Discovering Design: New Series of Talks by Design Greats at Strand Book Store, May 3 – 19 Daily Features

Don’t miss Isaac Mizrahi, trailblazing American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, in conversation with Chee Pearlman on the occasion of the landmark survey of his work now on view at New York’s Jewish Museum. This Friday, May 6, at 7:00 PM:  The event is part of a new series, DISCOVERING DESIGN, May 3–19, hosted by the Strand Book Store in collaboration with Designers & Books, which complements NYCxDESIGN’s annual celebration of design in New York City.

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Seymour Chwast Answers The Proust Questionnaire—Book Edition The Proust Questionnaire — Book Edition

Graphic designer and Push Pin Studios co-founder Seymour Chwast says his favorite book character is Joseph Heller’s John Yossarian and that he wants the last book he reads to be Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon. These and more answers from Seymour to The Proust Questionnaire—Book Edition.

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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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Seymour Chwast: Battling War with Art Daily Features

For almost six decades, Seymour Chwast has used his signature blend of design, illustration, and social commentary to wage a campaign against war. Now, at age 84, he turns his pen and sketchpad toward creating a new book of powerful antiwar images, Seymour Chwast at War with War: An Illustrated Timeline of 5000 Years of Conquests, Invasions, and Terrorist Attacks. Designers & Books has just launched a Kickstarter to support the publication of this limited-edition book. Join us!

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Daily Features Discovering Design: New Series of Talks by Design Greats at Strand Book Store, May 3 – 19

Don’t miss Isaac Mizrahi, trailblazing American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, in conversation with Chee Pearlman on the occasion of the landmark survey of his work now on view at New York’s Jewish Museum. This Friday, May 6, at 7:00 PM:  The event is part of a new series, DISCOVERING DESIGN, May 3–19, hosted by the Strand Book Store in collaboration with Designers & Books, which complements NYCxDESIGN’s annual celebration of design in New York City.

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Book List of the Week

The Books That Inspire Five Pentagram Designers

Five members of the over 40-year-old design consultancy Pentagram, whose work includes branding, publications, exhibitions, and much more, have shared with us the books that have been meaningful to them. The designers are Michael Bierut (New York), Angus Hyland (London), Abbott Miller (New York), Harry Pearce (London), and Paula Scher (New York).

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Themed Book Lists

50 Books on Type and Typography
30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse in the Typografische Monatsblätter ECAL/University of Art & Design Lausanne Editor
Adrian Frutiger—Typefaces: The Complete Works Adrian Frutiger
American Typeplay 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

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

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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Books Every Designer Should Read

3 Lists of Books Every Graphic Designer Should Read

Three graphic design authorities tell us the books (and not only design books) they think every graphic designer should read.

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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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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.

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