Zoë Ryan

Curator; Academic; Writer; Editor; Lecturer / Architecture; Product Design / United States / The Art Institute of Chicago

Books Every Product Designer Should Read

As the field of design becomes ever more complex, reaching into increasingly diverse areas of practice, designers are arming themselves with an expanded toolbox of methodologies and approaches in an effort to create projects that defy traditional disciplinary boundaries and more effectively speak to contemporary modes of practice and ways of living. . . . View the complete text
7 books
William McDonough
Michael Braungart

A manifesto for our time.

Alastair Fuad-Luke

Fuad-Luke’s book is rich with examples of inventive approaches to design that emphasize collective rather than individual efforts, with networks of people and industry coming together to share their knowledge, skills, and resources as a method for generating more innovative and thoughtful solutions to numerous problems.

John Thackara

Design guru John Thackara makes clear the need for objects and buildings that are not only concerned with delivering a result but also, and more important, take into consideration the process of use.

Cameron Sinclair Architecture for Humanity, Editor
Kate Stohr Architecture for Humanity, Editor

This book illustrates the power of design to change lives and emphasizes the crucial work of organizations such as Architecture for Humanity.

Georg Flachbart

Gives a great overview of how digital technologies are changing the nature and intent of our built environment, blurring distinctions between the real and virtual, and challenging architects and designers to rethink how information is represented and displayed.

Jonathan Chapman

Jonathan Chapman makes an articulate case for the need for objects and buildings with strong narratives that can help forge bonds with users through their inherent storytelling qualities.

A mainstay of discussions concerning the built landscape.

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