So much passes us by, unnoticed. We multi-task, switch between screens, work faster. When was the last time you paused to consider a beautifully-made object or stunning natural landscape? Yet this is when our spirits lift and our soul is restored.
Designer Alan Moore invites us to rethink not only what we produce - whether it's a website, a handmade chair, or a business - but how and why. With examples from Apple, Yeo Valley and Blitz Motorcycles, we are encouraged to ask: Is it useful and considered. Is it a thing of beauty?
Do Design will inspire you to:
Improve your creative process Raise the quality and craft of your work Consider the experience as much as the product Adopt simplicity, utility and honesty as guiding principles
We are creative beings. We love to make things. This book will inspire you to create better things for better reasons. Things that people will love - for a long time to come. Some say beauty is a luxury. But what if it is key to creating a better world for us all?
'An excellent guide to the essence of beauty - the freedom to create it and an argument for its power and importance to the soul.'
Tim Smit, The Eden Project
'A handbook for mindful making and conscientious consumption.'
'Alan Moore's book on beauty links the history of that which has been simply made, to that which has been extraordinarily made. The difference is that which is engineered, to what is crafted, to what is designed.'
John Maeda, Automattic
'What is described in this book is not just an approach to design, it's a way of life.'
Karen Hodkinson, formerly ID magazine
'Your book gave me real clarity and a forceful nudge to just make things and see where it takes me. What a book!'
Jono Smart, contemporary potter