Design Book Review: Designing Here/Now

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A global selection of objects, concepts and spaces for the future

In 2010 Core77, the longest running online magazine dedicated to the practitioners and practice of design, decided to stage a juried, international design competition that would span nearly 20 categories and celebrate some of the most notable designs that the world had to offer. And now years of hard work are brought to bear in a thoughtful and inspiring collection.

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Designing Here/Now is the product of that monumental undertaking. This massive book explores design innovations in a wide range of areas of interest and in doing so conveys an insightful snapshot of contemporary design trends. The range of projects included in this tome is nothing short of amazing. From equipment to consumer products to furniture to packaging to visual communication to transportation, and beyond, Designing Here/Now analyzes projects that are at the forefront of design and their impact on society, education and ways of thinking and interacting with the world.

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Through over five hundred works of design Design Here/Now celebrates the creative sparks and processes that motivate all designers to bring projects to life. A “State of Design” roundtable discussion features some of the most respected designers and thought leaders in the industry including Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art; Steven Heller, co-chair, MFA Design, School of Visual Arts; Robert Fabricant, vice president of Creative, frog; and others.

In an age when change is the only constant, this book captures the wonder, rigor and impact of design right now, as well as demonstrates the trends that are moving design into the future.


T1813Relive graphic design of the 1900s with 20th Century Design by Tony Seddon, an exploration of the graphic style throughout the decades of the 1900s. Each chapter contains an expansive overview of graphic design in one decade, with information about influences from other areas like politics, architecture, technology, and more. Each chapter also provides profiles of prominent designers, as well as a timeline of graphic design and other relevant fields. Discover even more about design of each decade with a look at the typefaces and color palettes that define each one, and find out how to recreate the look, feel, and style of each of them using modern software with included step-by-step guides. Get it here.

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