Interviews, Essays, Etc.

Below you will find links to a variety of special materials, including our Author Q&As, interviews with designers and commentators, and essays, that we would like to call to your attention.
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Author Q&As


  • July 12, 2011

    Alberto Alessi, head of the eponymous company recognized for bringing high design to housewares, talks about the poetry of design in a special interview with Designers & Books.

  • February 21, 2012

    Interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber sits down with Designers & Books for a conversation that ranges from an unusual fiction choice on the book list he sent us to why he is getting his preschool son a subscription to National Geographic magazine to what his own library looks like and the thinking behind his latest book, The Way Home.

  • August 16, 2011

    Dutch typographer and graphic designer Wim Crouwel talks to Designers & Books about his library, his bookcases, and books whose design he admires.

  • November 22, 2011

    Graphic designer Bob Gill talks to Designers & Books about his favorite books, the fact that he is not an avid reader, and comments about the many books he’s written, including his latest—Bob Gill, so far.

  • December 6, 2011

    Architect Jeanne Gang talks to architecture critic Paul Goldberger about books and authors from Benjamin Franklin to Eileen Gray as well as how her idea of “turning off reality and letting yourself imagine” applies both to the design development process of a building and the interior monologue that goes on when you are reading a book.

  • April 5, 2011

    Jessica Helfand is a graphic designer, educator, writer, and an avid reader. In this interview with Designers & Books she talks about books as constant companions in her life—and why the titles on the book list she submitted are not about design.

  • May 10, 2011

    Angus Hyland answers questions about books—those on his Designers & Books list, those he’s written, and those he’s about to read.

  • October 11, 2011

    Graphic designer, author, and illustrator Maira Kalman talks about the books she reads and writes—and what her answer for everything is.

  • June 28, 2011

    Book cover designer and novelist Chip Kidd talks about his second novel, comic strips, advertising, and more in an interview with Véronique Vienne for Designers & Books.

  • October 25, 2011

    Graphic designer, curator, author, and commentator Ellen Lupton weighs in on reading and writing for practicing designers and design students.

  • June 26, 2012

    Indefatigable designer, writer, and reader Todd Oldham talks to design editor Wendy Goodman of New York magazine in an interview for Designers & Books—about what (and how) he reads and writes. Authors Dorothy Parker and Amy and David Sedaris, artists Cindy Sherman and Tim Hawkinson, film director Sidney Lumet, and designers Roberto Burle Marx, Tony Duquette, Charley Harper, and Alexander Girard are all part of the mix.

  • March 27, 2012

    During the academic year celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi met with critic and author Nicolai Ouroussoff to talk about the books on Dean Mostafavi’s Designers & Books list—books that have particular resonance for him not only because of their intellectual content but also through their very personal connection to him.

  • May 10, 2011

    Rick Poynor talks about everything you need as a thinking, principled, committed designer—and also about books and graphic design in general.


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