Design Books

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    Design of the 20th Century

    From furniture to graphics, Design of the 20th Century feautres the work of artists who have shaped and recreated the modern world with a dizzying variety of materials. From the organic to the geometric, from Art Deco, through to Pop and High-Tech, this book contains all the great names - Bernhard Bertoia, De Stijl, Dieter Rams, Philippe Starck, Charles and Ray Eames, to name only a very few.

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    The Art of Folding

    The Art of Folding: Creative Forms in Design and Architecture features designs by creators all around the world, using diverse materials (paper, plastic, textiles) applied to very different areas of creation, such as fashion, jewelry or interior design.

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    Folding Techniques for Designers

    Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form features the key techniques of folding, such as pleated surfaces, curved folding and crumpling. An elegant, practical handbook, it covers over 70 techniques explained by clear step-by-step drawings, crease-pattern drawings, and specially commissioned photography.

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    Design Forward

    Design Forward: Creative Strategy at the Core of Sustainable Change presents design for change - design as a strategic and holistic way of finding and creating sustainable solutions that are also successful in an economic sense.

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    Make Design Matter

    Make Design Matter is a pocket size guide to meaningful design. The book is an important iterative and strategic approach based on holistic thinking, shared wisdom, and reflective insights, and will help you to make design better - and matter!

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    D.E.S.I.G.N. is a fascinating review of 69 of the most innovative household items from the past 150 years - from the classic to the most crazy.

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    Graphic Design and Architecture

    Graphic Design and Architecture: A 20th-Century History is the first historical overview which examines the intimate relationship between graphic design and architecture in the context of artistic, social, and cultural movements and influences of the twentieth century.

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    China's Design Revolution

    In China's Design Revolution, Lorraine Justice maps the evolution of Chinese design and innovation. She explores current award-winning projects in media, fashion, graphic, interior, and product design; and examines the lifestyle and purchasing trends of the "fourth generation," now in their teens and twenties.

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    The Future of Innovation

    Bettina von Stamm and Anna Trifilova have gathered together the thoughts and ideas of over 200 of the most creative innovators from business, professional practice and academia from nearly 60 countries. The contributors look at innovation from almost every angle. Their statements offer an unparalleled view of innovation and provide a depth of insight that is extraordinary.

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    The Color Revolution

    In the Color Revolution, the award-winning historian Regina Lee Blaszczyk traces the relationship of color and commerce, from haute couture to automobile showrooms to interior design, describing the often unrecognized role of the color profession in consumer culture. Blaszczyk examines the evolution of the color profession from 1850 to 1970, telling the stories of innovators who managed the color cornucopia that modern artificial dyes and pigments made possible.

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    How to Run a Successful Design Business

    The design sector has expanded rapidly in recent years, and now covers a wide range of specialist disciplines from branding and communications to product, commercial interiors and digital. Yet design firms often lack long-term vision, strategies and plans, and research from the Design Council shows that far too many suffer from poor profitability. Shan Preddy believes that the more a design firm knows about business, the more successful it will be, both creatively and financially.

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    Doing Research in Design

    Doing Research in Design presents new ways of thinking about the relationship between design and research by positioning design as a social as well as a material practice. This approach emphasises the social consequences of design decisions as well as the importance of the efficient functioning of a design.

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    Design Thinking Research

    Design Thinking Research: Measuring Performance in Context summarizes the results of the third year in the Design Thinking Research Program, a joint venture of Stanford University in Palo Alto and the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam. Understanding the evolution of innovation, and how to measure the performance of the design thinking teams behind innovations, is the central motivation behind the research work presented in this book.

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    Problem Solved

    Problem Solved is the only book that teaches students and professionals how to recognize the recurring problems common to all areas of communication and explains how to solve them. Each chapter explores a different problem and concludes with a case study exploring a particular solution in detail.

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    Pop!: Design, Culture, Fashion 1956-1976

    Pop! Design, Culture, Fashion 1956-1976 covers all aspects of Pop design in Britain and America, from early rock 'n' roll to punk. It looks at record covers and packaging designs by Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton, and the work of fashion designers such as Mary Quant, Barbara Hulanicki from Biba, Vivienne Westwood and John Stephen of Carnaby Street fame, as well as their contemporaries in America such as Betsey Johnson of Paraphernalia.

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    Britain Creates: Fashion and Art Collusion

    Some of the biggest names in British fashion and art, ranging from royal wedding-dress designer Sarah Burton to sculptor Marc Quinn, are being paired-up in a unique collaboration to create works to celebrate 'Olympic Values'. Called Britain Creates 2012, the project will be a highlight of the London 2012 Festival. This book presents the results of these unprecedented collaborations, across different artisitic mediums.

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    High Touch: Tactile Design and Visual Explorations

    High Touch: Tactile Design and Visual Explorations documents an inspiring range of material objects and spatial orchestrations that meld crafts including crochet, papercraft, and the design of costumes and masks with the techniques of more traditional art forms such as installation, sculpture, collage, photography, and illustration. The examples featured in the book prove that the scope for this trailblazing work is enormous. Applications include advertising, brand presentations, editorial design, photography, product design, stage design, and scenography, as well as related fields that either exist already or that their creators have yet to invent.

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    Material Matters

    Material Matters: New Materials in Design discusses the vast range of materials that are available to us today, and highlights the advances predicted to prove seminal in the future.

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    Creating the Perfect Design Brief

    The second edition of Creating the Perfect Design Brief offers the most effective formats for design briefs, how to structure the best possible team, what distinguishes a great design brief from an adequate one, how to use the brief in project tracking, as a measuring tool, as a means of getting approval for a design solution, and much, much more.

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    Graduation Guide for Design Students

    Graduation Guide for Design Students helps the student to graduate as a designer by giving practical advice, design advice, and by suggesting ways to make graduation less stressful and more enjoyable. The advice is always very much on point and presented as double-page spread posters with smart and funny illustrations and short handwritten texts.

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    Taken by Surprise

    Anyone currently working in brand communication is facing fundamental yet compelling challenges. In an age in which we are flooded with information, consumers are becoming more critical and discerning. They are deploying ever finer filters so that only the most relevant pieces of information ever reach them. Because of this development, traditional brand and advertising messages are far less likely to be seen. Taken by Surprise is a collection of communication measures that are sophisticated and relevant enough to overcome these hurdles.

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    The Pop-Up Generation

    Young people born with and behind the screen live in a shadow area; a no man's land between the second and third dimension that they wish to connect. This Pop-Up Generation moves easily from 2D to 3D and back again, as if they do not notice there is a difference. The works selected have a few common characteristics. The projects pop-up. They float and melt down again. They are temporary. And they are mobile, they can take you anywhere.

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    Best CreatiFes 2012

    Best CreatiFes introduces the best creative personalities and companies from the international design sector.

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    Design and Designing: A Critical Introduction

    Design and Designing will provide the reader with a very broad and critical understanding of what is an essentially practical subject. The book covers the design process, modeling and drawing, working with clients, production and consumption, sustainability, professional practice and design futures.

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    The Strategic Designer

    Design is no longer solely concerned with color, type and image. To thrive in the future, designers must sharpen their strategy skills now. The Strategic Designer will help you do just that, with clear instruction and explanatory case studies.

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    Color Inspirations

    Color Inspirations contains some of the very best color palettes from COLOURlovers website, organized by color family in a logical, easy-to-use format.

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    Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design

    Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design brings together the best of designer Michael Bierut's critical writingserious or humorous, flattering or biting, but always on the mark.

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    Designer Profile 2012/2013

    Since 1998 the bilingual Designer Profile has been the authoritative work on the design scene in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Every two years it enables designers from the fields of industrial, exhibition, graphic and multimedia design to present their ideas, concepts and successes. These volumes form an indispensable reference work for management decision-makers and agencies who need speedy and targeted information on the spectrum of activities provided by potential designer partners.

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    Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

    This book looks at the entire career of the French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, widely regarded as two of the most exciting young European designers to have emerged in the last twenty years. The book features all of their work to date, a collection which includes commissions for Vitra, Alessi, and Cappellini amongst others and will open with an introduction by Anniina Koivu, editor of Abitare magazine.

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    Contemporary Color

    Combining a solid grounding in traditional color theory and a thorough exploration of effective color use in digital applications and 3D design work, this introduction to contemporary color text is a must have for all art students. Written by a leading design educator and artist whose work is widely exhibited, this text features a balanced examination of essential theory and its practical application using today's cutting-edge technology.