Great Design: The World’s Best Design Explored & Explained

Great Design

Great Design: The World’s Best Design Explored & Explained by Philip Wilkinson

TS 171.6 .W55 2013

Great Design is an extraordinary photographic tour of more than 100 of the world’s greatest designs. From the Red Blue chair to the Ekco Bakelite radio, the Vespa scooter to the Verdana typeface, the book tells the story of this modern art form from its birth during the industrial revolution to its high-profile status today. It explains the unique blend of aesthetics and engineering involved in designing a product that is both completely fit for purpose and unrivaled in appearance.

A magnificent gallery of furniture, graphics, car design, textiles, and more, this book tells the story behind each piece, explaining why it was created, who it was made for, and what made it innovative. Each design is analyzed visually, with annotated details, initial sketches, and prototypes, to help you understand its essential features and how developments in technology and materials made it possible. Key designers, schools, and movements are profiled, and each design is set in its historical context, showing how it went on to inspire what came after it.

Great Design takes you on a personal guided tour of each artifact, highlighting the main features and elements. By deciphering key points of style, it helps you to understand what design is and how it works.”
– publisher description


Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield

Z 250 .G228 2011

“Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product that we buy.  But where do fonts come from, and why do we need so many?  Who is behind the business-like subtlety of Times New Roman, the cool detachment of Arial, or the maddening lightness of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)?  Simon Garfield embarks on a mission to answer these questions and more, and reveal what may be the very best and worst fonts in the world.

Typefaces are now 560 years old, but we barely knew their names until about twenty years ago, when the pull-down font menus on our first computers made us all the gods of type.  Beginning in the early days of Gutenberg and ending with the most adventurous digital fonts, Garfield unravels our age-old obsession with the way our words look.  Just My Type investigates a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seemingly ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and what makes a font look presidential, male or female, American, British, German, or Jewish.  From the typeface of Beatlemania to the graphic vision of the Obama campaign, fonts can signal a musical revolution or the rise of an American president.  This book is a must-read for the design-conscious that will forever change the way you look at the printed word.” – publisher description