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Creating Things That Matter - The Art and Science of Innovations That Last (Hardcover): David Edwards Creating Things That Matter - The Art and Science of Innovations That Last (Hardcover)
David Edwards
R533 R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Save R139 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Creative Selection - Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs (Hardcover): Ken Kocienda Creative Selection - Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs (Hardcover)
Ken Kocienda
R403 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R83 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A Wall Street Journal bestseller An insider's account of Apple's creative process during the golden years of Steve Jobs. 'If you've ever wondered what it's like to work in a hotbed of innovation, you'll enjoy this inside view of life at Apple. Ken Kocienda pioneered the iPhone keyboard, and this book gives a play-by-play of their creative process -from generating ideas to doing a demo for Steve Jobs.' Adam Grant Hundreds of millions of people use Apple products every day; several thousand work on Apple's campus in Cupertino, California; but only a handful sit at the drawing board. Creative Selection recounts the life of one of the few who worked behind the scenes, a highly-respected software engineer who worked in the final years of the Steve Jobs era, the Golden Age of Apple. Ken Kocienda offers an inside look at Apple's creative process. For fifteen years, he was on the ground floor of the company as a specialist, directly responsible for experimenting with novel user interface concepts and writing powerful, easy-to-use software for products including the iPhone, the iPad and the Safari web browser. His stories explain the symbiotic relationship between software and product development for those who have never dreamed of programming a computer, and reveal what it was like to work on the cutting edge of technology at one of the world's most admired companies. Kocienda shares moments of struggle and success, crisis and collaboration, illuminating each with lessons learned over his Apple career. He introduces the essential elements of innovation, inspiration, collaboration, craft, diligence, decisiveness, taste, and empathy, and uses these as a lens through which to understand productive work culture. An insider's tale of creativity and innovation at Apple, Creative Selection shows readers how a small group of people developed an evolutionary design model, and how they used this methodology to make groundbreaking and intuitive software which countless millions use every day.

The Story of Design (Paperback): Charlotte and Peter Fiell The Story of Design (Paperback)
Charlotte and Peter Fiell
R717 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R262 (37%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The Story of Design, by world-renowned design writers Charlotte and Peter Fiell, is a must-have read for all design students and practitioners and for anyone interested in how our man-made world has been moulded and improved. This is a beautifully illustrated and accessibly written history of the development and evolution of design. A fascinating multi-stranded account that is truly comprehensive in its scope, it introduces the styles, movements, theories, materials, processes, technologies, leading practitioners and companies that have shaped design into what it is today. Providing an excellent overview of developments in design with regard to wider social, cultural and political matters, this is a must-have book for anyone with an interest in design.

New Directions In Thai Materials (Hardcover): Peta Bassett New Directions In Thai Materials (Hardcover)
Peta Bassett
R833 R615 Discovery Miles 6 150 Save R218 (26%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Thailand is an increasingly popular source of both design and materials in the world. Familiar natural materials reflect the abundant tropical environment, but are transformed into contemporary products. This book weaves the story of Thai design-through-materials, showcasing the spirit, energy and creative freedom of the Thai design community. Thailand is an increasingly popular source of both design and materials in the world today. Familiar natural materials reflect the abundant tropical environment, but are transformed into contemporary products. Synthetics offer

The One Device - The Secret History of the iPhone (Paperback): Brian Merchant The One Device - The Secret History of the iPhone (Paperback)
Brian Merchant 1
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Within 4 - 8 working days

The secret history of the invention that changed everything and became the most profitable product in the world. Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to 'the one device', as he called it, a mobile phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go. How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino - based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation. This deep dive takes you from inside 1 Infinite Loop to nineteenth-century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious 'suicide factories'. It's a first-hand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work - touch screens, motion trackers and even AI - made its way into our pockets. The One Device is a road map for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything.

Fusion 360 for Makers (Paperback): Lydia Sloan Cline Fusion 360 for Makers (Paperback)
Lydia Sloan Cline
R642 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R255 (40%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Learn how to use Autodesk Fusion 360 to digitally model your own original projects for a 3D printer or a CNC device. Fusion 360 software lets you design, analyze, and print your ideas. Free to students and small businesses alike, it offers solid, surface, organic, direct, and parametric modeling capabilities. Fusion 360 for Makers is written for beginners to 3D modeling software by an experienced teacher. It will get you up and running quickly with the goal of creating models for 3D printing and CNC fabrication. Inside Fusion 360 for Makers, you'll find: Eight easy-to-understand tutorials that provide a solid foundation in Fusion 360 fundamentals DIY projects that are explained with step-by-step instructions and color photos Projects that have been real-world tested, covering the most common problems and solutions Stand-alone projects, allowing you to skip to ones of interest without having to work through all the preceding projects first Design from scratch or edit downloaded designs. Fusion 360 is an appropriate tool for beginners and experienced makers.

Creative Selection - Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Years of Steve Jobs (Hardcover): Ken Kocienda Creative Selection - Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Years of Steve Jobs (Hardcover)
Ken Kocienda
R525 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R135 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Hundreds of millions of people use Apple products every day; a few thousand work on Apple's campus in California; but only a handful sit at the drawing board. Creative Selection recounts the life of one of the few behind the scenes, a highly-respected software engineer who worked in the final years the Steve Jobs era. Ken Kocienda offers an inside look at Apple's creative process. For fifteen years, he was on the ground floor of the company as a specialist, responsible for experimenting with novel user interface concepts and writing software for products including the iPhone, the iPad, and the Safari web browser. His stories explain the symbiotic relationship between software and product development, and reveal what it was like to work on the cutting edge of technology at one of the world's most admired companies. Kocienda shares moments of struggle and success, crisis and collaboration, illuminating each with lessons learned over his Apple career. He introduces the essential elements of innovation - inspiration, collaboration, craft, diligence, decisiveness, taste, and empathy - and uses these as a lens through which to understand productive work culture. An insider's tale of creativity and innovation at Apple, Creative Selection shows readers how a small group of people developed an evolutionary design model, and how they used this methodology to make groundbreaking and intuitive software which countless millions use every day.

The Design of Everyday Things (Paperback, revised and expanded edition): Donald A Norman The Design of Everyday Things (Paperback, revised and expanded edition)
Donald A Norman
R359 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R63 (18%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A fully updated and expanded edition of Don Norman's classic and influential work, which pioneered the application of cognitive science to design. Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we try to figure out the shower control in a hotel or attempt to navigate an unfamiliar television set or stove. When The Design of Everyday Things was published in 1988, cognitive scientist Don Norman provocatively proposed that the fault lies not in ourselves, but in design that ignores the needs and psychology of people. Fully revised to keep the timeless principles of psychology up to date with ever-changing new technologies, The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful appeal for good design, and a reminder of how-and why-some products satisfy while others only disappoint.

1986 Annual Progress In Child Psychiatry (Paperback): Stella Chess, Alexander Thomas 1986 Annual Progress In Child Psychiatry (Paperback)
Stella Chess, Alexander Thomas
R855 Discovery Miles 8 550 Within 7 - 12 working days

First published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Pallet Craft - 20 Creative Makes Using Wooden Pallets (Paperback): Emma Basden Pallet Craft - 20 Creative Makes Using Wooden Pallets (Paperback)
Emma Basden
R367 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R126 (34%) Within 7 - 12 working days

If you like the natural, rustic look in your home and want to make furniture and home accessories to suit, then look no further: this comprehensive, step-by-step guide tells you all you need to know to make a range of stunning pieces for inside and out using wood sourced from pallets. 20 step-by-step projects for both indoor and outdoor projects suitable for DIY novices, using simple tools and techniques environmentally friendly, inexpensive and trendy! projects include corner sofa, boot rack, coffee table, headboard, mirror, dog bed and more! Pallet Craft contains concise step-by-step instructions and clear photographs to guide you from start to finish. There's advice on sourcing pallet wood, instructions on how to dismantle pallets safely and easily, plus a tools and other materials section to make sure you have everything you need.

AQA AS/A-Level Design and Technology: Product Design (Paperback): Will Potts, Julia Morrison, Ian Granger, Dave Sumpner AQA AS/A-Level Design and Technology: Product Design (Paperback)
Will Potts, Julia Morrison, Ian Granger, Dave Sumpner
R817 R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Save R172 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Exam Board: AQA Level: AS/A-level Subject: Design & Technology First Teaching: September 2017 First Exam: June 2018 Encourage your students to be creative, innovative and critical designers with a textbook that builds in-depth knowledge and understanding of the materials, components and processes associated with the creation of products. Our expert author team will help guide you through the requirements of the specification, covering the core technical and designing and making principles needed for the 2017 AQA AS and A-level Design and Technology Product Design specification. - Explores real-world contexts for product design - Develops practical skills and theoretical knowledge and builds student confidence - Supports students with the application of maths skills to design and technology - Helps guide students through the requirements of the Non-Exam Assessments and the written exams at both AS and A Level.

Origins: The Creative Spark Behind Japan's Best Product Designs (Hardcover): Masashi Kuma, Shu Hagiwara Origins: The Creative Spark Behind Japan's Best Product Designs (Hardcover)
Masashi Kuma, Shu Hagiwara
R578 R437 Discovery Miles 4 370 Save R141 (24%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Japan has a long history of combining the newest technology with clever, striking and intricate design, the result of the traditional aesthetic of monozukuri, or "the art of making things." The unique style and efficiency of Japan's best products have earned the respect of industrial designers and consumers world-wide.
For this book, Shu Hagiwara has selected forty Japanese-designed products that have had a profound impact on the post-World War II period, and looks at the original ideas that sparked the creation of these products. What were the engineers thinking when they designed the Honda Super Cub--what many consider to be the best motorcycle of all time? What flight of imagination led to Sori Yanagi's spectacular Butterfly Stool, which now is part of New York's MOMA collection? What traditional craft inspired Isamu Noguchi's lantern, Akari?
From Hagiwara's text, we learn much about these elegant, witty and beautiful designs, as well as the process from inception to product. The stunning photographs of the celebrated Masashi Kuma give further expression to these ideas.
Forty products--some familiar, some not. Forty ideas--some contemporary, some traditional. Forty designs--all intriguing, all inspirational, all a fascinating part of contemporary life in Japan.

Materials and Design - The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design (Paperback, 3rd edition): Michael F. Ashby,... Materials and Design - The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Michael F. Ashby, Kara Johnson
R1,113 R960 Discovery Miles 9 600 Save R153 (14%) In stock

Materials are the stuff of design. From the very beginning of human history, materials have been taken from the natural world and shaped, modified, and adapted for everything from primitive tools to modern electronics. This renowned book by noted materials engineering author Mike Ashby and industrial designer Kara Johnson explores the role of materials and materials processing in product design, with a particular emphasis on creating both desired aesthetics and functionality. The new edition will feature even more of the highly useful "materials profiles" that give critical design, processing, performance and applications criteria for each material in question. The reader will find information ranging from the generic and commercial names of each material, its physical and mechanical properties, its chemical properties, its common uses, how it is typically made and processed, and even its average price. And with improved photographs and drawings, the reader will be taken even more closely to the way real design is done by real designers, selecting the optimum materials for a successful product.
The best guide ever published on the on the role of materials, past and present, in product development, by noted materials authority Mike Ashby and professional designer Kara Johnson--now with even better photos and drawings on the Design ProcessSignificant new section on the use of re-cycled materials in products, and the importance of sustainable design for manufactured goods and servicesEnhanced materials profiles, with addition of new materials types like nanomaterials, advanced plastics and bio-based materials

Plastic Dreams - Synthetic Visions in Design (Paperback): Charlotte Fiell, Peter Fiell Plastic Dreams - Synthetic Visions in Design (Paperback)
Charlotte Fiell, Peter Fiell
R629 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R186 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Over the past 150 years, the role of plastics within the field of design has been fundamental to the development of the manmade environment. Synthetic polymers have quite literally molded the modern world, transforming utopian dreams into three-dimensional realities. Indeed, the impact of plastics has been felt in every area of human life, from healthcare and food distribution to communications, transportation and financial transactions. Plastic Dreams: Synthetic Visions in Design tells the fascinating story of these truly wondrous materials, charting their evolution from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, across a huge range of landmark product types, from Wells Coates' iconic AD 65 radio to Konstantin Grcic's MYTO stacking chair, and from Bakelite in the 1920s to today's latest techno-polymers. A fully illustrated reference resource, this volume raises our aesthetic perception of plastics and celebrates their nobility as materials. An introductory essay traces the fascinating history of plastics and assesses their decisive role in industrial design, while an extensive glossary of materials and processes will help the plastics neophyte distinguish their Jaxonite and Xylonite from their polyethylene and ABS. As a final design flourish, Plastic Dreams comes with a specially designed orange plastic slipcase by Edson Matsuo of Melissa.

Spectrum - Heritage Patterns and Colours (Hardcover): Ros Byam Shaw Spectrum - Heritage Patterns and Colours (Hardcover)
Ros Byam Shaw
R687 R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Save R213 (31%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This simply structured and highly original book analyses the palettes that have been used by designers in the creation of furnishing fabrics and wallpapers from the 15th century to the present. The colours used in each pattern are presented in a simple proportional grid, giving a clear understanding of hues that have been expertly combined at different periods to create the designs we continue to admire and emulate. Spectrum opens with a brief introduction by interior design expert Ros Byam Shaw, exploring the history of colour as used in interiors. The fabrics and wallpapers that follow are arranged chronologically. Each is reproduced on its own double-page spread, and is accompanied by a brief narrative-style caption that provides information about each fabric or wallpaper and its significance in the context of interior design. Unique in such a book are the colour grids shown beside each pattern, in which the colours in the original piece are shown in proportion to their use, and with their CMYK references to enable designers to replicate these colours in their own work.

The Complete Pattern Directory - 1500 Designs from All Ages and Cultures (Hardcover): Elizabeth Wilhide The Complete Pattern Directory - 1500 Designs from All Ages and Cultures (Hardcover)
Elizabeth Wilhide 1
R944 R722 Discovery Miles 7 220 Save R222 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Iconix - Exceptional Product Design (Hardcover): Wolfgang Joensson Iconix - Exceptional Product Design (Hardcover)
Wolfgang Joensson
R372 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R85 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days

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.

The Design of Everyday Things - Revised and Expanded Edition (Paperback, 2nd edition): Don Norman The Design of Everyday Things - Revised and Expanded Edition (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Don Norman
R368 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R113 (31%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious,even liberating,book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization. The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.In this entertaining and insightful analysis, cognitive scientist Don Norman hails excellence of design as the most important key to regaining the competitive edge in influencing consumer behaviour. Now fully expanded and updated, with a new introduction by the author, The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how,and why,some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

Eames (Hardcover): Peter Gossel, Gloria Koenig Eames (Hardcover)
Peter Gossel, Gloria Koenig 1
R253 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R44 (17%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The creative duo Charles Eames (1907-1978) and Ray Kaiser Eames (1912-1988) transformed the visual character of America. Though best known for their furniture, the husband and wife team were also forerunners in architecture, textile design, photography, and film.The Eameses' work defined a new, multifunctional modernity, exemplary for its integration of craft and design, as well as for the use of modern materials, notably plywood and plastics. The Eames Lounge Chair Wood, designed with molded plywood technology, became a defining furniture piece of the 20th century, while the couple's contribution to the Case Study Houses project not only made inventive use of industrial materials but also developed an adaptable floor plan of multipurpose spaces which would become a hallmark of postwar modern architecture.From the couple's earliest furniture experiments to their seminal short film Powers of Ten, this book covers all the aspects of the illustrious Eames repertoire and its revolutionary impact on middle-class American living.

Designing for Society - Products and Services for a Better World (Paperback): Paul Hekkert Designing for Society - Products and Services for a Better World (Paperback)
Paul Hekkert
R457 R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Save R43 (9%) Within 7 - 11 working days

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, Paul Hekkert and Nynke Tromp 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.

Time Out 50 - 50 years, 50 covers (Paperback): "Time Out" Time Out 50 - 50 years, 50 covers (Paperback)
"Time Out"
R481 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R135 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

In August 1968, Time Out was created in London to help people make the most of the city - the iconic brand's fiftieth anniversary will be celebrated with this book packed with fifty amazing magazine covers and the stories behind them. Time Out's fiftieth anniversary will also be marked by the exhibition Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers - Charting five decades of London through Time Out's front pages at London's Museum of Brands from 12th September 2018 to 3rd March 2019. Time Out 50 will be celebrated in 50+ Time Out cities worldwide, with dedicated issues of print magazines and original online content. Time Out launched in London in 1968 and Time Out has been publishing internationally since the mid-'90s and has established readerships in New York, Chicago, LA, Miami, San Francisco, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and the main Australian cities, as well as franchise operations in Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Bangkok, Dubai and elsewhere.

Creative Selection - Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs (Paperback): Ken Kocienda Creative Selection - Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs (Paperback)
Ken Kocienda 1
R290 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R71 (24%) Within 4 - 8 working days

An insider's account of Apple's creative process during the golden years of Steve Jobs.

'If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work in a hotbed of innovation, you’ll enjoy this inside view of life at Apple. Ken Kocienda pioneered the iPhone keyboard, and this book gives a play-by-play of their creative process –from generating ideas to doing a demo for Steve Jobs.' Adam Grant

Hundreds of millions of people use Apple products every day; several thousand work on Apple's campus in Cupertino, California; but only a handful sit at the drawing board. Creative Selection recounts the life of one of the few who worked behind the scenes, a highly-respected software engineer who worked in the final years of the Steve Jobs era, the Golden Age of Apple.

Ken Kocienda offers an inside look at Apple’s creative process. For fifteen years, he was on the ground floor of the company as a specialist, directly responsible for experimenting with novel user interface concepts and writing powerful, easy-to-use software for products including the iPhone, the iPad and the Safari web browser. His stories explain the symbiotic relationship between software and product development for those who have never dreamed of programming a computer, and reveal what it was like to work on the cutting edge of technology at one of the world's most admired companies.

Kocienda shares moments of struggle and success, crisis and collaboration, illuminating each with lessons learned over his Apple career. He introduces the essential elements of innovation, inspiration, collaboration, craft, diligence, decisiveness, taste, and empathy, and uses these as a lens through which to understand productive work culture.

An insider's tale of creativity and innovation at Apple, Creative Selection shows readers how a small group of people developed an evolutionary design model, and how they used this methodology to make groundbreaking and intuitive software which countless millions use every day.

100 Midcentury Chairs - and their stories (Hardcover): Lucy Ryder Richardson 100 Midcentury Chairs - and their stories (Hardcover)
Lucy Ryder Richardson
R422 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R118 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A stylish and informative guide to the best of Midcentury Modern chair design. These are the top 100 most interesting, most controversial, or simply most beautiful chairs from the period spanning 1930-1970, according to expert curator and chair addict Lucy Ryder Richardson. Get to know the designers of the Modern era, and find out about the controversies, drama, gossip and intrigue that accompanied these fascinating figures. Featuring a range of top international names, including Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Ernest Race, Arne Jacobsen, Pierre Paulin, Finn Juhl, Harry Bertoia, Ero Saarinen and Norman Cherner. There is also an exploration into materials and manufacturing processes, plus lots of information about the manufacturers that brought chair designs to the masses, such as Knoll, Herman Miller, Fritz Hansen and Asko. Packed full of design details, historical facts, quotes and anecdotes - you can even find out the position in which the designers intended you to sit in their chairs! With a `chair timeline', showcasing the very best of European, Scandinavian, Japanese and American design, this is the perfect book for collectors, enthusiasts and design junkies alike. Word count: 50,000

Chair Anatomy - Design and Construction (Hardcover): James Orrom Chair Anatomy - Design and Construction (Hardcover)
James Orrom
R1,068 R722 Discovery Miles 7 220 Save R346 (32%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Chairs are the design pieces that most of us use most of the time: from offices to dining tables, from lounging to working, the importance of good chair design to our well-being cannot be underestimated. Accordingly, designers and architects, who seek solutions to space, comfort and function, have grappled with making the perfect - or most unusual - chairs for centuries. But we only really see the end product, and have little idea of how our chair was made, or even perhaps, why it is special. Chair Anatomy reveals in photos and illustrations the form and the construction details - the anatomy - of a selection of fifty chairs chosen from the last 150 years of modern chair design. It also introduces the designers behind these chairs, their backgrounds and their routes to creating the chairs. In reducing chairs to their constituent parts, the book gets to the heart of each design: how pieces are designed and produced to fit together; why a certain material imparts a certain quality, functional advance or comfort level; and how the chair's structure can withstand stress while being elegant and economical to produce. In short, a chair is architecture in miniature. `Exploding' these chairs gives insight into the careful and detailed thinking that has gone into a piece of furniture that we take for granted, and offers designers and students, in a single reference source, a truly nuts-and-bolts perspective on masterpieces of design.

Overcrowded - Designing Meaningful Products in a World Awash with Ideas (Hardcover): Roberto Verganti Overcrowded - Designing Meaningful Products in a World Awash with Ideas (Hardcover)
Roberto Verganti; Series edited by Ken Friedman, Erik Stolterman
R594 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R156 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A more powerful innovation, which seeks to discover not how things work but why we need things. The standard text on innovation advises would-be innovators to conduct creative brainstorming sessions and seek input from outsiders-users or communities. This kind of innovating can be effective at improving products but not at capturing bigger opportunities in the marketplace. In this book Roberto Verganti offers a new approach-one that does not set out to solve existing problems but to find breakthrough meaningful experiences. There is no brainstorming-which produces too many ideas, unfiltered-but a vision, subject to criticism. It does not come from outsiders but from one person's unique interpretation. The alternate path to innovation mapped by Verganti aims to discover not how things work but why we need things. It gives customers something more meaningful-something they can love. Verganti describes the work of companies, including Nest Labs, Apple, Yankee Candle, and Philips Healthcare, that have created successful businesses by doing just this. Nest Labs, for example, didn't create a more advanced programmable thermostat, because people don't love to program their home appliances. Nest's thermostat learns the habits of the household and bases its temperature settings accordingly. Verganti discusses principles and practices, methods and implementation. The process begins with a vision and proceeds through developmental criticism, first from a sparring partner and then from a circle of radical thinkers, then from external experts and interpreters, and only then from users. Innovation driven by meaning is the way to create value in our current world, where ideas are abundant but novel visions are rare. If something is meaningful for both the people who create it and the people who consume it, business value follows.

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