Design Books

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  1. Breakthrough Thinking

    Breakthrough Thinking

    Breakthrough Thinking is a holistic approach to creativity complete with industry examples from successful creative professionals and some of the top creative organizations in business today.

  2. Beautiful Users - Designing for People

    Beautiful Users: Designing for People

    Beautiful Users explores the changing relationship between designers and users and considers a range of design methodologies and practices, from user research to hacking, open source, and the maker culture.

  3. Connected by Design

    Connected by Design

    Connected By Design is the first book to show business leaders and marketers exactly how to use functional integration to achieve transformative growth within any type of company. Based on R/GA's pioneering work with firms at the forefront of functional integration, Barry Wacksman and Chris Stutzman identify seven principles companies must follow in order to create and deliver new value for customers and capture new revenues.

  4. The Creative Code

    The Creative Code

    The Creative Code is a fascinating attempt to crack the elusive term "creativity". This book investigates those things which we define as creative and examines why they are conceived as such.

  5. Foundations of Art and Design

    Foundations of Art and Design

    Packed with hundreds of examples of classic and contemporary art, Foundations of Art and Design delivers a comprehensive guide to basic design that provides the ideal foundation to design principles. Appealing to readers at every ability level, the text's logical and structured organization moves from micro to macro topics, enabling learners to build on ideas and concepts of design and better understand the material.

  6. Out of the Blue

    Out of the Blue

    Out of the Blue showcases Finland's unique design culture. It looks at legendary figures like Alvar Aalto and heritage manufacturers such as Marimekko, Iitalla, and Artek, as well as a new contemporary generation of chefs, explorers, makers, and entrepreneurs.

  7. WA - The Essence of Japanese Design

    WA: The Essence of Japanese Design

    WA: The Essence of Japanese Design is a richly illustrated exploration of the beauty, impact, and essence of 300 key objects that exemplify Japanese design.

  8. Printing Things - Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing

    Printing Things: Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing

    Printing Things is an inspirational and understandable exploration of the creative potential of 3D printing. The book not only introduces pioneering projects, key experts, and the newest technologies, but it also delves into the complex topics that these paradigm-shifting technologies bring up, such as how to handle copyrights and seamless manufacturing.

  9. Made By Hand

    Made By Hand

    Made By Hand is a visually stunning survey of some of the finest worldwide handmakers, the spaces in which they work and the products they create. The book serves as a remedy to mass production and a celebration of the return to artisan craft.

  10. BROKEN - Navigating the Ups and Downs of the Circus Called Work

    BROKEN: Navigating the Ups and Downs of the Circus Called Work

    BROKEN was written for people aggravated by toxic work environments, chaotic projects, poor communication, and other barriers to getting things done. This book gives you ways to cope, engage, and survive the demands of the "modern workplace."

  11. Pastel


    Through 110 recent visual experiments and thoughtful solutions in fashion, product and extensive areas of communication designs, Pastel sets to reveal the true potentials of this soothing colour family that typically lends a mild sweetness to everyday life.

  12. Hegarty on Creativity - There Are No Rules

    Hegarty on Creativity: There Are No Rules

    From Renaissance art to rock 'n' roll, Hegarty takes a wide-angle view of creativity as he sets out to demystify the many ups-and-downs that can arise during the creative process. Paralyzed by the blank page? Daunted by cynics in the workplace? Money leading you astray? Hegarty combines personal experience and anecdotes along with clear, pragmatic, and good-humored insight into tackling all creative challenges head on.

  13. Spectrum


    This collection attempts to compile a group of art and design projects of various types that show an effective, innovative use of color, showing the meaningful effect it can have when employed with care.

  14. Masterpieces of Italian Design

    Masterpieces of Italian Design

    Masterpieces of Italian Design is an overview of the past two centuries in Italian design and manufacturing. This new title documents the 110 most pioneering designs to come out of Italy, and explains why, with stunning images and explanatory texts.

  15. Designing for Behavior Change

    Designing for Behavior Change

    Stephen Wendel, HelloWallet's head researcher, takes you step-by-step through the process of applying behavioral economics and psychology to the practical problems of product design and development. Using a combination of lean and agile development methods, you'll learn a simple iterative approach for identifying target users and behaviors, building the product, and gauging its effectiveness.

  16. Design Transitions

    Design Transitions

    Design Transitions presents 42 unique and insightful stories of how design is changing around the world. Twelve countries are represented from the perspectives of three different communities: design agencies, organizations embedding design; and design academics.

  17. Materiology


    Materiology is directed at all those who are interested in materials and in working with materials: from architects, production designers, and stylists to artists: a handbook for students and new professionals as well as for experienced professionals, written in a clear, understandable style. Ordered alphabetically and illustrated with photos, each of the cards holds a description of the material with its main properties, strengths and weaknesses, and possible uses.

  18. Experience Design

    Experience Design

    Experience Design: A Framework for Integrating Brand, Experience, and Value aims to help businesses tap into the power of design and foster better collaboration between business and design in order to deliver more valuable experiences to customers. Experience Design is a thought-provoking text that helps businesses think about customer engagement and experience throughout the customer lifecycle.

  19. 101 Design Ingredients to Solve Big Tech Problems

    101 Design Ingredients to Solve Big Tech Problems

    Tough technology and business challenges face you at every stage of a project. The one-page ingredients in 101 Design Ingredients show you how to solve problems using practical examples you can apply right away.

  20. Design Management - Exploring Fieldwork and Applications

    Design Management: Exploring Fieldwork and Applications

    Featuring a series of international case studies, Design Management: Exploring Fieldwork and Applications argues that assessment of the design function within any organization must incorporate both qualitative and quantitative research methods. The book explores a number of key themes, such as new product development, risk in design and corporate identity.

  21. Red Dot Design Yearbook 2013/2014

    Red Dot Design Yearbook 2013/2014

    The yearbook volumes "Living", "Doing" and "Working" are a must for anyone interested in remaining up-to-date on the current trends in international product design: architects, designers, product and purchasing managers, design institutes, technology freaks, design-scene insiders, and individuals who are fascinated by culturally relevant product development.

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    Just Kidding!

    Just Kidding! features a broad spectrum of thoughtful and creative approaches that talk to a growing child, add precious moments to a child's growth and aspire to redefine a grown person's life.

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    So1o 2uo 3rio

    In the world of design, two heads are not necessarily better than one. Featuring the like of Leslie David, Le Creative Sweatshop and Craig & Karl, So1o 2uo 3rio makes it obvious why these 30 award-winning design units are proud to stay small.

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    Sustainist Design Guide

    Sustainist Design Guide explores how sharing, localism, connectedness and proportionality are creating a new agenda for social design.

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    Best CreatiFes 2013

    Best Creatifes 2013 is a compilation of the most creative individuals in the international design scene. Divided into three categories showcasing individual designers, firms, and universities, it is complemented by essays focusing on the latest trends in design.

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    The Digital Creative's Survival Guide

    The Digital Creative's Survival Guide is packed with practical advice on topics like managing studio politics, dealing with nightmare clients, using good digital project management practices, understanding design briefs and finding your niche in a constantly changing industry.

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    Design Currency

    In Design Currency, authors Jenn and Ken Visocky O'Grady show you how to frame the value of your design work in terms that your business partners will both understand and respect.

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    Wonder Wood: A Favorite Material for Design, Architecture and Art

    Wonder Wood presents this timeless material as it is being used today and how it can be used in the future. It also documents a selection of current international projects and processes, making-ofs, and experiments by 120 internationally renowned designers, architects, and artists, whose creative and innovative approach to the material makes their work compelling.

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    Design: The Groundbreaking Moments

    This latest volume in Prestel's Groundbreaking Moments series explores great ideas and turning points in the history of design.