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Review: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer

I have to admit: I don’t follow the latest in graphic design, and don’t know many of the big names in the field. So a lot of the people Debbie Millman interviews in How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer were new to me, but no matter; they are fascinating interviews nonetheless.

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Review: The Perfect Thing

For as much as designers like to use the iPod as an example, seven years after its launch, we’re still as a group mostly ignorant of how it was made. There is still a mystique around it. Enter The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness by Steven Levy.

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Review: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Despite a panning review in the New York Times and scoffs from Joel Spolsky, I really enjoyed Outliers: The Story of Success by New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell, who is also the author of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
and The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.

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Review: Process

Most books about industrial design fall into two camps. On one side are the books that are pure eye candy: coffee-table like tomes with beautifully-lit product shots. On the other side are books like Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design which, while valuable, are also technical and not for the casual reader. In the middle is the book Process: 50 Product Designs from Concept to Manufacture.

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Review: The Pencil

This isn’t a review of the writing/drawing instrument, but rather The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance by Henry Petroski. I was really looking forward to reading this book, as I enjoyed Petroski’s other book The Evolution of Useful Things and it was at…

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Review: The Big Switch

Nicholas Carr has written an important, yet readable, book in The Big Switch: Rewiring the World from Edison to Google. It’s a book that, if the thesis is true, (and I suspect it is) it will have vast implications for those of us working in the technology and product design fields.

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Review: HCI Remixed

Thomas Erickson and David McDonald have put together an interesting selection of essays in HCI Remixed: Reflections on Works That Have Influenced the HCI Community . In a sense, this book is the B side to Bill Moggridge’s book Designing Interactions in that it tells…

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