Universal Principles of Design. Ways to Enhance Usability,. William Lidwell. Kritina -Holden. Jill Butler. Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better. The universal principles provide ways to enhance usability, influence The best designers sometimes disregard the principles of design. William Lidwell. The Pocket Universal Principles of Design. William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler. Portable, condensed, and armed with principles, The Pocket Universal.

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This landmark reference will become the standard for designers, engineers, architects, and students who seek to broaden and improve their design expertise.

Rather splendid collection of buzzwords you might get to become familiar before chatting with aspiring UX designer, product manager, architect, most of the critics, etc. I agree that alphabetical may not be the best way to organize this kind of information– if that’s a deal-breaker for you check out Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People ; but, given the illustrations and the physical structure of the book it’s easy enough to breeze through and find those things you didn’t even realize you were looking for.

May 07, Oz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quite some ideas you might be familiar with, but when summarizes into principle, they become simple and comprehensible.

In essence design does include those principles. I found the book provocative while working on a interface for teacher registration and I am sure the registration was improved for the book’s influence.


It has cross-references to related topics within the book. William Lidwell writes, speaks, and consults on topics of design and engineering. The page gave me an understanding of what the golden ratio is, famous examples of how it is used, and how I can use it in my own designs.

That said, the book didn’t so much teach me as remind me of a number of important ideas. Each definition includes a description of the principle, guidelines on how it is applied, and picture based examples of the principle in action. My only small grouse would be that lifwell themes were repeated but then again it’s nuances and distinction were spelt out clearly enough to merit the repetition.

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Account Options Sign in. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Only the most useful book I have ever read. The alphabetic, single-page-per-topic presentation kept the content simple enough for a wide audience to understand, but it also felt like a hindrance jniversal perhaps the magic number of ” was also a contrivance, but maybe that’s just coincidence.

Fantastic reference for all designers to keep on their desk. In fact, I have found find it most exciting to open the book to a random page in the middle of the book.

Must read for all designers. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.

Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated

I count the first read of the book as an action to familiarize myself with these principles. Refresh and try again. Goes trough every major topic, explaining the basics of design and, ad the title says, its principles.


What to expect from a book with such a title. While the principles can be applied in so many professional trades and businesses not forgetting art-serving as a text booksome forms, ideas and mediums of expressions, I felt could be applied generally and socially too, almost like some of those books on ‘how to influence’ or ‘effective communication’ but more better then them presumably.

Universal Design Encyclopedia Wiki. Surely a reference book that I’ll get back to again and again. Jun 16, Dave rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Feb 08, Praveen Sinha rated it it was ok.

Richly illustrated and easy to navigate, it pairs clear explanations of every design concept with visual examples of the concepts applied in practice. Portable, condensed, and armed with principles, The Pocket Universal Principles of Design is like a Swiss Army knife of design knowledge. Maybe because i am not a native english speakers, eh? This is a great resource for any kind of designer, especially of the interaction, interface ptinciples industrial sorts. Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated: