Book List: New releases from past DesignThinkers Speakers

Take a look at some newbooks by Coralie Bickford-Smith, Aaron Draplin and others.


The Vignelli Canon by Massimo Vignelli (DT 2005)

Published Lars Muller, November 2015

Through numerous examples, this book conveys Vignelli's design principles in practice - from product design to corporate design.



How to by Michael Bierut (DT 2009)
Published by Harper Design, November 2015

The first monograph, design manual and manifesto by Bierut is a career retrospective showcasing 35 of his most noteworthy projects for clients such as Yale School of Architecture, Saks Fifth Avenue and the New York Jets. It reveals his philosophy of graphic design; how to use it to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry and (every once in a while) change the world.



Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia by Andrew Blauvelt (DT 2010)
Published by Walker Art Center, November 2015

Hippie Modernism examines the art, architecture and design of the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. While the turbulent social history of the 1960s is well known, its cultural production remains comparatively under-examined. Through interviews with figures as well as new scholarly writings, this book explores the conjunction of the countercultural ethos and the modernist desire to fuse art and life.



Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything by Aaron James Draplin (DT 2014)
Published by Abrams, May 2016

Esquire. Ford Motors. Burton Snowboards. The Obama Administration. While all of these brands are vastly different, they share at least one thing in com­mon: a teeny, little bit of Aaron James Draplin. This mid-career survey of his work includes case studies, road stories, lists, maps, how-tos and advice, with his humorous and pointed observations on the contemporary design scene.



Designing for Touch by Josh Clark (DT 2015)
Published by A Book Apart, October 2015









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Touch introduces physicality to designs that were once strictly virtual, and puts forth a new test: How does this design feel in the hand? Josh Clark guides you through the touchscreen frontier. Learn about ergonomic demands (and rules of thumb), layout and sizing for all gadgets, an emerging gestural toolkit, and tactics to speed up interactions and keep gestures discoverable. Get the know-how to design for interfaces that let you touch—stretch, crumple, drag, flick—information itself. It’s in your hands.



The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith (DT 2015)

Published by Penguin Books, November 2015

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and the art of William Blake, this is a heartwarming, hopeful tale that comes alive through Bickford-Smith’s beautiful illustrations, guiding readers both young and grown to “look up beyond your ears".



Ex-Formation by Kenya Hara (future DT speaker?)

For Kenya Hara, design begins with comprehension of the unknown. In contrast to "information," "exformation" describes how little we really know and thus becomes the starting point for any type of design. Based on a range of projects the book describes what "exformation" can look like in design practice and how this concept alters our classic understanding of information design. Following the path embarked on in Designing Design (2007) and its successor, White (2010), Ex-formation continues to explore the void, absence, and indeterminacy in contemporary design.



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