Designers & Books Blog


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Themed Book Lists
November 18, 2014

Ten books on the history of toy design and designing toys for children—from classic wooden toys to Lego and more. More...

Book List of the Week
November 17, 2014

Ten notable women working as architects have sent us lists of books that have had an influence on what they do and think and how they create. The architects are: Deborah Berke, Denise Scott Brown, Nathalie de Vries, Jeanne Gang, Margaret McCurry, Victoria Meyers, Farshid Moussavi, Galia Solomonoff, Ada Tolla, and Billie Tsien. More...

By Margaret McCurry November 17, 2014

A client of mine once very graciously referred to me as the Jane Austen of architects, saying, “She can create a small world out of a small space, a microcosm in a two-inch piece of ivory.”

Daily Features
By Stephanie Salomon November 13, 2014

A look at recent highlights in books for children about architecture and design from AMMO Books, Gestalten, Paintbox Press, Princeton Architectural Press, and Schiffer Publishing. More...

Design Books to Win
November 12, 2014

Fans of uniquely designed children’s books have the chance to win a five-book library of both classic and new books for children interpreted by modern and contemporary illustrators and designers. The five books come courtesy of AMMO Books and Gestalten’s newly launched children’s line, Little Gestalten. The giveaway drawing runs through through Tuesday, November 18, 11:59 PM (EST). Three winners will receive all five books. More...

Themed Book Lists
November 11, 2014

Children’s fiction has been an inspiration to designers all over the world. Here are 12 children’s stories that Gail Anderson, Sheila Bridges, Angus Hyland, Chip Kidd, Inga Sempé, Maira Kalman, Peter Mendelsund, and Daniel Libeskind, among others, have noted as shaping their creative work. More...

Book List of the Week
November 10, 2014

Among the many prominent architects and designers who have collaborated on products with the American design firm Knoll are four who have sent us the books that have had an impact on their lives and careers. This week we spotlight the book lists of architects David Adjaye and Maya Lin, architect and industrial designer Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, and graphic design studio 2x4 and one of its founders, Michael Rock. More...

By David Adjaye November 10, 2014

Robin Evans had the ability to offer rare insights into architectural history and theory that appeal to my interest in the wider social, cultural, and political discourse.

Design Books to Win
November 5, 2014

The London-based publisher Unit Editions is celebrating the life and work of Herb Lubalin (1918–81), one of the most influential typographers and logo designers of the 20th century. We’re joining the celebration and giving away five copies of the compact edition of Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer 1918–81 written by Adrian Shaughnessy, designed by Spin, and published by Unit Editionsa book that visual culture critic Rick Poynor has called “a gorgeous, meticulously produced compendium.” More...

Daily Features
By Steve Kroeter November 4, 2014

Through November 14 only, you can buy selected design and architecture books from 8 different publishers at 80% off their original prices (many $10 and under) at our Online Book Fair special sale. More...