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One Book and Why
By Stefan Sagmeister May 11, 2023

Newest in our series “One Book and Why,” graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister recommends A Year with Swollen Appendices, a book of essays and ruminations by rock music provacateur Brian Eno, prominent since the 1970s when he founded the band Roxy Music. More...

April 12, 2023

I have enjoyed her stories and her essays, but connect best to Grace Paley’s poetry. Read anything by her.

One Book and Why
By Thom Mayne April 6, 2023

This month on “One Book and Why,” architect Thom Mayne recommends Italo Calvino’s reflection on what makes great writing, Six Memos for the Next Millennium. More...

One Book and Why
By Louise Fili March 23, 2023

Graphic designer Louise Fili recommends a political/historical novel in translation by contemporary Italian author Andrea Camilleri. More...

One Book and Why
By Steven Holl February 14, 2023

Architect Steven Holl recommends a book on an ever more-urgent issue in a new installment of our occasional series “One Book and Why.” More...

One Book and Why
By Steven Heller January 24, 2023

Graphic design writer and expert Steven Heller recommends a new book and kicks off our new series, “One Book and Why.” More...

Daily Features
November 21, 2022

For this holiday gift-giving season, here is just a sampling of the books published in 2022 written and illustrated by our contributing architects, designers, and design critics. From the delicate drawings of Maira Kalman to the luminous wood constructions of architect Shigeru Ban, we hope they will provide inspiration for you — and ideas for your gift list. More...

Daily Features
By Richard Saul Wurman October 18, 2022

Baseball’s World Series, set to begin later this month, prompts some recollections from Richard Saul Wurman about the game and how it connects to his close relationship with the architect Louis Kahn — and to the nature of architecture and creativity. More...

October 6, 2022

In spite of being almost 100 years old, this book retains the power of its clarity of vision and purity of ideals and intent. How can you disagree with: “beauty being the overplus necessary to the human spirit.” Or with a reference to poetry—which “not only lies in the written word. Objects which signify something and which are arranged with talent and with tact create a poetic fact.”


Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus September 21, 2022

Rare book expert Peter Kraus explores some milestone moments in the history of infographics and book design. More...