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