Design

Design Reference & Theory


From The ABCs of the Bauhaus to the Wiener Werkstätte, our books on design theory form the core of all designers reference libraries.

American Art Deco
  • Paperback
As good a treatment of this subject as one could ever hope for – Los Angeles Times

Bauhaus
  • Paperback
A much needed and very lucid account – The Times Educational Supplement

Bio Design

Bio Design

Nature • Science • Creativity

  • Paperback
Insanely weird and absolutely fascinating … I defy you to come away not knowing something new, or looking at nature or biology in a slightly different way – Biosphere

Biomimetics for Designers

Biomimetics for Designers

Applying Nature's Processes & Materials in the Real World

  • PLC (no jacket)
Designers are increasingly looking to the natural world for formal solutions, drawing inspiration from nature to achieve complex behaviours and applications by using simple materials in a clever way.

The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals

The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals

A Manual for Fine Metalworkers, Sculptors and Designers

  • Hardback
A meticulous piece of research, immaculately presented – Design

Colourful World
  • Paperback with flaps
A treasury of photographs … fabulous colour, fascinating facts and a delight to dip into for inspiration – and sunshine! – Craftsman Magazine

Craft Traditions of the World

Craft Traditions of the World

Locally Made, Globally Inspiring

  • Hardback
Be prepared to be humbled by the exquisite designs and beautiful workmanship of artisans from every corner of the globe … today’s mass-produced kitsch items pale into significance against the painstakingly innovative crafts exhibited here – Real Travel

Decorative Stone

Decorative Stone

The Complete Sourcebook

  • Hardback
Will be eagerly quarried by architects, antique restorers and archaeologists – The World of Interiors

Department Store

The Department Store

History · Design · Display

  • Hardback
Large and stylish … a feast – The Times

Design for the Real World

Design for the Real World

Human Ecology and Social Change

  • Paperback
Wonderfully alive, and full of examples to instruct, amuse and horrify – New Scientist

Design Since 1945
  • Paperback
Provides a global view of design in the post-World War II era – Booklist

Design - The Whole Story
  • Flexibound PLC (with jacket)
Helps to decode the material world that surrounds us – Jocks & Nerds

The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Design Since 1900
  • Paperback
Well-researched, concisely written…will be plundered by grateful design students throughout the country – Crafts

Digital Fonts

Digital Fonts

The Complete Guide to Creating, Marketing and Selling

  • Flexibound PLC (no jacket)
A comprehensive and practical guide that explores every aspect of the font creation process – from sketching initial letterforms to mastering the font creation software packages Fontlab and Fontographer