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Design Books to Win
December 5, 2018

Update, December 19, 2018: This drawing has now concluded. The winners are Kevin Degano, Chis Lott, Lynn Robb, and Richard Stanley. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered by signing up at Signing up gets you access to a free custom-designed book display stand and early information on the best price for the Bolted Book, second printing on our upcoming Kickstarter. By signing up you’ll help get our Kickstarter for the 2nd printing off the ground in January 2019. More...

Kickstarter Projects
By Steve Kroeter November 8, 2018

Because of the many requests we’ve received, we’re planning a Kickstarter this coming January for a second printing. If you missed out the first time or want another copy, sign up at, with your name and email address for early notification and an exclusive special offer. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter September 21, 2018

Robert Venturi (1925–September 18, 2018), along with his partner and wife, Denise Scott Brown, was the original inspiration behind the founding of Designers and Books. Venturi and Scott Brown’s long list of the books that inspired them was one of the first we published, and it is our profound honor to feature it again. More...

You Are What You Read
By Barbara Barry June 20, 2017

In our second installment of You Are What You Read, Los Angeles-based interior and product designer Barbara Barry talks about beauty, American design, and her favorite book. In this series, Designers & Books asks prominent designers to describe — in words and images — a book they have found to be particularly inspiring. Barbara selected A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century by Witold Rybczynski. More...

June 20, 2017

Wherever I am in my life’s journey, when I come to this book, its story always humbles me. It buoys me up and it puts the passion back in my guts and inspires me to carry on.

Archives & Libraries
By Elizabeth Meggs May 30, 2017

Designer and design history educator Elizabeth Meggs selects 16 books from the library of her father—the pioneering graphic design historian Philip B. Meggs (d. 2002) who authored the landmark Meggs’ History of Graphic Design, recently updated in a sixth edition—and her mother, art director and writer/illustrator Libby Phillips Meggs. More...

May 30, 2017

The first graphic design book I owned, a groundbreaking attempt at synthesis in its time, and an exciting window opening on to what was, for me, a previously unknown realm of visual history.

April 25, 2017

Read Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget, and then read (or reread) this classic novel of a dystopian future without books. I did, and the juxtaposition is startling.

Daily Features
By Steve Kroeter April 25, 2017

We sat down with Mark Fox and Angie Wang—designers and educators specializing in trademarks and typography who work as partners in Design is Play—to talk about their recently published book, Symbols: A Handbook for Seeing (The Monacelli Press, 2016). In the conversation, Mark and Angie gave their thoughts on sharpening sensory awareness by paying attention to the visual signs in the world around us, symbols across various cultures, and a few of their favorite books on the subject. More...

April 4, 2017

Orwell’s 1984 has been so influential on my work, from the way he analyzes dictatorships to terms like “Newspeak” and “Doublethink,” which crystalize how our thoughts are shaped (or repressed) by the society we live in.