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Marc Newson

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Without doubt my favourite designer. Ex Surfer Marc Newson literally burst onto the design scene with his fantastic loungers that were made using the very same technology implemented in surfboard manufacture. I went to his exhibition at the Design Museum and was simply blown away by his products, his small car for Ford was stunning and I have referred to it more than once in my classroom. The layout of the book is excellent and in design terms is a very important publication; personally it is one of the most used books in my design library.
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British Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design

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This is the same deal as the Italian Auto Legends but with all British Marques. Just as beautiful to study and fantastically presented. A real must for future budding car designers. Particularly useful for spotting design influences on modern British cars.

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Italian Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design

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This book contains some of the most beautiful and influential cars on the planet, from the Lamborghini Muira to the Ferrari 512 Le Mans ,they are all here captured in exquisite detail. Superb book for studying form, even dare I say, over function.
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Luxury Toys for Men

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This is a book that simply contains the very best example of every product that you ever wanted to own or never even knew you wanted to own. The photography is exquisite; the paper even feels expensive and is the stuff that dreams are made of. Having problems getting a group to think outside the box? Put this down in front of them and your biggest problem will be containing their enthusiasm

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Dogtown: the Legend of the Z-Boys – the Original Stories

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If you are focussing on “extreme” culture within a project, whether it be graphics or textiles then this book is genesis. Without question Craig Stecyk defined skate culture and the aesthetic, which later developed into what most identify as the extreme sports genre. Absolutely beautiful photography from start to finish, a pure inspiration. I own and use this one.

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Subway ART (1984) by Henry Chalfont and Martha Cooper

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If you teach boys in the UK then I reckon you have a number of budding Graffiti artists in your groups. So why not turn their passion that is often seen as a negative into a positive? Why not use Graffiti as an influence in product design, graphics, textiles or resistant materials? Subway Art is the bible of graffiti artist’s full stop. It was the first publication ever to document the art form and describe in detail its nuances, the discipline, method and developments. The book itself has a style and aesthetic that still defines this genre of publication I have owned this book since I was 11 years old and have since used it countless times in the classroom. Dondi, one of the most famous “writers” of all time featured in the book, has been likened to Picasso due to his ability to create such fantastic proportions and scale in his “pieces”. Art critiques have since agreed and even suggested him as an equal. I would have to disagree; Picasso worked in a studio on canvas, Dondi worked at 4.00 am in the pitch black, dodging security, freezing cold on a 65ft train for a canvas.

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