Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview, May 30

May 30, 2014

May’s many design events worldwide inspired our Book List of the Week posts on Dutch designers, British graphic designers, and lighting designers, plus new lists of books focusing on color, textiles, and photography. In June, watch for Designers & Books’ newly expanded Online Book Fair—including new publishers and discounts on art and photography books as well as on design and architecture titles.

Weekly Wrap-Up

Themed Book Lists 21 Books on Color and Design

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

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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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Themed Book Lists 20 Books on Textile Design

“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.

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Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Five Book Lists from the World of British Graphic Design

This week we highlight five book lists chosen by British graphic designers and critics (some are authors of their own major books on graphic design), from Penguin book cover designer Coralie Bickford-Smith to Eye magazine founding editor and visual culture critic Rick Poynor. Our complete list of graphic designers includes 46 contributors.

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Themed Book Lists 15 Books on Photography

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.

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

Designers from the Netherlands and the books that have influenced them are the subject of today’s Book List of the Week. The contributing designers are Droog founder Gijs Bakker, product designer Aldo Bakker, graphic designer Wim Crouwel, architect Mels Crouwel, and architect and founder of MVRDV Nathalie de Vries.

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Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Massimo Vignelli

We revisit graphic design icon Massimo Vignelli’s book list—the first book list ever posted on Designers & Books—and reflect on Vignelli (1931–2014), who passed away last week, as a lover of books and advocate of “knowledge in support of creativity.”

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