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
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
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
September 9, 2014

For Fashion Week, here are 12 books on shoes—fashion’s most beloved accessory—from Manolo Blahniks to Frye boots. 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
February 14, 2014

A Valentine’s Day dozen, chosen or written by our contributors. 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
September 17, 2013

Prompted by our Daily Feature on the design of books in the Loeb Classical Library, here are a dozen books chosen by our contributors on or inspired by ancient Greece and Rome. More...

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...

Most Frequently Chosen Books
October 7, 2015

These 10 design books appear most frequently on the book lists of our designers, commentators, and other contributors. More...

Forthcoming Books We Are Looking Forward To
September 26, 2013

Ten books on the wish list of William Stout's Berkeley bookstore. More...