growth of design schools seems unstoppable. Designers born after 1980 have a totally different view of visual culture, aesthetic products, creative vision, and history from that of their predecessors. With visual contributions, quotations, and short essays from dozens of international designers, thinkers, critics, and strategists, this book presents a new manifesto for the design economy of 2010 and beyond.

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    Tackling Wicked Problems

    Tackling Wicked Problems provides readers with a framework that will guide the design and conduct of their own open-ended enquiries. In this approach, academic disciplines are combined with personal, local and strategic understanding and researchers are required to recognize multiple knowledge cultures, accept the inevitability of uncertainty, and clarify their own and others' ethical positions.

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    Managing Innovation, Design and Creativity

    Innovation is the major driving force in organisations today. With the rise of truly global markets and the intensifying competition for customers, employees and other critical resources, the ability to continuously develop successful innovative products, services, processes and strategies is essential. While creativity is the starting point for any kind of innovation, design is the process through which a creative idea or concept is translated into reality.

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    Managing Design for Profits

    Managing Design for Profits provides guidelines on an effective integration of the function of design in the company, helping to reduce the risks of taking decisions.

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    Design Value

    In an inspiring analysis, Peter Zec and Burkhard Jacob underscore the meaning of design as a propelling strength for economic growth and added value. A book for entrepreneurs, design managers, marketing experts, analysts and insiders, as well as for all those who are interested in how we can all profit from these champions of design.

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    The history of Knoll is the history of modern design. Comprehensive in narrative and scope, this monograph will be a classic in its own right with images and texts on furniture, furnishings, systems, graphics, and unique insight into the modern world that is Knoll.

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    Design Driven Innovation

    Until now, the literature on innovation has focused either on radical innovation pushed by technology or incremental innovation pulled by the market. In Design-Driven Innovation: How to Compete by Radically Innovating the Meaning of Products, Roberto Verganti introduces a third strategy, a radical shift in perspective that introduces a bold new way of competing.

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    Every Thing Design

    Every Thing Design features 700 prints, posters and other objects from the collection of Zurich's Gestaltung Museum. It is a collection renowned worldwide for its unsurpassed holdings of design masterpieces.

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    Vignelli From A to Z

    This superbly presented volume is a treasure trove of the thoughts of internationally acclaimed designers Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Beginning with the intriguing 'A for Ambiguity', it continues through the alphabet, describing their approach to subjects as diverse as book design, discipline, furniture, garment design, interior design and lighting, newspapers, packaging and typography; each subject is discussed in detail and accompanied by numerous illustrations that complement the text.

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    Design and Truth

    From the ornate cathedrals of Renaissance Europe to the much-maligned Ford Edsel of the late 1950s, all products of human design communicate much more than their mere intended functions. Grudin turns his attention to the role of design in our daily lives, focusing especially on how political and economic powers impress themselves on us through the built environment.

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    For a Good Cause

    This book is a collection of the best socially conscious design. The projects featured were created to show that it is indeed possible to make a better, more beautiful world.

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    Business Secrets for Designers

    This comprehensive guide includes everything designers need - besides talent - to turn their artistic success into business success. You'll find information on key issues facing designers from freelancing to the management of established design firms.

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    Design History: Understanding Theory and Method

    Design History has become a complex and wide-ranging discipline. It now examines artefacts from conception to development, production, mediation, and consumption. Over the last few decades, the discipline has developed a diverse range of theories and methodologies for the analysis of objects. Design History presents the most comprehensive overview and guide to these developments.

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    Almanac of Architecture & Design 2010

    An authoritative reference on architecture and design statistics for a decade, the 11th annual edition of the Almanac of Architecture & Design makes a major breakthrough. For the first time ever, the Almanac presents the DI 333 a ranking of the top design firms in North America, accompanied by a detailed directory of more than 800 leading architecture and design firms.

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    Strategy by Design

    Strategy by Design illustrates how to use many of the principles, processes and tools of the design profession to create innovative break-through organizational strategies.

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    Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?

    Obsessive Consumption represents a selection of three years of Bingaman-Burt's delightful ink drawings of sundry items. Accompanied by witty and insightful annotations, these drawings mock her own relationship with her purchases and put a personal face on the mass-produced items of our shared experience. Readers can catch a glimpse into the life of the artist from the collection, which includes wedding bands, a dog, a moving truck, handmade items from friends, Mississippi beer, Portland pizza, and lots of pens and drawing paper to support her drawing habit.

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    Croatian Design Now

    Croatia does not immediately spring into ones mind when talking about contemporary design, yet it is evident from this publication that the country has developed a wide-ranging and interesting design culture in recent years. Introduced by essays from Fedja Vuki and American based Victor Margolin, this sizeable survey collects together works made over recent years by Croatian designers such as Proximity Zagreb and Boris Ljubicic. Twelve full-colour, illustrated chapters examine everything from designs for corporate identity, packaging and products to creations for posters, web-pages, industrial and charity based designs.

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    British Design 2010

    The changes in the design industry in the United Kingdom over the last two years are reflected in this latest edition: many new names now present themselves for the first time, along with many established firms who have experienced the benefits of getting their work out to the international audience of design buyers who using this book.

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    Design Thinking: Integrating Innovation, Customer Experience, and Brand Value

    Design Thinkingis packed with intriguing case studies and practical advice from industry experts. This anthology is organized into three sections that focus on the use of design for innovation and brand-building, the emerging role of service design, and the design of meaningful customer experiences. This book provides readers with the strategies necessary to encourage the creative thought process in their companies, which will ultimately help to cultivate innovation, and therefore boost business.

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    Colour Mania

    Green with envy. Feeling blue. White lies. Grey areas. In every language spoken on earth human beings use colors to express themselves. World-renowned author, Vladimir Nabokov, claimed he could hear color and actually assigned a color to each letter of the alphabet based on each letter's particular sound.

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    Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life and Maybe Even the World

    In a time of anxiety and retrenchment, this hopeful yet hardheaded book illuminates "the glimmer of possibility and potential-that first spark of an innovative idea or a life-changing plan." According to Berger, "This faint light is all around us and also within us, if we can learn to recognize and nurture it." The best designers already know how to transform that glimmer of possibility into the steady glow of creation and innovation-and with the inspiration of Glimmer, we're now all able to do the same.

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    Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970

    This ambitious book-published to accompany a major exhibition-includes work from the Socialist Bloc and Western Europe, the United States, Cuba, and Japan. Featuring remarkable images by artists and designers from Picasso to Kubrick, Cold War Modern also offers a landmark collection of fascinating essays on subjects as diverse as political strategy, domesticity, and high-tech design developments.

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    Glitch: Designing Imperfection

    A "glitch" usually fixes itself in the amount of time it takes for it to be noticed in the first place, whether as a scrambled cable television delay, a page-loading error on an Internet browser or a jumble of pixels on an ATM interface. Glitch: Perfect Imperfections consists of over 200 glitch images grabbed, composed and provoked by artists who present these complex fragments of color and lines as thought-provoking mistakes that merit being considered in an aesthetic sense, no matter if as art or as advertising.

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    Creative Grab Bag

    Creative Grab Bag is a collection of work from artists, illustrators and designers from around the world. Author Ethan Bodnar created over 30 unique tasks and gave each contributor a task that was different from their typical work. The book contains images of each artist's creative task, typical work, and a biography and short reflection on the creative process. Together, they capture the spirit of exploration and innovation and challenge readers to break out of their usual work.

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    21st Century Design: New Design Icons from Mass Market to Avant-Garde

    This updated new edition of the popular 21st Century Design guides the reader through an often bewildering array of contemporary movements, styles, and trends. Intelligently and provocatively written, this large and attractive volume places the current scene in a historic framework, explores the cultural and economic forces shaping design now and for the future, identifies top designers and trends, and explains the vigorous artistic debates going on among the innovators in architecture, fashion, interiors, and product design.

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    Unfolded: Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry

    In "Unfolded - Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry" paper conquers the third dimension and demonstrates the undreamed-of possibilities it holds today for lightweight construction, product design, fashion and art. From "Paper", the collection of bags by Stefan Diez, to Konstantin Grcic's paper models and the scented paper garments of Issey Myake, this book presents paper as a high-quality contemporary and ecological material.