15 Books on Branding and Brand Design Themed Book Lists

Our updated list of 15 books on brands and their design—from graphics to politics. David AireyDebbie Millman, and Angus Hyland are among the authors featured.

 

21 Books About Charles and Ray Eames Books on Designers

Charles Eames’s birthday is June 17! Our updated list of books from our designers and contributors include American modern industrial designers Charles (1907–78) and Ray (1912–88) Eames.

Rare & Beautiful: Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action Rare & Beautiful

Rediscover Visual Design in Action (1961), a “lost milestone” of modern graphic design literature by the father of information graphics, Ladislav Sutnar.

Designers & Books Launches a Kickstarter to Reprint "Visual Design in Action" Daily Features

June 4, 2015: Successfully funded! Watch for updates. We’ve launched a Kickstarter to help bring back into print Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action. If we’re successful, this 1961 graphic design classic will be reissued in a facsimile edition, with the first copies going to our Kickstarter backers this October. To support this project, visit our page on Kickstarter:

Themed Book Lists 15 Books on Branding and Brand Design

Our updated list of 15 books on brands and their design—from graphics to politics. David AireyDebbie Millman, and Angus Hyland are among the authors featured.

 

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Book List of the Week

Book List of the Week: Massimo Vignelli

We revisit graphic design icon Massimo Vignelli’s book list—the first book list ever posted on Designers & Books—and reflect on Vignelli (1931–2014), who passed away last week, as a lover of books and advocate of “knowledge in support of creativity.”

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Books on Designers

21 Books on Frank Lloyd Wright
Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright (Studies and Executed Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright) Frank Lloyd Wright
The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright David A. Hanks
The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright: Critical Writings on Architecture Frank Lloyd Wright

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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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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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. 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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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

Ladislav Sutnar is the most under-appreciated giant in design.