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See below for a selection of the latest books from Product design category. Presented with a red border are the Product design books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Product design books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Practice-based Design Research

Practice-based Design Research

Author: Laurene (RMIT University, Australia) Vaughan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Practice-Based Design Research provides a companion to masters and PhD programs in design research through practice. The contributors address a range of models and approaches to practice-based research, consider relationships between industry and academia, researchers and designers, discuss initiatives to support students and faculty during the research process, and explore how students' experiences of undertaking practice-based research has impacted their future design and research practice. The text is illustrated throughout with case study examples by authors who have set up, taught or undertaken practice-based design research, in a range of national and institutional contexts.

Designing for Society

Designing for Society

Our globalised world is encountering problems on an unprecedented scale. Many of the issues we face as societies extend beyond the borders of our nations. Phenomena such as terrorism, climate change, immigration, cybercrime and poverty can no longer be understood without considering the complex socio-technical systems that support our way of living. It is widely acknowledged that to contend with any of the pressing issues of our time, we have to substantially adapt our lifestyles. To adequately counteract the problems of our time, we need interventions that help us actually adopt the behaviours that lead us toward a more sustainable and ethically just future. In Designing for Society, Nynke Tromp and Paul Hekkert provide a hands-on tool for design professionals and students who wish to use design to counteract social issues. Viewing the artefact as a unique means of facilitating behavioural change to realise social impact, this book goes beyond the current trend of applying design thinking to enhancing public services, and beyond the idea of the designer as a facilitator of localised social change.

The Design Politics of the Passport

The Design Politics of the Passport

Author: Mahmoud (Uppsala University, Sweden) Keshavarz Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/12/2018

The Design Politics of the Passport presents an innovative study of the passport and its associated social, political and material practices as a means of uncovering the workings of 'design politics'. It traces the histories, technologies, power relations and contestations around this small but powerful artefact to establish a framework for understanding how design is always enmeshed in the political, and how politics can be understood in terms of material objects. Combining design studies with critical border studies, alongside ethnographic work among undocumented migrants, border transgressors and passport forgers, this book shows how a world made and designed as open and hospitable to some is strictly enclosed, confined and demarcated for many others - and how those affected by such injustices dissent from the immobilities imposed on them through the same capacity of design and artifice.

Designing for Kids

Designing for Kids

Author: Krystina (Art Center, Pasadena, California, USA) Castella Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2018

Designers, especially design students, rarely have access to children or their worlds when creating products, images, experiences and environments for them. Therefore, fine distinctions between age transitions and the day-to-day experiences of children are often overlooked. Designing for Kids brings together all a designer needs to know about developmental stages, play patterns, age transitions, playtesting, safety standards, materials and the daily lives of kids, providing a primer on the differences in designing for kids versus designing for adults. Research and interviews with designers, social scientists and industry experts are included, highlighting theories and terms used in the fields of design, developmental psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology and education. This textbook includes more than 150 color images, helpful discussion questions and clearly formatted chapters, making it relevant to a wide range of readers. It is a useful tool for students in industrial design, interaction design, environmental design and graphic design with children as the main audience for their creations.

Designing for Kids

Designing for Kids

Author: Krystina (Art Center, Pasadena, California, USA) Castella Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/11/2018

Designers, especially design students, rarely have access to children or their worlds when creating products, images, experiences and environments for them. Therefore, fine distinctions between age transitions and the day-to-day experiences of children are often overlooked. Designing for Kids brings together all a designer needs to know about developmental stages, play patterns, age transitions, playtesting, safety standards, materials and the daily lives of kids, providing a primer on the differences in designing for kids versus designing for adults. Research and interviews with designers, social scientists and industry experts are included, highlighting theories and terms used in the fields of design, developmental psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology and education. This textbook includes more than 150 color images, helpful discussion questions and clearly formatted chapters, making it relevant to a wide range of readers. It is a useful tool for students in industrial design, interaction design, environmental design and graphic design with children as the main audience for their creations.

Iconix

Iconix

Author: Wolfgang Joensson Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2018

A reflection on our personal relationships with objects and the impact designed objects can have on us as a society. Iconix is a comprehensive collection of iconic product design objects, chronologically organized from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the present. Each spread of this richly illustrated book showcases the author's representation of the chosen design, expressing its essence and capturing its spirit. In the introductory text, he shares his concept of the term iconicity to help the reader understand what makes these products stand out and why they are considered icons today. More than one hundred remarkable product designs from all areas, including household appliances, everyday objects, furniture, entertainment technology and office equipment, are presented in this collection. Accompanying the images are well-researched and charming vignettes about each product, with amusing insights and fun tidbits of information about its time and place. Each one informs how design has been influenced by changes in technology, science, and society. While these products were considered innovative at their inception, all have withstood the test of time and many are still, remarkably, in use today. Whether you are drawn to this book because of an interest in design or a penchant for nostalgia and the objects that trigger memories-or both-you will undoubtedly recognize quite a few of these products, such as the Coca-Cola bottle, the Wester & Co pocket knife, the Kitchen Aid mixer, the Le Creuset Dutch oven, the Weber grill, the Bic cristal pen, the Rolodex address file, Kikkoman soy sauce bottles, the Kodak Instamatic, the Polaroid SX-70, the SONY Walkman, the Apple MacIntosh, and the Dyson air-multiplier. Maybe they were part of your childhood or represent your ideal in design; certainly, they will evoke a sense of the familiar. Iconix is an engaging and accessible presentation of the history of product design, providing an extensive catalog of the most memorable product designs of the past 150 years.

Handmade in Germany

Handmade in Germany

Author: Pascal Johanssen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Manufacturers from Germany enjoy a worldwide reputation. Whether porcelain, watches, organs or writing implements, the origin of artisanal craftsmanship lies in the immaterial cultural heritage of traditional handicrafts training in central Europe. Now, in the twenty-first century, the fundamental processes of change brought about by digitalisation and globalisation are clearly felt by each individual, and manufacturers too must reinvent themselves in view of the global market, relying on future technologies and endeavouring to combine the artwork - the vision of a 'manufactory 4.0' - with the classical self-image of the workshop. Globally networked businesses thus arise that are oriented towards a human dimension and mindful of sustainable production. Handmade in Germany provides an insight into the practice and future concepts of the most significant German manufacturers. Text in English and German.

Windows at Tiffany & Co. (Memoire)

Windows at Tiffany & Co. (Memoire)

Author: Assouline Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2018

Undesign

Undesign

Author: Gretchen (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) Coombs Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2018

Undesign brings together leading artists, designers and theorists working at the intersection of art and design. The text focuses on design practices, and conceptual approaches, which challenge the traditional notion that design should emphasise its utility over aesthetic or other non-functional considerations. This publication brings to light emerging practices that consider the social, political and aesthetic potential of undesigning our complex designed world. In documenting these new developments, the book highlights the overlaps with science, engineering, biotechnology and hacktivism, which operate at the intersection of art and design.

Undesign

Undesign

Author: Gretchen (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) Coombs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

Undesign brings together leading artists, designers and theorists working at the intersection of art and design. The text focuses on design practices, and conceptual approaches, which challenge the traditional notion that design should emphasise its utility over aesthetic or other non-functional considerations. This publication brings to light emerging practices that consider the social, political and aesthetic potential of undesigning our complex designed world. In documenting these new developments, the book highlights the overlaps with science, engineering, biotechnology and hacktivism, which operate at the intersection of art and design.

Gino Sarfatti

Gino Sarfatti

Author: Marco Romanelli, Sandra Severi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/10/2018

This catalogue raisonne is dedicated to Gino Sarfatti (1912-1984), considered to be the first great Italian lighting designer. He abandoned his studies in aeronautical engineering and went on to found the internationally renowned interior design firm Arteluce. In his thirty-year career, Gino Sarfatti designed and produced over 600 lighting fixtures - from the globular and mobile to the mushroomed, coiled and woven - continuously exploring innovative new ways of manufacturing and shaping the bulbs, cords and stands that light our interior worlds, even making pioneering use of halogen bulbs in fixtures as early as 1971. He was awarded many prizes, including the 'Compasso d'Oro' in 1954. This publication amply illuminates his many achievements with more than 1000 images and products. Technical sheets give detailed information on every model; a biography completes the book. Text in English and Italian.

Das Design digitaler Produkte

Das Design digitaler Produkte

Author: Jochen Denzinger Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2018

Die Digitalisierung und die tiefe Integration von Computern in unseren Alltag verandern die Entwicklung von Produkten und damit auch das Produktdesign selbst: An der Entwicklung digitaler Produkte sind mittlerweile Disziplinen wie Design, Mensch-Maschine-Kommunikation, Informatik oder die Ingenieurswissenschaften beteiligt. Mit Beitragen von Autoren aus diesen Bereichen greift das Buch aktuelle Positionen auf und stellt exemplrasich deren Vorgehensweisen und Methoden dar. Beispiele aus der Praxis erganzen die Essays. So entsteht eine aktuelle Einfuhrung in das Design digitaler Produkte und damit ein Bild, das das Design in seinen Intentionen neu verortet.