Perspective: A new system for designers

A unique development.by a practicing designer for his own use and in the classroom. For designers, a simpler method of visualizing any three-dimensional object accurately and quickly. For students, a comprehensive basic text. For the draftsman, drawing skill is encouraged as the system is mastered.

How to See: A Guide to Reading Our Man-Made Environment

How to See was originally published in 1977. This reedition (2002) is updated and in color. More than a guide to visual appreciation, this is a book about how to recognize, evaluate, and understand the objects and landscape of the man-made world. The pursuit of design is not about the way things appear, but rather about the way things give meaning and relevance to the human experience.

Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration

"If you are determined to encourage creativity and provide a collaborative environment that will bring out the best in people, you will want this book by your side at all times." —Bill Moggridge, Director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

"Make Space is an articulate account about the importance of space; how we think about it, build it and thrive in it."—James P. Hackett, President and CEO, Steelcase

Presentation Techniques

The importance of presenting design ideas with the maximum clarity and precision is the central theme of this manual, which describes the principles of perspective drawing and colouring techniques, with chapters on marker, airbrush and coloured paper rendering and special finishes. All types of line and descriptive drawing are explored, including cutaways and exploded views; and step-by-step drawings show how to build up a product visual, following the entire sequence to the finished drawings.

Digital Lighting and Rendering (2nd Edition)

Crafting a perfect rendering in 3D software means nailing all the details. And no matter what software you use, your success in creating realistic-looking illumination, shadows and textures depends on your professional lighting and rendering techniques. In this lavishly illustrated new edition, Pixar's Jeremy Birn shows you how to:

The Klutz Book of Inventions

The most successful inventions often begin with an impulse of ridiculous and brilliant ideas – but what happened to all the ideas that were just too ridiculous to reveal to the marketplace? The Klutz Book of Inventions has it all. This book encourages people of all ages to engage themselves in the innovation process, sparking the intellect with undeniable, inspirational valor.

KarimSpace: The Interior Design and Architecture of Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid is one of the most well-known international designers, and his work is known for being innovative, forward-looking, and strikingly relevant. From furniture to fashion to products for hip brands like Umbra and Method, Karim’s colorful projects have burst through the design community and into the mainstream. Inspired by his view that all design is a "rigorous beautification of our built environments," Karim uses unexpected shapes and colors and unusual materials to create objects and environments that are at the forefront of design innovation.


Ornamentation is a modus operandi for communication, for providing dimension, texture, pattern, depth and spirit. It is a way to liven up space, to create complementary conditions, to move the eye and break up surfaces, to bring illusion or entropy, to embellish and give richness to surfaces and materials and objects. Karim Rashid exploring computer graphics in the use of two- and three-dimensional decoration is the aim of this project by designer Karim Rashid.

China's Design Revolution (Design Thinking, Design Theory)

China is on the verge of a design revolution. A "third generation" of the People's Republic of China that came of age during China's "opening up" period of the 1980s now strives for fame, fortune, and self expression. This generation, workers in their thirties and forties, has more freedom to create—and to consume—than their parents or grandparents. In China's Design Revolution, Lorraine Justice maps the evolution of Chinese design and innovation.