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5 Design books you should read

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12:15 PM | 7 August 2014
by Adam Oldfield
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Looking to enter design or simply on the hunt for more reading material? We recommend you take a look at the following books that present the philosophies, stories and work behind product, user experience, web and typographic design. They will help improve your recognition, understanding and skills in design.

1. "Designing Design" by Kenya Hara

Noted as one of most influential and striking design books of all time, Designing Design presents how design can influence and improve the society we live in. The delicate and thoughtful design of the book features countless product designs from the author, Kenya Hara who currently resides as art director at Muji.

“Creativity is to discover a question that has never been asked. If one brings up an idiosyncratic question, the answer he gives will necessarily be unique as well.”

2. "The Elements of Typographic Style" by Robert Bringhurst

Exploration of typography is fundamental to everyones approach to design, The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhust, presents the history to typography, the technical aspects illustrations a plenty.

“Typography is the craft of endowing human language with a durable visual form."

3. "Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible" by Sophie Lovell

In tribute to one of the godfathers of design, As Little As Possible. Sophie Lovell follows Dieter Rams' career and his ten principles of good design, "Good design is unobtrusive, honest, durable… and is design is as little design as possible". Inside you will find some of his most legendary design work which on a daily basis you will have used in some form or another.

"Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful."

4. "Design Is a Job" by Mike Monteiro

Mike Monteiro leads the way for web designers. He’s an ambassador for self-promotion; you will learn how to get the most from your design work, how to sell, working with clients and managing your own design business as a freelancer or as part of an agency.

“You are responsible for the work that you put into the world.”

5. "Designing Interactions" by Bill Moggridge

This should by no means be the last on the list. If you are in anyway interested by the physical form and experience products give us this is an important read. Bill Moggridge is another legend within the design industry and was behind the first ever laptop soon after founding the design firm Ideo. If you buy the book there’s also a series of interviews with those featured including John Maeda (MIT Design) and Sergey Brin (Google), Bill Verplank (IDEO).

“Few people think about it or are aware of it. But there is nothing made by human beings that does not involve a design decision somewhere.”



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