World-renowned Designer, Author of Massive Change and Life Style
Arguably the most in-demand designer in the world, Bruce Mau is the Chief Creative Officer of Bruce Mau Design, with offices in Toronto and Chicago. Since founding his studio in 1985, he has produced a breathtaking array of products, places, and experiences for clients such as Coca-Cola, MTV, and Arizona State University. He's designed everything from exquisite books to retail bookstores, from signage systems to a museum of biodiversity with Frank Gehry. In the process, he has expanded design into intellectual and social territory it rarely dares to tread.
Mau's influence extends to the publishing world. He has designed the celebrated Zone Books series, co-authored S, M, L, XL with architect Rem Koolhaas, and written Life Style, a design manifesto that won praise from Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Massive Change, his 2004 book, was also a travelling exhibition. The project sprung to life from his post-graduate program, The Institute Without Boundaries, and was a bold statement about the potential of human ingenuity to bring shelter, food, transportation and joy to billions of people around the world. Mau's ideas also serve as the basis for, Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life and Maybe Even the World, a book by Warren Berger. Mau is also co-author of The Third Teacher, a book about educational environments and learning. Through his design practice, Mau continues to show the power and possibility of design and to pursue life's big question: "Now that we can do anything, what will we do?"
Massive Change: The Power and Possibility of Design
In his talks, Bruce Mau gives us a glimpse at the future of human civilization. An expert on innovation and creativity, he shows us how design is improving the quality of life for millions of people around the world, and how we can-- and must-- extend this revolution to the entire human race. Drawing on new developments in urban planning, social philanthropy, material science, radical economics, architecture and social networking, to name just a few, he provides an inspiring, big picture look that offers countless examples of positive change-- massive changes-- that are reshaping the world for the better.
The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning
Created by an international team of architects and designers concerned about our failing education system, The Third Teacher explores the critical link between the school environment and how children learn, and offers 79 practical design ideas, both great and small, to guide reader's efforts to improve our schools.
Written for anyone who has school-age children in their life, from educators and education decision-makers to parents and community activists, this book is intended to ignite a blaze of discussion and initiative about environment as an essential element of learning. Including a wealth of interviews, facts, statistics, and stories from experts in a wide range of fields, this book is a how-to guide to be used to connect with the many organizations, individuals, and ideas dedicated to innovating and improving teaching and learning. Contributors include children's singer and advocate Raffi, author and creativity consultant Sir Ken Robinson, scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki, inventor James Dyson, and other experts who are working to create fresh solutions to problems and create a new blueprint for the future of education.
Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life, Your Business, and Maybe Even the World
The first mainstream book to explore how the problem-solving, creative and insightful powers of Bruce Mau and the world's other great designers can be applied to our everyday lives and businesses-- and spawn creative epiphanies around the world. What can be learned from great designers? How can design improve our lives? Answers abound in Glimmer.
In the cutting-edge studios of Canadian design phenomenon Bruce Mau and other visionary designers, everything is ripe for reinvention-- including how businesses function, children learn and communities thrive. Warren Berger, with the full cooperation of Mau, tallies and explores the deceptively simple principles that steer design's vanguard-- "ask stupid questions," "begin anywhere," and "make hope visible"-- and illustrates how these and other such principles can provide the means for finding hope in these anxious times.
Each day, the average Western citizen sees, assimilates, and recognizes 16,000 logos. Chances are that Bruce Mau has been involved in the creation,evolution, and/or devolution of many of them. But calling Bruce Mau a graphic designer would be akin to calling Mae West a playwright--technically correct, but oh-so-limiting.This mammoth catalogue raisonné of Mau's graphic work (which only PhaidonPress has the resources, and the patience, to produce) is the much-anticipatedfollow-up to the 1995 sensation S, M, L, XL that Mau coauthored withrenowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Nearly as big, but much more colorful, Life Style offers a compendium of thoughts on the conflicts andconundrums that so perplex concerned aesthetes in Western civilization, including suburban sprawl, ecological threats, the implications of identitycreation, and the role of the graphic arts in architecture and design. -- Charles Decker
Massive Change is a modern illustrated primer on the new inventions, technologies, and events that are affecting the human race worldwide. The book is a part of a broader research project by Bruce Mau Design intended to provoke debate and discussion about the future of design culture, broadly defined as the "familiar objects and techniques that are transforming our lives."In essays, interviews, and provocative imagery aimed at a broad audience, Massive Change explores the changing force of design in the contemporary world, and in doing so expands the definition of design to include the built environment, transportation technologies, revolutionary materials, energy and information systems, and living organisms.
The book is divided into 11 heavily illustrated sections covering major areas of change in contemporary society #151; such as urbanism and architecture, the military, health and living, and wealth and politics. Each section intersperses intriguing documentary images with a general introductory essay, extended captions, and interviews with leading thinkers, including engineers, designers, philosophers, scientists, architects, artists, and writers. Concluding the book is a graphic timeline of significant inventions and world events from 10,000 B.C. to the present.
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