5 Books About Libraries Themed Book Lists

National (U.S.) Library Week is this week: April 13–19, 2014. Here are five books about libraries and library design from our contributors.

Book List of the Week: Five Designers Inspired by Children’s Books Book List of the Week

Our contributing designers find inspiration and recall formative moments in reading children’s books. Here are five book lists from our archive that have included books written for children, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Harry Potter.

21 Books on Frank Lloyd Wright Books on Designers

Twenty-one books from our contributors on American architectural icon Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867–April 9, 1959), who died 55 years ago today.

Ray Bradbury, Jaron Lanier, and “The Digital Flattening of Expression” Daily Features

Logo designer Mark Fox reflects on digital and analog culture through the lens of two selections from his book list.

Themed Book Lists 5 Books About Libraries

National (U.S.) Library Week is this week: April 13–19, 2014. Here are five books about libraries and library design from our contributors.

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Book List of the Week

Book List of the Week: Fiona Raby

“My book list is like album tracks that take me back to a moment in time,” says Fiona Raby, a partner (with Anthony Dunne) in the industrial design research studio Dunne & Raby. The partners’ work encompasses “speculative everything,” to use the title of Dunne and Raby’s latest book, which sees design as a tool for speculating on how things might be and to imagine possible futures.

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Themed Book Lists

12 Books on Lettering
Art and Text Aimee Selby et al.
Artist and Alphabet Jerry Kelly
Cultural Connectives: Bridging the Latin and Arabic Alphabets Rana Abou Rjeily

Interviews

Talking Eds: A Conversation with Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy of Unit Editions

On the occasion of a new book about to be released by London-based Unit Editions, Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines, we revisit our first installment of “Talking Eds,” a series focusing on personalities in the design-book publishing world. Here, Designers & Books talks with Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy, the two graphic designers who founded Unit Editions.

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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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Forthcoming Books We Are Looking Forward To

Spring Design Books We Are Looking Forward To: Shakespeare and Company, Paris
The Elements of Modern Architecture Antony Radford
Mapping It Out Hans Ulrich Obrist
What They Didn’t Teach You in Design School Phil Cleaver

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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The Proust Questionnaire — Book Edition

Highlights from The Proust Questionnaire—The Book Edition

We showcase highlights from among the many memorable answers in the 29 Proust Questionnaires we published during November and December.

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Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: March 28

Our Wrap-Up & Preview is back, now appearing at the end of each month with highlights from the previous weeks and a foretaste of what’s to come. Over the past several weeks we featured a book list from Anthony Dunne of Dunne & Raby and an essay on “digital flattening” by logo designer Mark Fox, who also sent some new additions to his book list. We celebrated our three-year anniversary with a look back at some book lists from our archive and and we also posted themed book lists honoring the birthdays of architects Louis Kahn and Mies van der Rohe and in collaboation with CreativeMornings and its March theme of “Hidden.”

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Best-Selling Design Books

United States

This list of best-selling design books indicates the #1 seller for the month for a given store and is compiled from the individual best-seller lists for January 2014 provided by our U.S. featured booksellers, which appear immediately 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.

 

From Arcana: Books on the Arts Beyond Chic
Ivan Terestchenko
From Book Soup California Homes
William Hefner
From Collected Works Ancient Origins of the Mexican Plaza
Logan Wagner et al. Hal Box Susan Kline Morehead
From McNally Jackson CLOG: Sci-Fi
Kyle May et al., Editors
From Modernism 101 Lo Studio Boggeri 1933–1973
Paolo Fossati Roberto Sambonet Introduction by Herbert Bayer
From Powell’s Books The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability
William McDonough Michael Braungart
From Rizzoli Bookstore Paradise Planned
Robert A. M. Stern David Fishman Jacob Tilove
From Skylight Books Never Built Los Angeles
Sam Lubell Greg Goldin Foreword by Thom Mayne
From Van Alen Books Irma Boom: The Architecture of the Book
Irma Boom Introduction by Rem Koolhaas Text by Mathieu Lommen

International

This list of best-selling design books indicates the #1 seller for the month for a given store and is compiled from the individual best-seller lists for January 2014 provided by our international featured booksellers, which appear immediately 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

In his preface the author asks “[W]ill this study serve merely as a memorial to a defunct building type?” The book’s final words answer that “… humankind has created an extraordinary variety of spaces in which to read, to think, to dream and to celebrate knowledge. As long as humankind continues to value these activities, it will continue to build places to house them. Whether they will involve books or will still be called libraries, only time will tell.” If indeed what we now know as the library disappears, this book will be the perfect reminder of all that we will have lost.