Books for Model Makers



"A Guide to Professional Architectural and Industrial Scale Model Building" by Graham Day Pattinson. Prentice-Hall. 1982. ISBN 0-442-23668-9. Hardcover: 360 pages. A good overview of techniques for building architectural and industrial scale models.

"Architectural and Interior Models" by Sanford Hohauser. Van Nostrand Reinhold 2nd edition. (December 1984). ISBN 0442236689. Paperback: 320 pages.Radii, Inc. - National Museum of American Jewish History (photo: Jean-Pierre Mutti)

"Architectural Model Building: Tools, Techniques, & Materials" by Roark T. Congdon. Fairchild Publications. March 17, 2010. ISBN-10: 1563677733. ISBN-13: 978-1563677731. Paperback: 256 pages. More than 300 photographs illustrate a multitude of techniques and the use of a wide variety of materials. It explains common mistakes and how to correct them.

"Architectural Models: Construction Techniques, Second Edition" by Wolfgang Knoll & Martin Hechinger. J. Ross Publishing January 2008. ISBN 13: 978-1932159-96-7. Hardcover: 144 pages.

"Architectural Supermodels" by Tom Porter and John Neale. Architectural Press. 2000. ISBN 0-7506-4928-3. Paperback: 186 pages. Examples and case studies of architectural models used as tools at the heart of design thinking for engaging disputed aspects of design and exploring embryonic ideas through scores of sequentially built maquettes, each made in order to refine and resolve function and form as well as improve build-ability of the concepts.

"Building Architectural & Interior Models Fast" by G. Matthew Buckles. Belphine Publishing Company. 1991. ISBN: 0-9629294-4-1. Paperback: 214 pages. Easy to follow step-by-step guide to constructing design studio models - primarily paper board study models.

"Designing with Models: A Studio Guide to Making and Using Architectural Design Models" by Criss B. Mills. John Wiley & Sons. 2000. ISBN 0-471-34589-X. Paperback: 208 pages.

"Fallingwater the Model" by Paul Bonofillo. Rizzoli. 2000. ISBN: 0-8478-2341-5. Hardcover: 80 pages. A step-by-step model building book from a Cooper Union educated architect who built models of the Mies Barcelona Pavilion and Philip Johnson's Glass House.

Gene Rizzardi, Modelwerkes - Paris Miniature for Team America"LA TOUR DE 300 METRES" by Gustave Eiffel. Taschen GmbH. 2006. ISBN-13: 978-3-8228-4148-8 and ISBN-10: 3-8828-4148-X. Hardcover: 160 pages. This book is a 2006 reprint in one book of the five hundred numbered, two-volume set published on June 1, 1900. The page size is 15” X 21”.  The text is in English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Portugues, Netherlands and Japanese.  Pages 37 to 143 are those from the original volume 2 containing plates presenting a vast array of the working drawings right down to the rivet heads and measurements.  Included are cross-sections, elevations and floor plans. The book sets out all the structural components making up the tower including the tools needed to build it. The rest of the book is text divided into eight parts covering the principals of the tower’s execution, the mathematical calculations behind the design, the detail of the individual metal components making up the frame, the foundation, the elevators, etc.

"Model Builder's Notebook: A Guide for Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers" by Fuller Moore. McGraw-Hill companies, (August 1, 1990). ISBN 0070430268. Paperback: 138 pages.

“modelmaking: a basic guide” by Martha Sunderland. W.W. Norton & Company. 1999. ISBN: 0-393-73042-5. Paperback: 112 pages. Written by a Professor of Architecture this is a useful book for architectural students. The focus is on how to make architectural study models with paper, chipboard, illustration board, foamcore, balsa and basswood.  Recommended by APMM member Fred Kennedy.

"Modeling Messages: The Architect and the Model" by Karen Moon. Monacelli. 2005. ISBN: 1580931286. Hardcover: 240 pages.  This book focuses on models from the second half of the twentieth century including illustrations of inventive designs by architects Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Zada Hadid and Cesar Pelli. Explored are how architects use their models to project their ideas and shows how changes in materials and processes in model making contribute to a model’s capacity for expression.  Recommended by APMM member Nick Morgan.

"Models and Prototypes" by Yoshiharu Shimizu, Takashi Kojima, Masazo Tano and Shinji Matsuda. Books Nippan. 1991. ISBN 4766106172. Paperback: 167 pages.

"The Art of the Architectural Model" by Akiko Busch, Design Press. 1991. ISBN 0-8306-9969-4. Hardcover, 128 pages.

"Frank O. Gehry Guggenheim Museum Bilboa" by Coosje van Bruggen, Guggenheim Museum Publications. 1999. ISBN 0-8109-6907-6. Hardcover: 211 pages. This book details in working pictures and words Gehry's design process of envisioning a building through semi-autonomous drawings and handmade models that evolve as each piece unfolds to models bigger and bigger bringing into focus more elements and pieces of the puzzle.

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"Basic Blueprint Reading" by Warren Hammer. Industrial Press; 3rd Edition. 2001. ISBN: 083113125X. Paperback: 314 pages. The author has over 50 years of manufacturing experience. This is a textbook/workbook.

"Basic Blueprint Reading and Sketching" by C. Thomas Olivio. Thomas Delmar Learning. 1998. ISBN: 0766808416. Paperback: 240 pages.

"Cyclopedia of Drawing" by various authors and collaborators. Published by American Technical Society Chicago. 1951 (first published 1919). Hardcover: Volume I - 369 pages, Volume II - 362 pages, Volume III - 405 pages, Volume IV - 375 pages and Volume V - 360 pages.

"Inside AutoCAD 2005" by David Harrington. New Rider Press. 2004. ISBN: 0733714398. Paperback: 912 pages. For intermediate and advanced AutoCAD users.

“Model  Design & Blueprinting Handbook Volume 1” by Charles Adams. January 2007. ISBN-10: 0-9791752-0-8/ISBN-13: 978-0-9791752-0-6. Paperback: 260 pages. See the Dennis Heinzeroth review in the The Leading Edge Newsletter Spring/Summer 2007.

"Perspective: A New System for Designers" by Jay Doblin. Whitney Publications, Inc., 1956. ASIN: B0007E57QG. Hardcover: 66 pages.

"The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. Jeremy P. Tarcher, Revised Expanded Edition 1999. ISBN: 0874774195. Hardcover: 291 pages. The exercises in this book will teach even the non-artistic beginner how to draw accurately from life with incredible detail, subtlety and nuance.


"A Beginner's Guide to Creative Effects for your Model Railroad" by Paul M. Newitt. J-T Publishing. June 2005. ISBN-10: 0-9760864-0-9. ISBN-13: 978-
0976086406. Paperback. 200 pages. Easy to follow information and techniques explained here will give you the confidence to add animation to not only model railroads but other needs of the professional model maker as well.  Includes over 500 photographs and illustrations. See APMM member Dennis Heinzeroth's review in the Summer 2009 APMM E-Newsletter.

"Getting Started with Arduino (MAKE:Projects)" by Massimo Banzi. Make Books; 1st Edition October 2008. ISBN-10: 0596155514. ISBN-13: 978-0596155513. Paperback. 128 pages. Arduino has two major parts: the Arduino board is a small microprocesser board and the Arduino IDE is the piece of software you run on your computer.  You use IDE to create a sketch (a little computer program) that you upload to the Arduino board. The sketch tells the board what to do.  Using Arduino replaces the manual building of circuits from scratch and makes changes in logic much easier since you just change the software and not the wiring, components, etc.

"Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers" by Dan Sullivan. Course Technology PTR; 1st Edition (May 2004). ISBN-10: 159200346X. ISBN-13: 978-1592003464. Paperback. 496 pages. This books shows how to get the computer to interact with the physical world through additional hardware and programming. It covers everything from basic electronics to microcontroller based projects.


"BABES, BEASTS AND BRAWN: Sculpture OF THE FANTASTIC" by Steve Kiwus. Dark Horse Press. 2006. ISBN-10:1-59307-013-6, ISBN-13:978-1-59307-013-7. Soft cover: 160 pages. The author is a toy and action figure Skinart Projects using Chavant, Inc. modeling claysculptor. The book features a "How To" section titled "A Peek into the Workshop". See the Dennis Heinzeroth review in The Leading Edge Newsletter Winter 2008.

"Backstage Handbook: Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information, 3rd Edition " by Paul Carter. Broadway Press. 1994. ISBN 0911747397. Blue leatherette: 320 pages. This popular reference book includes chapters on tools, hardware, materials, electrics, shop math, architecture and theater.

"Exploratorium Cookbook I" by Raymond Bruman. Published by the Exploratorium. 1975 (revised 1984). 1,000 copies. Paperback: 284 pages. Construction details for building 82 interactive science exhibits such as those in the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco, many are electrical and mechanical.

"Exploratorium Cookbook II" by Ron Hipschman. Published by the Exploratorium. 1980. Paperback: 172 pages. Construction details for building 51 interactive science exhibits.

"Exploratorium Cookbook III" by Ron Hipschman. Published by the Exploratorium. 1987, revised 1993. Paperback: 316 pages. Construction details for building 67 interactive science exhibits.

"FAB The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop – from Personal Computers to Fabrication" by Neil Gershenfeld. Basic Books. 2005. ISBN: 0465027458. Hardcover: 278 pages. The author, a physicist, teaches a course called "How to Make (almost) Anything" at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms which he heads. The author explains how personal fabrication systems (small inexpensive clusters of tools, including a milling machine and a cutter to make simple printed circuit boards, and software that function as complete job shops) will spread rapidly even in remote villages as the cost drops from $20,000.00 today down to $10,000.00 and eventually to perhaps $1,000.00.

“FIGURE MAKING CAN BE FUN?!?” by Michael Brose.  Perfect bound: 200 pages.  Available from the website  Written by APMM member Michael Brose this book is jam packed with quality figure making and puppet making information including proportions, sculpting models, plaster molds, latex molds, silicone molds, casting, mechanics and animations, painting & body construction, wigs, etc. This book has great depth of information and instruction for every stage of production.

Simon Mercs, The Kit Factory - Bay"Industrial Model Building" by Louis Gary Lamit and Engineering Model Associates, Inc. Prentice Hall, Inc. 1981. ISBN 0-13-461566-2. Hardcover: 380 pages. This book is based on the author's experience teaching piping drafting and industrial modeling at the college level. Anyone building a complex plant model (oil refinery, chemical plant, fossil-fuel, nuclear, pulp and paper, food processing, pharmaceutical, etc.) will benefit from this definitive book.

Lindsay's Technical Books by Lindsay Publications Inc. in Bradley, Illinois at . Phone: 815-935-5353. A 100 page catalog of unusual technical books revealing old skills and processes like sheet metal fabrication, metal plate work, making chainmail, performance welding, building your own machine shop, clay modeling and plaster casting, fiberglass repair, armature winding and motor repair, electrical designs, etc.

"Machinery's Handbook, Large Print Edition, 27th Ed." By Oberg, Jones, Hordon & Ryffel. Industrial Press. 2004. ISBN 0831127112. Hardcover: 2640 pages. A reference manual for over 75 years for machinists, engineers, mechanics, designers, model makers, etc.

"Model Making for Industrial Design" by Ralph R. Knoblaugh. McGraw-Hill. 1958. ASIN B0007FITGU. Hardcover: 276 pages. Covers plaster models, which are particularly suited to making product models. Also covers wood, plastics and metal model making.

"Modeler's Technical Guide" No. 2020C by Model Master. Published by Testors Corp. 1998. Paperback: 154 pages. In addition to being a product guide and reference to all of Testors hobby paints this book has an 11 chapter Modelers Technical Guide on preparing and painting models including nozzle selection, weathering, feathering, figure painting, decals, dry transfers, clear coats, etc. as well as identifying and correcting problems.

"Pocket Ref, 3rd Edition" by Thomas J. Glover. Sequoia Publishing. 2002. ISBN 1885071337. Paperback: 768 pages. Contents include drill conversions, scales, factual references, carpentry, glues, solvents, paints, finishes, etc.

"Professional Modelmaking: A Handbook of Techniques and Materials for Architects and Designers" by Norman Trudeau. Whitney Library of Design. 1995. ISBN: 0-8230-4098-4. Paperback: 176 pages.

"THE PROP BUILDER'S Molding & Casting Handbook" by Thurston James. Betterway Books. 1989. ISBN 1-55870-128-1. Paperback: 236 pages.

"Styrene Modeling: How to Build, Paint and Finish Realistic Styrene Models" by Bob Hayden (editor). Evergreen Scale Models. 2000. ISBN 0-9678369-05. Paperback: 88 pages. This is the most comprehensive look at modeling in this medium ever produced and covers tools, adhesives, scratch building, kit bashing, conversions, detailing, airbrushing, decals and weathering techniques.

“SubTerrain Manual - Constructing A Lightweight Model Layout the Woodland Scenics Way” by Woodland Scenics. 1998 and 2003 OCO.  ISBN: 1-877436-02-2. Paperback: 101 pages. This book(part# ST1402) may be ordered from the website. See the Dennis Heinzeroth review in The Leading Edge Spring/Summer 2005 Newsletter.

“The Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild: An Illustrated History” by John L. Jacobus. McFarland & Company, Inc. 2005. ISBN: 0-7864-1719-0. Hardcover: 336 pages. This book is about the auto design competition sponsored by the Fisher Body Division of General Motors from 1930 to 1968 for teenagers to compete for college scholarships by designing a “dream” car and then building a scale model of it.  This contest helped identify and nurture a whole generation of top auto designer and executive talent.  Until 1937 the Guild contest was for a scale model of a Napoleonic Coach, the Fisher Body Division’s trademark. The author participated in the Craftsman’s Guild from 1961-1966 and worked for a while as a design engineer at the Fisher Body Division. APMM member Hal Chaffee’s father, William H. Chaffee, won the Ohio contest in 1932 and Honorable Mention at the national contest in Michigan in 1931 and 1933 with his Napoleonic coach models.

"User Friendly Hands-On Exhibits That Work" by Jeff Kennedy. Published by Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated. October 1997, Third Printing. ISBN 0-944040-22-5. Paperback: 77 pages. A detailed examination of human measurements, controls, eyepieces, interactive video, audio, lighting, etc. factors that affect the success or failure of a hands on exhibit.


"A Handbook for Inventors" by Calvin D. Mac Cracken. Charles Scribner's Sons New York. 1983. ISBN 0-684-17906-7. Hardcover: 211 pages. The author who holds 80 patents explains how to protect, patent, finance, develop, manufacture and market your ideas. This book includes a long and useful appendix containing a number of sources.

"40 Principles: TRIZ Keys to Technical Innovation" by Genrich Altshuller. Published by Technical Innovation Center. 1997. ISBN: 0-9640740-3-6. Paperback: 135 pages. This is the first volume in the Technical Innovation Centers' TRIZ TOOLS series. TRIZ is the Russian acronym for Theory of Solving Inventive Problems. Over 60,000 engineers worldwide are trained in TRIZ. The author founded the TRIZ methodology in 1946 while analyzing over 400,000 patents from different fields of engineering to find those with the most effective solutions. TRIZ is incorporated in Invention Machine software.

"How I Made Millions With Just a Few Simple Ideas" by Robert M. Hayes. Garrett Publishing Inc. 1994. ISBN: 1-880539-30-6. Hardcover: 265 pages. This guide shows with real examples how to increase invention success. Is a patent necessary? Will the invention sell? Most inventors assume the world will beat a path to their door but that rarely happens. This book illustrates how to sell and make money off of ideas that may or may not be patented.

"How to License Your Million Dollar Idea" by Harvey Reese. John Wiley & Sons. 2002. ISBN: 0-471-20401-3. Paperback: 233 pages.

“INNOVATE LIKE EDISON” by Michael Gelb and Sarah Miller Caldicott. Dutton a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. October 2007. ISBN: 979-0-525-95031-8. Hardcover: 299 pages.

"Patent Fundamentals for Scientists and Engineers". By Thomas T. Gordon and Arthur S. Cookfair. Lewis Publishers. 1995. ISBN: 0-87371-317-6. Hardcover: 120 pages. This book is intended to provide an elementary understanding of patent principles that enable the non-specialist to communicate intelligently with patent advisors. It is a good overview of the patent process.

"The Inventor's Handbook" by Armand G. Winfield. Prentice Hall. 1990. ISBN: 0-13-503418-3. Hardcover: 279 pages. This book aims to provide the novice inventor with a true perspective of the step-by-step involvement required from preliminary prototypes through manufacturing. It is oriented towards manufacturing and the plastic products. There is a very comprehensive appendix.

"The Material of Invention: Materials and Design" by Ezio Manzini. The MIT Press. 1989. ISBN: 0262132427. Hardcover: 256 pages.

"The Art of Innovation" by William and Maryls Ray. The Pyne Press. 1974. SBN: 87861-046-4. Hardcover: 132 pages. This book is a tribute to the ingenuity and imaginative spirit of the nineteen-century American inventor. These qualities are most evident in the patent models submitted to the United States Patent Office along with the patent application as an aid to the patent examiner in determining the originality of the invention. "The model, not more than 12 inches square…" was required by the Patent Act of July 4, 1836 until the1880's.

"The Patent Book An Illustrated Guide and History for Inventors, Designers and Dreamers" by James Gregory and Kevin Mulligan. A&W Publishers, Inc. New York, New York. 1979. ISBN: 0-89479-037-4. Hardcover: 126 pages. This book covers the history of patents, who needs a patent, how a patent is obtained, the proper selling strategy behind the invention, and a list of common mistakes made by new inventors and how to avoid them. Along with an illustrated review of 50 famous patents – some of which changed the course of American history – are actual drawings from the patents. Hopefully this book enables the reader to see why some ideas succeeded and others failed.


"Extreme Textiles Designing for High Performance" by Matilda McQuaid. Princeton Architectural Press. 2005. ISBN: 1-56898-507-X. Hardcover. 223 pages. Stronger, Faster, Lighter, Safer and Smarter – these are the textiles of tomorrow. This book accompanied a major 2005 exhibition in New York City at the Smithsonian Institutions Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.

"Future Materials for architecture and design" by Els Zijlstra. Materia. 2002. ISBN: 90-807771-1-0. Spiral bound paperback. 74 pages. A summary with articles, photographs and product listings that give a summary of the similarly titled exhibition that started in 2002. About 4,000 copies of this catalog were printed.

"Material Connexion The Global Resource of New and Innovative Materials for Architects, Artists and Designers" by George M. Beylerian and Andrew Dent. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New Jersey. 2005. ISBN 0-471-75403-X. Hardcover. 288 pages. Material Connexion was founded to provide innovative materials to specifiers across many diverse industries, from automotive to apparel. Their library, with several thousand samples, has become a forum from which to launch new materials and accelerate new business opportunities.

"Material Index 09" by Els Zijistra. Architectenweb by. February 2009. ISBN/EAN: 9789081392617. Hardcover. 237 pages. A selection of the most interesting materials published in the last year by Materia on its materials search engine at Includes a number of sustainable materials. Beautiful photos, text and detailed information of the manufacturer.

"Material Skills, evolution of materials" by Els Zijlstra, etc. Materia. 2005. ISBN: 90-807771-2-9. Hardcover. 168 pages. This book presents around 100 unique, new, inspirational materials and a number of projects that have been realized in a special way. This is a follow up to the successful catalog "Future Materials for architecture and design".

"Material World Innovative Structures and Finishes for Interiors" by Edwin van Onna. Birkhauser. 2003. ISBN 3-7643-6745-8. Hardcover. 272 pages. One hundred new materials including textiles with shape memory alloys, thermochromic pigments, self healing polymer, flexible electronic fabric, climate controlled fabric, color-changing plastic, very high bond tape, cocoon spray and tiled light wall.

"Material World 2 Innovative Materials for Architecture and Design" by MateriO. Birkhauser. 2005. ISBN: 3764372796. Softcover.400 pages. The latest smart technologies in materials suitable for architects and designers for exterior and interior applications. The selection of 150 materials is intended to demonstrate the most versatile and technologically triumphant.

"Materiology" by Quentin Hirsinger, Daniel Kula and Elodie Ternaux. Jointly published with Frame Publishers. Amsterdam. 2009. ISBN: 978-3-7643-8423-1. Hardcover. 342 pages. A catalog of 150 materials, decriptions of processes (e.G. injection molding, extrusion, etc.) with diagrams, etc.

"Smart Materials and New Technologies" by Michelle Addington and Daniel L. Schodeck. Architectural Press. 2004. ISBN: 0-7506-6225-5. Softcover. 256 pages. The authors present the latest smart and intelligent materials by describing their fundamental characteristics and they identify and suggest how these characteristics can be exploited by professionals to achieve their design goals.

"Transmaterial, a catalog of materials that redefine our physical environment" edited by Blaine Brownell. Princeton Architectural Press New York. Softcover. 2006. ISBN: 1-56898-563-0. Paperback. 237 pages. For architects and designers this is a handy and affordable reference to the most interesting and useful new materials available featuring nearly 200 examples. Blaine Brownell is a LEED accredited architect in Seattle known to thousands of web users for his "Product of the Week" Email service. You can find magnetic fluid, translucent concrete, electronic ink, morphing transparent surfaces and flexible polypropylene honeycomb panels (Flexicomb) here.


"INGENIOUS MECHANISMS FOR DESIGNERS AND INVENTORS" (4-Volume Set) by Franklin B. Jones (editor). The Industrial Press, New York. 1977. ISBN 0-8311-1084-8 (for the 4-Volume Set) or order individual volumes with the following ISBN numbers: Volume I 536 pages (ISBN 0-8311-1029-5), Volume II 538 pages (ISBN 0-8311-1030-9), Volume III 536 pages (ISBN 0-8311-1031-7) and Volume IV 493 pages (ISBN 0-8311-1032-5). Hardcover. This series of books started with Volume I in 1930, Volume II in 1936, etc. The mechanisms are of a historical nature with no electronic or computer controls.

"Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook, Third Edition" by Neil Sclater and Nicholas P. Chironis. McGraw-Hill. 2001. ISBN 0071361693. Hardcover: 495 pages. This book has drawings and descriptions of over 2,500 mechanisms and mechanical devices that have proven themselves in modern products.

"Robot Builder's Sourcebook" by Gordon Mc Comb. McGraw Hill. 2003. ISBN:0-07-140685-9. Paperback: 712 pages. From actuators to wheels this is a comprehensive sourcebook for motion parts.

"The Pneumatics of Hero of Alexandria" from the original Greek, translated and edited by Bennet Woodcroft. Taylor Walton and Maberly. 1851. Complete copy available on the web at Text conversion and html by Peter Hark and Dan Sonneborn. December 1996. Details on 78 air, water and fire driven mechanisms from the second century BC such as a water jet produced by mechanically compressed air, birds made to sing and be silent alternately by flowing water and a jet of steam supporting a sphere.

"The How and Why of Mechanical Movements: Exactly how machines work: engines, turbines, transmissions, brakes, clutches, rockets, atomic generators, gyroscopes, guidance systems" by Harry Walton. E.P. Dutton. June, 1960. ISBN: 05251283387. Hardcover. 297 pages. A book on the basic principles of mechanisms with clear illustrations and direct text (almost no math) to make designs often used in machinery easily comprehensible.


"Design Paradigms - A Sourcebook for Creative Visualization" by Warren Wake. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2000. ISBN: 0-471-29976-6. Paperback: 294 pages. A versatile textbook of ideas for creative design solutions with 300 illustrations that help bridge the gap between theory and practice.

"Doing a Dyson" by Tony Muranka and Nick Roates. Published by Dyson Appliance. 1996. ISBN 0-9528935-0-9. 10,000 copies. Soft cover. How to invent new technology, manufacture it yourself, market it yourself and topple the market leaders.

"The Origin of Things... Sketches, Models, Prototypes" by Thimo te Duits (ed.). Nai Publishers. Rotterdam. 2003. ISBN 90-5662-318-4. Hardcover: 280 pages. Thirty-three case study examples illuminate with sketches, models and prototypes the process through which designers transform ideas into products.

"Objects of Design from The Museum of Modern Art" by Paola Antonelli. The Museum of Modern Art. New York. 2003. ISBN 0-87070-696-9. Hardcover: 288 pages. Essays and photographs cover the evolution of design objects during the last 75 years.

"The Design Collection Selected Objects" by Arthur Drexler (ed.). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 1970. Paperback: 112 pages. Photographs of 125 objects (household and office appliances, tableware, tools and furniture) that illustrate the development of design over the prior 75 years.

"One Hundred Great Product Designs" by Jay Doblin. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. 1970. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 69-16381. Hardcover: 128 pages.

"Success via Design / Designing for Product Success" by Danish Design Center & Design Management Institute in collaboration with Harvard Business School. Published by Danish Design Center. 1990. ISBN 87-87385-05-8. Hardcover: 158 pages. Fifteen case histories give insight into how successful companies work with design in development. Case histories include products from: Black & Decker, Texas Instruments, Sharp Corporation, Canon, Braun and Sony.

"Icons of Design" by Volker Albus, etc. Prestel Verlag. Munich. Hardcover 2000 and Paperback 2004. ISBN: 3-7913-3173-6. 183 pages. Everyday products such as furniture, household appliances, cars and toys that have become true icons of design in the twentieth century are each shown in color photographs plus a page of text on the product and the designer.

"The Ten Faces of Innovation" by Tom Kelley. Currency Books/Doubleday. 2005. ISBN: 0385512704. Hardcover: 272 pages. Advice based on experience at the IDEO design firm on how to organize innovation as a team sport within an organization instead of just relying on individual genius.


"29 CFR 1910 OSHA General Industry Regulations" Mangan Communications, Inc., 2005. ISBN: 1-932249-91-5. Paperback: 742 pages.  Published annually on February 1. Find every OSHA general industry regulation and form needed for compliance.  This is the book (Subpart O) used by Bill Shooter in his workshop on "Shop Safety: Machine Guarding and Housekeeping" at the 2006 APMM Conference.


"Buy Low, Sell High, Collect Early and Pay Late The Manager's Guide to Financial Survival" by Dick Levin. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1983. ISBN 0-13-109439-4. Hardcover: 244 pages. This book is about money: how to get it, how to use it, how to collect it, how to pay it, how to count it, how to compare how much you have to what other companies have and how to keep a reasonable portion of it from the IRS.

"Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies" by Josh Bernoff and Charlene Li. Harvard Business School Press; 1st edition (April 21, 2008). ISBN-10: 1422125009. ISBN-13: 978-1422125007. Hardcover. 224 pages. Groundswell was awarded the Amercian Marketing Association Foundation's Berry-AMA Book Prize for the best marketing book of 2009.

"Purple Cow...Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable" by Seth Gordin. PORTFOLIO (member of the Penguin Group). ISBN 1-591184-021-X. Hardcover. 146 pages. Traditional methods of mass marketing are now obsolete. This book covers the alternative approaches to make your company stand out.

"The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use Social Media, Blogs, News Releases, Video and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly" by David Meerman Scott. Wiley. 2nd Edition January 12, 2010. ISBN-10: 0470547812. ISBN-13:978-0470547816. Paperback. 320 pages. A bold and clear description of how to market on the internet through new opportunities for legions of smaller companies and independent professionals who need to reach niche markets cheaply and more effectively.


"Sculpting A Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop"  Lorne Peterson. Insight Editions. November 2006. ISB-10: 1-933784-03-2/ ISBN-13: 978-1-933784-03-8. Hardcover. 216 pages. The author is one of the seven original model makers hired to work on the first Star Wars movie. Lorne Peterson reveals the stories behind the models and has a gallery of pictures of the 200 plus model makers who worked on the Star Wars movies. See Dennis Heinzeroth's review in the Spring/Summer 2007 APMM E-Newsletter.

“Special Effects: An Oral History” by Pascal Pinteau. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 2004. ISBN: 0810955911. Paperback: 568 pages. This book spans a century of film technology and includes thirty-seven interviews with special effects masters as well as more than 1,000 illustrations. Recommended by APMM Member Nick Morgan.

“The Winston Effect: The Art and History of Stan Winston Studio” by Jody Duncan. Titan Books Ltd. November 24, 2006. ISBN: 1845761502. Hardcover: 336 pages.  For over 30 years Stan Winston Studio has created creatures and monsters for the silver screen including “Terminator”, “Aliens”, “Predator”, “Jurassic Park” and “Edward Scissorhands”.  This book reveals behind the scenes secrets of their artistry and effects work featuring sketches, production art and photographs.

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