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177 blog entries
By Stanley Abercrombie April 16, 2014

In his preface the author asks “[W]ill this study serve merely as a memorial to a defunct building type?” The book’s final words answer that “… humankind has created an extraordinary variety of spaces in which to read, to think, to dream and to celebrate knowledge. As long as humankind continues to value these activities, it will continue to build places to house them. Whether they will involve books or will still be called libraries, only time will tell.” If indeed what we now know as the library disappears, this book will be the perfect reminder of all that we will have lost.

By Stanley Abercrombie October 3, 2013

The design problems George Nelson observed in the adolescence of modern design are with us still, though rarely as wittily considered.

By Sou Fujimoto October 29, 2013

Libraries could be beyond architecture.

By Sheila Bridges December 23, 2013

You will be moved by the author’s strength and resilience.

June 25, 2019

This is a “must read” for anyone interested in better understanding human response to our physical world.

By Seymour Chwast March 17, 2014

Every photograph is iconic. I remember them all.

By Sam Hecht September 19, 2013

Why is this book so important? I believe that too many designers have lost the ability to realize that projects are ultimately for people—not the company.

By Rocco Yim September 24, 2013

A dark comedy and morality tale of the fate of several individuals. That of a narcissistic composer is in particular a stark warning to any self-absorbed architect or designer.

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.

By Rick Poynor November 6, 2013

Jonathan Barnbrook is well known for visually complex designs that express deeply held and sometimes controversial political views, and his “bible” takes this kind of self-authorship to spectacular extremes.