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Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview
January 17, 2014

The books that inspire Dutch product designer Aldo Bakker and a list of books on the theme of “Play” in collaboration with CreativeMornings were among this week’s highlights. Next week: a book list from former Domus and Abitare editor Marco Romanelli and a celebration of 60 years of cover art at the The Paris Review. Designers & Books is also partnering with AIGA/NY to present two special public events coming up in January and February: an in-studio and live online book signing with graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, and a conversation between book designer Irma Boom and Design Matters host Debbie Millman.

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Daily Features
January 16, 2014

Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister will sign personalized copies of the latest edition of his book Things I have learned in my life so far at his New York studio on February 6. Can’t be there? You can still get a personally inscribed copy!

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CreativeMornings Book Lists
January 15, 2014

This special book list developed in collaboration with CreativeMornings, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community, each with a monthly theme, is based on an earlier theme, from October 2013, “Play,” which we see as having a natural tie-in to this January’s theme of “Childhood.”

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Daily Features
By Amanda Kolson Hurley, Superscript January 14, 2014

The U.S. Mint recently released a new design for the $100 bill. What’s the design verdict?

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Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter January 13, 2014

The son of a famous pair of designers—his father is Gijs Bakker, co-founder of the Dutch design collective Droog and one of the first and most influential conceptual designers; his mother is the late jewelry designer Emmy van Leersum—Aldo Bakker is known for his designs for furniture and tableware in materials such as wood, porcelain, copper, and glass that also have an interactive quality. Objects, he believes, “communicate emotion through association, touch, texture, and materiality.”

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By Aldo Bakker January 13, 2014

Kenya Hara gives so much attention to every single element: the photography, the paper, the graphic design. This book is so consistent and convincing that it pulls you into a completely different world.

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview
January 10, 2014

This week we were especially pleased to publish our in-depth interview with architect, urban, planner, author, and educator Denise Scott Brown, who talked about 45 years of “learning from Las Vegas” as well as a range of other topics. We also posted our third book list in collaboration with CreativeMornings, based on the popular worldwide breakfast lecture series’ January theme: “Childhood.” Next week: books chosen by Dutch product designer Aldo Bakker.

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Best Sellers
January 9, 2014

This list of best-selling design books indicates the #1 seller for the month for a given store and is compiled from the individual best-seller lists for December 2013 provided by our U.S. featured booksellers.

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CreativeMornings Book Lists
January 8, 2014

Our third book list developed in collaboration with CreativeMornings, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community, each with a monthly theme, is based on January’s theme: “Childhood.”

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By David Kelley January 8, 2014

The Little Prince had a big impact in my life when I was young and impressionable. It offered my earliest lessons in prototyping, iterating, and stretching your imagination.