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By Alice Rawsthorn November 3, 2014

Irascible though he was, Papanek was also thoughtful, sensitive, gutsy, and perceptive. He wrote Design for the Real World a little over 40 years ago, and most of its principles are as relevant now as they were then, if not more so. Countless books have since been published on sustainable and inclusive design, but every designer should still read this one.

Themed Book Lists
October 31, 2014

Halloween reading—from Gothic fiction to horror in architecture—chosen by designers Jonathan Barnbrook, Jeanne Gang, Angus Hyland, and other contributors. More...

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview
October 31, 2014

We spent October celebrating architecture with book lists from architects Daniel Libeskind, Ian Ritchie, and Carlo Ratti, and an in-depth interview with Ian Ritchie by critic Witold Rybczynski. This coming month we’re especially excited to bring you our Online Book Fair’s first 80% Off Sale, featuring selected architecture and design books from 8 different publishers at 80 percent off their original prices. This is a limited-time offer for two weeks only, starting November 1. More...

Design Books to Win
October 29, 2014

In partnership with Knoll, we’re offering you the chance to win three newly published books featuring the work of three designers who have collaborated with the noted design company. Through November 11, 11:59 PM (EST), enter to win a copy of Abbott Miller: Design and Content (Princeton Architectural Press); the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale catalogue, Fundamentals (Marsilio, distributed by Rizzoli) by Rem Koolhaas, the Biennale’s curator; and Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision (RIT Press). Five winners will each receive a copy of all three books. More...

Themed Book Lists
October 28, 2014

Inspired by our post earlier this month on the Books That Inspire Five Designers from Finland and Scandinavia, here are 25 books on Scandinavian design from our contributors. More...

By Ellen Lupton October 27, 2014

Typography manuals abound, but few are a pleasure to read, handle, and behold. Bringhurst’s book is one of the best guides ever devised on the principles and practices of typography.

Book List of the Week
October 27, 2014

This year’s DesignThinkers conference, Canada’s largest conference for visual communicators, hosted by the Canadian Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) conference on November 6 and 7, 2014, features five graphic designers who have sent us book lists: Ellen Lupton, Abbott Miller, Debbie Millman, Paula Scher, and Erik Spiekermann. More...

Themed Book Lists
October 23, 2014

Four books from our contributors on the Vienna-trained architect and architectural theorist and writer Adolf Loos (1870–1933). More...

Design Books to Win
October 22, 2014

We’re giving away books on the lives and work of two major early modernist designers: pioneering architect Adolf Loos (1870–1933) and Art Deco furniture and interiors designer Paul T. Frankl (1886–1958).  Five winners will each receive a copy of Adolf Loos: A Private Portrait, by Claire Beck Loos, and Paul T. Frankl: Autobiography, published by Doppelhouse Press. Enter to win (you need a U.S. postal address) through Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11:59 PM (EST). More...

Themed Book Lists
October 21, 2014

Fifteen books on Art Deco—the predominately European and American decorative arts style of the 1920s and ’30s that took its name from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris. We’ll be giving away copies of a book on one of the designers on this list starting October 22.

Also see selections from our rare and out of print book dealers at the Designers & Books Online Book Fair. More...