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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...

Book List of the Week
November 3, 2014

More than 25 different books, from Achille Castiglioni to The Edifice Complex, have made an impact on three leading design design journalists: Alice Rawsthorn (New York Times, international edition), Julie Iovine (The Wall Street Journal), and Amanda Dameron (Dwell magazine). More...

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...