Books By IDSA Members

American Design Adventure

The American Design Adventure continues the detailed examination of industrial design begun by Arthur Pulos in American Design Ethic. In that first volume he discussed and illustrated America's objects and artifacts, major designers, and schools of design from colonial times to 1940. This second splendidly illustrated volume carries the story into one of the most influential and exciting eras of American industrial design, the 1940s to the 1970s.Arthur J.

American Design Ethic: A History of Industrial Design

What is uniquely American about American design? This first history of American products and the philosophy behind their design, use, and manufacture points to the process - the interaction between industrial technology and culture - that gave form to an American "ethic" in material products and helped shape the life style of its citizens.

Designing Interactions

Digital technology has changed the way we interact with everything from the games we play to the tools we use at work. Designers of digital technology products no longer regard their job as designing a physical object—beautiful or utilitarian—but as designing our interactions with it. In Designing Interactions, award-winning designer Bill Moggridge, FIDSA introduces us to 40 influential designers who have shaped our interaction with technology.

The Industrialization of Design

A history from the steam age to today.

Carroll Gantz, FIDSA is a giant upon whose shoulders we all stand today. The designer of the original Black & Decker Dustbuster, Gantz has never been afraid to pioneer and change where change was needed. This latest book from Gantz, tells it like it was. It's a great read for anyone interested to know how we got here.

Predictable Magic: Unleash the Power of Design Strategy to Transform Your Business

Companies invest fortunes on innovation and product strategy. But by some estimates, 80 percent of new products fail or underperform. Every year, though, a few rare products succeed brilliantly. Why? Their creators have seamlessly integrated corporate strategy with design. They don’t deliver utilitarian objects: They craft rewarding, empowering experiences. To outsiders, this looks like magic: incomprehensible and impossible to reproduce. But it isn’t. Predictable Magic presents a complete design process for making the “magic” happen—over and over again.

1000 Product Designs: Form, Function and Technology from Around the World

Product design has changed dramatically in recent years as everything, from computers to microwaves to MP3 players, has become more compact and more powerful. Less seems to be more, as everything becomes portable and more user friendly. 1,000 Product Designs features the most innovative designs in recent years. This unprecedented collection of products from all over the globe is a window into different cultures and societies, featuring everything from furnishings to personal items and accessories to electronics.

Design Chronicles

Here are the design stories of everyday material, "stuff," from cars to Dustbusters, phonographs to DVDs, that makes our lives easier, more exciting, and more comfortable through mass-production. Descriptive vignettes and over 400 illustrations of popular culture as it progressed through the 20th century. Each year is an illustrated double-page spread, showing how design evolved in a precise timeline. Learn fascinating stories behind familiar products, the men and women who invented or designed them, and how their designs came to life or, in some cases, failed.

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