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Guest Siona

Although not strictly about industrial design, I highly recommend 'In the Bubble' by John Thackara. I love that book! (Most of it is available

here to read on google scholar too ^^)

 

For everything about drawing there's 'design sketching' ISBN 91-631-7394-8 which is indispensable. Also, Design for Society by Nigel Whiteley is worth a look.

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Guest Nathan Pollock
Does anyone have any good books on PD to recommend? I’m looking for books on anything from semantics, product signs and graphics to sketching, rendering and prototyping.

 

Hi,

 

In our design consultancy, Katapult Design, we utilise a huge number of design books as reference, many of which have been mentioned already.

 

The latest one we've got into is on sustainable design practice and is well worth a read if that's of interest.

 

"Design is the Problem" (subtitled - The Future of Design Must be Sustainable) by Nathan Shedroff.

 

Enjoy!

 

Nathan Pollock

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Guest retrospec

thanks guys I have purchased naoto fukasawa, 10 faces of innovation and the art of innovation. does anyone have any more NEW and good design books suggestions?

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Guest Epleskrell

I would strongly recoment to read the book; Rethinking Sitting by Peter Opsvik.

 

Its a colaboration of this Norwegian designers work. Hes thoughts on ergonomics is realy a must for any designstudent or designer to read. I often pick it up during my process as it is a valuable ressurce!

 

http://www.amazon.com/Rethinking-Sitting-P...0278&sr=8-1

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Guest auburncoast

not to highjack this thread but I was hoping for some direction in searching for a book that covers the basics from perspective and shadow to more complex things and rendering. I prefer step by step instructions where necessary. I have Sketching: Drawing techniques for product designers but find it is all too loosely covered. I am looking for something like the Scott Robertson video tutorial but in written form because I like to have a reference. If more then one book is necessary thats fine. I was looking at Drawing for Designers by Alan Pipes but don't know if that book gets specific enough. Also, does anyone have Architectural Drawing: A visual Compendium...?

Thanks for your help!

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Guest Ben Lynam

Might be a bit obvious...

 

Design as Art by Bruno Munari.

 

The guy was just an absolute genius. What he said then is still relevant now.

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Guest Kaiyuan

For the transportation designers:

 

H Point: The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging

 

Because design isn't always about good looks. Especially trans.

This book explains a lot about proportions, mechanics, etc.

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Guest barowdy

MY FANTASY ART BOOK COLLECTION

 

Fantasy Art Techniques

Boris Vallejo

 

Dreams: The Art of Boris Vallejo

Boris VAllejo

 

Enchnatmennt

Boris Vallejo

 

The Boris VAllejo Portfolio

 

Bodies

Boris Vallejo

 

Mirage

Boris Vallejo

 

Ladies

Boris Vallejo

 

Hard Curves

The Fantasy Art of Julie Bell

 

Soft As Steel

The Art Julie Bell

 

Titans

The Heric Visiions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell

 

Sketchbook

Boris VAllejo and Julie Bell

 

Chris Achilleos: Beauty And The Beast

Lee Anders

 

Infinite Worlds

Vincent Difate

 

A Closer Look

Patrick Woodroffe

 

The Guide To Fantasy Art Techniques (Various Artists)

Edited by Martin Dean

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Guest Callum Nash

out of all the books ive seen suggested, id reomment this one the most

 

Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek

(ISBN: 0897331532)

 

its without a doubt a book every designer needs to read!

 

and "design methods" by john chris jones is an incredibly important text on design, i thoroughly recommend you read it, he is also publishing an electronic book, a kind of evolving dialogue about design and life, its called "The Internet and Everyone"

 

and heres a link to it!

 

http://www.softopia.demon.co.uk/

 

Check it out!

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Guest Amanda Lee

Creating Breakthrough Products: Innovation from Product Planning to Program Approval by Jonathan Cagan and Craig M. Vogel

 

This book addresses the three key areas of modern product development: understanding the value dimension, understanding the branding dimension, and understanding the consumer dimension.

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