10 Books for Halloween Themed Book Lists

Halloween reading—from Gothic fiction to horror in architecture—chosen by designers Jonathan Barnbrook, Jeanne Gang, Angus Hyland, and other contributors.

Win Three Books Featuring Knoll Designers Design Books to Win

In partnership with Knoll, we’re offering you the chance to win three newly published books featuring the work of three designers who have collaborated with the noted design company. Through November 11, 11:59 PM (EST), enter to win a copy of Abbott Miller: Design and Content (Princeton Architectural Press); the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale catalogue, Fundamentals (Marsilio, distributed by Rizzoli) by Rem Koolhaas, the Biennale’s curator; and Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision (RIT Press). Five winners will each receive a copy of all three books.

25 Books on Scandinavian Design Themed Book Lists

Inspired by our post earlier this month on the Books That Inspire Five Designers from Finland and Scandinavia, here are 25 books on Scandinavian design from our contributors.

The Books That Inspire Five Speakers at the 2014 DesignThinkers Conference Book List of the Week

This year’s DesignThinkers conference, Canada’s largest conference for visual communicators, hosted by the Canadian Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) conference on November 6 and 7, 2014, features five graphic designers who have sent us book lists: Ellen Lupton, Abbott Miller, Debbie Millman, Paula Scher, and Erik Spiekermann.

Themed Book Lists 10 Books for Halloween

Halloween reading—from Gothic fiction to horror in architecture—chosen by designers Jonathan Barnbrook, Jeanne Gang, Angus Hyland, and other contributors.

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Book List of the Week

Book List of the Week: Carlo Ratti

As founder and director of MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory, Carlo Ratti investigates how digital technologies are changing urban living. Trained as an architect (he runs an architecture firm in Turin, Italy) and engineer, he also has several patents to his name. His Digital Water Pavilion, exhibited at the 2008 World Expo in Barcelona, was hailed by Time magazine as one of the Best Inventions of the Year.

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Themed Book Lists

15 Books on Art Deco
Art Deco Norbert Wolf
Art Deco Jewelry Sylvie Raulet
The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière Catherine Coleman Brawer

Interviews

Jasper Morrison at the London Design Festival: A Conversation

As part of last month’s London Design Festival, British product designer Jasper Morrison’s Shop—which sells a variety of products from around the world in “a modern interpretation of the classic hardware store”—featured an exhibition of Morrison’s photographs along with his reflections on the seemingly ordinary situations contained in them. Designers & Books caught up with Morrison to talk about the book, what he reads (at last year’s London Design Festival he turned the Shop into a Library of Design), and why and what he photographs.

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Archives & Libraries

Highlights from the Paul Rand Library

Library as Incubator Project, an organization whose mission is to encourage artists and designers of all types to work with libraries in ways that inspire increased creativity, explores graphic designer Paul Rand’s (1914–96) personal library, now held by Yale University, where Rand taught design for 35 years.

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Most Frequently Chosen Books

10 Most Frequently Chosen Design Books
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture Robert Venturi
Towards a New Architecture (Vers une Architecture) Le Corbusier
Delirious New York Rem Koolhaas

Most Frequently Chosen Books

10 Most Frequently Chosen Non-Design Books
Ulysses James Joyce
Invisible Cities Italo Calvino
In Praise of Shadows Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

Design Matters: On Books

Special Designers & Books Podcast Series with Debbie Millman: Jean-Louis Cohen on Le Corbusier

Debbie Millman talks to Jean-Louis Cohen, author of Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes.

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Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: September 26

The Fall season is underway at Designers & Books. Through September 30, you can enter our latest “Design Books to Win” drawing for copies of two books from Lars Müller Publishers: industrial designer Jasper Morrison’s new book, The Good Life: Perceptions of the Ordinary, and 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design.

Our Online Book Fair now features circa 700 titles in architecture, design, art, and photography, from publishers and rare and out-of-print book dealers. And, if you in New York October 11, you can also browse and buy some of these books in person at the pop-up design book fair organized by Designers & Books at Dwell magazine’s first Dwell on Design NY.

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Best-Selling Design Books

United States

The best-selling design books in the United States are compiled from the individual best-seller lists provided by our U.S. featured booksellers, which appear below. (Clicking on a link takes you to a bookseller’s complete best-seller list.)

Arcana: Books on the Arts, Book SoupCollected Works, Hennessey + Ingalls Art & Architecture Bookstore, Labyrinth Books (Princeton, NJ), McNally JacksonPeter Miller Books, Powell’s Books, Rizzoli Bookstore, Skylight Books, William Stout Architectural Books, Strand Bookstore, and Van Alen Books.

 

International

This best-selling design books internationally are compiled from the individual best-seller lists provided by our international featured booksellers, which appear below. (Clicking on a link takes you to a bookseller’s complete best-seller list.)

Beautiful Pages, CCA Bookstore, do you read me?!, Livraria FreebookMzin, Papercup Store, Pro qm, RIBA Bookshop, Shakespeare and Company, and Swipe Design | Books + Objects.

Quote of the Day

Typography manuals abound, but few are a pleasure to read, handle, and behold. Bringhurst’s book is one of the best guides ever devised on the principles and practices of typography.