Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators & Creatives

Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators and Creatives Review by Jennifer New Repository, Incubator, Laboratory, Sketchbook I had to chuckle when I read DRoB Editor Andy Polaine’s recent take on the creative process his review of Designers Don’t Read: “Over my own years of writing, I have learned a great deal more about the creative process as a designer than I have through designing.” The statement seems to hold a truism since as I writer I can invert it and...

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Universal Principles of Design

Reviewed by Rob Tannen. Although Universal Principles of Design was published in 2003, I am embarrassed to admit that I only learned about it several years later via Amazon’s related books feature. Embarrassed, because it is simply the best book I have read on general design and usability principles in terms of both its content and its presentation. From its academic textbook-style cover, one might overlook this book or assume that its content would be dull and dry. In fact, it is an...

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How do you design?

Hugh Dubberly from Dubberly Design Studios is writing a book called How Do You Design?, which examines design processes that they have collected over the years. The premise is that, “Everyone designs. The teacher arranging desks for a discussion. The entrepreneur planning a business. The team building a rocket.” Like everything good online, the book is in “Beta” and you can not only download a PDF for free, but you can also add to the book by submitting your own...

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Process: 50 Product Designs from Concept to Manufacture

When I was a child I visited a Rembrandt exhibition with my father and remember being more fascinated by his sketches than the final paintings. Seeing the creative process in the quick lines of a pen and ink sketch somehow made the finished article more personal. Process: 50 Product Designs from Concept to Manufacture by Jennifer Hudson (published by Laurence King) is the same experience, but for products. Well, almost. Process explores the inspiration behind each designer and product before...

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