The Creative Interviewer: Debbie Millman on Why Design Matters Daily Features

This Women’s History Month, we’re honored to showcase a new book by Debbie Millman, ebullient host of the award-winning podcast “Design Matters“ and a treasured member of our Designers & Books community. The newly released Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People (Harper Collins, 2022) is Millman’s “love letter to creativity.”

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Le Corbusier: A Legacy in Books Daily Features

The influential modern architect Le Corbusier, whose 135th birthday will be marked next year, authored and designed more than fifty books during his lifetime. Peter Kraus of Ursus Books explores some of the highlights.

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The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn Facsimile Now on Kickstarter Daily Features

Originally published in 1962 and out of print for almost 50 years, The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn was the first book on influential 20th-century American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901–74) to feature his own images and words. We’re reissuing it in a beautiful new facsimile edition, along with an all-new companion Reader’s Guide, thanks to our successfully funded Kickstarter. You can now order a copy on www.louisikahn.com/shop.

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15-Plus Books About Books Themed Book Lists

Fifteen-plus books that look at the book as designed object as well as valuable reading—from our contributors Irma Boom, John HillWarren Lehrer, Peter Mendelsund, Ed Ruscha, and more.—Updated July 26, 2022

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Daily Features The Creative Interviewer: Debbie Millman on Why Design Matters

This Women’s History Month, we’re honored to showcase a new book by Debbie Millman, ebullient host of the award-winning podcast “Design Matters“ and a treasured member of our Designers & Books community. The newly released Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People (Harper Collins, 2022) is Millman’s “love letter to creativity.”

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Book List of the Week

André Leon Talley’s Book List: Books Are a Man’s Best Friend

Fashion editor, author, and icon André Leon Talley (1948–January 18, 2022) talked to Designers & Books in 2013 about the books that inspired him, and the books he wrote, including Little Black Dress (2013, Skira/Rizzoli). His most recent book was his memoir The Chiffon Trenches (2020, Ballantine Books).

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Rare & Beautiful

The Illustrated Book in Italy, 1918–1945

Peter Kraus of Ursus Books looks at Futurist masterpieces, photo-books, and other graphically innovative publications produced in Italy during the first half of the twentieth century.

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Daily Features

Eugene Feldman, Co-Editor, and Co-Designer of The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn

David Feldman, son of the esteemed experimental printer, artist, and co-editor and co-designer of The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn, offers a poignant recollection of his father and the architect Louis Kahn. The essay is part of our continuing celebration of Kahn’s 120th birthday this year, which includes the re-issue of this 1962 book of the architect’s work.

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Books on Designers

15-Plus Books on Louis Kahn
The Essential Louis Kahn Cemal Emden
The Houses of Louis Kahn George H. Marcus
Louis Kahn: Conversations with Students Louis I. Kahn

Design Matters: On Books

Design Matters Podcast on Books: Debbie Millman & Sheila Bridges

Debbie Millman talks to interior designer Sheila Bridges, named “America's Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time magazine.

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Interviews

Still Learning from Denise Scott Brown

Designers and Books spent an afternoon with architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown at the suburban Philadelphia home she shares with her husband, architect Robert Venturi, talking with her about what went into making the book Learning from Las Vegas—and the studio class that prompted ither thoughts about the book’s significance today, new writing, and what she’s working on next.

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Most Frequently Chosen Books

10 Most Frequently Chosen Design Books
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture Robert Venturi
Towards a New Architecture (Vers une Architecture) Le Corbusier
Delirious New York Rem Koolhaas

Most Frequently Chosen Books

10 Most Frequently Chosen Non-Design Books
Ulysses James Joyce
Invisible Cities Italo Calvino
In Praise of Shadows Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

Quote of the Day

An incredible book about an incredible designer, thinker, and bad-boy provocateur.