The Photo Book in Japan: 1920s–1940s Rare & Beautiful

Peter Kraus of Ursus Books spotlights one of the least-known periods in the evolution of the photo book in Japan, from the Bauhaus-influenced late 1920s to wartime propaganda.

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“The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn” To Be Reissued in a New Facsimile Edition Daily Features

We are pleased and honored to announce that Designers & Books will be reissuing The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn. edited by Richard Saul Wurman and Eugene Feldman. To learn more, we invite you to visit The Louis I. Kahn Facsimile Project website, which provides all the key details about the forthcoming exact reproduction of Notebooks and Drawings, originally issued in 1962.

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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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Taking Stock of Books with Inventory Press Talking Eds

In our newest installment of Talking Eds, Wes Del Val talks to the founders of Inventory Press, a small publisher creating a wealth of unique design-oriented books, about how they work and what they’re publishing now.

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Rare & Beautiful The Photo Book in Japan: 1920s–1940s

Peter Kraus of Ursus Books spotlights one of the least-known periods in the evolution of the photo book in Japan, from the Bauhaus-influenced late 1920s to wartime propaganda.

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Books on Designers

12 Books on Louis Kahn
The Houses of Louis Kahn George H. Marcus
Louis Kahn: Conversations with Students Louis I. Kahn
Louis Kahn: Drawing to Find Out Michael Merrill

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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Rare & Beautiful

The Artist’s Book in America: The Arion Press in the 20th Century

For most of the twentieth century, books that brought together literature and fine art were largely published in France. Certainly almost none were published in the United States. The advent of the San Francisco-based Arion Press in 1974 changed all that.

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Daily Features

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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Book List of the Week

Five Designers Inspired by Photography and Photography Books

The art, techniques, and theories of photography have influenced the work of architects and designers almost since photography’s invention in the mid-19th century and subsequent reproduction in books and magazines. Here are five designers working today who have been inspired by photography books: graphic designers Kit Hinrichs, George Tscherny, and Véronique Vienne, architect James Biber, and fashion designer Reed Krakoff.

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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 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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Reading Klee’s writings was akin to having the switch turned on in a dark room.