The Shape of Design is a little philosophical handbook about making things for other people. The book is used in design classrooms around the world, but its message has found a home in all kinds of creative disciplines, from chefs to woodworkers.
Instead of talking about typography, grids, or logos, it focuses on storytelling, co-dependency, and craft. It tries to supplement the abundance of technical talk and how-to elsewhere by elevating why great work is done.
A book about objectives, it zooms out to answer a couple big questions: How does it feel to make things for other people? And how can we do so in a meaningful, engaged way?
"I was tired of not having suitable texts to teach in my thesis-level design courses, so I wrote my own. The book skips over methods and practice, and instead takes a theoretical look at the opportunities and possibilities of the creative practice, and what could happen when a successful piece of design is released into the world."
Frank Chimero is a designer, illustrator, and author working as a visual partner across branding, publication, and digital projects.
Size: 5.5" x 8.5", 142 pages