Books for Creatives

  1. Shaun Leane

    Shaun Leane

    Celebrated worldwide for his modern romantic jewels that push the boundaries of contemporary design, Shaun Leane has been responsible for creating a new genre of jewelry; precious, poetic, with a sense of eternity, yet relevant to today's world. Illustrated with a breath-taking combination of high fashion shots and detailed close-ups of the pieces themselves. Captured by photographers Nick Knight, Robert Fairer and Chris Moore, along with a dedicated photo essay of unseen backstage images recorded by Leane's close friend Ann Ray.

    Category Jewelry Design Books

  2. Detroit Style - Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020

    Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020

    Detroit, nicknamed Motor City, has always been a leader in car design. This book highlights the artistry and influence of Detroit designers working in the industry between 1950 and the present day, giving readers a sumptuously illustrated opportunity to discover the ingenuity of influential figures in postwar American car design. It showcases 12 coupes and sedans, representing both experimental cars created solely for display and iconic production models for the mass market. Dozens of design drawings and images of studio interiors - along with paintings and sculptures - highlight the creative process and dialogue between the American art world and car culture.

    Category Transportation Design Books

  3. Up and Running with AutoCAD 2021

    Up and Running with AutoCAD 2021

    'Up and Running with AutoCAD 2021: 2D and 3D Drawing, Design and Modeling' presents a combination of step-by-step instruction, examples and insightful explanations. The book emphasizes core concepts and practical application of AutoCAD in engineering, architecture and design.

    Category 3D Design Books

  4. Seymour Chwast - Inspiration and Process in Design

    Seymour Chwast: Inspiration and Process in Design

    Seymour Chwast is an American graphic designer known for his diverse body of work and lasting influence on visual culture. He has authored more than thirty children's books, four graphic novels, and several typefaces. In 1954, he co-founded Push Pin Studios (changed to The Pushpin Group in 1985), whose revolutionary work altered the course of contemporary graphic communication in the 1950s and 60s and continues to inspire the field of design worldwide. Chwast's work as a humorist is plainly felt in this biting collection of illustrative work. Sketches from his vast portfolio of unpublished children's books and his cartoon work, such as Karma for Kats and 1001 Beards, are accompanied by interviews by Steven Heller, which explore Chwast's motivations and process.

    Category Graphic Design Books

  5. Advanced Typography - From Knowledge to Mastery

    Advanced Typography: From Knowledge to Mastery

    In Advanced Typography, expert practitioner and instructor Richard Hunt goes beyond the basics to take your understanding and usage to the next level. Taking a practical approach, the book combines visual, linguistic, historical and psychological systems with the broad range of applications and audiences of type today. From the challenges of designing across media and cultures, to type as information and craft, Hunt marries theoretical context with applied examples so you feel confident in improving your skills as an advanced typographer.

    Category Typography Books

  6. House of Print

    House of Print

    'House of Print: A Modern Block Printer's Journey Through Color, Texture, and Pattern' is a modern, stylish, and practical exploration of the traditional craft of block printing - from exciting and up-and-coming artisan printmaker Molly Mahon. From the initial design process through to the carving of the block, mixing of the color, and the actual printing process, self-taught textile designer Molly Mahon has always found printing to be meditative. This book enables readers to explore this ancient craft through Molly's contemporary designs and the influences that inspire her use of pattern and color, before teaching the practical skills and potential ways to transform prints into beautiful homeware.

    Category Textile Design Books

  7. Materialising Colour

    Materialising Colour

    Materialising Colour is a coffee table book that dives into the work and methodologies of master colorist Giulio Ridolfo, the man behind the success of many of Kvadrat's beloved contemporary fabric collections and color palettes.

    Category Design Books

  8. Vogue - The Jewellery

    Vogue: The Jewellery

    From couture to costume jewelry, the brilliant pieces featured on the pages of British Vogue for almost a century have encapsulated the fashion zeitgeist of each new age for which they were created. Adorning princesses and rock chicks alike, the jewels shown here reveal a dazzling array of styles and moods - from fairy-tale romance to Jazz-age glamour, sculptural modernism to timeless elegance. On every page, sumptuous jewelry is the star of the show, nourishing dreams in us all. In Vogue: The Jewellery, Vogue's jewelry editor Carol Woolton has curated a collection of more than 300 fabulous images and grouped them into five thematic chapters: Show-stoppers, Rock Chick, Minimalist, Exotic and Classical.

    Category Jewelry Design Books

  9. The New Farm - Contemporary Rural Architecture

    The New Farm: Contemporary Rural Architecture

    Recent generations of farmers have reinvented the family farm and its traditions, embracing organic practices and sustainability and, along with them, a bold new use of modern architecture. The New Farm profiles sixteen contemporary farms around the globe, accompanied by plans and colorful images that highlight the connections among family, food, design, terrain, and heritage.

    Category Architecture Books

  10. About Time - Fashion and Duration

    About Time: Fashion and Duration

    About Time: Fashion and Duration traces the evolution of fashion, from 1870 to the present, through a linear timeline of iconic garments, each paired with an alternate design that jumps forward or backward in time. These unexpected pairings, which relate to one another through shape, motif, material, pattern, technique, or decoration, create a disruptive fashion chronology that conflates notions of past, present, and future.

    Category Fashion Books

  11. Creative Pottery

    Creative Pottery

    Creative Pottery begins with a quick review of where you are in your own journey as a potter. If you need to brush up on the basics, help setting goals, or pointers on how to translate your inspiration into your work, you've come to the right place. The rest of the book is a self-guided journey in which you can choose the techniques and projects that interest you.

    Category Ceramic Design Books

  12. Cool is Everywhere - New and Adaptive Design Across America

    Cool is Everywhere: New and Adaptive Design Across America

    Cool Is Everywhere is a photographic survey of the adaptive reuse design movement in America's coolest cities. Michel Arnaud has been studying the spread of urban life into smaller towns for years now, looking at how today's architects are blending the past with the present in exciting ways. This book highlights remarkable designs that have transformed ordinary buildings into works of art. From North Adams, Massachusetts, to Oakland, California, join Michel as he explores the skyscrapers and quaint neighborhoods that led him to believe that cool is, in fact, everywhere.

    Category Architecture Books

  13. Creative Garden Design - Patterns

    Creative Garden Design: Patterns

    Creative Garden Design: Patterns is a unique and practical reference for creating mood, proportion and scale in the garden. This book features 500+ photographs revealing the hidden patterns in plants, gardens and the wider landscape to inspire plans for gardens of all sizes and illustrate how to appreciate the styles of design in larger gardens andparks.

    Category Landscape Design Books

  14. Private Gardens of Santa Barbara

    Private Gardens of Santa Barbara

    Private Gardens of Santa Barbara is an invitation into eighteen distinctive private, and beautiful gardens; large estates, modest homes, and surf retreats run the gamut from sublime and naturalistic to bold and urban. What they have in common, however, is what makes them truly inspiring. Showcased through 190 stunning images in more than 250 pages in this elegant coffee table book format, each beautiful landscape represents a widely varied garden style developed in response to the unique character of each site, the architecture, and the larger environment; and adapted to the lifestyle, personality, and practical needs of the individuals and families who live there.

    Category Landscape Design Books

  15. Bold British Design

    Bold British Design

    Bold British Design sees the tastemakers at the epicenter of British interior design share their exclusive advice and inspiration for achieving a bold interior, inspiring you to create your own original, fearless home environment. Designers the world over are increasingly looking to British designers to combine heritage and history with wit and attitude. Interiors Editor Emilio Pimentel-Reid and photographer Sarah Hogan have gained exclusive access to the studios, homes, mood boards and archives of twenty top British creatives. With the interiors creating a visual conversation through the rooms of the houses, the authors reveal the history, craftsmanship, key elements, and inspiration necessary for creating a modern, personal, and stylish interior.

    Category Interior Design Books

  16. Splendor of Marble

    Splendor of Marble

    Splendor of Marble is the first book to examine the many ways this beautiful stone can be incorporated into a home environment, describing the unique nature of marble and the leading role it plays in the best of interior design today. Featured are rooms showcasing marble by many of the world's most prominent decorators, including Kelly Wearstler, Vincente Wolf, Juan Pablo Molyneux, Bjarke Ingels, Ryan Korban, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Robert Kime, the Haas Brothers, and Joseph Dirand, among many others.

    Category Interior Design Books

  17. Chanel - Her Life

    Chanel: Her Life

    Chanel: Her Life explores every facet of Chanel's universe: her fascinating private life as well as the famous icons of her fashion empire: the tweed jacket, the little black dress, N° 5 perfume, the pearls, the camellia. The result is a comprehensive biography that reveals Chanel's style to be the outcome of rigorous elegance, resolute self-belief and a determinedly unconventional stance. The book, designed and with drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, and with a new foreword by Picardie celebrating Lagerfeld's extraordinary time at the House of Chanel, is the definitive biography of the tantalizingly elusive Coco Chanel.

    Category Fashion Books

  18. Culture Sensitive Design - A Guide to Culture in Practice

    Culture Sensitive Design: A Guide to Culture in Practice

    Societies worldwide are increasingly interconnected through trade, migration, education, and digitization. This has resulted in a profound new complexity of cultural groups. Consequently, designers are confronted with the challenge of gaining a clear understanding of this cultural diversity. Culture Sensitive Design provides an overview of theory as well as practical models and methods, aimed to motivate and inspire design students, practitioners, and educators to get in touch with different cultural values, customs, and symbols. It is in order to avoid mistakes that may be obstructive for certain groups of people; to enable cross-cultural cooperation; to learn more about the diverse and complex layers of culture that define who we are, how we think, how we imagine, and how we create; and to open up the design space, thereby creating a tremendous source of new ideas.

    Category Design Books

  19. Inspired by Method - Creative Tools for the Design Process

    Inspired by Method: Creative Tools for the Design Process

    Inspired by Method is both a guide to and a source of inspiration. Designing involves individuality and a systematic approach, which we may apply consciously or subconsciously, depending on the project. The 5D-method for inspiration, created by Alexandra Martini, is an incisive little tool that you can use in any design process. It takes away the fear of starting a new project. This method uses the following five dimensions: Formal-Aesthetic Dimension, Haptic Dimension, Production Dimension, Cultural Dimension and Interactive Dimension. It will help you analyze, experiment with and realize your ideas.

    Category Design Books

  20. Creative Content Kit - A Method to Ideate and Create Content Strategy

    Creative Content Kit: A Method to Ideate and Create Content Strategy

    Creative Content Kit is a toolkit with a four-step process for creating a content strategy. Each stage contains a set of cards with methods, content types, platforms and tools. The deck of 65 cards is made for content professionals and non-specialist to ideate, test and solve content problems. It provides a helpful visual structure to ease communication in planning alone, with your team and clients.

    Category Design Books

  21. McClean Design - Creating the Contemporary House

    McClean Design: Creating the Contemporary House

    In his new book, McClean Design: Creating the Contemporary House, the Irish-born architect takes us behind the scenes of twenty-one of his ultra-modern homes completed in the past fifteen years. The reader is granted access to McClean's vision for each project, from design strategies to sketches. McClean's stunningly luxurious homes grace every page of this 240-page book, allowing readers to be swept into a world of not only sleek contemporary architecture, but also of lavish features such as champagne vaults, wine cellars, cigar rooms and movie theaters.

    Category Architecture Books

  22. The Pocket Complete Color Harmony

    The Pocket Complete Color Harmony

    This pocket-size version of The Complete Color Harmony features the color explorations, insights, and palettes included in the original version in a handy, take-along size. Get an introduction to using the color wheel and discover the key aspects of color, such as warm, cool, pale, and bright. Then, delve into moods and color and see how a wide variety of palettes can come across as earthy, powerful, regal, calm, dependable, and more.

    Category Design Books

  23. The adidas Archive

    The adidas Archive

    100 years ago the brothers Adolf ('Adi') and Rudolf Dassler made their first pair of sports shoes. Hundreds of groundbreaking designs, epic moments, and star-studded collabs later, this book presents the first visual review of the adidas shoe through more than 350 models including never-before-seen prototypes and one-of-a-kind originals. To further develop and tailor his products to athletes' specific needs, Dassler asked them to return their worn footwear when no longer needed, with all the shoes eventually ending up in his attic. This collection now makes up the 'adidas archive,' one of the largest, if not the largest archive of any sports goods manufacturer in the world - which photographers Christian Habermeier and Sebastian J?ger have been visually documenting in extreme detail for years.

    Category Fashion Books

  24. Furniture in Architecture - The Work of Luke Hughes

    Furniture in Architecture: The Work of Luke Hughes

    Luke Hughes & Company's enduring and meticulously engineered furniture, an eloquent response both to architecture and the true Arts and Crafts spirit, has been placed at the forefront of the 'craft-led renaissance in British manufacturing.' Flexible in use, commercially viable, and environmentally sustainable, their work furnishes many of the world's most distinguished buildings. Through an introduction to the studio and twenty-five case studies, Furniture in Architecture explores the company's place in the Arts and Crafts tradition and examines the philosophy and work of founder Luke Hughes. Author Aidan Walker sheds light on how the studio balances modern manufacturing technologies with abiding craft values, rendering the small furniture workshop a relevant and profitable proposition even when fulfilling large-scale commissions.

    Category Furniture Design Books

  25. Beyond the West - New Global Architecture

    Beyond the West: New Global Architecture

    Beyond The West inspires a fresh understanding of global contemporary architecture beyond the Western Countries. Architects throughout the world work against a backdrop of rapidly growing cities, changing societies and climate, and emerging economies. But while Western architecture has largely dominated the discourse, architecture firms from non-Western countries have been establishing local and global -recognition for themselves, often finding strikingly different solutions to local requirements, including sustainability, transportation and migration, construction materials, and traditions. Beyond The West journeys across Asia, Africa, and the Americas to understand how local architects respond to a changing world, and focuses its wide lens on inspiring and truly global architecture.

    Category Architecture Books

  26. How Design Makes the World

    How Design Makes the World

    In How Design Makes The World, bestselling author and designer Scott Berkun reveals how designers, from software engineers to city planners, have succeeded and failed us. From the airplane armrest to the Facebook 'like' button, and everything in between, Berkun shows how design helps or hinders everyone, and offers a new way to think about the world around you.

    Category Design Books

  27. Magnitude - Cartier High Jewelry

    Magnitude: Cartier High Jewelry

    The rare and audacious association of precious and fine gemstones - like amazonite enhanced with diamonds or rubies, or an opal matrix paired with sapphires - creates striking combinations that form the foundation for a novel approach in high jewelry. This passion for the infinite diversity of stones and singular materials has been fundamental at Cartier since the house's inception. Such amalgamations generate an unexpected dialogue between contrasting elements - the rough with the ornamental, mineral with landscaped, bold colors with changing nuances, earth with cosmos. This exquisitely crafted volume - featuring elaborate production characteristics including multiple paper stocks, Swiss binding, an insert, and illustrations from the ateliers - celebrates the pioneering spirit of Cartier, its creativity, and the surprising beauty of the stones.

    Category Jewelry Design Books

  28. Interior Design Since 1900

    Interior Design Since 1900

    Newly updated and overflowing with color, this well-established history of interior design describes and illustrates each movement and change in taste throughout the twentieth century. Featuring more than two hundred color illustrations of interiors from around the world, this book reveals the fundamental changes in style that occurred throughout the century. The 1900s saw the emergence of professional designers and a growing appetite to redesign homes to keep up with popular fashion. In recent decades, the focus has shifted toward public spaces and sustainable design. In this survey, Anne Massey explores the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of these developments.

    Category Interior Design Books

  29. Principles of Game Audio and Sound Design

    Principles of Game Audio and Sound Design

    Principles of Game Audio and Sound Design is a comprehensive introduction to the art of sound for games and interactive media using Unity. This accessible guide encompasses both the conceptual challenges of the artform as well as the technical and creative aspects, such as sound design, spatial audio, scripting, implementation and mixing.

    Category Game Design Books

  30. Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm

    Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm

    Designing a World Class Architecture Firm: The People, Stories and Strategies Behind HOK tells the history of one of the largest design firms in the world and draws lessons from it that can help other architects, interior designers, urban planners and creative services professionals grow bigger or better. Former HOK CEO Patrick MacLeamy shares the revolutionary strategies HOK's founders deployed to create a brand-new type of architecture firm. He pulls no punches, revealing the triple crisis that almost bankrupted HOK and describes how any firm can survive and thrive.

    Category Architecture Books

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