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A Pattern Language
Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)
Christopher Alexander - Dec 31, 1976 (first published in 1977)
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At the core of A Pattern Language is the philosophy that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ‘languages,’ which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherence.This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable m...
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The Animator's Survival Kit
A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators
Richard Williams - Sep 25, 2012
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The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit?Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today--and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his more than forty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, wi...
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How to Create Tech Products Customers Love
Marty Cagan - Dec 04, 2017 (first published in 2008)
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The basic premise of Inspired is that the best tech companies create products in a manner very different from how most companies create products. The goal of the book is to share the techniques of the best companies. This book is aimed primarily at Product Managers working on technology-powered products. That includes the hundreds of "tech companie...
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Thinking with Type
A Primer for Designers
Ellen Lupton - Apr 15, 2004
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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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The Design of Everyday Things
Revised and Expanded Edition
Don Norman - Nov 05, 2013 (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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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 - Sep 30, 1996
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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 Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
Adrian Shaughnessy - Sep 22, 2010 (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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Don't Make Me Think
A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition)
Steve Krug - Jan 02, 2014 (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 - Jan 15, 2013 (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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How To Use Graphic Design To Sell Things
Michael Bierut - Jan 01, 2015
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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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Change by Design
How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
Tim Brown - Mar 05, 2019 (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...
Designing Brand Identity by Alina Wheeler
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan Weinschenk
Graphic Design by Ellen Lupton
Making and Breaking the Grid by Timothy Samara
Value Proposition Design by Alexander Osterwalder
Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated by William Lidwell Kritina Holden Jill Butler
Creative Workshop by David Sherwin
Logo Modernism by Jens Müller
Thoughts on Design by Paul Rand
The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
HTML and CSS by Jon Duckett
Hooked by Nir Eyal
Design Is a Job by Mike Monteiro by Mike Monteiro
Draplin Design Co. by Aaron James Draplin
Logo Design Love by David Airey
Designing Design by Kenya Hara
Sagmeister by Stefan Sagmeister
The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
Meggs' History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs
House Industries by House Industries
Know Your Onions by Drew de Soto
Paul Rand by Paul Rand
You’re My Favorite Client by Mike Monteiro
Logo by Michael Evamy
Pantone by Leatrice Eiseman
Design as Art by Bruno Munari
Graphic Design Visionaries by Caroline Roberts
Big Brand Theory by Sandu Publishing
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
History of Modern Design Second Edition by David Raizman
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Effective Java by Joshua Bloch
Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
Ruined by Design by Mike Monteiro
How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand
SPRINT by Zeratsky Jake Knapp
Java Concurrency in Practice by Brian Goetz
Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt
Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart
Head First Java by Kathy Sierra
JavaScript and JQuery by Jon Duckett
The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander
Homebody by Joanna Gaines
In Progress by Jessica Hische
Elegantissima by Louise Fili
One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer
Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek
The Win Without Pitching Manifesto by Blair Enns
Sunday Sketching by Christoph Niemann
Tibor Kalman, Perverse Optimist by Peter Hall
Jost Hochuli by Jost Hochuli
The Finer Things by Christiane Lemieux
The Pocket Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell
Java by Herbert Schildt
Chroma by Derek Jarman
The ABC of Custom Lettering by Ivan Castro
Designing Type by Karen Cheng
Bibliostyle by Nina Freudenberger
A Smile in the Mind by Beryl McAlhone
Core Java Volume I--Fundamentals by Cay S. Horstmann
Less and More by Klaus Klemp
Graphic Design Referenced by Bryony Gomez-Palacio
Creative Strategy and the Business of Design by Douglas Davis
Learning Web Design by Jennifer Robbins
CSS by David Sawyer McFarland
Paul Rand by Steven Heller
A Smile in the Mind - Revised and Expanded Edition by Beryl McAlhone
Branding by Michael Johnson
Mismatch by Kat Holmes
The Visual History of Type by Paul McNeil
The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia StClair
Overview by Benjamin Grant
This Is Not a T-Shirt by Bobby Hundreds
Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines by Artists Guild Graphic
The Golden Secrets of Lettering by Martina Flor
The Gardens of Bunny Mellon by Linda Jane Holden
Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas M. Antonopoulos