Universal Principles of Design. Ways to Enhance Usability,. William Lidwell. Kritina -Holden. Jill Butler. Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better. The universal principles provide ways to enhance usability, influence The best designers sometimes disregard the principles of design. William Lidwell. The Pocket Universal Principles of Design. William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler. Portable, condensed, and armed with principles, The Pocket Universal.
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Return to Book Page. Universal Principles of Design: Whether a marketing campaign or a museum rpinciples, a video game or a complex control system, the design we see is the culmination of many concepts and practices brought together from a variety of disciplines. Because no one can be an expert on everything, designers have always had to scramble to find the information and know-how required to make a design work – until now. U Whether a marketing campaign or a museum exhibit, a video game or a complex control system, the design we see is the culmination of many concepts and practices brought together from a variety of disciplines.
Universal Principles of Design is the first cross-disciplinary reference of design. Richly illustrated and easy to navigate, this book pairs clear explanations of the design concepts featured with visual examples of those concepts applied in princilpes.
This landmark reference will become the standard for designers, engineers, architects, and students who seek to broaden and improve their design expertise.
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See 1 question about Universal Principles of Design…. Lists with This Book. Boring and redundant, all this information is easily accessible online and most of it is so obvious and intuitive to begin with.
It didn’t even need to be a whole book most of the principals build on top of one another, easily could be reduced down to like five pages maybe. Only the most useful book I have ever read. Lots of things you may have heard of, applied to modern examples from the world of design – not graphic design, not architecture, not web design or product design, but just plain old design. Apr 19, John rated it it was amazing. It gave names to things I had “felt” before about design, taught me a bunch of new things, and reinforced the little I already knew about design.
Nov 12, Anthoney rated it it was amazing. I feel Designing is a more an applied branch of Psychology then just being about aesthetic, and this book has convinced me all the more. The book by itself so wonderfully realizes all the concepts of designing and to design, in its own format, structure and presentation, that the book’s presentation itself can serve as one of the example on a great design.
Each design principles are elaborated so clearly, lucidly, concisely with the relevant examples, and then summarised, all of these in just on I feel Designing is a more an applied branch of Psychology then just being about aesthetic, and this book has convinced me all the more.
Each design principles are elaborated so clearly, lucidly, concisely with the relevant examples, and then summarised, all of these in just one page each with related illustrations and figures in the adjoining pages. While the principles can be applied in so many professional trades and businesses not forgetting art-serving as a text booksome forms, ideas and mediums of expressions, I felt could be applied generally and socially too, almost like some of those books on ‘how to influence’ or ‘effective communication’ but more better then them presumably.
My only small grouse would be that some themes were repeated but then again it’s nuances and distinction were spelt out clearly enough to merit the repetition. I am glad I got hard cover edition cos I am going to be savouring it for a long, long time Jan 23, Tedb0t rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Tedb0t by: Saw it in an art supply store. This is a great resource for any kind of designer, especially of the interaction, interface or industrial sorts.
Nicely typeset and layed out, with simple, effective diagrams for pretty much every concept.
Highly recommended for people who like to make things both look and princiiples really, really well. May 04, Mara rated it really liked it Shelves: I go back to this book again and again whenever I feel stalled out.
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It’s easy for design to get overwhelming- or maybe pinciples just me, but, in any event, this book is a fantastic resource to page through when you have what I think of as the opposite of designer’s block. With so many innovations in programming, UX, design and information architecture coming out all of the time it’s easy to lose a sense of how to make things just “feel right.
I agree that alphabetical may not be the best way to organize this kind of information– if that’s a deal-breaker for you check out Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People ; but, given the illustrations and the physical structure of the book it’s easy enough to breeze through and find those things you didn’t even realize you were looking for. This makes a great short-hand companion to many of the principles described more extensively in The Design of Everyday Things princilpes, and, in my opinion, could even be a great coffee-table read Nov 22, Diego Petrucci rated it it was amazing.
If you are interested in design, but not in any particular area, you should really read this book. Goes trough every major topic, explaining the basics of design and, ad the title priciples, its principles. Come da titolo spiega i principali concetti che stanno dietro alla teoria del design.
Di lettura semplice ma efficace, consigliato a chiunque sia interessato di design senza necessariamente avere in mente una disciplina specifica. Dec 29, Adam Norwood rated it liked it Shelves: The alphabetic, single-page-per-topic presentation kept the content simple enough for a wide audience to understand, but it also felt like a hindrance and perhaps the magic number of ” was also a contrivance, but maybe that’s just coincidence.
Some of the entries felt like duplicates, using the same clip art as examples or the same phrasing between topics. Overall it felt like the book needed an editor to enforce better consistency — after reading the various entries I could pick out the The alphabetic, single-page-per-topic presentation kept the content simple enough for a wide audience to understand, but it also felt like a hindrance and perhaps the magic number of ” was also a contrivance, but maybe that’s just coincidence.
Overall it felt like the book needed an editor ddesign enforce better consistency — after reading the various entries I could pick out the writing style of the three different authors. Not bad, especially as a general overview of some common design issues for new designers, but to me it felt like it lacked depth on most of the topics.
Bonus points for the sidebar bibliography that came with most entries, though. Jun 16, Dave rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I think this could actually benefit anyone who works with or presents univerdal, but it should make a solid impact for software designers. They should have this in every bathroom in every software company on principlrs planet — great for just perusing. Any page of this book contains at least one really good idea for improving something you work with.
The layout and graphics are as expected stellar. Nov 10, Mohammad Shaker rated it really liked it. A less joyful review compared to 2 years ago. The book is a very good intro to the crossway between design, behaviour and psychology. I can read more pages of this one. Absolute joy while reading it. Surely a reference book that I’ll get back to again and again.
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Jan 15, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: Fantastic reference for all designers to keep on their desk. I especially like the question-based reference guide located just after the table of contents – this helps guide your study of the principles taught in the book.
Finally finish this book after abandoning it for so long!
Filled with many principles of design, it is just what i am looking for in such a book. However, some of the explanation of these principles are hard to understand for me. I found myself doze off on the explanation at the end of the explanation, and had to re-read the explanation a few times. Maybe because i am not a native english speakers, eh? I count the first read of the book as an action to familiarize myself with these principles.
Wi Finally finish this book after abandoning it for so long! Will surely need to revisit the book to remember the principles. Sep 16, Ben Haley rated it really liked it. UPD is a short read and if you are doing creative work, it will inspire you. UPD is a sort of design dictionary, devoting 2 pages to over major design concepts covering a breadth of subjects including psychological traits like cognitive dissonance, design techniques like prototyping, and user interface principals like the signal-to-noise ratio.
Each definition includes a description of the principle, guidelines on how it is applied, and picture based examples of the principle in action. I foun UPD is a short read and if you are doing creative work, it will inspire you.
I found the book provocative while working on a interface for teacher registration and I am sure the registration was improved for the book’s influence. That said, the book didn’t so much teach me as remind me of a number of important ideas.
Jul 20, Scuppers rated it really liked it Shelves: Universal Principles of Design reminds me of a book I had when I was younger that had different letters of the alphabet and big, glossy pictures of things starting with that letter.
As with the alphabet book, I’m not sure how comprehensive or useful “Universal Principles” would be as a reference to everything you might expect to ever see, it’s not an encyclopedia or even a dictionarybut the pictures are cool, and the content’s interesting.
Jul 04, Beth rated it it was amazing. I love the density and efficiency of this book. On-page discussions of design ideas that are relevant to all aspects of design It has cross-references to related topics within the book. I pick it up just to charge my brain sometimes. Jul 12, Savina rated it it was amazing. Such a good book! One of the only textbooks to ever hold my attention so tightly that I almost missed my trainstop reading it.
I will be keeping this on my shelf for a long time to come.