46 blog entries
By Steve Kroeter September 20, 2012

Kate Stohr, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity (AfH)—a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing design solutions to humanitarian crises and challenges worldwide, including needs for housing, education, healthcare, clean water, and renewable energy—discusses the new follow-up edition to AfH’s enormously successful first book. Published in May 2012 by Abrams, Design Like You Give a Damn [2] profiles more than 100 projects for reimagining community and improving lives across the globe, from a skate park in war-torn Afghanistan to innovative materials such as smog-eating concrete. More...

By Steve Kroeter April 19, 2012

Graphic designer Michael Bierut: Pentagram (New York)
Profile    Book List
Graphic designer Michael Bierut takes a look at his Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design on the occasion of its release in paperback by Princeton Architectural Press (March 2012). The book was originally published in hardcover in 2007. More...

By Steve Kroeter September 26, 2012

Architectural and interior design historian Michael C. Kathrens discusses the newly revised edition of his book American Splendor: The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer (April 2012, Acanthus Press; originally published 2002), which brings the work of one of America’s most influential residential architects of the Country House era—from the late 19th century to 1930—to a new audience. More...

By Steve Kroeter August 9, 2012

Michael Maharam, CEO of one of the the leading suppliers of textiles to architects and interior designers in the U.S., talks about his book, Maharam Agenda, published in November 2011 by Lars Müller. More...

By Steve Kroeter March 22, 2012

Graphic designer Paula Scher talks about Maps (Princeton Architectural Press, October 2011), her recent book of map paintings, which was named a Designers & Books Notable Book of 2011 by Alissa Walker, who said, “As art, it’s gorgeous; as a process, it’s a lesson in obsession; and as a narrative, it’s storytelling at its best.” More...

By Steve Kroeter July 26, 2012

Fashion designer Ralph Rucci: CHADO RALPH RUCCI (New York)
Profile    Book List
Couturier Ralph Rucci discusses his book, Autobiography of a Fashion Designer: Ralph Rucci, published in December 2011 by Bauer and Dean and inspired by artist Sol LeWitt’s autobiography told through objects.  More...

September 13, 2012

Architectural and landscape design historian Sam Watters (New York and Los Angeles)
Architectural and landscape design historian Sam Watters discusses Gardens for a Beautiful America 1895–1935: Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston, his new book published in April 2012 by Acanthus Press, in collaboration with the Library of Congress. More...

By Witold Rybczynski September 30, 2014

British architect-educator-author Ian Ritchie talks to U.S. architect-educator-author Witold Rybczynski about Ritchie’s career, including the making of his latest book, a two-volume opus; the favorite project he didn’t get to build; and why he writes poetry. More...

Daily Features
By Angela Riechers, Superscript January 27, 2014

Dutch-born Irma Boom is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost book designers, and is the youngest person ever to receive the prestigious Gutenberg Prize for a body of work. Her books are distinguished by her experimental approach to formats and a willingness to take design risks. Here she talks about book-making and her life in design. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter February 3, 2014

Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister answers a few questions about the updated edition of Things I have learned in my life so far (2013, Abrams), its online offshoot, and a little bit about what he’s learned (so far). We also reprise his popular book list for Designers & Books—now updated with some new commentary. More...