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Design Books to Win
September 3, 2014

We’re giving away five copies each of Cover and What We See When We Read by book cover designer Peter Mendelsund, known for his iconic covers for works of literature and nonfiction. More...

Interviews
By Steve Kroeter September 2, 2014

Award-winning book cover designer and Alfred A. Knopf associate art director Peter Mendelsund talks with Designers & Books about not one but two books he’s written recently, both published this August: Cover (powerHouse Books), featuring a decade of his books cover designs, and What We See When We Read (Vintage Books), a meditation on how we visualize the words of writers. More...

By Mohsen Mostafavi September 1, 2014

An amazing critique of the English language explaining the parameters that constitute a classic work of literature—but equally important for the parallels between writing and architecture.

Book List of the Week
September 1, 2014

Back to school this week? Here are three “dean’s lists” of books selected by Mohsen Mostafavi, who heads Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; Kent Kleinman, dean of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; and Alan Balfour, former dean of the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. More...

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview
August 29, 2014

Summer may be winding down but Designers and Books has been ramping up. Through September 2, you can enter our current “Design Books to Win” drawing to win one of five copies of Dezeen Book of Interviews. We post new giveaways of recently published design books each week. This past month we also posted an interview with Head of Cultural Engagement at BMW, Thomas Girst, about his recent book on BMW’s artist-painted racecars, as well as an interview with Dezeen magazine founder Marcus Fairs. More...

Design Books to Win
August 27, 2014

We’re giving away five copies of Dezeen Book of Interviews. The book features 45 conversations with some of the most talented and inspiring people from the global design scene who have been interviewed for the award-winning international online architecture and design magazine Dezeen over the years, plus new, previously unpublished material.

Interviews
By Steve Kroeter August 26, 2014

Marcus Fairs, founder of the international award-winning design magazine Dezeen, talks to Designers & Books about his latest foray into book publishing: Dezeen Book of Interviews, which features 45 of the magazine’s conversations with architects and graphic, interior, and product designers. More...

Book List of the Week
By Stephanie Salomon August 25, 2014

We salute graphic designer Deborah Sussman (1931–2014), who passed away last week, with a look at the books that inspired the colorful designer of the colorful and distinctive environmental graphics that became synonymous with Los Angeles and the California New Wave movement. More...

Design Books to Win
August 20, 2014

Fans of racecar design and unusual and striking art have a chance, through August 26, 2014, to win one of two copies of the recently released BMW Art Cars, edited by Thomas Girst and published by Hatje Cantz, featuring BMW racecars designed by 17 modern and contemporary artists from Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol to Jenny Holzer and Jeff Koons.

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Interviews
By Steve Kroeter August 19, 2014

BMW’s Head of Cultural Engagement, Thomas Girst, talks about the company’s almost 40-year tradition of producing unique cars designed by artists—now collected into a book. BMW Art Cars, edited by Girst and published by Hatje Cantz, showcases the 17 artists invited to re-envision the look of some of the world’s most famous racecars. More...