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Themed Book Lists
January 21, 2014

The start of a new year—a time for self-reflection and self-improvement—prompted this list of books, drawn from our contributors and featured publishers and booksellers, on the intersection of psychology and design, and designers. More...

By Marco Romanelli January 20, 2014

What is an “open work”? It is work that can be different for each of us, since we are individuals, but the object is always the same. Isn’t this the best result for an industrially produced piece? It is one work, but it can be interpreted in one million different ways!

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter January 20, 2014

Past editor of the prominent Italian design magazines Domus and Abitare Marco Romanelli sends a book list. “I belong to a generation for which books were daily bread,“ he writes. More...

January 18, 2014

To celebrate the publication of the updated edition of his book Things I have learned in my life so far (Abrams), internationally renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister hosted a book signing and student-led interview at his studio and online on February 6. Presented by AIGA/NY and Designers & Books. Watch for our photo wrap-up coming soon. More...

January 18, 2014

Renowned Dutch book designer Irma Boom discusses her work with Design Matters host Debbie Millman in New York on January 29. More...

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview
January 17, 2014

The books that inspire Dutch product designer Aldo Bakker and a list of books on the theme of “Play” in collaboration with CreativeMornings were among this week’s highlights. Next week: a book list from former Domus and Abitare editor Marco Romanelli and a celebration of 60 years of cover art at the The Paris Review. Designers & Books is also partnering with AIGA/NY to present two special public events coming up in January and February: an in-studio and live online book signing with graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, and a conversation between book designer Irma Boom and Design Matters host Debbie Millman. More...

Daily Features
January 16, 2014

Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister will sign personalized copies of the latest edition of his book Things I have learned in my life so far at his New York studio on February 6. Can’t be there? You can still get a personally inscribed copy! More...

CreativeMornings Book Lists
January 15, 2014

This special book list developed in collaboration with CreativeMornings, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community, each with a monthly theme, is based on an earlier theme, from October 2013, “Play,” which we see as having a natural tie-in to this January’s theme of “Childhood.” More...

Daily Features
By Amanda Kolson Hurley, Superscript January 14, 2014

The U.S. Mint recently released a new design for the $100 bill. What’s the design verdict? More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter January 13, 2014

The son of a famous pair of designers—his father is Gijs Bakker, co-founder of the Dutch design collective Droog and one of the first and most influential conceptual designers; his mother is the late jewelry designer Emmy van Leersum—Aldo Bakker is known for his designs for furniture and tableware in materials such as wood, porcelain, copper, and glass that also have an interactive quality. Objects, he believes, “communicate emotion through association, touch, texture, and materiality.” More...