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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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
February 14, 2014

A Valentine’s Day dozen, chosen or written by our contributors. 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
September 9, 2014

For Fashion Week, here are 12 books on shoes—fashion’s most beloved accessory—from Manolo Blahniks to Frye boots. 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...

Themed Book Lists
June 25, 2014

From modern houses on Cape Cod to landscaping for coastal areas to the design of surfboards, here are 15 design-related books on beaches and other bodies of water to usher in summer. More...

Themed Book Lists
September 2, 2015

Fifteen books that look at the book as designed object—from Irma Boom, Warren Lehrer, Peter Mendelsund, Ed Ruscha, and more. More...

Themed Book Lists
December 30, 2014

Happy New Year from Designers & Books! Entering a new year means looking to the future. To mark the occasion we’re highlighting 15 books that contemplate the future of design from different perpectives and at different times in history—from Buckminster Fuller’s utopias to recent digital developments. See more books about design and the future at the Designers & Books Online Book Fair. More...

Themed Book Lists
October 21, 2014

Fifteen books on Art Deco—the predominately European and American decorative arts style of the 1920s and ’30s that took its name from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris. More...

Themed Book Lists
July 23, 2014

The world’s most famous annual bicycle race, the Tour de France, ended on July 27, 2014. In honor, we bring you our list of books on bicycles and bicycle design, now updated with new titles. More...