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Giovanni Pintori. The Stark Tension between Flair and Discretion.

by Massimiliano Musina

Giovanni Pintori (Tresnuraghes 1912–Milan 1999) was one of the best-known, widely admired and respected Italian designers worldwide. The winner of sought-after international awards, he designed impressive...


Visual Merchandising: Mirror and soul of a point of sale

by Gianfranco Giacoma-caire

Visual Merchandising is a technical manual that has more than 400 photos and 100 drawings. It speaks about the aesthetic aspects to set a window shop and the internal visual in a store. Analyse the psychological...


Redisplaying Museum Collections: Contemporary Display and Interpretation in British Museums

by Hannah Paddon

This is the first book to examine, in depth, the multi-million pound redisplay and reinterpretation process in British museums in the early twenty-first century. Acknowledging the importance of the Heritage...


Design Cult

by Steven Heller

Renowned designer, author, critic, co-chair of SVA’s MFA program in design and National Design Award recipient Steven Heller reaches into the most contemplative recesses of his mind to offer an entertaining...


Thoughts on Design

by Michael Bierut & Paul Rand

One of the seminal texts of graphic design, Paul Rand's Thoughts on Design is now available for the first time since the 1970s. Writing at the height of his career, Rand articulated in his slender volume the...


Looking Closer 4: Critical Writings on Graphic Design

by Michael Bierut, William Drenttel & Steven Heller

The most stimulating installment yet in the acclaimed Looking Closer series! This enthralling collection of essays assembles some of the most intriguing critical commentary published in professional and general...


Winckelmann's Images from the Ancient World: Greek, Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian

by Johann Joachim Winckelmann & Stanley Appelbaum

Assembled by the father of modern art history, this landmark 1767 publication features more than 200 fine engravings. Its fascinating panorama of images from classical civilizations includes informative text...


Architecture as a Performing Art

by Marcia Feuerstein & Gray Read

How do buildings act with people and among people in the performances of life? This collection of essays reveals a deep alliance between architecture and the performing arts, uncovering its roots in ancient...


Design History: A Students' Handbook

by Dr Hazel Conway & Hazel Conway

Hazel Conway introduces the student new to the subject to different areas of design history and shows some of the ways in which it can be studied and some of its delights and difficulties. No background knowledge...


The Ice Palace That Melted Away: Restoring Civility and Other Lost Virtues to Everyday Life

by Bill Stumpf

With The Ice Palace That Melted Away, Bill Stumpf, the designer of the first ergonomic chair, addresses the symbiotic relationship between design and the way we live, the often deadening effect of technology,...


Designs on Democracy: Architecture and Design in Scotland Post Devolution

by Stuart MacDonald

Disasters, pandemics, the War on Terrorism? Whatever your memories of the Noughties, this was also a Scottish decade. Design, politics and identity came together.


Sustaining Cultural Development: Unified Systems and New Governance in Cultural Life

by Biljana Mickov & James Doyle

In Sustaining Cultural Development, Biljana Mickov and James Doyle argue that effective programmes to promote greater participation in cultural life require substantial investment in research and strategic planning....


Art Deco

by Eric Knowles

Although usually associated with the 1920s and the '30s, in fact the Art Deco style had begun to emerge in France prior to the advent of the First World War. But it was during the interwar years that the style,...


Analyzing Design Review Conversations

by Robin S. Adams & Patrice Buzzanell

Design is ubiquitous. Speaking across disciplines, it is a way of thinking that involves dealing with complex, open-ended, and contextualized problems that embody the ambiguities and contradictions in everyday...


Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization

by Kjetil Fallan & Grace Lees-Maffei

From consumer products to architecture to advertising to digital technology, design is an undeniably global phenomenon. Yet despite their professed transnational perspective, historical studies of design have...


Picture This: How Pictures Work

by Molly Bang

Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. Bang's powerful ideas—about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions,...


The Illustrated Letters of Richard Doyle to His Father, 1842-1843

by Richard Doyle & Grant F. Scott

Before he joined the staff of Punch and designed its iconic front cover, illustrator Richard "Dicky" Doyle was a young man whose father (political caricaturist John Doyle) charged him with sending a weekly letter,...


Turn Signals are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles

by Don Norman

By the author of THE DESIGN OF EVERYDAY THINGS.

For decades, Don Norman has spoken the language of gadgets, explaining how the things we see every day are made and made better. In this smart, sharp, fun exploration...


Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine

by Don Norman

By the author of THE DESIGN OF EVERYDAY THINGS.

Insightful and whimsical, profoundly intelligent and easily accessible, Don Norman has been exploring the design of our world for decades, exploring this complex...


The World as Design

by Otl Aicher

Otl Aicher's writings are explorations of the world, a substantive part of his work. In moving through the history of thought and design, building and construction, he assures us of the possibilities of arranging...