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The Design of Everyday Things
Revised and Expanded Edition
Don Norman - 2013-11-05 (first published in 1988)
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Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious—even liberating—book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range...
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Thinking with Type
A Primer for Designers
Ellen Lupton - 2004-04-15
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The organization of letters on a blank sheet—or screen—is the most basic challenge facing anyone who practices design. What type of font to use? How big? How should those letters, words, and paragraphs be aligned, spaced, ordered, shaped, and otherwise manipulated? In this groundbreaking new primer, leading design educator and historian Ellen Lupto...
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Grid systems in graphic design
A visual communication manual for graphic designers, typographers and three dimensional designers (NIGGLI EDITIONS) (German and English Edition)
Josef Müller-Brockmann - 1996-09-30
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VERY RARE illustrated hardcover book, sorry no dust-jacket. "Grid Systems in Graphic Design - Raster Systeme für die Visuelle Gestaltung" By Josef Müller-Brockmann. English version by D. Q. Stephenson. English and German text. This is the 5th Edition, published by Verlag Niggli AG, 2007. Full title: "Grid Systems in Graphic Design. A Visual Communi...
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How To Use Graphic Design To Sell Things
Michael Bierut - 2015-01-01
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This is a monograph, manual and manifesto by one of the world's leading graphic designers. Protege of design legend Massimo Vignelli and partner in the New York office of the international design firm Pentagram, Michael Bierut has had one of the most varied careers of any living graphic designer. The 35 projects Bierut presents in this book illustr...
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How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
Adrian Shaughnessy - 2010-09-22 (first published in 2005)
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Designers are quick to tell us about their sources of inspiration, but they are much less willing to reveal such critical matters as how to find work, how much they charge, and what to do when a client rejects three weeks of work and refuses to pay the bill. How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul addresses the concerns of young desig...
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Change by Design
How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
Tim Brown - 2019-03-05 (first published in 2009)
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The subject of “design thinking” is the rage at business schools, throughout corporations, and increasingly in the popular press—due in large part to the work of IDEO, a leading design firm, and its celebrated CEO, Tim Brown, who uses this book to show how the techniques and strategies of design belong at every level of business.The myth of innovat...
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Don't Make Me Think
A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Steve Krug - 2014-01-02 (first published in 2000)
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Since Dont Make Me Think was first published in 2000, over 400,000 Web designers and developers have relied on Steve Krugs guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design.In this 3rd edition, Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Dont Make Me Think a classic-with updat...
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The Elements of Typographic Style
Version 4.0
Robert Bringhurst - 2013-01-15 (first published in 1992)
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Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide. Combining the practical, theoretical, and historical, this edition is completely updated, with a thorough revision and updating of the longest chapter, "Prowling the Specimen Books," and many other small but important updates bas...
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Designing Brand Identity
An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team
Alina Wheeler - 2017-10-16 (first published in 2003)
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Whether you're the project manager for your company's rebrand, or you need to educate your staff or your students about brand fundamentals, Designing Brand Identity is the quintessential resource. From research to brand strategy to design execution, launch, and governance, Designing Brand Identity is a compendium of tools for branding success and b...
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100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
Susan Weinschenk - 2011-04-23
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We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical example...
Graphic Design by Ellen Lupton
Making and Breaking the Grid by Timothy Samara
Value Proposition Design by Alexander Osterwalder
Hooked by Nir Eyal
Logo Design Love by David Airey
Design as Art by Bruno Munari
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Design Is a Job by Mike Monteiro by Mike Monteiro
Draplin Design Co. by Aaron James Draplin
Designing Design by Kenya Hara
Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated by William Lidwell Kritina Holden Jill Butler
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
About Face by Alan Cooper
The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams
You’re My Favorite Client by Mike Monteiro
Logo by Michael Evamy
Graphic Design Visionaries by Caroline Roberts
The Design Process by Karl Aspelund
Geometry of Design by Kimberly Elam
The User Experience Team of One by Leah Buley
Logo, Font & Lettering Bible by Leslie Cabarga
Creative Workshop by David Sherwin
The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier
Thoughts on Design by Paul Rand
The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Ruined by Design by Mike Monteiro
SPRINT by Zeratsky Jake Knapp
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
HTML and CSS by Jon Duckett
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Elegantissima by Louise Fili
Sagmeister by Stefan Sagmeister
The Win Without Pitching Manifesto by Blair Enns
Jost Hochuli by Jost Hochuli
The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
Meggs' History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs
The Finer Things by Christiane Lemieux
Designing Type by Karen Cheng
Homebody by Joanna Gaines
House Industries by House Industries
Know Your Onions by Drew de Soto
Paul Rand by Paul Rand
Creative Strategy and the Business of Design by Douglas Davis
Paul Rand by Steven Heller
Branding by Michael Johnson
Pantone by Leatrice Eiseman
Mismatch by Kat Holmes
Identity Designed by David Airey
Run Studio Run by Eli Altman
Champagne and Wax Crayons by
Pioneer of Swiss Graphic Design by Josef Müller-Brockmann
Los Logos 7 by Robert Klanten
Illustration Play by Victionary
DESIGN{H}ERS by Victionary
Experience Required by Robert Hoekman Jr.
Nice To Meet You Too by Viction:ary
Typographic Design by Rob Carter
Game Devs & Others by Tanya Depass
Big Brand Theory by Sandu Publishing
Art of the Book by Sendpoints
Illustration Play 2 by Viction:workshop Ltd.
100 Ideas that Changed Design by Peter Fiell
History of Modern Design Second Edition by David Raizman
Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
In Progress by Jessica Hische
Evil by Design by Chris Nodder
The Golden Secrets of Lettering by Martina Flor
Designing for Print, the Art and Science, Graphic Design and Print Production Strategies for Success on Press by Marina Poropat Joyce
The ABC of Custom Lettering by Ivan Castro
Observing the User Experience by Elizabeth Goodman School of Information University of California Berkeley
Seductive Interaction Design by Stephen P. Anderson
Styled by Emily Henderson
Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge
Emotional Design by Don Norman
The Design of Business by Roger L. Martin
100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design by Steven Heller
Practical Empathy by Indi Young
Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman
Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works by Erik Spiekermann
Make It So by Nathan Shedroff
Designing Together by Dan Brown
Humble Masterpieces by Paola Antonelli
By George Lois - Damn Good Advice by George Lois
Don't Call It That by Eli Altman