Books for Architects and Designers

Book review of A dictionary of Color Combination, by Sanzo Wada and Seigensha art publishing

A Dictionary of Color Combinations, Sanzo Wada

A Dictionary of Color Combinations is a book derived from the Haishoku Soukan, a collection of books published in the 1930s by the Japanese artist and costume designer Sanzo Wada. The book is useful for any designer. On 300 pages, it collects 348 colour combinations that will ensure a harmonious chromatic result for your projects. The dictionary has also inspired an open-source project: a web platform that gathers all palettes and colour codes in CMYK, RGB and HEX.

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Notes on the Synthesis of Form, Christopher Alexander

Notes on the Synthesis of Form, Christopher Alexander

The figure of Christopher Alexander is unique in the world of architecture. With his thinking, he touches on the central aspects of any design activity and has helped define models such as object-oriented programming and Agile. His first book, Notes on the synthesis of form, is the foundation on which Alexander built his famous pattern theory. For this reason, it is a must-read for architects, designers, computational designers, programmers and project managers.

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The Architecture of Happiness, a book by Alain de Botton

The Architecture of Happiness, a book by Alain de Botton

When they gave me the Architecture and Happiness, I’d just enrolled at university. I knew de Botton as a writer because of some of his novels. It was a pleasant surprise to read about Architecture, described even as something different from what I had in mind. After a few years, I’m happy to talk about it, also because in the meantime de Botton made a series of documentaries based on the book. The complete series is composed of three videos and it is available for free on YouTube.

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Book review of A dictionary of Color Combination, by Sanzo Wada and Seigensha art publishing

A Dictionary of Color Combinations, Sanzo Wada

A Dictionary of Color Combinations is a book derived from the Haishoku Soukan, a collection of books published in the 1930s by the Japanese artist and costume designer Sanzo Wada. The book is useful for any designer. On 300 pages, it collects 348 colour combinations that will ensure a harmonious chromatic result for your projects. The dictionary has also inspired an open-source project: a web platform that gathers all palettes and colour codes in CMYK, RGB and HEX.

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Notes on the Synthesis of Form, Christopher Alexander

Notes on the Synthesis of Form, Christopher Alexander

The figure of Christopher Alexander is unique in the world of architecture. With his thinking, he touches on the central aspects of any design activity and has helped define models such as object-oriented programming and Agile. His first book, Notes on the synthesis of form, is the foundation on which Alexander built his famous pattern theory. For this reason, it is a must-read for architects, designers, computational designers, programmers and project managers.

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The Architecture of Happiness, a book by Alain de Botton

The Architecture of Happiness, a book by Alain de Botton

When they gave me the Architecture and Happiness, I’d just enrolled at university. I knew de Botton as a writer because of some of his novels. It was a pleasant surprise to read about Architecture, described even as something different from what I had in mind. After a few years, I’m happy to talk about it, also because in the meantime de Botton made a series of documentaries based on the book. The complete series is composed of three videos and it is available for free on YouTube.

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