Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: March 28

March 28, 2014

Our Wrap-Up & Preview is back, now appearing at the end of each month with highlights from the previous weeks and a foretaste of what’s to come. Over the past several weeks we featured a book list from Anthony Dunne of Dunne & Raby and an essay on “digital flattening” by logo designer Mark Fox, who also sent some new additions to his book list. We celebrated our three-year anniversary with a look back at some book lists from our archive and and we also posted themed book lists honoring the birthdays of architects Louis Kahn and Mies van der Rohe and in collaboration with CreativeMornings and its March theme of “Hidden.” We continue to highlight new books in our homepage announcements weekly. April will bring book lists from Fiona Raby and Dan Formosa, an interview with Dan Saffer—a Creative Director at Smart Design—and more.

Weekly Wrap-Up

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Anthony Dunne

Anthony Dunne, Head of Design Interactions at London’s Royal College of Art and partner, with Fiona Raby in the design studio Dunne & Raby, offers a list of books that “celebrate parallel worlds, the imagination, and unreality in some way.” Dunne is a co-author of the recently published Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming.

Daily Features Ray Bradbury, Jaron Lanier, and “The Digital Flattening of Expression”

Logo designer Mark Fox reflects on digital and analog culture through the lens of two selections from his book list.

CreativeMornings Book Lists 10 Books on the Theme of Hidden

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

Books on Designers 15-Plus Books on Louis Kahn

Fifteen books from our contributors on American architect Louis I. Kahn (February 20, 1901– March 17, 1974). Updated March 22, 2021.

Additional books can be found on The Louis I. Kahn Facsimile Project.

Book List of the Week Celebrating Our Anniversary: Five Designer Book Lists from the Archive

To celebrate the three-year anniversary of Designers & Books, launched in February 2011, we’ve brought together five book lists from our archive of more than 300 lists of books that have inspired designers and design commentators.

Forthcoming Books We Are Looking Forward To Spring Design Books We Are Looking Forward To: Shakespeare and Company, Paris

Linda Fallon, Head Buyer at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, sent a along a few design titles being published in Spring 2014 is especially looking forward to seeing on the store’s shelves.

Themed Book Lists 12 Books on Lettering

A follow-up to “50 Books on Type on Typography,” here are a dozen additional books from our contributors that explore lettering.

Books on Designers 12 Books on Mies van der Rohe

Happy Birthday, Mies van der Rohe! These 12 books on architect Mies van der Rohe (b. March 27, 1886, d. August 19, 1969) were chosen or written by our contributors, including Massimo Vignelli, Stanley Tigerman, and Phyllis Lambert, or come from our featured publishers. Building Seagram was the winner of the 2013 Designers & Books Design Book of the Year Award, Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies was a Designers & Books Notable Book of 2012, and Detlef Mertins’s Mies was just published this month.


Next Week's Preview

Book List of the Week Book List of the Week: Fiona Raby

“My book list is like album tracks that take me back to a moment in time,” says Fiona Raby, a partner (with Anthony Dunne) in the industrial design research studio Dunne & Raby. The partners’ work encompasses “speculative everything,” to use the title of Dunne and Raby’s latest book, which sees design as a tool for speculating on how things might be and to imagine possible futures.

Interviews Microinteractions: A Conversation with Dan Saffer of Smart Design

Designers & Books talks with Dan Saffer, a Creative Director at Smart Design and author of four books on design, including, most recently, Microinteractions: Designing with Details, on importance of designing the “small stuff” from phone settings to smoke detector alarms.

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