Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: April 30

April 30, 2014

In April we featured book lists from product designers Dan Formosa (Smart Design) and Fiona Raby (Dunne & Raby), a round-up celebrating National Poetry Month in the U.S., plus books dedicated to the design of libraries, car design, the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and more. We also had a conversation with Dan Saffer (Smart Design) about his new book, Microinteractions: Designing with Details. We mourn the the departure of Manhattan’s Rizzoli Bookstore from 57th Street this past month, but are very pleased to invite the Designers & Books community to a special “closed door” sale on May 1 and 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In addition to the chance to buy art and design books at 50% discounts, you’ll be able to take a last look at the store’s elegant interior details.

Weekly Wrap-Up

Daily Features Rizzoli Bookstore Announces Special Sale on May 1 and 2 Open to the Designers & Books Community

With its 57th Street location now closed, Rizzoli Bookstore offers one last chance on May 1 and 2 to visit its fabled interior and purchase art and design books at 50% discounts.

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Dan Formosa

A book list from Dan Formosa, who in 1981 helped form Smart Design, a group based on the idea that design is first and foremost about people. His work on OXO Good Grips kitchen tools became a symbol of products designed to work for every user. The interface he created for XM/Sirius established the standard for satellite radio in the U.S.

Books on Designers 21 Books on Frank Lloyd Wright

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 (now 21-plus) books from our contributors on the American architectural icon.

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Fiona Raby

“My book list is like album tracks that take me back to a moment in time,” says Fiona Raby, a partner (with Anthony Dunne) in the industrial design research studio Dunne & Raby. The partners’ work encompasses “speculative everything,” to use the title of Dunne and Raby’s latest book, which sees design as a tool for speculating on how things might be and to imagine possible futures.

Themed Book Lists 30 Books on Car Design

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.

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Five Designers Who Read Poetry

From Our Archive: April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. In honor, we take a look at five designers’ book lists from our archive that have included books of poetry—by authors ranging from Shakespeare to Mark Strand—as design inspiration.

Themed Book Lists 6 Books About Libraries

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

Interviews Microinteractions: A Conversation with Dan Saffer of Smart Design

Designers & Books talks with Dan Saffer, a Creative Director at Smart Design and author of four books on design, including, most recently, Microinteractions: Designing with Details, on importance of designing the “small stuff” from phone settings to smoke detector alarms.


Next Week's Preview

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Five Lighting Designers and the Books That Inspire Them

Books that illuminate! To mark longer, lighter days and the spring calendar of high-profile design events in May around the world, including New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which showcases product design in 11 different categories, and London’s Clerkenwell Design Week, we feature the books that inspire five designers of lamps and lighting.

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