Themed Book Lists

Our themed book lists are compiled from the books that appear on Designers & Books and focus on special subjects. For a complete listing, see List of Lists.
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Most Frequently Chosen Books
June 9, 2014

These 10 books are the most frequently chosen by our designers and commentators in non-design areas—including fiction, children’s books, art and cultural history, and reference books. More...

Themed Book Lists
May 27, 2014

“To be human is to be involved with cloth,” says the author of Textiles: The Whole Story, one of 20 books on textile design from around the world and different historical periods that come from our contributing designers, publishers, and booksellers. More books on textile history and design can be found on the Designers & Books Online Book Fair. More...

Themed Book Lists
May 15, 2014

Color in theory and practice, from Josef Albers to Pantone—our vintage list of books from our contributors. More...

Themed Book Lists
May 7, 2014

Photographers have long influenced the work and thinking of designers. This selection of 15 books have been chosen or written by our contributing designers and design writers, including Seymour Chwast, Jasper Morrison, Maira Kalman, and Rudy VanderLans. More...

Themed Book Lists
April 23, 2014

Here are 30 (updated August 19, 2014) books on the design of cars and car culture (its past and its future)—including two novels—from our contributors. More...

Themed Book Lists
April 16, 2014

National (U.S.) Library Week is this week: April 13–19, 2014. Here are six books about libraries and library design from our contributors. More...

Books on Designers
April 9, 2014

Twenty-one books from our contributors on American architectural icon Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867–April 9, 1959), whose birthday was this week. More...

Books on Designers
March 27, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mies van der Rohe! These 12 books on architect Mies van der Rohe (b. March 27, 1886, d. August 19, 1969) were chosen or written by our contributors, including Massimo Vignelli, Stanley Tigerman, and Phyllis Lambert, or come from our featured publishers. Building Seagram was the winner of the 2013 Designers & Books Design Book of the Year Award, Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies was a Designers & Books Notable Book of 2012, and Detlef Mertins’s Mies was just published this month. More...

Themed Book Lists
March 26, 2014

A follow-up to “50 Books on Type on Typography,” here are a dozen additional books from our contributors that explore lettering. More...

Themed Book Lists
March 14, 2014

In honor of Albert Einstein’s 135th birthday, March 14, 2014, here are five books featuring Einstein that have been chosen by our designers. More...