Design Genius Book Reviews

Design Genius

By Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris

352 pages, softcover, $60, published by Fairchild Books, bloomsbury.com

Books on design typically tackle a very narrow aspect of the ever-widening field, selling knowledge—of a concept, technique or style—by the slice. The genius of Design Genius, then, lies in its broad, compendious approach. Neatly packaged mini essays and interviews offer digestible morsels of creative knowledge sourced from 69 professionals across a medley of design disciplines. Stacked together, the layers of information form a meaty encyclopedia that bakes in connections to more overarching themes of creative work, for example, the designer’s evolving relationship with politics and technology and the true measures of success in design research, sustainability and social responsibility. An unassuming softcover makes it easier to flip through the weighty tome and randomly discover some new insight to chew on among the compelling visuals. A perfect book to display on your favorite table and savor over time. —Robin Alyse Doyle

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