Designers & Books Blog


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By Steve Kroeter September 23, 2014

The Folio Society, based in London, has been producing special editions of classic books for since 1947. Joe Whitlock Blundell, design and production director of The Folio Society, answered some questions for us about the enduring allure of the beautifully crafted book and walked us through a Society book’s typical design process. More...

Book List of the Week
September 22, 2014

Four designers hailing from Germany are highlighted this week: graphic designer and “typomaniac” Erik Spiekermann (FontBook) and product/industrial designers Hartmut Esslinger (frog Design for Apple), Fritz Frenkler (frog Design), and Carola Zwick (Studio 7.5). More...

By Carola Zwick September 22, 2014

My all-time favorite and recommendation for students on how to cope with complexity.

Design Books to Win
September 17, 2014

Three copies Harvard Design Magazine’s re-launch issue, “Do You Read Me?,” will be given away. And if you can complete the crossword puzzle on the last page, you’ll receive a lifetime subscription! The drawing ends Tuesday, September 23, 11:59 PM (EST). More...

By Steve Kroeter September 16, 2014

The distinguished Harvard Design Magazine has undergone a makeover with its summer 2014 issue (no. 38), introduced this June at the 14th International Venice Architecture Biennale. Guided by new editor in chief Jennifer Sigler, the biannual publication features a redesign by With Projects, Inc., led by creative director, Jiminie Ha. Sigler talked with Designers & Books about the magazine’s new direction. More...

Book List of the Week
September 15, 2014

Almost all designers are in effect theorists, but here are five spanning different generations who are as much known for their theoretical reseach and experimentation as for their physical products. The designers are: architects Peter Eisenman (IAUS founder) and Jürgen Mayer H. (Metropol Parasol), graphic designers Sheila Levrant de Bretteville (Women’s Graphic Center) and Prem Krishnamurthy (Project Projects), and product designer Jonathan Olivares (A Taxonomy of Office Chairs). More...

By Jonathan Olivares September 15, 2014

Led me to see design as a kind of choreography.

Design Books to Win
September 10, 2014

It’s Fashion Week and we’re giving away two copies of two special fashion design books: Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe (Prestel Publishing) and The SFP LookBook: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 Collections (Schiffer Fashion Press/Schiffer Publishing). Each of the two winners will each receive a copy of both books. Enter to win through Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 11:59 PM (EST). 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...

By Guo Pei September 8, 2014

I am especially interested in books that focus on fashion history because they reveal how we appreciated beauty in the past. ...This is also the book that has pushed me to want to build China’s first fashion museum. I have two dreams in life: to build a fashion museum, and to create a fashion library to inspire future generations.