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Book Image 1900-20 : The Birth of Modernism
by Jackie Gaff

(20th Century Design)

Book Image 20's & 30s : Between the Wars
by Jackie Gaff

(20th Century Design)

Book Image 40's & 50s : War and Postwar Years
by Helen Jones, Jackie Gaff

(20th Century Design)

Book Image 70's & 80s : The High-Tech Age
by Jackie Gaff, John Tyrell

(20th Century Design)

Book Image 90's : The Digital Age
by Hannah Ford

(20th Century Design)

Book Image Bomby the Bombardier Beetle
by Hazel M. Rue

Book Image Bridges : Amazing Structures to Design, Build & Test
by Michael P. Kline (Illustrator), Carol A. Johmann, Elizabeth J. Rieth

Book Image Brooklyn Bridge
by Lynn Curlee

"It so happens that the work which is likely to be our most durable monument, and to convey some knowledge of us to the most remote posterity, is a work of bare utility; not a shrine, not a fortress, but a bridge."

So wrote one architectural critic of the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the grandest and most eloquent monuments to the American spirit that our country has produced. Its magnificent site, breathtaking span, cutting-edge technology, and sheer beauty have made it the subject of poems, paintings, photographs, novels, plays, and movies.

Beneath the Brooklyn Bridge's triumphant arches lie astonishing tales of death, deception, genius, and daring. Over the fourteen-year course of its construction, there were many deaths, including that of John A. Roebling, designer and chief engineer; an underwater fire; and even fraud.

Finally, though, the bridge was finished, and as part of the opening day festivities, the president, and two mayors crossed it.

In this stunning visual history, Lynn Curlee tells the fascinating story of the history and construction of the "Eighth Wonder of the World."

Book Image Building Big
by David Macaulay

Why this shape and not that? Why steel instead of concrete or stone? Why put it here and not over there? These are the kinds of questions that David Macaulay asks himself when he observes an architectural wonder. These questions take him back to the basic process of design from which all structures begin, from the realization of a need for the structure to the struggles of the engineers and designers to map out and create the final construction. As only he can, David Macaulay engages readers' imaginations and gets them thinking about structures they see and use every day -- bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, domes, and dams. In Building Big he focuses on the connections between the planning and design problems and the solutions that are finally reached. Whether a structure is imposing or inspiring, he shows us that common sense and logic play just as important a part in architecture as imagination and technology do. As always, Macaulay inspires readers of all ages to look at their world in a new way.

Book Image Building Toothpick Bridges
by Jeanne Pollard

(Math Project Series)

Book Image Design and Technology
by James Garratt

A variety of practical projects with a design emphasis are included within a well illustrated text that explains procedures and clarifies explanations of questions referring to basic information and practical procedures.

Book Image Design Drawing
by Frank Ching, Francis D. Ching, Steven P. Juroszek

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons
This is comprehensive introduction to drawing and more sheds new light on the relationship between perception, drawing, and design. Design Drawing covers the traditional basics of drawing, including line, shape, tone, and space. The supplemental CD-ROM contains information and instruction that elucidates a broad range of design drawing concepts through animation, video, and three-dimensional models. Intended for use with the book or as a stand-alone product, the CD-ROM includes 25 interactive lessons which demonstrate concepts and techniques in a way that a 2-D book format cannot.

Book Image Design of Everyday Things, The
by Donald A. Norman

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault lies in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. A bestseller in the United States, this bible on the cognitive aspects of design contains examples of both good and bad design and simple rules that designers can use to improve the usability of objects as diverse as cars, computers, doors, and telephones.

Book Image Great Careers for People Interested in Art & Design
by Gillian Bartlett

(Career Connections)

Book Image I Want to Be a Fashion Designer
by Stephanie Maze, Anne Davies

(I Want to Be-- Book Series)
From the classrooms of top fashion schools to the studios of talented designers, this book takes kids on an inspiring tour of the dynamic world of fashion design. Replete with colorful photographs and facts about the history and the future of fashion, it even shows readers how to get started now.

Book Image Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide, The
by Allan Bedford
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What exactly is a slope? What's the difference between a tile and a plate? Why is it bad to simply stack bricks in columns to make a wall? The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide is here to answer your questions. Focusing on building actual models with real bricks, The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide comes with complete instructions to build several cool models but also encourages you to use your imagination to create your own fantastic creations.

Book Image Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture
by Mario G. Salvadori

Between a nomad's tent and the Sears Tower lies a revolution in technology, materials, and structures. Here is a clear and enthusiastic introduction to building methods from ancient times to the present day.

Book Image Why Design? : Activities and Projects from the National Building Museum
by Anna Slafer, Kevin Cahill

Book Image Wings of an Artist : Children's Book Illustrators Talk About Their Art
by Barbara Kiefer

More than 20 celebrated children's book illustrators offer their thoughts about art and the creative muse that inspires them. Here such noted illustrators as Leo and Diane Dillon, Maira Kalman, James Ransome, Robert Sabuda, and Maurice Sendak tell-in compelling narratives and original artwork-what it was that drove them to become artists or what art means to them. The result is both an outstanding collection for art lovers of all ages and a wellspring of inspiration for tomorrow's young artists.

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