‘Digital Design Theory’ by Helen Armstrong

Digital Design Theory: Readings From the Field is a new book by designer (and design educator) Helen Armstrong — previously known for her 2009 book, Graphic Design Theory — that examines the computer’s lasting impact on the field of design:

As graphic design moves from the creation of closed, static objects to the development of open, interactive frameworks, designers seek to understand their own rapidly shifting profession. Helen Armstrong’s carefully curated introduction to groundbreaking primary texts, from the 1960s to the present, provides the background necessary for an understanding of digital design vocabulary and thought.

Included in the book are essays (accompanied by Armstrong’s own commentary) from designers, programmers, and influential figures such as Ladislav Sutnar, Bruno Munari, Wim Crouwel, Sol LeWitt, Muriel Cooper, Zuzana Licko, Rudy VanderLans, John Maeda, Paola Antonelli, Luna Maurer, and Keetra Dean Dixon.

The book is available in paperback ($17) and Kindle ($22) formats.