Must read/have design books.

April 22nd, 2010, 2:59 pm

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I'm applying to industrial design university and its's really hard to get in, I mean real hard. So my question is what do ya'll suggest, are some books, I must read, buy? Not only that are good for now but on the long term as well. thanks.
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April 22nd, 2010, 3:08 pm

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April 22nd, 2010, 3:29 pm

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Creating Breakthrough Products: Innovation from Product Planning to Program Approval by Jonathan Cagan

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Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services by Kim Goodwin

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April 22nd, 2010, 4:07 pm

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April 22nd, 2010, 4:27 pm

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April 22nd, 2010, 5:14 pm

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You can't go wrong with a little Donald Norman and a little Richard Powell to get theory and practice covered. I've got books by both, all well worn and re-read.

I also just picked up "A Fine Line, how design strategies are shaping the future of business" by Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design.

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April 22nd, 2010, 5:18 pm

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Donald Norman's Design of Everyday Things is a must read.

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April 22nd, 2010, 8:41 pm

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mpdesigner wrote:Donald Norman's Design of Everyday Things is a must read.
I second this. also there is "Designing Breakthrough Products"
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April 22nd, 2010, 10:41 pm

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April 23rd, 2010, 11:39 am

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April 23rd, 2010, 11:59 am

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This is not "ID" but, it will help with your hand-skills and proportions....

bridgman's: Complete guide to drawing

http://www.amazon.com/Bridgmans-Complet ... 0806930152

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April 23rd, 2010, 2:33 pm

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thanks for the replies, I'll start reading rigth away.
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April 23rd, 2010, 4:56 pm

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Anyone have any design history book recommendations?

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April 23rd, 2010, 5:19 pm

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hmmm, that would be a keeper. There are plenty of coffee table books highlighting "Art Deco" and "Mid-Century Modern" but I don't know a of a comprehensive history of design, starting with where we evolved from, craftsmen (woodworkers, blacksmiths), machinists, pattern-makers, draftsmen, technical and commercial illustrators and rolling through our evolving roles in business and strategic design.

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April 23rd, 2010, 5:42 pm

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