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From textiles, to painting to design and more. These new books are currently on display.


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New Design Books

New to the library this month is three volume set The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design. These reference books are on the new book display until 14th June after which time they can be found on the shelves at shelfmark 745.403 BLO.


Wayfinding Design in the Public Environment by Andrew Hodson (741.6 HOD) can also be seen in display.



More details in the library catalogue Metsearch.

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Design Books

New additions to the library include several design focussed books. These are now featured on the new book display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library.

mid century modern

Dominic Bradbury’s ‘Mid-Century Modern Complete’ is a definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design. It offers a rich overview of all aspects of the subject, covering furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, product design, industrial design, graphics and posters, as well as architecture and interior design.

design iconic designs

Design: The Groundbreaking Moments. This book is dedicated to the great ideas and turning points in the history of design. The bentwood chair, Bauhaus furniture, Dieter Ram’s designs for Braun, Apple computers, and Ikea furniture have made their way into homes and offices around the world, but all these objects signify major departures from those that came before – a new way of designing things that, in many cases, we now take for granted. In 20 diverse chapters, this book explores such ‘groundbreaking moments’ in product design.

Iconic Designs: 50 Stories About 50 Things. ‘By returning to the etymological roots of iconicity and showcasing objects which are distinctive, memorable, internationally recognised and the subject of significant media attention, this text addresses what we mean by ‘iconic’ and how that aids our understanding of design and of iconicity….’

making design       chinas design

Making design: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum collection by Irma Boom.  Cooper Hewitt possesses one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence, and is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Featuring more than 900 collection objects selected by its curatorial staff and renowned designer Irma Boom, ‘Making Design’ embodies the most important tenets of the institutions philosophy: transparency of design process, accessibility for all users in its physical and digital manifestations, and cross-discipline connections throughout the collection.

China’s Design Revolution by Lorraine Justice. Justice describes and documents examples of Chinese design and innovation that range from ancient ceramics to communist propaganda posters. She then explores award-winning projects in media, fashion, graphic, interior, and product design.

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New books: patterns, textiles & design

peggy designing patterns richard tuttle Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter

Designing Patterns

Richard Tuttle: I don’t know. The Weave of Textile Language







textiles and fashion

Textiles & Fashion: Exploring Printed Textiles, Knitwear, Embroidery, Menswear & Womenswear

The Wallpaper Book

Indian Textiles: The Karun Thakar Collection

History of Design: Decorative Arts & Material Culture 1400 – 2000



the wallpaper bookindian textileshistory of design

These new books are currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff library. Follow the links to the library catalogue for more information or to place a reservation. Available to borrow from 24th June.

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21 twenty one : 21 designers for twenty-first century Britain


21 twenty one : 21 designers for twenty-first century Britain

This work showcases designers living and working in Britain who have come to prominence since the millenium. Combining interviews with commentary and evaluation, Gareth Williams examines what design means and has meant to Britain and British identity.

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Pictoplasma : the character compendium

Pictoplasma : the character compendium / edited by Peter Thaler and Lars Den

From Pictoplasma, a compendium of character designs that aims to capture the essence of the contemporary scene. In all more than 900 individual characters are featured, by 200 international artists including….

Osian Efnisien

Nick Sheehy

Amanda Visell

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150 Years of the London Underground

Do take a look at this month’s Creative Review which celebrates 150 years of the London Underground.


 “The history of the London Underground is the history of visual communications. We celebrate 150 years of the tube in CR March, where you can read about the evolution of the world-famous roundel, the Underground’s own instantly recognisable typeface, its long tradition of great posters, platform art, maps, much and more…”




Creative Review can also be accessed online through Art Full Text – follow this link to the e journals A – Z , search for Creative Review then follow the link.

You may also find these books of interest … London Undergound Maps: Art, Design and Cartography, London’s Underground Stations: A Social and Architectural Study, Underground Art: London Transport Poster, 1908 to the present, Mr Beck’s Underground Map and the DVD Design Classics

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