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Deconstructing Product Design: Exploring the Form, Function, and Usability of 100 Amazing Products [Hardcover]

William Lidwell
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1 Mar 2008
This book deconstructs the design and functional elements and innovations of 100 extremely successful and ground breaking products. The author profiles them in a succinct bulleted manner, working off the successful format of "Universal Principals of Design" in terms of providing consistent types of information in a concise format. This allows readers to quickly find and understand the workings behind the essential details, some of which made these products stand out and thrive in the crowded marketplace, and some that did not meet their expectations. Every product has a range of elements and even in some successful new designs, there are elements that don't work as well as the designer had hoped. By examining both the good and the bad, readers will walk away with an enlightened view of some of today's ground breaking work.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc (1 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533459
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 22.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Lidwell is an artist, author and entrepreneur. He splits his time between writing, consulting and working on bizarre design projects at the Stuff Creators Design Studio. William is a regular columnist for OReillys Make Magazine and author of the book Universal Principles of Design.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy and insightful 16 May 2011
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a book that looks behind the scenes at how products are designed - specifically the thought process. Over 100 products are featured, and they all look really sleek. Commentary comes in the form of an analysis of the product itself, followed by thoughts from a class of prominent designers and thinkers. It can get very detailed, down to the aesthetic choices like putting ornamental rivets. It's also a wonderful showcase of relatively unknown products.

Of course, a nicely designed product might not translate to commercial success. All the examples featured are also ranked on attributes like aesthetic, function, usability, sustainability and the commercial success.

This is a nice classy book on product design. Highly recommended to product designers.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed! 16 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
I teach product design and am considering buying a copy of this book for each of my students. It's great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 29 Jun 2014
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Great format and information v useful for A level terminology
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous - Shame about the cover design 5 April 2014
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A really great, informative book which I hope will have a sequel. A fascinating variety of products covered in a clear, intelligible way (with helpful use of designer jargon) by the authors and contributors.

My only qualm is with the publisher, whose dedication to sub-editing & cover design doesn't do justice to the content.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 7 Feb 2014
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Good book to help my design classes with the analysis of the products. Gives good meaning to all that I am teaching
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