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May, 2019

Autors of Book Titles

Alice Rawsthorn

Bruno Munari

Don Norman

Victor Papanek

William McDonough

Michael Braungart

John Berger

Jake Knapp

Kenya Hara

Donald Norman

Jaap Daalhuizen

Annemiek van Boeijen

Stories #015

Read, read, read more!

Book recommendations - Part 1

At StudentDesign we believe there is something undeniably special about reading. And we don’t just love to read books. We love to talk about them too. So the past week, we’ve asked our Instagram followers to share their favorite design-book titles. We received 55 different titles and 78 recommendations from you in total, a lot! We've bundled them for you in two blogs. In this blog, part 1, we share 11 books which have been mentioned several times - they seem popular and you should definitely include them on your to-read-list! 


9 Recommendations - The Design of Everyday Things (1988)

368 pages - €9.32

'Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious-even liberating-book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. 


The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.'


4 Recommendations - Design for the Real World (1985)

416 pages - €16.25

'Design for the Real World has, since its first appearance twenty-five years ago, become a classic. Translated into twenty-three languages, it is one of the world's most widely read books on design. In this edition, Victor Papanek examines the attempts by designers to combat the tawdry, the unsafe, the frivolous, the useless product, once again providing a blueprint for sensible, responsible design in this world which is deficient in resources and energy.'

4 Recommendations - Design as Art (1971)

224 pages - €11.96

'One of the last surviving members of the futurist generation illustrates the journey into the artistic possibilities of modern design. Bruno Munari was among the most inspirational designers of all time, described by Picasso as "the new Leonardo." Munari insisted that design be beautiful, functional, and accessible, and this enlightening and highly entertaining book sets out his ideas about visual, graphic, and industrial design and the role it plays in the objects we use everyday. 


3 Recommendations - Cradle to Cradle (2002)

193 pages - €11.67

'A tree produces thousands of blossoms in order to create another tree, yet we do not consider its abundance wasteful but safe, beautiful, and highly effective; hence, "waste equals food" is the first principle the book sets forth. Products might be designed so that, after their useful life, they provide nourishment for something new-either as "biological nutrients" that safely re-enter the environment or as "technical nutrients" that circulate within closed-loop industrial cycles, without being "downcycled" into low-grade uses (as most "recyclables" now are).

Elaborating their principles from experience (re)designing everything from carpeting to corporate campuses, this book makes a viable case for change.'

2 Recommendations - Design as an Attitude (2018)

192 pages - €22.41

'Design is responding to an age of intense economic, political and ecological instability with resourcefulness and creativity. Public interest is soaring as a new generation of designers is using advanced technologies to pursue their political and environmental objectives in increasingly ambitious projects, as well as to reinvent the objects and spaces we use every day. Written by one of the world’s leading design critic and journalist Alice Rawsthorn, Design as an Attitude is conceived as a subjective field guide to design. In an authoritative and enjoyable voice, Rawsthorn demystifies the field, explores the most dynamic developments in contemporary design and assesses their impact on our lives now and in the future.'


2 Recommendations - SPRINT (2016)

288 pages - €15.63

'Sprint offers a transformative formula for testing ideas that works whether you’re at a startup or a large organization. Within five days, you’ll move from idea to prototype to decision, saving you and your team countless hours and countless dollars. A must read for entrepreneurs of all stripes.'


2 Recommendations - Designing Design (2018)

472 pages - €30.39

'In Designing Design, Kenya Hara impresses upon the reader the importance of “emptiness” in both the visual and philosophical traditions of Japan, and its application to design, made visible by means of numerous examples from his own work: Hara for instance designed the opening and closing ceremony programs for the Nagano Winter Olympic games 1998. In 2001, he enrolled as a board member for the Japanese label MUJI and has considerably moulded the identity of this successful corporation as communication and design advisor ever since.'

2 Recommendations - Emotional Design (2005)

272 pages - €11.74

'In The Design of Everyday Things, Norman made the definitive case for human-centered design, showing that good design demanded that the user's must take precedence over a designer's aesthetic if anything, from light switches to airplanes, was going to work as the user needed. In this book, he takes his thinking several steps farther, showing that successful design must incorporate not just what users need, but must address our minds by attending to our visceral reactions, to our behavioral choices, and to the stories we want the things in our lives to tell others about ourselves.'

2 Recommendations - Ways of Seeing (1972)

176 pages - €5.96

'John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures." By now he has.'


2 Recommendations - Delft Design Guide (2014)

168 pages - €28.91

'Delft Design Guide details roughly seventy strategies, techniques, and methods taught at the Delft University Faculty of Industrial Design in a practical one-page text, illustrated for further clarification and enriched with further reading suggestions. The high quality of their research and teaching at the TU Delft is renowned, making it one of the top universities in the world.'