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How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built

Stewart Brand - 1995
    How Buildings Learn is a masterful new synthesis that proposes that buildings adapt best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants, and that architects can mature from being artists of space to becoming artists of time. From the connected farmhouses of New England to I.M. Pei's Media Lab, from "satisficing" to "form follows funding," from the evolution of bungalows to the invention of Santa Fe Style, from Low Road military surplus buildings to a High Road English classic like Chatsworth—this is a far-ranging survey of unexplored essential territory.More than any other human artifacts, buildings improve with time—if they're allowed to. How Buildings Learn shows how to work with time rather than against it.

The Art of Calligraphy: A Practical Guide to the Skills and Techniques

David Harris - 1995
    Whether you want to personalize stationery or enhance other special gifts and objects, The Art of Calligraphy helps you choose equipment, from brushes, pens, pencils, papers, to inks, and then shows exactly how to produce every letter of the alphabet in a number of different scripts.

The New Typography

Jan Tschichold - 1995
    First published in English in 1995, with an excellent introduction by Robin Kinross, this new edition includes a foreword by Rich Hendel, who considers current thinking about Tschichold's life and work.

The Green Imperative: Ecology and Ethics in Design and Architecture

Victor Papanek - 1995
    This book shows how everyone, from those at the forefront of design to the consumers, can contribute to the well-being of the planet through an awareness of design and technology.

The Toolbox Book: A Craftsman's Guide to Tool Chests, Cabinets, and Storage Systems (Craftsman's Guide to)

Jim Tolpin - 1995
    "Ideas and inspiration galore".--"Wooden Boat Review". 190 color photos. 100 drawings.

About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design

Alan Cooper - 1995
    You'll learn the principles of good product behavior and gain an understanding of Cooper's Goal-Directed Design method, which involves everything from conducting user research to defining your product using personas and scenarios. Ultimately, you'll acquire the knowledge to design the best possible digital products and services.

Film Posters of the Russian Avant-Garde

Susan Pack - 1995
    This book represents a survey of these works.

Eichler Homes: Design for Living

Jerry Ditto - 1995
    Now, nearly 50 years after the phenomenon of the Eichler home, once a quintessential symbol of the American Dream, this beautifully illustrated volume chronicles both the success and ultimate demise of a legendary company. With over 100 full-color photographs of the homes' various models, as well as an introduction by architectural expert Sally B. Woodbridge and an essay by Eichler's son Ned, Eichler Homes tells the poignant story of a unique post-war business, and of a singular vision and unforgettable legacy that continue to inspire architects and designers around the world.

Glorious Interiors: Needlepoint, Knitting, and Decorative Design Project's for Your Home

Kaffe Fassett - 1995
    A master of knitting and needlepoint shows, using full instructions and charts, how to recreate the look of seven striking rooms from his own home through thirty-one creative home-decorating projects, each designed around a central motif and color scheme.

Moroccan Interiors

Lisa Lovatt-Smith - 1995
    The diversity is breathtaking: the rural pis? architecture of the south is a far cry from the Hispano-Mooresque ornamental beauty of the imperial cities. Moroccan Interiors are as endlessly varied as the country itself, from the restored palaces in the medina of Marrakesh (where aesthetes of the international set now live) to humble troglodyte fishermen's homes at Sidi Moussa d?Aglou. The colorful palette of this country and the light there themselves suffuse these very different homes with a vitality that is as distinctive to modern Morocco as it is a reflection of contemporary trends in d?cor worldwide. The author: Lisa Lovatt-Smith was born in 1967 in Barcelona of British parents. She has since lived in London, Madrid and Milan. At eighteen she began a meteoric career at the various international editions of Vogue. She has since decided to concentrate on writing in Paris, her chosen home, where she lives with her daughter.

Designs of William Morris

Anonymous - 1995
    This selection of drawings and designs evokes Morris's charm and genius.

I See What You Mean

Steve Moline - 1995
    Information can come in pictures as well as in words, and more usually in the kind of text that combines images with words. Teachers across the curriculum, therefore, have an obligation to teach students how to read and write these visual texts.In this activity-laden resource book Steve Moline outlines learning/literacy strategies that require students to communicate graphically. Over 100 student examples illustrate how students can communicate some concepts better with visual texts than with conventional, word-only texts. These strategies will be especially helpful for students who struggle with writing or who are visual learners.Noted writer and illustrator Steve Moline:defines the purpose, context, and outcomes of each kind of visual display;explains how to match written text with the most appropriate type of visual text;provides Big Book examples where many types of visual displays are used;includes a chapter on basic graphic design for classroom publishing projects.Because visual literacy extends into all subject areas, any elementary classroom teacher will find I See What You Mean a helpful source of information and ideas, particularly for thematic work that integrates the curriculum.

Wiener Werkstatte: 1903-1932

Gabriele Fahr-Becker - 1995
    The buildings and objects that resulted combine classical elegance with streamlined functionality. No everyday object was too banal, no architectural task too complex for the artists of the Wiener Werkstdtte. They experimented with an endless variety of materials, from gold and precious stones to papier mbchi and glass beads, and their work still bears lasting witness to a unique and vital artistic movement. Even today, architects and designers continue to cite in their work the innovations and ideas of Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstdtte.

Wendell Minor: Twenty-Five Years Of Book Cover Art

Wendell Minor - 1995
    Introduction by David McCullough; illustrated index.

Color in Interior Design

John F. Pile - 1995
    Coverage ranges from the basic principles of color to the effect of color on the human psyche. Includes extensive color charts and photos showing design do's and don'ts and a portfolio of color charts and renderings of work done by practicing design professionals. 250 full-color illus./photos; 30 b&w photos.

A Little Better Than Plumb: The Biography of a House

Henry E. Giles - 1995
    To longtime Giles fans and new readers alike, these reminiscences of family, friends, a river, and a roof offer a charming visit to rural Kentucky in the late 1950s.

Going Into Darkness: Fantastic Coffins from Africa

Thierry Secretan - 1995
    Realistically carved and highly painted, it is both symbolic and functional, for this is the coffin of the chief sardine fisherman of Teshi.

Queen Mary

James Steele - 1995
    Put into service in 1936, she soon captured the imagination of the public on both sides of the Atlantic, and came to represent the spirit of an era that was characterized by elegance and style. With her speed and stateliness, the new liner provided a tangible symbol of the end of the Depression, making her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York a source of great national pride. Her Art Deco interiors were renowned for their craftsmanship and attention to detail, with everything from carpets to doorknobs specially designed by the best artists and craftsmen of the period. Contemporary with New York's finest Deco hotels and office blocks, such as the Chrysler Building, the Queen Mary provides a floating example of the streamlined style.

Finer Points In The Spacing & Arrangement Of Type

Geoffrey Dowding - 1995
    Few people investigate, dissect and care about type with the passion and intensity of Dowding. He probes into every aspect & use of type and space, from word and letter arrangement to the design of type itself. He’s readable, absorbing and provocative; no matter how you feel about Geoffrey Dowding’s opinions, you will never approach design in quite the same way after having read Finer Points in the Spacing and Arrangement of Type. If you care about design and the printed word, then you care about what Geoffrey Dowding has to say. During his long typographic career, Geoffrey Dowding was typographer to a number of British publishers and agencies. He also served as an instructor in typographic design at the London College of Printing for over twenty years.

Paris Interiors

Lisa Lovatt-Smith - 1995
    This book shows us around 50 imaginatively conceived apartments and houses, the homes of prominent people such as Isabella Adjani, Helena Christensen and Christian and Francoise Lacroix. How we live is who we are. These interiors are "mirrors of the soul," showing the true personalities of those who live in them. From baroque opulence to cool understatement to colourful exoticism, their style is unforced - these are homes that people live in, not museum pieces. They also document Parisian vogues - for the Frech Thirties and Forties, for the furniture of Jean-Michel Frank and Jean Royere, for Diego Giacometti's stucco work, or the design features of the Vienna Secession. This book documents a particularly energetic and fertile moment in one of the world's most beautiful cities. Paris Interiors brings together a selection of extraordinary apartments in the French capital, chosen purely for their individuality. From wicked fun to timeless classicism, everything in this unique book will be an inspiration.

The Art of Tassel Making

Susan Dickens - 1995
    You can create a virtually limitless number of designs using the authors'

Seeing Organizational Patterns

Robert W. Keidel - 1995
    By learning to frame issues as trade-offs among these design variables, one can see underlying patterns that previously had not been visible - and thereby make more intelligent analyses, choices, and commitments than would otherwise be possible. Seeing Organizational Patterns converts organizational design into an art form of triangular patterns. Featuring vivid examples and consulting-based cases, this book offers a wealth of theoretical insights and practical lessons. Keidel provides a set of conceptual lenses that enables you to see organizations more clearly, systematically, and imaginatively than ever before.

Frank Lloyd Wright design

Maria Costantino - 1995
    Best known for his Prairie and Usonion houses, his architecture nevertheless reflected a variety of influences that were frequently underlined in the decorative or utilitarian accessories that Frank Lloyd Wright designed to complement his buildings.Frank Lloyd Wright Design displays over 100 full-color reproductions of the finest examples of decorative and utilitarian pieces, showing them in situ, as Frank Lloyd Wright himself intended them to be placed. Details of tiling, stonework, murals, stained glass, built-ins, and other design elements are also depicted, while the informative text puts it all into context. For the many admires of Frank Lloyd Wright's work, this book focuses on the elements of style that , when taken together, create a distinctive, modern look that is uniquely that of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Cooking (Chic Simple)

Todd Lyon - 1995
    Text by Todd Lyon, recipes with Sally Sampson, photographs by Gentl & Hyers

The Work of Antonio Santelia: Retreat Into the Future

Esther da Costa Meyer - 1995
    Many significant and controversial developments have been made through the introduction of new legislation, presenting the need for an up-to-date and fully comprehensive guide. This third edition addresses these changes and provides an reference tool for those working in this area.

The Fractured Metropolis: Improving The New City, Restoring The Old City, Reshaping The Region

Jonathan Barnett - 1995
    Targeted at architects, students, urban designers and planners, landscape architects, and city and regional officials, The Fractured Metropolis provides a thorough analysis of not only cities but also the entire metropolitan region, considering how both are intrinsically linked and influence one other.

Siena, Florence, and Padua: Art, Society, and Religion 1280-1400, Volume 1: Interpretive Essays

Diana Norman - 1995
    The essays contain discussions of the politics and the economics of the cities during the 14th century; the major practitioners of painting, sculpture and architecture; the significance of communal and familial patronage of art in the three cities; the relation of art to the religious belief and devotional practice and to the broader intellectual ambience of the cities; and the impact and significance of various historiographical traditions.

Interior Lighting for Designers

Gary Gordon - 1995
    And, for years, this excellent reference has guided architects and designers in the achievement of lighting artistry. Enhanced with more than one hundred new illustrations, Interior Lighting for Designers, 4th Edition takes readers step-by-step through the lighting design process as it covers lighting terminology, perception, general design strategies, and much more. Revised to address recent advances in lighting technology and practice, this edition also covers new equipment as well as revised specifications for existing equipment. Color photos of various design applications beautifully illustrate project concepts. Little wonder that this work has been identified as one of the "key preparation references" for design professionals facing their Lighting Certified examination.

Gothic Style : Architecture and Interiors from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Kathleen Mahoney - 1995
    Some 30 structures - many open to the public - in the United States and Great Britain are explored inside and out in beautiful full-color photographs and historic engravings. In addition, the author weaves an intriguing social history that conveys the romantic spirit with which tastemakers, architects, and designers have captured the medieval past.This volume sets out to reveal the exuberent and whimsical manner in which the romantic medieval Gothic style of architecture and design has been revived from the 18th century to the present, showing how an 800-year-old trend can still look fresh today.

Warman's Jewelry: Identification and Price Guide

Christie Romero - 1995
    A "field guide" to styles and types of antique, period and vintage collectible jewelry on the U.S. market today, this book is for anyone who owns old jewelry.Not only does "Warman's Jewelry" feature the most current prices, it gives fascinating, informative and valuable background information in these categories:Late Georgian, Early Victorian, Mid-Victorian and Late VictorianArts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and EdwardianMid-Century Mexican ModernistNative American, Mexican and ScandinavianNo matter how they've acquired it, most people want to know the same basic things about a piece of jewelry: how old it is, where and how it was made, who made it, what it is made of, and what is it worth. As greater numbers of collectors have entered the field, there has been a growing need for more information about the many varieties of collectible jewelry being bought and sold today. Loaded with highly detailed listings and other pertinent information, "Warman's Jewelry" is a complete guide for beginners or experts.