Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview, June 27

June 27, 2014

This June we paid tribute to the late, great graphic designer Massimo Vignelli, and looked at the books he found most inspiring. We also featured curated book lists on a variety of subjects, ranging from art to business, and their intersection with design. Next month brings an interview with Harold Koda, Curator in Charge at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, who talks about the Met’s current exhibition on fashion designer Charles James and the book that accompanies the show. Our Online Book Fair continues to grow, and in July will expand to include rare and out of print book dealers.

Weekly Wrap-Up

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Massimo Vignelli

We revisit graphic design icon Massimo Vignelli’s book list—the first book list ever posted on Designers & Books—and reflect on Vignelli (1931–2014), who passed away last week, as a lover of books and advocate of “knowledge in support of creativity.”

Themed Book Lists 20 Books on Artists Who Have Inspired Designers

Here are 20 books on painters, sculptors, and other artists—from Leonardo da Vinci to Andy Warhol—that designers and architects have found inspirational. See the complete list of more than 200 books on art and artists chosen by designers.

Themed Book Lists 25 Books on Business and Design

Designers mean business! Here are 25 books at the intersection of design, creativity, and business. Featured are books by Tim Brown, Steven Heller, George Lois, and John Maeda, among others, and a still relevant series of lectures on design management from 1975 that includes a contribution by architect Louis I. Kahn.

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: 10 Women in the World of American Graphic Design

From our archive, we’ve brought together 10 prominent American women working in graphic design—as practitioners and authors—and the books that inspire them. Design classics and hidden gems, books on nonfiction subjects from art to food, and novels all make the lists.

Themed Book Lists 15 Books about Beaches, Rivers, Water, and Design

From modern houses on Cape Cod to landscaping for coastal areas to the design of surfboards, here are 15 design-related books on beaches and other bodies of water to usher in summer.

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Six Italian Designers and the Books That Inspire Them

Inspired by the recently opened 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, today’s Book List of the Week features the books chosen by seven designers working in Italy.


Next Week's Preview

Interviews Charles James: Beyond Fashion: A Conversation with Harold Koda

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s Curator in Charge, Harold Koda, talks about the Met’s current exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion (on view through August 10) and the accompanying catalogue. Fashion designer Charles James (1906–1978) is often considered to be America’s first couturier—a sculptor of fabric who defined 1940s and 1950s glamour. Enter our drawing to win a copy of the catalogue, through August 4.

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