Deconstructing Product Design Free from Schipul

Book contributor Jonti Bolles works with the web marketing firm Schipul, and they’re giving away a free copy of Deconstructing Product Design in November:

Our very own Search Engine Marketing Team Manager, Jonti Bolles, is a former professor of Architecture and we can testify that this gal loves her design… so much so that she was tapped to offer her expert design commentary in the recently published Deconstructing Product Design book by Will Lidwell and Gerry Manacsa.

Want a copy? Tell us what product you can’t live without and what about it’s design has made it integral to your life.

Go to the Schipul blog for your chance for a free copy…

Deconstructing Product Design Lands on 10-18-09

Deconstructing Product Design front cover

We received the authors’ copies of Deconstructing Product Design recently, and the books’ contributors should have their copies as well. It’s good to see it bound and printed, and we’re quite happy with the final product. Rockport did an excellent job with the book’s production and printing.

Amazon reports that the book will be available on October 18. The “Look Inside” feature is now enabled, too, so you can get a preview of the contents.

[Update: As of October 16, the book is in stock at Amazon]

Find Deconstructing Product Design on Amazon

front cover of Deconstructing Product Design, in print

Deconstructing Product Design: Interior Pages

Layout and Scatter Proofs

We received another batch of proofs from the publisher early this week, so we now have a complete set of fairly high-fidelity, full-scale pages in hand along with scatter proofs of all the product art. It’s exciting to leaf through the pages, the closest thing to real that we’ve seen yet. I was pleased to see that some of the more demanding product pieces — with complex renders, tricky colors, or intensive image processing — successfully made the jump to the printed page. The proof of the recently-completed cover, with a new spine and back cover designed with DPD contributor Jill Butler, looked good wrapped around a studio copy of Universal Principles of Design, which shares the same trim size.

Home Stretch

DPD Book CoverAfter over two years of work and collaboration with the book’s contributors and the team at Rockport, we completed (what we hope will be) the final content draft, layouts and graphics for Deconstructing Product Design. We’re awaiting a final set of proofs, and from there we can look ahead to publication this fall.

In the meantime, we’re planning a series of upgrades to this site, including the addition of the new blog section you’re reading now. We also plan to align this site’s contents with the final version of the book — a few of the products included here have been replaced. Though we’re no longer accepting commentary for print, we are keeping the comments open for continued discussion and to hear your reactions to the contents of the book upon its publication.