Design Books

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Bubbletecture - Inflatable Architecture and Design

    Bubbletecture: Inflatable Architecture and Design

    Although inflatable objects have been around for more than 200 years, architects, artists, and designers keep rediscovering this deceptively simple - often playful, and occasionally bizarre - technology. Bubbletecture brings together inflatables in every conceivable size, shape, and hue across the realms of architecture, design, art, and fashion. From inflatable dresses and hats to buildings employing cutting-edge technologies, from ingenious chairs, lights, bowls, and even egg cups to children's toys and provocative art installations, Bubbletecture demonstrates that inflatable design is simply irresistible.

  9. Materials in Progress - Innovations for Designers and Architects

    Materials in Progress: Innovations for Designers and Architects

    Materials in Progress: Innovations for Designers and Architects by Sascha Peters and Diana Drewes spans a bridge from science and industrial research to applications in architecture and design. With only eight chapters, it eloquently yet succinctly offers a well-grounded overview of the latest material innovations, including edible packaging, liquid light, and intelligent natural materials.

  10. Solving Critical Design Problems - Theory and Practice

    Solving Critical Design Problems: Theory and Practice

    Solving Critical Design Problems demonstrates both how design is increasingly used to solve large, complex, modern-day problems and, as a result, how the role of the designer continues to develop in response. With 13 case studies from various fields, including program and product design, Tania Allen shows how types of design thinking, such as systems thinking, metaphorical thinking, and empathy, can be used together with methods, such as brainstorming, design fiction, and prototyping.

  11. UX Bites

    UX Bites

    UX BITES starts by defining the meaning and value of User Experience Design and presents the most efficient workflows of the UX process. It then makes a case for adopting a user-centric approach, while helping the reader master ways to understand their user. Presenting frequently used research methods, and explaining how to apply each, it prepares the reader to take real UX projects head-on. The final two chapters move the spotlight to practical tips and statistics every designer can apply, and as a conclusion, it ends highlighting unethical practices to avoid as a UX Designer.

  12. Hack the Design System

    Hack the Design System

    A design system aligns an organization around creating consistent experiences, at scale and over time. It's a living set of tools, practices, and guidelines that increase efficiency and creates a bigger cultural impact throughout the organization. Hack the Design System provides fresh perspectives on the impact that a design system has on a company, how to make it a success, and the future of design systems between digital and non-digital experiences.

  13. Universal Methods of Design Expanded and Revised

    Universal Methods of Design Expanded and Revised

    'Universal Methods of Design: Expanded and Revised' presents 125 research methods for design in a concise and accessible format, now updated with new information on digital design and software and 25 new chapters. The techniques included provide an opportunity to structure conversations that can help designers better understand and empathize with people, and as a result build more meaningful products.

  14. Connecting - Harness Your Emotions to Enhance Your Creativity

    Connecting: Harness Your Emotions to Enhance Your Creativity

    Strong emotions, no matter how negative or positive, are the true drivers of creative thought. Anger, happiness, frustration, love and even hate make us think - all emotional states can help us to create. This is the ground breaking idea behind Connecting, a new book that explains in both graphic and intellectual terms how to foster and drive the creative mindset. Written by creativity expert Paulina Larocca and illustrated by design master Tony Ibbotson, the book offers visual and psychological proof of the pathways to originality and inventiveness.

  15. 100 Ideas that Changed Design

    100 Ideas that Changed Design

    100 Ideas that Changed Design chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped industrial and product design. Written by two experts on modern design, it provides a concise history of the subject and offers a fascinating resource to dip into for the general reader. From the origins of modern design in the craft movements of the 19th and early 20th century, and the changes brought about by mass production, the book traces the most important ideas in design through the modern movement and post-war consumer society to more recent ideas such as Open-Source Design and Biomimicry.

  16. Accessible America - A History of Disability and Design

    Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design

    Disability advocates fought tirelessly to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities became a standard part of public design thinking. That fight took many forms worldwide, but in the United States it became a civil rights issue; activists used design to make an argument about the place of people with disabilities in public life. Williamson provides an extraordinary look at everyday design, marrying accessibility with aesthetic, to provide an insight into a world in which we are all active participants, but often passive onlookers. Richly detailed, with stories of politics and innovation, Bess Williamson's Accessible America takes us through this important history, showing how American ideas of individualism and rights came to shape the material world, often with unexpected consequences.

  17. Bauhaus


    In a fleeting 14-year period between two world wars, Germany's Bauhaus School of Art and Design changed the face of modernity. With utopian ideas for the future, the school developed a pioneering fusion of fine art, craftsmanship, and technology, which they applied across media and practices from film to theater, sculpture to ceramics. This book is made in collaboration with the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin, the world's largest collection on the history of the Bauhaus. Some 550 illustrations including architectural plans, studies, photographs, sketches, and models record not only the realized works but also the leading principles and personalities of this idealistic creative community through its three successive locations in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin.

  18. CMF Design - The Fundamental Principles of Colour, Material and Finish Design

    CMF Design: The Fundamental Principles of Colour, Material and Finish Design

    The discipline of CMF design focuses on designing and specifying colours, materials and finishes to support both functional and emotional attributes of products. The work of the CMF designer combines aesthetics and practical knowledge of materials and technologies with intangible human perceptions of value. Introducing the CMF process and detailing the areas of colour, material and finish design, this book serves as a valuable source of information about this emerging professional discipline and its fundamental principles.

  19. Designing for Society - Products and Services for a Better World

    Designing for Society: Products and Services for a Better World

    In Designing for Society, Paul Hekkert and Nynke Tromp provide a hands-on tool for design professionals and students who wish to use design to counteract social issues. Viewing the artefact as a unique means of facilitating behavioral change to realize social impact, this book goes beyond the current trend of applying design thinking to enhancing public services, and beyond the idea of the designer as a facilitator of localized social change.

  20. Postmodern Design Complete - Design, Furniture, Graphics, Architecture, Interiors

    Postmodern Design Complete: Design, Furniture, Graphics, Architecture, Interiors

    Postmodern Design Complete is a comprehensive and authoritative publication on one of the most popular periods of international design. This book profiles key creators including Graves, Mendini, Sottsass, Venturi, Charles Jencks, and Denise Scott Brown and covers the fields of architecture, furniture, graphic design, textiles, and product and industrial design. A section on Living with Postmodernism presents fifteen seminal homes and their furnishings; and a final section titled Postmodernism Continues is a comprehensive overview of contemporary makers.

  21. Design - Vignelli

    Design: Vignelli

    The graphics, interiors, and products designed by Vignelli Associates are internationally recognized for their refined aesthetics, evolving modernity, and crisp execution. This landmark volume is devoted to Massimo and Lella Vignelli's influential work produced from their New York headquarters since the 1960s, as well as rarely seen early work produced in their native Italy. Design: Vignelli presents the brilliant multidisciplinary approach of the Vignellis, from designs for corporate identity programs including American Airlines, Bloomingdale's, and Benetton, to world-famous signage for the New York subway system.

  22. Worlds of Wonder - Experience Design for Curious People

    Worlds of Wonder: Experience Design for Curious People

    Worlds of Wonder is about immersive experience design, the art of creating spaces that tell a story. This book is the result of 25 years of work by Tinker Imagineers, one of the leading experience design agencies in Europe.

  23. Victor Papanek - The Politics of Design

    Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

    The designer, author and design activist Victor J. Papanek anticipated an understanding of design as a tool for political change and social good that is more relevant today than ever. He was one of the first designers in the mainstream arena to critically question design's social and ecological consequences, introducing a new set of ethical questions into the design field. Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design presents an encompassing overview of Papanek's oeuvre, at the heart of which stood his preoccupation with the socially marginalized and his commitment to the interests of areas then called the Third World, as well as his involvement in the fields of ecology, bionics, sustainability and anti-consumerism. Alongside essays and interviews discussing Papanek's relevance in his own era, this book also presents current perspectives on his enduring legacy and its influence on contemporary design theory.

  24. Emotionally Intelligent Design - Rethinking How We Create Products

    Emotionally Intelligent Design: Rethinking How We Create Products

    As technology becomes deeply integrated into every aspect of our lives, we've begun to expect more emotionally intelligent interactions. But smartphones don't know if we're having a bad day, and cars couldn't care less about compassion. Technology is developing more IQ, but it still lacks EQ. In this book, Pamela Pavliscak-design researcher and advisor to Fortune 500 companies-explores new research about emotion, new technology that engages emotion, and new emotional design practices. Drawing on her own research and the latest thinking in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, Pamela shows you how design can help promote emotional well-being.

  25. Sagmeister and Walsh - Beauty

    Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty

    In this groundbreaking highly visual book, world-renowned designers Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh set out on a mission: to find out what beauty is and the many ways that it impacts our lives. They turn to philosophy, history, and science to understand why we are drawn to beauty and how it influences the way we feel and behave. Determined to translate their findings into action, Sagmeister & Walsh show us how beauty can improve the world.

  26. Story of Bauhaus

    Story of Bauhaus

    Now 100 years old, the Bauhaus still looks just as fresh and new today as it did when it began. It was a place to experiment and embraced new creative freedom. Thanks to this philosophy, the Bauhaus still shapes the world around us. Trace the Story of Bauhaus through the 100 personalities, designs, ideas and events that shaped this monumental movement. Learn about leaders Paul Klee, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Wassily Kandinsky; witness wild parties and groundbreaking events that would revolutionize.

  27. Essential Modernism - Design Between the World Wars

    Essential Modernism: Design Between the World Wars

    This wide-ranging survey showcases and analyzes the work of dozens of Modernist designers, from those who established the International Style in the 1920s and '30s through the groundbreaking practitioners of the mid-1940s. Modernism, with its powerful aesthetic and compelling philosophical framework, is the twentieth century's most defining movement in design and the applied arts. International architects and designers such as Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Frank Lloyd Wright revolutionized the built world and how we live in it. Their work rejected historical precedents, prioritizing function over tradition, and their experimentation with new forms, materials, and techniques transformed our living spaces and lifestyles and fundamentally changed the way we think about design. This lively and accessible volume includes sections on furniture, lighting, ceramics, and glass, industrial and product design, graphic design and posters, houses and interiors, as well as profiles of more than seventy influential creators.

  28. Change by Design - How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

    Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

    Change by Design explains design thinking, the collaborative process by which the designer's sensibilities and methods are employed to match people's needs, not only with what is technically feasible, but what is viable to the bottom line. Design thinking converts need into demand. It's a human-centered approach to problem solving that helps people and organizations become more innovative and more creative.

  29. 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.