Design & Philosophy

Designing Design

Representing a new generation of designers in Japan, Kenya Hara (born 1958) pays tribute to his mentors, using long overlooked Japanese icons and images in much of his work. In “Designing Design”, he impresses upon the reader the importance of “emptiness” in both the visual and philosophical traditions of Japan, and its application to design, made visible by means of numerous examples from his own work: Hara for instance designed the opening and closing ceremony programs for the Nagano Winter Olympic Games 1998.

Design Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean

Until now, the literature on innovation has focused either on radical innovation pushed by technology or incremental innovation pulled by the market. In Design-Driven Innovation: How to Compete by Radically Innovating the Meaning of Products, Roberto Verganti introduces a third strategy, a radical shift in perspective that introduces a bold new way of competing. Design-driven innovations do not come from the market; they create new markets. They don't push new technologies; they push new meanings.

Blobjects & Beyond: The New Fluidity in Design

Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art, Blobjects and Beyond is the first comprehensive survey of the new fluidity in contemporary design. Whether hard or soft, cheerful or sinister, practical or conceptual, blobjects represent a decisive turn away from the hard edges and angles of conventional modernism. From the iconic iMac to Karim Rashid's evocative plastics to the ergonomic computer mouse, blobjects are the defining objects of our time, molding our visual vocabulary for years to come.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. hat keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identif ies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

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.

Designing Life

For many designers in Europe, the idea of design is associated more with culture and lifestyle than the American idea of design which tends to be more commercial and problem solving oriented.

This book by Jane Worthington, Designing Life, provides a wonderful window into that world. Worthington started out as an industrial designer, moved into furniture design and has designed many hotels and counts the Dutch Royal family amongst her clients.

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