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May 14, 2019

The only manifestos that are still relevant for design—because the future is always just ahead.

Rare & Beautiful
By Peter Kraus May 14, 2019

Peter Kraus, owner of Ursus Books & Gallery in New York, looks at two innovative graphic design publications from the past: Ladislav Sutnar’s Package Design: The Force of Visual Selling, issued in 1953, and F. T. Marinetti’s Les Mots en Liberté Futuristes, published in 1919, 100 years ago. More...

Book List of the Week
April 25, 2019

Recently named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2019, architect Jeanne Gang finds inspiration in reading and writing books. More...

Daily Features
February 19, 2019

. . . so we created a unique display stand, specially engineered to show off the Bolted Book while accommodating the bolts.

The display stand is available on our Kickstarter for the 2nd printing of the Bolted Book, The stand is also part of the “Complete 3-Piece Set,” which includes the facsimile, the accompanying Reader’s Guide, and the display stand. More...

February 18, 2019

I found this a profound guide to living a life of accomplishment—trying to get anything done with other people— as well as an insight into someone I have admired for a long time.

Rare & Beautiful
February 4, 2019

Please visit to keep current on any updates for the Bolted Book project. More...

Design Books to Win
December 5, 2018

Update, December 19, 2018: This drawing has now concluded. The winners are Kevin Degano, Chis Lott, Lynn Robb, and Richard Stanley. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered by signing up at Signing up gets you access to a free custom-designed book display stand and early information on the best price for the Bolted Book, second printing on our upcoming Kickstarter. By signing up you’ll help get our Kickstarter for the 2nd printing off the ground in January 2019. More...

Kickstarter Projects
By Steve Kroeter November 8, 2018

Because of the many requests we’ve received, we launched a Kickstarter on February 4, 2019, for a second printing. If you missed out the first time or want another copy, or you own a copy and would like a display stand custom-designed for the book, visit our new Kickstarter: More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter September 21, 2018

Robert Venturi (1925–September 18, 2018), along with his partner and wife, Denise Scott Brown, was the original inspiration behind the founding of Designers and Books. Venturi and Scott Brown’s long list of the books that inspired them was one of the first we published, and it is our profound honor to feature it again. More...

You Are What You Read
By Barbara Barry June 20, 2017

In our second installment of You Are What You Read, Los Angeles-based interior and product designer Barbara Barry talks about beauty, American design, and her favorite book. In this series, Designers & Books asks prominent designers to describe — in words and images — a book they have found to be particularly inspiring. Barbara selected A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century by Witold Rybczynski. More...