Designers & Books to Launch Program for Facsimiles of Out-of-Print Books Daily Features

We’re starting a publishing program for facsimile editions of important out-of-print books on architecture, fashion, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, product design, photography, and urban design. These books, all launched on Kickstarter, will be part of a new program called Designers & Books Network.

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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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Five Book Cover Designers and the Books That Inspire Them Book List of the Week

To mark the publication of two new books about books and their covers, written by Knopf art director Peter Mendelsund, we’re featuring the book lists of five graphic designers admired for their book cover work. The designers, along with Peter Mendelsund, associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf and the author of What We See When We Read and Cover, both debuting this week, are Seymour Chwast (Push Pin Studios), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Penguin Classics), Chip Kidd (Alfred A. Knopf and author of Go!), and Carin Goldberg.

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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.

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Daily Features Designers & Books to Launch Program for Facsimiles of Out-of-Print Books

We’re starting a publishing program for facsimile editions of important out-of-print books on architecture, fashion, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, product design, photography, and urban design. These books, all launched on Kickstarter, will be part of a new program called Designers & Books Network.

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Book List of the Week

The Books That Inspire Four Knoll Designers

Among the many prominent architects and designers who have collaborated on products with the American design firm Knoll are four who have sent us the books that have had an impact on their lives and careers. This week we spotlight the book lists of architects David Adjaye and Maya Lin, architect and industrial designer Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, and graphic design studio 2x4 and one of its founders, Michael Rock.

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Themed Book Lists

25 Books on Business and Design
The Art of Design Management: Design in American Business Thomas F. Schutte Editor
The Art of Innovation Tom Kelley
Becoming a Digital Designer Steven Heller

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

The Louis I. Kahn Collection at the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

Kahn’s original drawings models, and correspondence offer a “view from the drafting room” of the architect’s work.

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Thank You, Visual Design in Action Supporters!

We couldn’t have done it without our thousands of supporters, all of whom we thank here.

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Books Every Designer Should Read

4 Lists of Books Every Architect Should Read

Four eminent commentators on architecture—critics, authors, a dean, and a curator—give their opinions on the books that should be on every architect's reading list.

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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 on Books: Debbie Millman & Hartmut Esslinger

Debbie Millman talks to industrial designer and co-founder of frog design, Hartmut Esslinger.

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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

Proves decisively that big isn’t always better for books or anything else.