10 design books to read absolutely

10 design books to read absolutely

Elisa Scotti · 4 months ago · Design

Monday, third week at home, and like every week start, you deserve more tips to spend your days in the best possible way.

We left the previous weeks with fashion documentaries, museums that can be visited online, playlists, books on art and this time we come back with books on design and everything that revolves around it, for all lovers of the subject.

Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style“. Massimo Vignelli

History of Design – Renato De Fusco

From the Industrial Revolution to today, a complete history of design. One of the greatest cultural and socio-economic phenomena of the contemporary age, seen in its most specific aspects: design, production, consumption, and sales.

Thing leads to. Notes for a design methodology – Bruno Munari.

Among Munari’s great books, this is perhaps the one that makes readers most happy for the enchanted lightness with which it leads them to discover that knowing how to design is not the exclusive and innate gift of a few. There is a creativity in each of us, these pages help to develop and highlight. Munari (Milan, 1907-1998), painter, designer, and experimenter of new art forms, marked a fundamental turning point in the history of design in Italy and the world.

Design and visual communication. Contribution to a didactic methodology – Bruno Munari

What is the graphics? Who are the designers? How does their creative logic work? What use do they make of techniques and materials? A master of Italian design has written the most amusing manual to understand its principles, laws and possible realizations.

The design of everyday things – Donald A. Norman

It often happens that we are unable to “use” an object in front of us, opening a window, for example, using a remote control does not mean that we are incapable, it means that this object has been badly designed. Donald A. Norman – and “anthropocentric design” – reveals to us the secrets of bad design and shows what triggers our interaction with so many everyday objects. Effective, the human-scale design is one that combines psychology and technology.

Cromorama. How color has changed our gaze – Riccardo Falcinelli

Why is there never any green in Mondrian’s paintings? In the society of images, color plays a fundamental role in everything we do, everything. All societies have built symbolic systems in which color had a central role and Cromorama tells us how today color has become a filter with which we think about reality.

The language of things – Deyan Sudjic

In all its manifestations, the design is the DNA of our societies. If we want to understand the nature of the modern world, it is this code that we must explore. Chapter after chapter, page after page, we discover how much pleasure there is in knowing through objects, how much we can cultivate ourselves and our own personality by surrounding ourselves with objects, in which we can recognize ourselves and to which we can entrust the task of representing ourselves. Deyan Sudjic teaches us to learn this language and to have a critical judgment so that we become more aware.

Design. History and counter-history – Andrea Branzi

In order to understand design, it is not enough to know the events of furnishing styles and technologies, but it is necessary to investigate the relationships that link domestic objects and tools with the wider scenarios of school and human culture. This book is therefore not a history of industrial design nor a critical anthology dedicated to it, but the first book s

Emotional design – Donald A. Norman

“Emotion” is one of the keywords for the design world today. In this book, Norman recognizes that his previous conceptions, all set on functionality and usability, were limited and limiting: one cannot ignore the pleasure that the objects we use every day give us or not. What each of us represents is also determined by the objects we use: we choose them, we appreciate them not only for the function they perform for us but also for the sensations they give us.

Design marketing. Innovate by changing. The meanings of consumption – Carlo Meo

At one time design was the territory of form applied to functionality, while marketing was the world of ideas to sell more to consumers: today marketing needs design to sell products and make people go to places of purchase, while design needs to turn into marketing to affirm brand identity and increase sales. This book provides introductory tools to understand how these topics interact with each other.

1000 Chairs – Charlotte e Peter Fiell

More than any other furnishing element, the chair has always been the most studied and designed object in the history of design. From the backrest to the leg, from the seat to the color, each element reflects the stylistic awareness of a specific era. Each chair has its own page in which its history, its technicalities and the designer who designed it are explored. This volume is a real gem for design enthusiasts and a must for all collectors!

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10 design books to read absolutely
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Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Art

Among the most famous and fascinating artistic techniques, the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi undoubtedly stands out. It is a practice born from the idea of transforming an imperfection, a damage or a wound into something even more beautiful and perfect. Basically, this technique consists in repairing ceramic objects, even those of daily use such as cups and plates, using gold or cast silver to weld the shards. The final result gives the object a unique look and, what is no small thing, a much higher value than the original. It is precisely from the art of Kintsugi that the artist Glen Martin Taylor was inspired for his works. 

Like the Japanese, Glen Martin Taylor repairs ceramics of all kinds, some made by him and others bought but replacing precious metal with everyday objects, from twine threads to metal elements. 

If in Kintsugi’s art the only important part is that of repair, for the artist the act of reassembling objects is as important as that of destroying them. Through these two phases, the artist frees his emotions and confronts them by creating objects that will eventually have lost their primary purpose, but not their importance. 

Discover all the works by Glen Martin Taylor on his Instagram profile

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The Old Man and the Sea 2.0, Aero new mural

The Old Man and the Sea 2.0, Aero new mural

Giulia Pacciardi · 2 days ago · Art

Commissioned by Les Ateliers du Graff, in the context of the second edition of the MX29 Graffiti Tour Festival 2020, The Old Man and the Sea 2.0 is the latest work by French artist Aero in the city of Morlaix.

The mural, which occupies the facade of an entire building to a size of 70 square meters, is a tribute to the short novel by Ernest Hemingway that the artist had wanted to realize for many years and that in 4 days, in the rain and with all the attention required by the current situation, he completed.

Characterized by the realism typical of most of Aero’s works and the use of black and white, the mural shows in the foreground the portrait of Santiago, the old sailor protagonist of the novel that earned Hemingway the Pulitzer Prize in 1953, and in the background the stormy sea that the man faced to prove to himself and others that he was still able to fish.

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✨✨"The old man and the sea 2.0"✨✨ Performance of 4 days betwee the drops… – ➡️ Since the time I wanted to illustrate this wenderful novel by Ernest Hemingway, or rather what results from it, @mx29_graffiti_tour gave me the opportunity to invite me to @ville_de_morlaix (FR) to paint this 70m2 size building wall. A big thanks to @zag_artist_official and @anje.lag for the invitation and the organization at the top despite a complicated post-confinement recovery, @lesateliersdugraff @plastigraff, to Maud, Kyllian and Loùfor their hot welcome, to the staff of the Taylor Coffee (Ermate guys), to @kristof_kiger for the beautiful pictures, to Morlaix city and especially to the Morlaisiens for their smiles and their kindness!!! Special respect to Jeanne and Alexandre to whom I dedicate this painting, owner of this wall, aged 88 and 90 respectively, who offered me their facade and their confidence without asking for a model beforehand… A beautiful lesson… ❤️ Great meeting of @akhine.art, keep the vibes bro and hope see u soon! Big up to @sock.wildsketch, @leonkeer, @jeanrooble and @kaldea who have already worked superbly and to @sweo_5.7crew, @mister_copy, @artisterast, @nikita_5.7crew and @marko93darkvapor coming soon!!! – – – #aero2020 #graff #graffiti #graffitiart #aerosol #streetart #streetartist #spray #spraycan #spraycanart #mural #muralism #photorealism #photorealistic #photographer #hemingway #sailor #sea #birds #atlanticpuffin #zion #baiedemorlaixtourisme

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All pictures by: Kristof Kieger

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Women and nature in Amylili’s illustrations

Women and nature in Amylili’s illustrations

Giulia Pacciardi · 23 hours ago · Art

Flower Lover and Plant Lady, this is how the Luxembourg-based illustrator Amarylis Hibon aka Amylili calls herself.

When taking a tour on her Instagram, it is not difficult to grasp the strong bond the artist has with nature, its colors, and shapes.
In all her illustrations, whatever the protagonist, there is always an element that can be traced back to the natural world, it can be a print on a T-shirt, a bracelet made of flowers or the surrounding environment.

Graduated in Product and Furniture Design from London Metropolitan University, what she loves to do is express herself and her passions through illustration, a medium she also uses to send strong messages.
Her words are especially dedicated to women, those she would like to see more self-confident and aware of their strengths, qualities and possibilities.

Here you can find, as always, our selection but to see all Amylili’s works follow her here and here, to support her business instead follow her here.

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We Are Who We Are, Luca Guadagnino first TV series

We Are Who We Are, Luca Guadagnino first TV series

Giulia Pacciardi · 22 hours ago · Art

The first series by award-winning screenwriter, director and producer Luca Guadagnino will be released in October on Sky and in streaming on NOW TV. It consists of 8 episodes that tell the story of two young people living their adolescence in an American military base in Italy..

We Are Who We Are is a story that deals with themes such as friendship, first loves, contrasting feelings typical of the age of the two protagonists, and of all teenagers in this world.

HBO, who didn’t want to leak too much information, commented on the series when the teaser was released: 

We Are Who We Are is the story of two American children living on an American military base in Italy. The series explores friendship, first love, identity and plunges the audience into the messy sense of euphoria and anguish of being a teenager – a story that could happen anywhere in the world, but in this case, it happens in this small slice of America in Italy.

The cast of the series, along with the two protagonists played by Jack Dylan Grazer and Jordan Kristine Seamón, also includes actors of the calibre of Chloë Sevigny, Kid Cudi, Alice Braga, Francesca Scorsese, Corey Knight, Beatrice Barichella, Ben Taylor and Sebastiano Pigazzi.

While we are waiting to learn more about this first experiment carried out by the director of films such as “I am Love”, “A Bigger Splash”, “Suspiria” and “Call me by your name”, take a look at the teaser you can find here.

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We Are Who We Are, Luca Guadagnino first TV series
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