What is Good Design?

  • What is Good Design?
  • What is Good Design?
  • What is Good Design?
  • What is Good Design?
  • What is Good Design?
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Good design is something we often recognize but can't express in words. This graphically delightful primer handily defines the seven characteristics of good design and shows why it matters. It is guaranteed to raise readers' Design IQ!

This book by a 40-year design-industry veteran targets creatives of all ages, including tweens, teens, and STEAM students and their parents, by making a complex subject accessible. Each of the seven chapters defines  and explains a characteristic of good design, accompanied by five  examples of product designs rendered in cut-paper art. The colorful artwork and clear, simple language make complex and sometimes abstract ideas easy to understand. Readers will see a wide range of everyday objects that meet the criteria for good design: works well, looks good, opens our minds to new ideas, improves lives, brings joy, is innovative, and stands the test of time.   

Philadelphia-based Lisa S. Roberts has been working in the design industry for over 40 years as a product designer, author, host of a TV docuseries on design, and lecturer. She is a trustee at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

  • All ages
  • Author/illustrator: Lisa S. Roberts
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Schiffer, 2022
  • 112 pages, 7" x 7"
  • 65 color images
  • ISBN: 9780764364051 
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