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Daily Features
November 21, 2014

Our first Online Book Fair Holiday Gift Guide is here! Featuring over 125 new and newly selected books in architecture, design, art, and photography, including many titles with discounts, the Holiday Gift Guide is designed to make this year’s holiday shopping (or shopping any time of year) for design and book lovers easy, informative—and fun. More...

Design Books to Win
November 19, 2014

In this new giveaway we’re offering five winners each a total of six books that introduce young and school-age children to architecture and design. The books include a three-volume gift set of “Design Dossiers” from Paintbox Press, Who Built That? Modern Houses and Who Built That? Skyscrapers from Princeton Architectural Press, and The Future Architect’s Handbook from Schiffer Publishing. More...

Themed Book Lists
November 18, 2014

Ten books on the history of toy design and designing toys for children—from classic wooden toys to Lego and more. More...

Book List of the Week
November 17, 2014

Ten notable women working as architects have sent us lists of books that have had an influence on what they do and think and how they create. The architects are: Deborah Berke, Denise Scott Brown, Nathalie de Vries, Jeanne Gang, Margaret McCurry, Victoria Meyers, Farshid Moussavi, Galia Solomonoff, Ada Tolla, and Billie Tsien. More...

Design Books to Win
November 12, 2014

Fans of uniquely designed children’s books have the chance to win a five-book library of both classic and new books for children interpreted by modern and contemporary illustrators and designers. The five books come courtesy of AMMO Books and Gestalten’s newly launched children’s line, Little Gestalten. The giveaway drawing runs through through Tuesday, November 18, 11:59 PM (EST). Three winners will receive all five books. More...

Themed Book Lists
November 11, 2014

Children’s fiction has been an inspiration to designers all over the world. Here are 12 children’s stories that Gail Anderson, Sheila Bridges, Angus Hyland, Chip Kidd, Inga Sempé, Maira Kalman, Peter Mendelsund, and Daniel Libeskind, among others, have noted as shaping their creative work. More...

Book List of the Week
November 10, 2014

Among the many prominent architects and designers who have collaborated on products with the American design firm Knoll are four who have sent us the books that have had an impact on their lives and careers. This week we spotlight the book lists of architects David Adjaye and Maya Lin, architect and industrial designer Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, and graphic design studio 2x4 and one of its founders, Michael Rock. In addition, see the book lists of graphic designers Abbott Miller of Pentagram and Massimo Vignelli, who are featured in our special book giveaway ending this week. More...

Design Books to Win
November 5, 2014

The London-based publisher Unit Editions is celebrating the life and work of Herb Lubalin (1918–81), one of the most influential typographers and logo designers of the 20th century. We’re joining the celebration and giving away five copies of the compact edition of Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer 1918–81 written by Adrian Shaughnessy, designed by Spin, and published by Unit Editionsa book that visual culture critic Rick Poynor has called “a gorgeous, meticulously produced compendium.” More...

Book List of the Week
November 3, 2014

More than 25 different books, from Achille Castiglioni to The Edifice Complex, have made an impact on three leading design design journalists: Alice Rawsthorn (New York Times, international edition), Julie Iovine (The Wall Street Journal), and Amanda Dameron (Dwell magazine). More...

Themed Book Lists
October 31, 2014

Halloween reading—from Gothic fiction to horror in architecture—chosen by designers Jonathan Barnbrook, Jeanne Gang, Angus Hyland, and other contributors. More...