Do We Need a Completely New Approach to Marketing Books? Daily Features

The first in a series of articles that we hope will evolve into an ongoing forum for discussing best practices, creative thinking, and innovative approaches to marketing books. 

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The Way It Happened: Modern Art Exhibition Catalogues Rare & Beautiful

From German Expressionism to Pop Art, catalogues preserve exciting moments in 20th-century art.

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25-Plus Books on Women in Design Themed Book Lists

International Women’s Day is March 8. Twenty-five+ selected books that touch on different aspects of women in the design fields, from our contributing designers, commentators, publishers, and booksellers.

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Book List of the Week: Five Designers Who Read Poetry Book List of the Week

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.

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Daily Features Do We Need a Completely New Approach to Marketing Books?

The first in a series of articles that we hope will evolve into an ongoing forum for discussing best practices, creative thinking, and innovative approaches to marketing books. 

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Rare & Beautiful

Matisse as Book Illustrator and Designer

Matisse had an intense love for books, creating a myriad of vivid illustrations as well as overseeing the selection of paper, typeface, and layout for many of his publications, on which he lavished care and attention.

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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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The 1968 Learning from Las Vegas Studio Revisited

Students from Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s 1968 studio class at the Yale School of Architecture, Learning from Las Vegas, which would give rise to a famous book of the same name, share some memories of the class they took 45 years ago.

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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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Designing the Future: A 2020 Vision

Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species, a new book just launched on Kickstarter, is a collection of 25 essays, interviews, and works of fiction and art offering a big-picture perspective on the profound changes made possible by the merging of biology and technology. Fresh thinking for designing a new year!

Update, February 18, 2020: Following a successful Kickstarter, Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species is now avaialable on neo.life/visions.

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Most Frequently Chosen Books

10 Most Frequently Chosen Design Books
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture Robert Venturi
Towards a New Architecture (Vers une Architecture) Le Corbusier
Delirious New York Rem Koolhaas

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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Quote of the Day

Has the dilemma of modernity been better expressed?