Design book cleanse

It’s time to make room for new design books! We’ve had an ‘autumn clean’ in our design collection and are seeking new homes for some old design books which are no longer required. We have sets of Red Dot Design Yearbooks (2013/14 until 2016/17) and Red Dot Design Concept Yearbooks (2013/14 until 2015/16) to give away. We would … Read more

Top five borrowed design books

We’re celebrating Library and Information Week and today we’d like to share APDL’s most borrowed books and magazines from the design collection. Design Lounge Coordinator Chenoa Pettrup who compiled our top five list said she was surprised by the results which revealed design magazines as our most accessed publications. “Magazines do get used a lot … Read more

APDL summer reading 2016

Summer holidays are on the horizon which means the APDL summer reading guide is out! We loved curating this list of our favourite design books to help you while away those free hours during the holidays. See what made this year’s list… Chenoa’s picks Program Coordinator, Chenoa is heading to a secluded beach and has a swag of … Read more

Queensland designer exhibits in Milan Triennale

It’s exciting when Queensland designers are selected to exhibit at prestigious international events. HY William Chan is one such designer who is enjoying being in the limelight for the Campus & Controcampus exhibition at the International XXI Triennale, Milan. The Campus & Controcampus exhibition offers a glimpse into the future of ‘green’ university campuses. It explores the … Read more

APDL Summer Reading Guide

The APDL is getting ready for the summer holidays, with trips to the beach planned and books already selected for those quieter moments during the silly season. So what will we be reading this summer? Natalie’s picks  APDL Manager Natalie is spending her downtime with design books related to her PhD studies… Sparks of genius : … Read more

Book Review – Designing for Emotion

Designing for Emotion is filled with clever precepts by MailChimp user experience design lead Aarron Walter. From classic psychology to case studies, highbrow concepts to common sense, Designing for Emotion demonstrates accessible strategies and memorable methods to help web designers make a human connection through design. The paperback is divided into seven chapters; Emotional Design, … Read more

Book Review – Nurturing Dreams: Collected Essays on Architecture and The City by Fumihiko Maki

Celebrated architect Fumihiko Maki has put together a collection of his own essays that document the evolution of architectural modernism and his fifty-year intellectual journey in his tome Nurturing Dreams. In this book, Maki has brought to his writings on architecture a perspective that is both global and uniquely Japanese. Born in Tokyo, educated in Japan and … Read more

Book Review – Happy: Creating joyous living spaces through design by Amanda Talbot

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and the end of human existence.” – Aristotle, Ethics. Can design help us lead a happy life? In this thought-provoking tome, author Amanda Talbot immerses herself in the science and psychology behind the concept of ‘happy design’. Throughout the pages of Happy, Amanda … Read more