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9 Books That Any Industrial Designer Must Have In His Library

If you are an industrial designer or you are barely starting doing it, then you know that in order to be great at what you are doing, you need a constant source of inspiration. The following 9 books are extremely valuable for anyone who is interested on how famous designs were made and how to think as a good designer. Enjoy them.

The Monocle Guide to Better Living

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In an informative and entertaining collection of writing, reports and recommendations, the writers are looking at one of the title’s core themes – quality of life.  This is not a book about glitz but rather an upbeat survey of products and ideas built to treasure and last. Monocle is one of the most successful magazines to be developed in the past decade. In an informative and entertaining collection of writing, reports and recommendations, we’ve surveyed the locations, products and ideas that are inspiring better living across the globe. The 400-page book features original photography and illustrations printed on a selection of the highest quality papers as our own contribution to making the world a little more liveable and loveable. The Monocle Guide to Better Living is the ultimate reference for inspirational ways to improve your life.

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Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible

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Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design’ – Dieter Rams. Dieter Rams’ life and work are indelibly linked to his thoughts about how people live, and how they can live better. Products he designed in the 1960s are still being produced and sold today – only one demonstration of the strength of his work. This comprehensive monograph covers both Rams’ life and his work, as well as his ideas on good design, which continue to inspire designers and consumers today. A personal foreword by Jonathan Ive evokes the influence that Rams has had on his own work and, by extention, the objects with which so many of us share our everyday lives.

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Naoto Fukasawa

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Naoto Fukasawa (b.1956) is one of the best-known Japanese product designers working today. His simple, restrained and user-friendly products appeal to people’s shared experience of things. The wall-mounted CD player he designed for MUJI in 1999, based on the image of a kitchen fan, was selected into MoMA’s design collection in 2005 The book is the first survey on Fukasawa’s work to be published in English. Edited by Fukasawa himself, and with contributions by artists, designers and lecturers, such as Antony Gormley and Jasper Morrison, the book introduces the reader to the designer’s particular and innovative design approach. Illustrated with newly commissioned photography, the book showcases over 100 products, which Fukasawa elucidates with a clever combination of images and words.

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Muji

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This fascinating monograph provides an unprecedented view into the inner workings of Muji, one of the most influential brands leading sustainable design. A prescient advocate of sustainable consumption and the matchless utility of good design, Muji’s founding principle was to develop new and simple products at reasonable prices by making the best use of materials while minimizing their impact on the environment. From a humble inaugural line of eight products nearly three decades ago, the brand now sells nearly seven thousand different products in hundreds of its own stores in Asia, Europe, and North America.

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Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

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In the more than 40 years that he spent working at Braun, Dieter Rams established himself as one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century. His elegantly clear visual language not only defined product design for decades, but also our fundamental understanding of what design is and what it can and should do. Dieter Rams created ten rules of design more than twenty years ago. Sometimes referred to as the ten commandments, they are just as relevant today: Good design is innovative. Good design makes a product useful. Good design is aesthetic. Good design helps a product to be understood. Good design is unobtrusive. Good design is honest. Good design is durable. Good design is consistent to the last detail. Good design is environmentally friendly. Good design is as little design as possible. Less and More elucidates the design philosophy of Dieter Rams.

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Lufthansa and Graphic Design: Visual History of an Airplane

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Deutsche Lufthansa is one of the most important airlines in the world, with a long and diverse history that goes back to 1926. The visual identity of Lufthansa is just as long and diverse. The beginning of the 1960s saw one of the most important steps in the development of corporate communication. The company employed the designer Otl Aicher and his Gruppe E5 student group to develop a visual identity for Lufthansa. It was substantially realized in 1963 and up until the present day counts as one of the most groundbreaking corporate design solutions of the 20th century. With a focus on the famous brand identity, the design and advertising history of Deutsche Lufthansa from the 1920s to today is comprehensively documented here for the first time. This volume contains numerous illustrations from the corporate archive and background articles and interviews.

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An Alphabetical Book About Nokia Pure

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This exploration of Nokia’s new typeface offers inspiration and insight for establishing an indispensable visual language. There are 26 letters in the Latin alphabet. More than merely letters, they are also characters, each possessing unique traits and qualities. And character is what makes a typeface great. Twenty-six characters details how Nokia’s new typeface, Nokia Pure, was designed and developed with the user interface in mind and how it was crafted into a contemporary font. Twenty-six characters is also design inspiration, a specimen sheet, a rough guide to typography, and the tale of a global business undergoing radical change.

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Paul Rand: Conversations with Students

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As one of the most influential and inspirational graphic designers of the twentieth century, Paul Rand defined modern American graphic design. His iconic logo designs for IBM, UPS, and the ABC television network distilled the essences of modernity for his corporate patrons. His body of work includes advertising, poster, magazine, and book designs—characterized by simplicity and a wit uniquely his own. His ability to discuss design with insight and humor made him one of the most revered design educators of our time. This latest volume of the popular Conversations with Students series presents Rand’s last interview, recorded at Arizona State University one year before his death in 1996. Beginners and seasoned design professionals alike will be informed by Rand’s words and thoughts on varied topics ranging from design philosophy to design education.

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Bogdan

Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.

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