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Most Frequently Chosen Books
June 2, 2014

These 10 design books appear most frequently on the book lists of our designers, commentators, and other contributors. More...

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview
May 30, 2014

May’s many design events worldwide inspired our Book List of the Week posts on Dutch designers, British graphic designers, and lighting designers, plus new lists of books focusing on color, textiles, and photography. In June, watch for Designers & Books’ newly expanded Online Book Fair—including new publishers and discounts on art and photography books as well as on design and architecture titles. More...

Themed Book Lists
May 27, 2014

“To be human is to be involved with cloth,” says the author of Textiles: The Whole Story, one of 20 books on textile design from around the world and different historical periods that come from our contributing designers, publishers, and booksellers. More books on textile history and design can be found on the Designers & Books Online Book Fair. More...

By Dominique Browning May 27, 2014

I happen to love all of Hicks’s books. . . But the fabric book, written in 1971, pushes the envelope—as he did with his bold, idiosyncratic decorating style—and remains a useful eye-opener today.

Book List of the Week
May 19, 2014

Books that illuminate! To mark longer, lighter days and the spring calendar of high-profile design events in May around the world, including New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which showcases product design in 11 different categories, and London’s Clerkenwell Design Week, we feature the books that inspire five designers of lamps and lighting. More...

By Jules Fisher May 19, 2014

How do you bottle light? Corot does not give an answer but captures atmosphere so effortlessly you will not give up the quest.

Themed Book Lists
May 15, 2014

Color in theory and practice, from Josef Albers to Pantone—our vintage list of books from our contributors, now updated. More...

By Wim Crouwel May 12, 2014

Makes clear that modern typography does not have its origins in the conventional printing industry but is entwined with 20th-century painting, poetry, and architecture.

Book List of the Week
May 12, 2014

Designers from the Netherlands and the books that have influenced them are the subject of today’s Book List of the Week. The contributing designers are Droog founder Gijs Bakker, product designer Aldo Bakker, graphic designer Wim Crouwel, architect Mels Crouwel, and architect and founder of MVRDV Nathalie de Vries. More...

Themed Book Lists
May 7, 2014

Photographers have long influenced the work and thinking of designers. This selection of 15 books have been chosen or written by our contributing designers and design writers, including Seymour Chwast, Jasper Morrison, Maira Kalman, and Rudy VanderLans. More...