Book List of the Week: Calligrapher “Alice” Book List of the Week

The creator of the Morgan Library & Museum’s celebrated signage recommends 5 favorite books and gets a book dedicated to her own career spanning more than 60 years as one of the world’s more respected calligraphers.

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15 Books about Beaches, Rivers, Water, and Design Themed Book Lists

From modern houses on Cape Cod to landscaping for coastal areas to the design of surfboards, here are 15 design-related books on beaches and other bodies of water to usher in summer.

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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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Thank you, Seymour Supporters! Daily Features

Thank you, Seymour supporters! The community of backers we’ve created together on Kickstarter ensures that Seymour Chwast’s At War with War will be published this November. In the meantime, if you would like to pre-order additional copies of the book, came late to the party and still would like a copy of the book, or are interested in any of the rewards listed as still available, please contact us.

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Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Calligrapher “Alice”

The creator of the Morgan Library & Museum’s celebrated signage recommends 5 favorite books and gets a book dedicated to her own career spanning more than 60 years as one of the world’s more respected calligraphers.

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Book List of the Week

Book List of the Week: Six French Designers and the Books That Inspire Them

France celebrates its national holiday today. In honor of Bastille Day, here are six French designers and the books that have inspired them. The designers include graphic designer Pierre Bernard, fashion designer Christian Lacroix, and product designers Ronan Bouroullec, Matali Crasset, Jean-Marie Massaud, and Inga Sempé.

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Themed Book Lists

15 Books on Bicycles and Bicycle Design
100 Best Bikes Zahid Sardar
Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle Julie Lasky
Bicycle Design Tony Hadland

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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Interviews

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

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 the London-based Unit Editions.

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Daily Features

Seymour Chwast: Battling War with Art

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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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 on Books: Debbie Millman & Michael Rock

Design Matters, hosted by Design Observer’s Debbie Millman, is releasing a special five-episode series on the theme of “designers and books,” beginning with graphic designer Michael Rock, author of Multiple Signatures.

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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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