The Artist’s Book in America: The Arion Press in the 20th Century Rare & Beautiful

For most of the twentieth century, books that brought together literature and fine art were largely published in France. Certainly almost none were published in the United States. The advent of the San Francisco-based Arion Press in 1974 changed all that.

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Do We Need a Completely New Approach to Marketing Books? Daily Features

The first in a series of articles that we hope will evolve into an ongoing forum for discussing best practices, creative thinking, and innovative approaches to marketing books. 

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Eye Magazine at 100 Interviews

Wes Del Val interviews the acclaimed graphic design magazine’s editor, John L. Walters, on the publication of Eye’s 100th issue.

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Book List of the Week: Milton Glaser Book List of the Week

Milton Glaser (1925–June 26, 2020) “made graphic design look alive, vibrant, and human,” writes Rudy VanderLans. The Emigre Fonts cofounder is one of several designers who count the classic Milton GlaserGraphic Design, first published in 1973 and the most popular compilation of Glaser’s work, among the books that have inspired their careers.

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Rare & Beautiful The Artist’s Book in America: The Arion Press in the 20th Century

For most of the twentieth century, books that brought together literature and fine art were largely published in France. Certainly almost none were published in the United States. The advent of the San Francisco-based Arion Press in 1974 changed all that.

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Interviews

30 Years of Designing an Archive

Wes Del Val interviews Art Books & Ephemera’s Richard Caldicott about the artist's online archive of almost 5,000 thought-provoking art, architecture, and design titles.

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Themed Book Lists

25 Books on Gardens, Landscape, and Design
American Gardens Sam Watters Editor
Architecture Now! Landscape Philip Jodidio
Avant Gardeners Tim Richardson

Archives & Libraries

Miami’s Modern Design Library: The Wolfsonian

A design library and museum at Florida International University features rare books, posters, and ephemera from 1885 to 1945.

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Daily Features

The 1968 Learning from Las Vegas Studio Revisited

Students from Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s 1968 studio class at the Yale School of Architecture, Learning from Las Vegas, which would give rise to a famous book of the same name, share some memories of the class they took 45 years ago.

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Rare & Beautiful

Unusual Book Design for Unusual Times: Revisiting the Work of Iliazd

The Russian-born book designer and publisher who went by the name of Iliazd and worked in Paris from the 1920s to the 1970s occupies a unique place in the history of the illustrated book.

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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

Design Matters Podcast: Debbie Millman & Book Designer Irma Boom

In this interview by Design Matters host Debbie Millman on Design Observer, book designer Irma Boom talks about why she doesn’t think the book is dead, how she designs, and much more.

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Quote of the Day

Gardens are fundamental, Robert Pogue Harrison says, in giving order to our relation to nature, rather than bringing an order to nature.