Symbols and Seeing: Mark Fox and Angie Wang in Conversation Daily Features

We sat down with Mark Fox and Angie Wang—designers and educators specializing in trademarks and typography who work as partners in Design is Play—to talk about their recently published book, Symbols: A Handbook for Seeing (The Monacelli Press, 2016). In the conversation, Mark and Angie gave their thoughts on sharpening sensory awareness by paying attention to the visual signs in the world around us, symbols across various cultures, and a few of their favorite books on the subject.

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Grazie Mille to Our Community of Bolted Book Facsimile Supporters! Daily Features

Updated, March 1, 2017: Thanks to our hundreds of supporters from around the world, Fortunato Depero’s groundbreaking Bolted Book from 1927 will be reprinted in a beautiful new edition in July 2017. We’ll be posting updates on our publication progress.

A small number of copies is avaialable for final pre-order on www.boltedbook.com.

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10 Most Frequently Chosen Design Books Most Frequently Chosen Books

These 10 design books appear most frequently on the book lists of our designers, commentators, and other contributors.

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You Are What You Read: A New Book Series from Designers & Books — Special Preview from Denise Scott Brown Daily Features

Designers & Books is planning to launch a book series called You Are What You Read: Design World Luminaries Recommend the Books That Most Inspire Them. In each volume of the series, a different group of prominent architects and designers will profile — in words and images — one book that has been particularly significant to them, and share why it has been meaningful. The following special preview features the book chosen by architect and 2016 AIA Gold Medalist Denise Scott Brown

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Daily Features Symbols and Seeing: Mark Fox and Angie Wang in Conversation

We sat down with Mark Fox and Angie Wang—designers and educators specializing in trademarks and typography who work as partners in Design is Play—to talk about their recently published book, Symbols: A Handbook for Seeing (The Monacelli Press, 2016). In the conversation, Mark and Angie gave their thoughts on sharpening sensory awareness by paying attention to the visual signs in the world around us, symbols across various cultures, and a few of their favorite books on the subject.

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Book List of the Week

Architecture, Urbanism, History, and Theater: Hugh Hardy’s Book List

In honor of the remarkable career of architect Hugh Hardy (1932–March 17, 2017), a look back at our interview with Hardy and a list of the books that inspired him, which he describes as “a mixed bag of gifts and explanations: history, architecture, urban affairs, and theater.” We caught up with Hardy, known for his design of some of New York's most celebrated theaters—from Broadway houses to Radio City to Lincoln Center—on the occasion of the release of his book Theater of Architecture (2013, Princeton Architectural Press).

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Books on Designers

3 Books by Lella Vignelli
Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision Jan Conradi
Hall of Femmes: Lella Vignelli Samira Bouabana
Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Design is One Massimo Vignelli

Interviews

Still Learning from Denise Scott Brown

Designers and Books spent an afternoon with architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown at the suburban Philadelphia home she shares with her husband, architect Robert Venturi, talking with her about what went into making the book Learning from Las Vegas—and the studio class that prompted ither thoughts about the book’s significance today, new writing, and what she’s working on next.

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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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Daily Features

You Are What You Read: A New Book Series from Designers & Books — Special Preview from Denise Scott Brown

Designers & Books is planning to launch a book series called You Are What You Read: Design World Luminaries Recommend the Books That Most Inspire Them. In each volume of the series, a different group of prominent architects and designers will profile — in words and images — one book that has been particularly significant to them, and share why it has been meaningful. The following special preview features the book chosen by architect and 2016 AIA Gold Medalist Denise Scott Brown

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Daily Features

Grazie Mille to Our Community of Bolted Book Facsimile Supporters!

Updated, March 1, 2017: Thanks to our hundreds of supporters from around the world, Fortunato Depero’s groundbreaking Bolted Book from 1927 will be reprinted in a beautiful new edition in July 2017. We’ll be posting updates on our publication progress.

A small number of copies is avaialable for final pre-order on www.boltedbook.com.

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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. Debbie Millman interviewed Boom earlier this year at a live event in New York in collaboration with Designers & Books and AIGA/NY.

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Quote of the Day

Read Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget, and then read (or reread) this classic novel of a dystopian future without books. I did, and the juxtaposition is startling.