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An illuminating journey through today's fascinating world of design.

What can we learn from the ways great designers think-and how can it improve our lives? In CAD Monkeys, Dinosaur Babies, and T-Shaped People Warren Berger, in collaboration with celebrated designer Bruce Mau, revolutionizes our understanding of design and unlocks the secrets of the trade. Looking to the
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Penguin Books (first published September 24th 2009)
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Benjamin Wallsten
Jun 05, 2014 Benjamin Wallsten rated it it was amazing
Original review taken from my blog, The Virtuosos.

CAD Monkeys, Dinosaur Babies, and T-Shaped People: Inside the World of Design Thinking and How It Can Spark Creativity and Innovation, by Warren Berger, had been sitting on the floor at the foot of my bookshelves – I’ve run out of room on the shelves so new books get put into prioritized piles on the floor – for a good six months before I finally got around to reading it. Despite its sometimes obvious advice, I’m sad that I didn’t pick it up soon
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Theodore Kinni
Jan 20, 2016 Theodore Kinni rated it really liked it
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A wonderfully written, story-driven exploration of the basic principles of design thinking and how they are being applied in the real world. This is the paperback; it was orginally published in hardcover and titled Glimmer.
Jenny Fan
Jul 21, 2014 Jenny Fan rated it really liked it
Inspiring but ambiguous, sprinkled through with some fairly loose examples but reads more like a manifesto. Would love to see this more prescriptive than descriptive.
Khang Nguyen
Jan 19, 2016 Khang Nguyen rated it it was ok
Pretty informative, but nothing more than that
Eric
Aug 29, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it
A welcome surprise, and proof that maybe non-designers should write about design more often. While the stories here would be familiar to any somewhat informed person in the design field, Berger tells them in such a clear and compelling manner that even a seasoned (and skeptical) designer like myself gleaned new and inspiring insights. If you want a crash course in the present state of design and all its methods, I can't think of a better introduction for the novice or voyeur, not to mention a gr ...more
Jeff
Feb 12, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
This is the type of book I don't read often enough. A book that relates directly to my work and the whole process of thinking creatively. This is a paperback edition of the hardcover book Glimmer.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has to think creatively on his job, which I would think is just about anyone.
Stephanie
Mar 26, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was ok
An interesting read but it focuses on the same companies/designers so much that it almost reads like a giant advertisement. I read it for a class about design thinking and innovation so it was fitting...I just can't help but think that it was needlessly long/repetitive.
KC
Aug 15, 2013 KC rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
I highlighted in this book. Yes, I did. I'm still a little shocked. But it may turn out that this book will shape my future. Utterly fascinating.
Brock Ray
Sep 06, 2015 Brock Ray rated it liked it
Well-written, but not really for designers. It's more of a celebration of design thinking than a particularly useful guide to the subject.
Andy Tischaefer
Feb 26, 2011 Andy Tischaefer rated it liked it
Really good survey of design principles and designers. Inspiring, if you are the type to be inspired by such things.
Amy
Dec 27, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Requested this for Christmas - saw Warren speak a couple of years ago. Looking forward to it
Aimee
Jul 11, 2012 Aimee rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-and-design
Inspiring thoughts on problem-solving and encouragement to just do it...start anywhere.
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