Confessions of a Generalist

Thoughtfully designed, and encased in a conceptual cover that exhibits the interwoven intricacies of human involvement and existence, Confessions of a Generalist  is an all-encompassing tale of the magnificent life and times of the renowned American industrial designer, Niels Diffrient. Beginning with his humble roots, Mr. Diffrient walks us through his life’s journey, starting as a southern farm boy and concluding as a New York City-based industrial designer where he became most known...

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An Interview with Noah Scalin and Michelle Taute on The Design Activist’s Handbook

As part of a DROB series of interviews with authors, Jenny Venn interviews Noah Scalin and Michelle Taute about co-authoring the useful and inspiring book The Design Activists Handbook and about the emerging niche of designing for social change.     Jenny Venn: Noah, you’ve worked with a variety of social change clients/projects over the years. What separates social change projects/clients from more traditional projects/clients you’ve worked for in the past?  Noah Scalin: I...

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An interview with Andrew Shea on Designing for Social Change

Identified as a “place to start” by renowned designer and social entrepreneur, William Drenttel, Designing for Social Change by Andrew Shea, is an insightful guidebook and designer’s co-pilot containing a compilation of case studies that illustrate project concepts, funding resources, processes, strategies, and outcomes. It is a go-to resource for any designer interested or engaged in community-based work. A first-of-its-kind, Designing for Social Change is marked by ten strategies, an...

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How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer

“I often get questions like this from students, and whenever I do, I get the sense that they are fishing for a recipe to become a successful designer.”  Steff Geissbuhler Critically prefaced via email correspondence by designer Steff Geissbuhler, How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer by Debbie Millman, claims not to provide a recipe on how to think like the extraordinary designers interviewed in this book but rather proves to be “a glimpse into the minds of these revered...

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