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The best product design books give an incredible insight into how items from various industries are built. We have a number of product design books that will delight anyone with an interest in making things.

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Product Design Books

The best product design books give an incredible insight into how items from various industries are built. We have a number of product design books that will delight anyone with an interest in making things.

  • Design

    Paperback
    Design is everywhere. It shapes not only our present but also our future. An essential introductory guide, Design: The Key Concepts covers fundamental design concepts: thinking, service, context, interaction, experience, and systems. Each concept is situated within a broad context, enabling the reader to understand design's contemporary practice and its relationship to issues such as new technology, social and economic development, globalization, and sustainability. Concepts are also explained by use of concise, illustrated case studies of contemporary objects, spaces, systems, and methods such as Uber, the iPhone, Kickstarter and IKEA. Chapter summaries and supporting discussion questions make this an engaging and accessible introduction for students and those new to the field. An annotated bibliography provides direction for further reading.
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  • The Trust Manifesto

    Damian Bradfield

    Product Code: CAXPI
    Paperback
    If you could reinvent the internet now, what would it look like? 'A superb and timely book showing how we can face up to the tsunami of big data that threatens to engulf us all' Stephen Fry "Enlightening, provocative, and wonderfully thoughtful, this is an essential book for our times." Sir Ken Robinson, Educator, New York Times Bestselling Author From the moment Alexa wakes you up, you glance at your Apple watch, check social media, app-order your daily coffee and navigate your way to work, your data is being collected. In this new digital landscape unfurling around us, data is the new oil and you're the oil well. We're living in an extraordinary age: the age of trust. We trust the language of algorithms and the intentions of tech giants. The Trust Manifesto is for anyone how has started to question that trust; who worry where it might end, who fear 'The Black Mirror Effect'. It is for those who wonder what an alternative internet would look like, built on trust, that works for all of us.
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  • Wrapping It Up: 50 Years of British Packaging Design 1920-1970

    Ruth Artmonsky

    Product Code: BZOFQ
    Paperback
    Packaging is something of a hot topic at the moment, but in our eagerness to get rid of as much of it as possible we need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Wrapping It Up gives an account of the usefulness of packaging to all involved - manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and consumer - beyond its commercial value as a marketing and advertising tool. Homage is paid to the many graphic artists and designers - whether employed by manufacturer or retailer, by a design studio or an advertising agency - whose ingenuity was so successfully applied to the problem of how to protect goods in transit and in storage as well as having them attract attention. A visit to a super-market or a daily check in kitchen cupboards will never be quite the same.
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  • Rare Watches

    Paul Miquel

    Product Code: BZMYI
    Hardback
    Forewords by Jean-Claude Biver (CEO of Tag Heuer) and Aurel Bacs (Christie's and Phillips auctioneers). This breathtaking book explores more than 50 of the rarest watches in the world, including unique examples of which only a single model exists. From watches that have set new records in auction houses, to feats of modern technology and engineering, via iconic models worn by figures such as Elvis Presley and James Bond, this book appeals to professionals, collectors and amateurs alike. The photography in this book is published in collaboration with high-end auction houses and watch manufacturers, displaying some of the rarest, most expensive and sought-after watches in the world in incredible detail.
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  • Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design

    Bjarki Hallgrimsson

    Product Code: BZKVH
    Paperback
    Building prototypes and models is an essential component of any design activity. Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design illustrates how prototypes are used to help designers understand problems better, explore more imaginative solutions, investigate human interaction more fully and test functionality so as to de-risk the design process. Following an introduction on the purpose of prototyping, specific materials, tools and techniques are examined in detail, with step-by-step tutorials and industry examples of real and successful products illustrating how prototypes are used to help solve design problems. Workflow is also discussed, using a mixture of hands-on and digital tools. A comprehensive modern prototyping approach is crucial to making informed design decisions, and forms a strategic part of a successful designer's toolkit.
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  • Ceramics and the Museum

    Laura Breen

    Product Code: BZIBU
    Paperback
    Ceramics and the Museum interrogates the relationship between art-oriented ceramic practice and museum practice in Britain since 1970. Laura Breen examines the identity of ceramics as an art form, drawing on examples of work by artist-makers such as Edmund de Waal and Grayson Perry; addresses the impact of policy making on ceramic practice; traces the shift from object to project in ceramic practice and in the evolution of ceramic sculpture; explores how museums facilitated multisensory engagement with ceramic material and process, and analyses the exhibition as a text in itself. Proposing the notion that `gestures of showing,' such as exhibitions and installation art, can be read as statements, she examines what they tell us about the identity of ceramics at particular moments in time. Highlighting the ways in which these gestures have constructed ceramics as a category of artistic practice, Breen argues that they reveal gaps between narrative and practice, which in turn can be used to deconstruct the art.
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  • Jaguar

    Zef Enault

    Product Code: BZBVA
    Hardback
    Created in collaboration with the iconic car manufacturer, Jaguar: The Art of the Automobile is a celebration of Jaguar's most legendary models. Known for elegant design as much as for pushing the limits of speed, the brand has always been at the cutting edge of mechanics without sacrificing aesthetics. This official book dives into Jaguar's archives for stunning photography and detailed reports of its most memorable models - including many never-before-seen images - showcasing celebrated cars such as the E-Type, XK120, XJS and XKR-S.
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  • Doing 2019/2020

    Peter Zec

    Product Code: BYLIJ
    Hardback
    There are lots of ways to be active - and for each of those ways, there are design products to enhance your experience that little bit more. Doing 2019/2020 compiles the best design innovations and new design developments from the area of activity. In these roughly 400 pages, you can find award-winning products for your garden, leisure, sport and play, but also for children and babies. In addition the book will introduce you to fashion and lifestyle products with design value. The Doing 2018/2019 manual provides all those interested in design with a fascinating overview of current products and future innovations. As a result, this book is not only compulsory reading for designers, design students, marketing experts and product managers, but also an unparalleled pleasure for design enthusiasts. Text in English and German.
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  • Working 2019/2020

    Peter Zec

    Product Code: BYLHU
    Hardback
    Working 2019/2020 is the new design yearbook for connoisseurs and people who love the beautiful and good things in life. Around 500 pages of inspiring images and informative texts will guide you through the areas such as offices, heating and air conditioning, industry and crafts, life science and medicine, as well as computers and information technology.The yearbook also introduces you to the design team of the year as well as interesting features on the individual designers and jury members. Working 2019/2020 shows in an incomparably appealing manner how good design can impact on lifestyle. This makes it an inspiration for design professionals and students, but also for heads of purchasing, marketing strategists and anyone who is enthusiastic about ground-breaking product design and a special lifestyle. Text in English and German.
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  • Living 2019/2020

    Peter Zec

    Product Code: BYLHR
    Hardback
    Nowadays, your home is one of the most important places to retreat to, making it all the more important that you feel unconditionally at ease there. Luckily, well-conceived design can transform any space into a temple of well-being, regardless of its size. Whether it's DIY designs for tight living spaces, environmentally friendly design products for a responsible life, or tasteful solutions for public spaces: Living 2019/2020 will show you the most worthy international product designs in the areas of living rooms and bedrooms, household and kitchens, tableware and cooking utensils, lighting and lamps as well as interior design, urban design and public spaces. Text in English and German.
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  • Enjoying 2019/2020

    Peter Zec

    Product Code: BYLHQ
    Hardback
    The products that have won the Red Dot earn themselves a place in the Enjoying 2019/2020 yearbook. Together, they present a varied picture of the field of leisure and relaxation. The innovation and design quality of the products presented here help to make work safer, more comfortable and more pleasant, showing new ways to harness the innovation potential of modern technology. In addition to the areas of bathrooms and spas, vehicles, consumer electronics and cameras, as well as communication, the yearbook also includes the design team of the year besides in-depth features on the designers and jury members. For design professionals and lovers of design - Enjoying 2019/2020 is not only an enrichment for designers and design students, it also gives product managers, heads of purchasing or marketing strategists an overview of culturally relevant product design, providing those interested in design with an insight into an exciting and vibrant industry. Text in English and German.
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  • Red Dot Design Yearbook 2019/2020

    Peter Zec

    Product Code: BYLHP
    Other
    Red Dot Design Yearbook 2019/2020 set (Living + Doing + Working + Enjoying) marries the areas of life and living, activity and lifestyle, and work and technology, as well as leisure and relaxation. Anyone with an interest in design will want to invest. Year after year, Red Dot provides a vibrant picture of the design industry and its current developments, broken down into different thematic categories. The winning products showcase model developments, potentials, and trends in current product design that will whisk you away into a fascinating world full of beauty and functionality. A must-buy for design professionals, design universities and design students, this book is also aimed at product managers, marketing experts and heads of purchasing, as well as being a sought-after collector's item for design enthusiasts all over the world. Text in English and German. Find out more at the Red Dot Edition website: www.red-dot-edition.com.
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  • Futurekind

    Robert Phillips

    Product Code: BXJCK
    Hardback
    We have grown accustomed to two beliefs: the first, that only experts can be designers; the second, that our everyday activities are harming the natural world. Yet, with new platforms, digital communication and engaged online communities, the products we can now design - and truly need - can be made by anyone for social and environmental good. Social design can see that primary school children learn to code, and uses local information in off-grid locations to create global change. Open-source design is enabling us to re-make our world right now. Structured into eight areas of application, from healthcare to education, this book showcases over sixty projects - not the kind you see in glossy magazines or online, but the ones that have made a genuine difference to communities and lives around the world. Rather than being client-driven, as commercial design often is, each project here is the result of designers who reach out, communities who get involved and the technologies that helping people to realize ideas together. From a playground-powered water pump in South Africa to a DIY budget cellphone, each of these groundbreaking projects is presented through fascinating and life-affirming stories, diagrams that reveal the mechanisms and motivations behind each design approach, and photography that celebrates the humanity of the endeavour.
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  • Creative Booth Design 2

    Alpha Planning Inc.

    Product Code: BWUTN
    Hardback
    "Creative Book Design 2" showcases some of the most imaginative exhibition booth designs from around Japan. The authors visited many exhibitions and trade shows throughout the last year, and selected the very best designs to be included in this book. Fully illustrated in colour throughout, this book documents more than seventy booths including those to display musical instruments, office security products, stationery, construction materials, electrical equipment, and cars. It presents a strong, diverse selection of ideas for booth and display design.
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  • Toaster Project

    Thomas Thwaites

    Product Code: BWTFP
    Paperback
    Where do our things really come from? China is the most common answer, but Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to know more. In The Toaster Project, Thwaites asks what lies behind the smooth buttons on a mobile phone or the cushioned soles of running sneakers. What is involved in extracting and processing materials? To answer these questions, Thwaites set out to construct, from scratch, one of the most commonplace appliances in our kitchens today: a toaster. The Toaster Project takes thereader on Thwaites's journey from dismantling the cheapest toaster he can find in London to researching how to smelt metal in a fifteenth-century treatise. His incisive restrictions all parts of the toaster must be made from scratch and Thwaites had to make the toaster himself made his task difficult, but not impossible. It took nine months and cost 250 times more than the toaster he bought at the store. In the end, Thwaites reveals the true ingredients in the products we use every day. Most interesting is not the final creation but the lesson learned. The Toaster Project helps us reflect on the costs and perils of our cheap consumer culture and the ridiculousness of churning out millions of toasters and other products at the expense of the environment. If products were designed more efficiently, with fewer parts that are easier to recycle, we would end up with objects that last longer and we would generate less waste altogether. Foreword by David Crowley, head of critical writing at the Royal College of Art and curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum. "Easily my favorite book this year, The Toaster Project should be required reading for artists, designers, consumers and anyone who has ever bought or thrown away a toaster. Thomas Thwaites, a graduate student at London's Royal College of Art, sets out to build a toaster from scratch -- not just an object that toasts bread, but one that aesthetically and mechanically replicates the ubiquitous $6 drugstore toaster.... Thwaites is a laugh-out-loud-funny but thoughtful guide through his own adventures, touching provocatively on ideas as far-ranging as medieval metallurgy, sustainability, mass production, and our 'throwaway' consumer culture. You'll buy it as a gift for the title and the concept, but you'll end up keeping it for yourself once you crack the cover -- so take my advice and buy two." -- NPR.org.
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  • Tamschick Media+Space

    Avedtion

    Product Code: BVTKY
    Paperback
    Two decades of experimental multimedia scenography: illustrated by 30 international award-winning projects, the successful Berlinbased studio Tamschick Media+Space provides an insight into the art of converting contents and objects into a three-dimensional, accessible, holistic experience of space by means of multimedia projections and of creating a lasting dramaturgical experience. Elaborate development processes are presented by means of comprehensive series of images and drafts: for example for Treasure Mainshow (Expo Shanghai), The Ting (Oslo), Time Machine (Wuxi), Kingdom of the Shadows (Trier) and Experience Frontiers (Biel). Well-known international authors from the fields of scenography, architecture, museum and brands share their experience in guest contributions.
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  • Takeaway Food Packaging Now

    Yvett Arzate Gomez

    Product Code: BVPVI
    Hardback
    As our lives speed up, our relationship with food changes. Choice of meal depends on convenience, quality, and presentation - this book focusses on the latter. With every passing year, the strength of takeaway food packaging design becomes stronger, particularly with the increased popularity and ease of ordering food online as well as eating on the go. As a branch of graphic design, the essence of this packaging is to grab the potential customer's attention and identify a brand. Packaging design can make a big difference in the sales of a product, since it not only works to inform the consumer, but also provoke a feeling or reaction, communicate emotion, and even respond to any given desire. Good packaging is attractive and can impress people with its creativity and it is a way for the customer to express their identity. It offers a fabulous opportunity for companies to communicate with consumers and it is a powerful marketing tool that can make brands instantly recognisable around the world. This comprehensive full-colour guide explores current global trends in takeaway food packaging design driven by a broad range of high calibre designers, including big global players and fast-food giants, and boutique brands. This book provides useful detail on a wide assortment of materials used, recyclability and sustainability, and functionality; all essential components in regard to overall customer appeal. No other advertising medium is as close to the consumer as takeaway food packaging is - it is literally in their hands. AUTHOR: Yvett Arzate Gomez was born on July 29, 1984 in Guerrero, Mexico. She studied graphic design at the University of Monterrey (UDEM) where she graduated with multiple honours. She started working as a freelance designer for independent brands, until she decided to create her own business. At Nomada Design Studio, she continues to develop projects for independent, transnational, and renowned brands. She is experienced in designing packaging for food, including takeaways and even frozen food. Publishing credits include blog articles and several books. SELLING POINTS: * Focuses on a rapidly growing market * Contains beautiful packaging patterns and advertising concepts, all illustrated in colour * Both aesthetically pleasing for the casual reader, and useful as a reference for designers and students 300 colour illustrations
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  • Gino Sarfatti

    Marco Romanelli

    Product Code: BVAMJ
    Hardback
    This catalogue raisonne is dedicated to Gino Sarfatti (1912-1984), considered to be the first great Italian lighting designer. He abandoned his studies in aeronautical engineering and went on to found the internationally renowned interior design firm Arteluce. In his thirty-year career, Gino Sarfatti designed and produced over 600 lighting fixtures - from the globular and mobile to the mushroomed, coiled and woven - continuously exploring innovative new ways of manufacturing and shaping the bulbs, cords and stands that light our interior worlds, even making pioneering use of halogen bulbs in fixtures as early as 1971. He was awarded many prizes, including the 'Compasso d'Oro' in 1954. This publication amply illuminates his many achievements with more than 1000 images and products. Technical sheets give detailed information on every model; a biography completes the book. Text in English and Italian.
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  • Gadgets, Games and Gizmos

    Jean-Marie Donat

    Product Code: BUXJI
    Hardback
    Discover the designs behind some of the most amazing inventions ever imagined. This book contains original drawings submitted to the patent office for such indispensable items as the paperclip, the ballpoint pen and the umbrella, as well as technological marvels like the space suit, the floppy disk and the Polaroid camera - and not forgetting fun and frivolous things like the Barbie doll, the skateboard and the Game Boy. Expand your knowledge and inspire your inner inventor with this fully illustrated guide to the everyday gadgets, games and gizmos that changed the world!
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  • Britain Can Make it

    Diane Bilbey

    Product Code: BUONH
    Paperback
    This publication will be a highly visual celebration of the massively popular, but now largely forgotten, Britain Can Make It exhibition. Organised by the Council of Industrial Design, it was held in empty ground-floor galleries of the Victoria & Albert Museum, from September to December 1946. A ground-breaking, morale boosting exhibition, it showcased British design and manufacturing. Despite its short run, it boasted an incredible 1.5 million visitors, and remains one of the most visited exhibitions ever held at the V&A. Long before the end of the Second World War hostilities, the government's Post War Export Trade Committee recognised the importance of promoting the country's manufacturing capabilities. Plans for an exhibition of `National Importance' were set in place in October 1942, for an event that would illuminate the gloom of austerity, educate the public in the value of good design, and most importantly, boost much needed foreign trade. Britain's need to promote, manufacturer and export its goods was urgent. The job of organising the exhibition was given to the Council of Industrial Design on behalf of the government's Board of Trade. From its early planning stages, there was a desire to create an exhibition that was full of colour, light and airy, and far removed from the browns and greens of the inter-war years. The exhibition was also intended to work as a public morale boosting exercise and it did, attracting visitors from around the country. Mile-long queues constantly formed outside the V&A. Interviewed in 1984, James Gardner, the designer of the exhibition, commented on the motivation for the exhibition: `We'd got to get British manufacturers to produce well-designed goods quickly and to cheer the British public up. They were so depressed. Give them something to look forward to. You know, this was the dream of the future, if you like'. BCMI was not a trade show. Manufacturers had to put forward their products and only those deemed the best examples were chosen by specialist committees. An accompanying catalogue detailing the manufacturers of products (and significantly, wherever possible the names of the designers of each product), could be bought by visitors from one of the bookstalls dotted around the exhibition. The catalogue explained when goods would be available for the home and trade markets: `Now', `Soon' or `Later'. Most often they were `Later' for the home market which led to negative comments in the press, such as: `Britain Can't Have It', `Britons can't buy it', and `Britain Can't Get It'. Products representing key consumer groups, including clothing, leisure, and domestic products were displayed. These were diverse, from pottery and glass, to radios, women's and men's wear, furniture, fabrics, toys, jewellery, boilers, taps, and sporting equipment. The Furnished Rooms section were room sets that sought to show how a range of people from different professional groups might live. By taking its structure loosely from the exhibition itself and from the accompanying Design '46 catalogue, Britain Can Make It will take the reader through an eclectic range of subject areas and consumer products. The book begins with a discussion of the political climate and economic motivations that led to this exhibition of `National Importance' taking place, and an overview of the contemporary social context. Additional essays will cover specific aspects of the exhibition itself, including the surrealist design of the exhibition, the art and artists involved, the naming, and the `Design Quiz'. Most chapters will be in the form of short illustrated essays.
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  • nendo

    Nendo

    Product Code: BUMYL
    Hardback
    The ultimate monograph on one of the world's most creative, prolific, and legendary multidisciplinary design studios nendo's extensive, idiosyncratic body of work flows seamlessly across disciplines, and is executed in every medium imaginable - from paper clips to watches, shoes, chocolates, glassware, and furniture, all the way up to store interiors and freestanding architecture. Featuring more than 1,000 images that trace the studio's evolution and prolific output over a 15-year period, this visually rich and fascinating survey offers exclusive insight into the playful, simple, enigmatic, but always expectation-confounding designs from one of the industry's biggest names.
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  • Bertoia

    Beverly H. Twitchell

    Product Code: BUMXT
    Hardback
    A celebration of the rich and varied work of Italian-born American artist, designer, and master of metal, Harry Bertoia From chapel altarpieces and bronze fountains, to wire chairs and silver brooches, Harry Bertoia's creative output was varied in the extreme. This new book explores his entire career: his move from Italy to Detroit at 15; his formative years at Cranbrook; his work with Charles Eames and Knoll; through to his fascinating sound sculptures. In doing so, the book demonstrates how seemingly disparate works are in fact united in being reflections of nature, and places Bertoia's art squarely at the heart of American modernism.
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  • Making It, Third edition

    Chris Lefteri

    Product Code: BUKQL
    Paperback
    A product can be manufactured in many ways, but most designers know a handful of techniques only. With specially commissioned diagrams, case studies and photographs of the manufacturing process, Making It uses contemporary design as a vehicle to describe over 120 production processes. Each process is also evaluated in terms of sustainability and its effects on the environment. Making It appeals to product, interior, furniture and graphic designers who need access to a range of production methods, as well as to all students of design. The expanded edition includes six new processes and a new section on joining.
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  • 100 Ideas that Changed Design

    Peter Fiell

    Product Code: BTWUA
    Paperback
    This inspiring book chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped industrial and product design. Written by two experts on modern design, it provides both a concise history of the subject, and offers a fascinating resource to dip into for the general reader. From the origins or modern design in the craft movements of the 19th and early 20th century and the changes brought about by mass production, the book traces the most important ideas in design through the modern movement and post-war consumer society to more recent ideas such as Open-Source Design and Biomimicry. Arranged in a broadly chronological order, the ideas are presented through fascinating text and arresting visuals, 100 Ideas that Changed Design explores when each idea first evolved and the subsequent impact it has had up to the present day.
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