Notable Design Books of 2012

Our designers, commentators, guest bloggers, and specially invited guests have chosen these as the most notable design books of 2012. Also see Notable Design Books of 2011.
81 books
Girls’ Fashion in Japanese Manga Takemura, Mana Paiintanashonaru
The New Art of Landscape: Conversations between Xin Wu and Contemporary Designers Wu, Xin et al. China Architecture & Building Press
Ikko Tanaka and the Future/Past/East/West of Design Koike, Kazuko Foiru
Katsuji Wakisaka: Japanese Textile Designer Wakisaka, Katsuji PIE International
Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey (Japanese edition) Brook, Tony et al. BNN
Juliaan Lampens Campens, Angelique ASA Publishers
Cinesi (The Chinese) Visetti, Giampaolo Feltrinelli $12.00
I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail Urveti, Ramsingh Tara Books $12.25
Fear of Music Lethem, Jonathan Continuum $12.95
Hippopposites Coat, Janik Abrams $14.95
Futuro Augé, Marc et al. Bollati Boringhieri $14.95
The Future Will Be…China Obrist, Hans Ulrich et al. Pinacoteca Agnelli/UCCA $15.00
Design Is a Job Monteiro, Mike A Book Apart $18.00
China’s Design Revolution Justice, Lorraine et al. The MIT Press $21.95
Writing About Architecture Lange, Alexandra Princeton Architectural Press $24.95
Abstract City Niemann, Christoph Abrams $24.95
Blown Covers Mouly, Françoise Abrams $24.95
Sign Painters Levine, Faythe et al. Princeton Architectural Press $24.95
ReThinking a Lot Ben-Joseph, Eran The MIT Press $24.95
Instant: The Story of Polaroid Bonanos, Christopher Princeton Architectural Press $24.95
Quay Brothers Magliozzi, Ron et al. The Museum of Modern Art $24.95
The Where, the Why, and the How Volvovski, Jenny et al. Chronicle Books $24.95
Le Corbusier Redrawn Park, Steven Princeton Architectural Press $24.95
Some Remarks Stephenson, Neal William Morrow $25.99
The Style of the Stedelijk Huygen, Frederike nai010 Publishers $26.00
Makers: The New Industrial Revolution Anderson, Chris Random House $26.00
The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City Ehrenhalt, Alan Knopf $26.95
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet Blum, Andrew HarperCollins $26.99
Walkable City Speck, Jeff Farrar, Straus and Giroux $27.00
To Forgive Design Petroski, Henry Harvard University Press $27.95
Adversarial Design DiSalvo, Carl The MIT Press $28.00
Mirko Ilić: Fist to Face Kršić, Dejan et al. Print Publishing $29.25
100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design Heller, Steven et al. Laurence King Publishing $29.95
Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies Aubert, Danielle et al. Metropolis Books $29.95
English Graphic Lubbock, Tom Frances Lincoln $29.95
The Shape of Design Chimero, Frank Frank Chimero $29.99
The Fractalist Mandelbrot, Benoit Pantheon $30.00
Logo Life Van der Vlugt, Ron BIS Publishers $32.00
The Color Revolution Blaszczyk, Regina Lee The MIT Press $34.95
Underground: How the Tube Shaped London Bownes, David et al. Allen Lane $35.59
15 Years of Media Arts Furuya, Kurando BNN $37.65
Photo Gallery of Good Buildings: West Building Mania Cafe, PIE International $38.49
City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age Smith, P.D. Bloomsbury $39.99
Elegantissima Fili, Louise et al. Princeton Architectural Press $40.00
The Art of Punk Bestley, Russell et al. Voyageur Press $40.00
The Postcard Age Klich, Lynda et al. Museum of Fine Arts Publications $45.00
Machine Art, 1934 Marshall, Jennifer Jane The University of Chicago Press $45.00
Japan Japanese Schmid, Helmut Robundo Publishing $47.70
A Visual Inventory Pawson, John Phaidon Press $49.95
Concrete Koren, Leonard et al. Phaidon Press $49.95
Bio Design Myers, William et al. The Museum of Modern Art $50.00
Building Stories Ware, Chris Pantheon Books $50.00
Confessions of a Generalist Diffrient, Niels Generalist Ink $50.00
How to Make a Japanese House Nuijsink, Cathelijne nai010 Publishers $55.00
Designing Information Katz, Joel John Wiley & Sons $55.00
Lowrider Space Chappell, Ben University of Texas Press $55.00
FUSE 1-20 Brody, Neville et al. TASCHEN $59.99
The Shape of Green Hosey, Lance Island Press $60.00
Terunobu Fujimori Rössler, Hannes et al. Hatje Cantz $60.00
Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms Castle, Wendell et al. Gregory R. Miller & Co. $60.00
Torre David Brillembourg, Alfredo et al. Lars Müller Publishers $60.00
The Avant-Garde Applied (1890–1950) Fontán del Junco, Manuel et al. Fundación Juan March $65.00
The Book of Books Lommen, Mathieu Thames & Hudson $65.00
Graphic Design: A History, 2nd Edition Eskilson, Stephen J. Laurence King Publishing $65.00
Norman Bel Geddes Designs America Albrecht, Donald et al. Abrams $65.00
La Formentera Piasecki, Eric et al. The Monacelli Press $65.00
Information Graphics Rendgen, Sandra et al. TASCHEN $69.00
Wiel Arets McCarter, Robert et al. Birkhäuser $69.95
Tree Houses Jodidio, Philip et al. TASCHEN $69.99
Imperfect Health Borasi, Giovanna et al. Lars Müller Publishers $70.00
Asia-Pacific Design No. 8 Sandu Publishing Co. Limited, Sandu Publishing Co. Limited $72.00
The Dutch Photobook Gierstberg, Frits et al. Aperture $75.00
House Keaton, Diane et al. Rizzoli International Publications $85.00
Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color Tschumi, Bernard Rizzoli International Publications $85.00
Understanding Architecture McCarter, Robert et al. Phaidon Press $85.00
Luca Barcellona: Take Your Pleasure Seriously Barcellona, Luca Lazy Dog Press $90.57
The Raw and the Cooked Bialobrzeski, Peter Hatje Cantz $95.00
Herb Lubalin Shaughnessy, Adrian Unit Editions $100.00
The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design Editors of Phaidon Press, Phaidon Press $117.50
Porsche: Origin of the Species Ludvigsen, Karl et al. Bentley Publishers $119.95
20th-Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas Editors of Phaidon Press, Phaidon Press $135.14