Rare & Beautiful: Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action Rare & Beautiful

Rediscover Visual Design in Action (1961), a “lost milestone” of modern graphic design literature by the father of information graphics, Ladislav Sutnar.

Win a Copy of the New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual, Designed by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda Design Books to Win

This drawing is now closed. The winner is Joseph Swerdlin— congratulations! To mark the contribution that Kickstarter is making to design book publishing, we are giving away one copy of an enormously successful and much talked-about design book recently launched on Kickstarter (and no longer available): The New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual. Designed by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda in 1970, it was re-created in book form in 2014 by Pentagram designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth. 

20 Books of Design Manifestos Themed Book Lists

We’ve updated our list of books of design manifestos, which includes the recently published compilation After the Manifesto (Columbia University GSAPP Books/T6 Ediciones, 2015). In an exciting development for us, Designers & Books is planning to help bring back in print this year another book on this list: Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action, a 1961 “monograph-cum-manifesto,” in the words of Steven Heller, featuring the work and ideas of the Czech forerunner of information design, Ladislav Sutnar (1897–1976). Watch for details!

Designers Who Read Letter and Image Book List of the Week

French graphic designer (Robert) Massin’s Letter and Image (La Lettre et l’Image)—a survey of letterforms and type from pre-history to the present—was first published 45 years ago, in 1970. Known for his experimentation with typography and layout, Massin (b. 1925) is also recognized as a scholar of graphic design history. Letter and Image makes the book lists of design critic Rick Poynor, graphic designer Paula Scher, and others.

Rare & Beautiful Rare & Beautiful: Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action

Rediscover Visual Design in Action (1961), a “lost milestone” of modern graphic design literature by the father of information graphics, Ladislav Sutnar.

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Book List of the Week

Five Industrial Designers and the Books That Inspire Them

This week we’re highlighting the books that have had an influence on five industrial designers. The designers are:  Tim Brown (CEO of IDEO), the late Niels DiffrientDan Formosa (Smart Design co-founder), Sam Hecht (Industrial Facility, London), and David Weeks.

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Themed Book Lists

15 Books on Love, Design, and Designers
An Affair with a House Bunny Williams
Designing for Emotion Aarron Walter
Design Your Self: Rethinking the Way You Live, Love, Work, and Play Karim Rashid

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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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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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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Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: December 1

Design books make great gifts! In November we were pleased to introduce our Online Book Fair 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Last month we also brought you the book lists of 10 prominent women in architecture, a list of books on toy design, and articles on new children’s design and architecture books and on vintage design book finds. In December our “Design Books to Win“ drawings will give you the chance to win two new photography books and we’ll be highlighting the best in new photography titles from a range of publishers.

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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.

Quote of the Day

Technical, humanist images from this 1920s and ’30s visual artist. . . . The books I like are human-size 3-D objects. They often contain things to ponder, ignore, memorize, and laugh and wonder at.