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Three Pipe Problems

A hand-crafted book exploring how design solves problems and how design can make a difference in the world around us, by Jason VanLue.

by Jason VanLue
with illustrations by Sean McCabe

There are real problems to be solved in this world—Three Pipe Problems. Design can solve these problems. We're designers, which means we get the opportunity and the privilege to solve them. What are we doing with that opportunity?

This book explores that very question. We'll look back at some design history, discuss how design solves problems, why design matters, and how to change the world around us through design. The book also features over 20 hand-drawn illustrations from Sean McCabe, and is produced using the finest, hand-crafted materials and production techniques.

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Table of Contents

  1. Design Solves Problems
  2. Industrial Design & Digital Design (Then & Now)
  3. Design for People
  4. How to Think Creatively
  5. Design Can Change the World
  6. Problem Solving: Applied
  • Build Positive Experiences
  • Do Your Research
  • Know Your Users
  • Build A Reservoir of Knowledge
  • Design Should Be Obvious
  • Sove The Right Problems
  • Simplify

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Hand-Lettered Illustrations

A few of Sean's illustrations created for the book Three Pipe Illustration Image Three Pipe Illustration Image Three Pipe Illustration Image Three Pipe Illustration Image Three Pipe Illustration Image

About the Author

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Jason helps lead @envylabs a web consultancy making things like @codeschool, and building digital products for Cisco, Google, O'Reilly, and GitHub. He's author of Three Pipe Problems and Branding Matters, and speaks all over the world on design, branding, and business. Jason is most proudly a husband, dad of three, Christian. He also likes bourbon. And wine. And short sentences.

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The Backers

Thank you so much to all of the backers on Kickstarter, I could not have made this project happen without all of them. They were incredibly supportive and patient throughout the entire process. I'm incredibly grateful.

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