Design Books

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    Italian Uniqueness

    Starting with the historical Compasso d'Oro Collection of iconic objects of Italian design, the book tells the story of Italian creativity and cutting-edge production between 1961 and 2011, thus reconstructing some aspects of ItalyâEURs history, a story told through images ranging from documentaries and film stills to first hand accounts and advertising.

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    Design for Services

    In Design for Services, Anna Meroni and Daniela Sangiorgi articulate what Design is doing and can do for services, and how this connects to existing fields of knowledge and practice. Designers previously saw their task as the conceptualisation, development and production of tangible objects. In the twenty-first century, a designer rarely 'designs something' but rather 'designs for something': in the case of this publication, for change, better experiences and better services.

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    Zeitgeist: Modern Architecture and Design in Germany

    The German architecture and design scene today is characterized by imaginative and progressive concepts on the highest technical and creative level. Especially in the field of ecological construction Germany set the international standards. Zeitgeist introduces the most compelling German architecture - and design offices, from the most established and renoun to the shooting stars of the scene.

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    Creative China

    Creative China introduces the creative scene of the country in six chapters subdivided into the fields of architecture, design, art, fashion, photography and advertising.

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    Erratic is a collection of current, often playful work by designers, photographers, and artists who are exploring the reciprocal effects between stability and instability, symmetry and asymmetry, and pressure and counter-pressure.

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    Design, Creativity, and Culture

    Design, Creativity, and Culture: an orientation to design offers a unique, fresh and innovative approach to assessing the role of design and creativity in human culture. The text provides an exploration of the cultural heritage of design together with future visions on the role of design in the coming decade. It provides an essential orientation to the understanding of design in the twenty-first century.

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    Designers Don't Have Influences

    Creative director, writer, advocate, and design cheerleader Austin Howe's elegant, incisive, and amusing essays are sure to appeal to a wide spectrum of readers. Howe chronicles the lives, philosophies, and work processes of leaders in disparate fields from art to spirituality and even ice hockey, many of whom have never before been profiled in print. Howe explores the creative process and conceptualization, delving into what to do when creativity is lacking.

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    Open Design Now

    Open Design Now looks at design in the new creative commons, co-creation era. It presents practices, tools, and licensing systems, as open design is a way of designing everyone can participate in.

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    Taxing Art: When Objects Travel

    In recent years, the boundaries between art and design have become more and more blurred. It is not the object itself, but rather its economic functionality that determines where design stops and art begins - and this functionality is reassessed at every link in the chain of the object s dissemination. Taxing Art is a buoyantly ironic, clever case study and analysis of the effect of traditional, bureaucratic procedures on innovative work. This revealing illustrated essay puts the spotlight on the largely underestimated effect that tax laws have on where design ends and art begins.

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    Clients From Hell

    Clients From Hell sheds an insider's perspective on difficult - and all-too-often irrational and insane - interactions with clients.

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    Living with Complexity

    Simplicity turns out to be more complex than we thought. In this provocative and informative book, Don Norman writes that the complexity of our technology must mirror the complexity and richness of our lives. It's not complexity that's the problem, it's bad design. Bad design complicates things unnecessarily and confuses us. Good design can tame complexity.

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    Ten years in the making, Cult-ure is a provocative and incisive guide to navigating the modern landscape of ideas. It powerfully illustrates how the internet and new media revolution have permanently altered the way we communicate.

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    Disrupt introduces a complete five-step program for identifying disruptive business opportunities-and successfully executing on them! frog design's Luke Williams combines the design industry's most powerful creativity techniques with true business implementation discipline.

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    Design as Politics

    Design as Politics confronts the inadequacy of contemporary politics to deal with unsustainability. The book argues that finding solutions to this problem, of which climate change is only one part, demands original and radical thinking. Rather than reverting to failed political ideologies, the book proposes a post-democratic politics.

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    The first-ever compilation of the most innovative design magazine of the 1960s and 1970s. This important compilation brings together the very best of the Abitare universe: the most noteworthy design developments of the last fifty years, with emphasis on the 1960s and 1970s.

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    Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture is a non-technical introduction to the history, theory, and practice of software in the arts. Organized into themes linked to aspects of code-repetition, transformation, parameters, visualization, and simulation-each of the book's sections contains an essay, code samples, and numerous illustrations.

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    GSD Platform 3

    GSD Platform 3 is a selection of work produced during the 2009-2010 academic year of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the potential of that work to address broader questions and inform global initiatives.

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    I Wonder

    Quirky, poignant, astute, funny-this beautiful book presents a compelling collection of observations on visual culture and design, written and illuminated by world-renowned typographic illustrator Marian Bantjes.

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    Tokujin Yoshioka

    The complete work of Tokujin Yoshioka, one of the most innovative designers working today. Based in Tokyo, Tokujin Yoshioka has built a career using unconventional materials to create objects and spaces.

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    Lifting the Curtain on Design

    Vicente Wolf is famous for his modern and elegant style, always guided by integrity and simplicity. Lifting the Curtain on Design delves into his selected themes from myriad viewpoints: through the prism of international travel, via the detailed focus on a single project, and finally by means of the sweeping perspective of a seasoned design mind.

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    This book contains powerful techniques to help you sell your ideas to those with approval power. You'll find tips from designers, writers, marketers and other creative professionals, along with meaty advice from selling and branding gurus.

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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.