Books

Book review: Design Thinking by Robert A. Curedale

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This book is the most extensive reference available to Design Thinking. Design Thinking is an approach to designing products, services, architecture, spaces and experiences that is being quickly adopted by designers, architects and some of the world’s leading brands such as GE, Target, SAP, Procter and Gamble, IDEO and Intuit. It is being taught at leading universities including Stanford and Harvard. Design Thinking creates practical and
innovative solutions to problems. It drives repeatable innovation and business value.
Design Thinking can be used to develop a wide range of products, services, experiences and strategy. It is an approach that can be applied by anyone.

Book review: Area by Anthon Beeke

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I have long regarded this as my ‘design bible’, and that’s not just because of it’s size. Area 2 has been released as well, but could not let this one go unmentioned.

This image-filled book presents the work of 100 of the world’s most innovative emerging graphic designers, showcasing work from such wide-ranging projects as corporate identity, poster design, book design, packaging, typography and CD cover design. The 100 designers were selected by a distinguished group of 10 curators from around the world, all highly established and influential figures in the field of graphic design. Each curator selected and wrote about 10 exciting talents whom they consider to have made a name for themselves on the international scene over the last five years. More than 1, 500 colour images illustrate the projects, accompanied by concise, illuminating texts by the curators.

Book review special: The best typography books of 2012

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There’s tons to learn about typography, and thankfully there are a huge number of quality resources available online – not to mention the typography articles on this site. But if you’ve got a real passion for typography, then what better way to learn about it than a beautifully produced print book filled with gorgeous lettering?

Book review: Fontface by Alec Julien

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Packed with step-by-step tutorials and interviews with professional font designers, FontFace is a comprehensive and practical guide that explores every aspect of the font creation process, covering everything from sketching initial letterforms to mastering the font creation software packages Fontlab and Fontographer. Significantly, this book is also the first of its kind to address the important issue of how designers can best market and sell their fonts, and includes advice on copywriting and working with foundries, as well as how designers can set up their own foundries. Throughout the book, screen grabs and illustrated diagrams accompany clear and accessible text, clarifying each part of every process and arming readers with all the essential information they need. Interviews with professional font designers and foundry owners provide an insight into their working processes, while accompanying portfolios demonstrate a wide range of inspirational font styles.

Book review: Hand Job : A Catalog of Type by Michael Perry

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In this digital age of computer-generated graphics and technology, it’s refreshing to see a small subset of typographers who still believe in working by hand. and as the popularity of hand-drawn type continue to grow, it is now time to explore and celebrate the work of those typographers whose every letter is a work of art. hand Job collects an incredible universe of Hand-Drawn typography exploring the work of fifty-five typographers and graphic designers who are making new stride by originality of their work and the popularity of their clients.