This month’s selection of new Design & Architecture books features topics ranging from logo design to responsive web design to architectural wonders that will shape the future of our planet. There are plenty of inspiring books to choose from for budding graphic designers, as well as plenty of interest to those fascinated by architectural design and history.
Logo design love : a guide to creating iconic brand identities / from David Airey.
“In Logo Design Love , David shows you how to develop an iconic brand identity from start to finish, using client case studies from renowned designers. In the process, he reveals how designers create effective briefs, generate ideas, charge for their work, and collaborate with clients. David not only shares his personal experiences working on identity projects, he also uses the work of many well-known designers such as Paula Scher, who designed the logos for Citi and Microsoft Windows, as well as work from leading design studios. In Logo Design Love , you’ll learn best practices for extending a logo into a complete brand identity system, why one logo is more effective than another, how to create your own iconic designs and much more.” (Syndetics summary)
Art deco mailboxes : an illustrated design history / Karen Greene & Lynne Lavelle.
“Mailboxes and their chutes were once as essential to the operation of any major hotel, office, civic, or residential building as the front door. In time they developed a decorative role, in a range of styles and materials, and as American art deco architecture flourished in the 1920s and 1930s they became focal points in landmark buildings and public spaces: the GE Building, Grand Central Terminal, the Woolworth Building, 29 Broadway and many more. While many mailboxes have been removed, forgotten, disused, or painted over (and occasionally repurposed), others are still in use, are polished daily, and hold a place of pride in lobbies throughout the country.” (Syndetics summary)
There’s not an app for that : mobile user experience design for life / Simon Robinson, Gary Marsden, Matt Jones.
“There’s Not an App for That will make your work stand out from the crowd. It walks you through mobile experiences, and teaches you to evaluate current UX approaches, enabling you to think outside of the screen and beyond the conventional. You’ll find special sections on “challenging your approach”, as well as a series of questions you can use to critique and evaluate your own designs. [This book] provides you with new and innovative ways to think about mobile design and includes future mobile interfaces and interactions, complete with real-world, applied information that teaches you how today’s mobile services can be improved.” (Syndetics summary)
Responsive web design with Adobe Photoshop
“For a couple of decades now, designers have used Photoshop to mock up Web page designs. However, that work generally results in a static graphic of the page, which has to be translated by a developer into the components of a Web page. Our multi-device world has shown us that this approach to web design is increasingly problematic. Modern web designers are adopting a new approach: creating flexible web pages whose layout can adapt to suit the screen on which they are displayed. This is “Responsive Web Design” [RWD]. This new book is aimed at the visual Web designer who’s accustomed to working in Photoshop. In addition, Rose will introduce methods for taking HTML back into Photoshop for further refinement.” (Syndetics summary)
Design museum: fifty modern buildings that changed the world
“The history of modern architecture is as diverse as it is beautiful, varying wildly from region to region and era to era. Here Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, explores 50 of the most significant and striking buildings in the world, from the modernist aesthetic of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye to the eye-catching flair of Beijing’s CCTV Headquarters. Contents include: Villa Savoye, Poissy Rockefeller Center, New York Eames House, Los Angeles Montreal Biosphere, Montreal Pompidou Centre, Paris Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Beijing Olympic Stadium, Beijing Selfridges, Birmingham… and many more.” (Syndetics summary)
Make your own luck : a DIY attitude to graphic design & illustration / Kate Moross ; foreword by Neville Brody.
“From art school student to designer for Nike, Topshop, and Google, Kate Moross has lived the life that young graphic artists dream of. But it hasn’t always been a smooth ride, and in this informative memoir and guide Moross offers true insider’s tips on how to make it in a highly competitive field. Written in an approachable, forthright, and refreshingly honest tone, Make Your Own Luck features chapters on how to thrive in art school, developing your own style, how to self-promote, and when to consider working for free. Irreverent and packed with helpful tips for designers of all stripes, Make Your Own Luck is certain to become an indispensable guide for anyone interested in graphic art as a vocation or hobby.” (Syndetics summary)
An introduction to information design / Kathryn Coates & Andy Ellison.
“Information design is the visualization of information through graphic design. This invaluable guide provides a creative, informative, and practical introduction to the general principles of information design. With chapters on understanding the audience, structure, legibility and readability, selection of media, experimentation and multi-platform delivery, An Introduction to Information Design gives a complete overview of this fundamental aspect of visual communication. Practical exercises and tips enable the reader to put this learning into practice. This makes it the perfect book for graphic design students as well as design enthusiasts.” (Syndetics summary)
The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings
“We’re asking more of architecture than ever before; the response will define our future. A pavilion made from paper. A building that eats smog. An inflatable concert hall. We want buildings that inspire us while helping the environment; buildings that delight our senses while serving the needs of a community; buildings made possible both by new technology and repurposed materials. Like an architectural cabinet of wonders, this book collects the most innovative buildings of today and tomorrow. Filled with gorgeous imagery and witty insight, this book is an essential and delightful guide to the future being built around us-a future that matters more, and to more of us, than ever.” (Syndetics summary)
Seeking New York: the stories behind the historic architecture of Manhattan–one building at a time
“Beautifully illustrated with line drawings and photographs, engagingly presented, and richly detailed, this charming guide traces the architectural and social history of Manhattan one building at a time. The island of Manhattan has been through remarkable architectural and social change throughout its history. Organized roughly by neighborhoods, this book explores the seemingly never-ending depths of architectural, personal, and social history of Manhattan, building by building. Beautifully researched, engagingly presented, and richly detailed, Seeking New York is truly a must-read for anyone interested in the story of New York and how it got that way.” (Syndetics summary)
Architecture : the whole story / general editor, Denna Jones ; foreword by Richard Rogers and Philip Gumuchdjian.
“From ancient and classical masterpieces to contemporary, cutting-edge buildings, architecture has defined our world throughout history. Drawing its examples from all around the globe, Architecture: The Whole Story is a richly illustrated and comprehensive account of the architects, plans, designs and constructions that over the centuries have most engaged our minds, inspired our imaginations and raised our spirits. For everyone who has ever wished for greater insight into the art of building design, Architecture: The Whole Story provides the analytical tools to appreciate to the fullest the variety of architectural achievement and the built environment in the world.” (Syndetics summary)