Win a Copy of the Bolted Book Facsimile! Design Books to Win

Sign up at bit.ly/boltedbooksignup with your name and email address by December 14, 2018, and you'll be entered in our special drawing for a chance to win one of our personal remaining copies of the Bolted Book facsmile, 1st printing or one of three copies from the upcoming 2nd printing. You’ll also get a free custom-designed book display stand. By signing up you’ll help get our Kickstarter for the 2nd printing off the ground in January 2019.

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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.

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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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A 2nd Printing of the Bolted Book! Kickstarter Projects

Because of the many requests we’ve received, we’re planning a Kickstarter this coming January for a second printing. If you missed out the first time or want another copy, sign up at bit.ly/boltedbooksignup, with your name and email address for early notification and an exclusive special offer.

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Design Books to Win Win a Copy of the Bolted Book Facsimile!

Sign up at bit.ly/boltedbooksignup with your name and email address by December 14, 2018, and you'll be entered in our special drawing for a chance to win one of our personal remaining copies of the Bolted Book facsmile, 1st printing or one of three copies from the upcoming 2nd printing. You’ll also get a free custom-designed book display stand. By signing up you’ll help get our Kickstarter for the 2nd printing off the ground in January 2019.

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Book List of the Week

The Books That Inspired Robert Venturi

Robert Venturi (1925–September 18, 2018), along with his partner and wife, Denise Scott Brown, was the original inspiration behind the founding of Designers and Books. Venturi and Scott Brown’s long list of the books that inspired them was one of the first we published, and it is our profound honor to feature it again.

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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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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, writes Witold Rybczynski.

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Interviews

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.

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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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You Are What You Read

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

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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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

Quote of the Day

Fortunato Depero designed the ads for my favorite drink — Campari!