Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: December 6

December 6, 2013

This week brought a bounty of December reviews of Notable Design Books of 2013, a gift list with graphic design enthusiasts in mind, and a look at some unusual bookstore displays. We are also excited to announce the opening of our third Design Books to Win drawing: six copies of the second edition of the seminal architecture book Learning from Las Vegas signed by authors Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown will be given away by Designers & Books. Next week, Debbie Millman gives us her book list and we investigate how Switzerland brands itself. Be sure to shop at our Online Design Book Fair. We continue to add new features, and books (among them, Stefan Sagmeister’s latest), and this weekend we’re highlighting a new video trailer of Debbie Millman talking about her most recent book. Princeton Architectural Press has also joined the Fair, where it is offering a 40% discount on its titles.

Weekly Wrap-Up

Notable Design Books: Reviews 17 Notable Design Books of 2013: December Reviews

Our December reviews cover architecture from suburbs to staircases, and graphic design from Swiss magazines to the work of Dutch book designer Irma Boom. We look at a new book on the product designs of Eva Zeisel, the interiors of Mario Buatta, and also Moroccan carpets—and even a book from the minds at IDEO on how to achieve “creative confidence.”

Design Books to Win Design Books to Win No. 3: Signed Copies of Learning from Las Vegas (2nd edition)

Six copies of the second edition of the seminal architecture book Learning from Las Vegas (1977; originally published 1972) by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour—signed by Venturi and Scott Brown—will be given away in a drawing. This rare opportunity honors the 45th anniversary of the groundbreaking 1968 Yale studio course that prompted the book. Details on how to enter the drawing, which closes Saturday, December 21.

Daily Features Strangely Arranged: The Art of Book Display at Six International Bookstores

From minimal presentation to falling off the shelves, bookstores around the world display books in very different ways.

CreativeMornings Book Lists 10 Books on Making

Our second book list developed in collaboration with CreativeMornings, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community, each with a monthly theme, is based on December’s theme: “Make.”

Book List of the Week The Book Lists of George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg: Interior Stories

The award-winning Toronto and New York-based interior designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg share a love of books as well as a creative life together.

Holiday Gift Book Lists 2013 Graphic Design Books to Give as Gifts

The second of our holiday gift guides offers a sampling of books published in 2013 selected with every graphic design enthusiast on your gift list in mind. Included are books on type, on advice from the pros for graphic design students, a graphic design book for children (that adults will want, too), and a look at the book as art.


Next Week's Preview

Book List of the Week Debbie Millman’s Book List: A Self-Portrait

As a child, host of Design Matters, author, and branding expert Debbie Millman writes in the introduction to her book list: “I ordered as many books as I could afford and when the boxes came in with my name on them, I spent a moment gingerly fingering the corrugated brown carton. I’d sit for a minute or two and imagine what was inside, what the books would be like, and of course how they would look. I have been in love with books ever since.”

Daily Features Swiss Not Spoken Here

Swiss branding designers discuss the challenges of defining an entire country through graphic design.

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