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
July 14, 2015

Here are 20 books on painters, sculptors, and other artists—from Leonardo da Vinci to Andy Warhol—that designers and architects have found inspirational. See the complete list of more than 200 books on art and artists chosen by designers. More...

Themed Book Lists
October 14, 2013

Updated, October 7, 2014. Comic Con—the anime, manga, and comic book lover’s annual conference—takes place in New York, October 9–12 . Here are 20 books on comics, cartoons, and related subjects from our designers and other contributors to mark the occasion. More...

Themed Book Lists
November 26, 2014

In this list of books on food and food design, cooking, and dining (with a design twist) are 20 recommendations by our contributors, including Tim Brown, Louise Fili, Zuzana Licko, Michael Manfredi, and Maria Popova. More...

Themed Book Lists
June 11, 2014

Twenty books on furniture design covering topics from classical Chinese dressers to contemporary American office chairs. The list includes books on furniture designed by artists (Donald Judd) and architects (Eero Saarinen) as well systems produced by companies like Knoll and Herman Miller. 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...

Books on Designers
June 17, 2015

Charles Eames’s birthday is June 17! Our updated list of books from our designers and contributors include American modern industrial designers Charles (1907–78) and Ray (1912–88) Eames. More...

Books on Designers
April 9, 2014

Updated: June 8, 2017. Celebrate the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867–April 9, 1959), by re-reading our list of 21 books from our contributors on the American architectural icon. 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
June 18, 2014

Designers mean business! Here are 25 books at the intersection of design, creativity, and business. Featured are books by Tim Brown, Steven Heller, George Lois, and John Maeda, among others, and a still relevant series of lectures on design management from 1975 that includes a contribution by architect Louis I. Kahn. More...

Themed Book Lists
July 9, 2014

Summer makes us think of gardens and green spaces. Here are 25 books on gardens and landscape from our contributing designers and publishers—featuring gardens from Newport estates to Manhattan rooftops, and from Brazil to ancient Babylon. More...