15 Books on the Bauhaus Themed Book Lists

A selected list of guides to to the Bauhaus movement, founded April 1, 1919 in Weimar (moving to Dessau in 1925) by German architect Walter Gropius, and highlights of some of its major figures.


The Library of Philip B. Meggs & Libby Phillips Meggs Archives & Libraries

Designer and design history educator Elizabeth Meggs selects 16 books from the library of her father—the pioneering graphic design historian Philip B. Meggs (d. 2002) who authored the landmark Meggs’ History of Graphic Design, recently updated in a sixth edition—and her mother, art director and writer/illustrator Libby Phillips Meggs.


Still Learning from Denise Scott Brown Interviews

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.


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.


Themed Book Lists 15 Books on the Bauhaus

A selected list of guides to to the Bauhaus movement, founded April 1, 1919 in Weimar (moving to Dessau in 1925) by German architect Walter Gropius, and highlights of some of its major figures.


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Book List of the Week: Five Designers Who Read Poetry

April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. In honor, we take a look at five designers’ book lists from our archive that have included books of poetry—by authors ranging from Shakespeare to Mark Strand—as design inspiration.


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.



Talking Eds: A Conversation with Angela Tillman Sperandio and Samira Bouabana of Hall of Femmes

In this installment of “Talking Eds,” a series focusing on personalities in the design-book publishing world, Designers & Books talks with Angela Tillman Sperandio and Samira Bouabana, the two founders of the Stockholm-based Hall of Femmes, dedicated to showcasing the role of women in design.


Themed Book Lists

25-Plus Books on Women in Design
The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière Catherine Coleman Brawer
As Long as It’s Pink Penny Sparke
Charles and Ray Eames Pat Kirkham

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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The Bolted Book 2nd Printing Kickstarter Campaign Is Now Live!

Please visit www.boltedbook.com to keep current on any updates for the Bolted Book project.


You Are What You Read

You Are What You Read: Barbara Barry

In our second installment of You Are What You Read, Los Angeles-based interior and product designer Barbara Barry talks about beauty, American design, and her favorite book. In this series, Designers & Books asks prominent designers to describe — in words and images — a book they have found to be particularly inspiring. Barbara selected A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century by Witold Rybczynski.


Quote of the Day

This oversized compendium of Bauhaus source material was designed with ruthless rationality for MIT Press by the great Muriel Cooper. It is the Old Testament of design theory.