Notable Design Books of 2012

Our designers, commentators, guest bloggers, and specially invited guests have chosen these as the most notable design books of 2012. Also see Notable Design Books of 2011.
81 books
The New Art of Landscape: Conversations between Xin Wu and Contemporary Designers Wu, Xin et al. China Architecture & Building Press
Information Graphics Rendgen, Sandra et al. TASCHEN $69.00
Norman Bel Geddes Designs America Albrecht, Donald et al. Abrams $65.00
Makers: The New Industrial Revolution Anderson, Chris Random House $26.00
Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies Aubert, Danielle et al. Metropolis Books $29.95
Futuro Augé, Marc et al. Bollati Boringhieri $14.95
Luca Barcellona: Take Your Pleasure Seriously Barcellona, Luca Lazy Dog Press $90.57
ReThinking a Lot Ben-Joseph, Eran The MIT Press $24.95
The Art of Punk Bestley, Russell et al. Voyageur Press $40.00
The Raw and the Cooked Bialobrzeski, Peter Hatje Cantz $95.00
The Color Revolution Blaszczyk, Regina Lee The MIT Press $34.95
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet Blum, Andrew HarperCollins $26.99
Instant: The Story of Polaroid Bonanos, Christopher Princeton Architectural Press $24.95
Imperfect Health Borasi, Giovanna et al. Lars Müller Publishers $70.00
Underground: How the Tube Shaped London Bownes, David et al. Allen Lane $35.59
Torre David Brillembourg, Alfredo et al. Lars Müller Publishers $60.00
FUSE 1-20 Brody, Neville et al. TASCHEN $59.99
Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey (Japanese edition) Brook, Tony et al. BNN
Photo Gallery of Good Buildings: West Building Mania Cafe, PIE International $38.49
Juliaan Lampens Campens, Angelique ASA Publishers
Lowrider Space Chappell, Ben University of Texas Press $55.00
The Shape of Design Chimero, Frank Frank Chimero $29.99
Hippopposites Coat, Janik Abrams $14.95
Confessions of a Generalist Diffrient, Niels Generalist Ink $50.00
Adversarial Design DiSalvo, Carl The MIT Press $28.00
20th-Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas Editors of Phaidon Press, Phaidon Press $135.14
The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design Editors of Phaidon Press, Phaidon Press $117.50
The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City Ehrenhalt, Alan Knopf $26.95
Graphic Design: A History, 2nd Edition Eskilson, Stephen J. Laurence King Publishing $65.00
Elegantissima Fili, Louise et al. Princeton Architectural Press $40.00
The Avant-Garde Applied (1890–1950) Fontán del Junco, Manuel et al. Fundación Juan March $65.00
15 Years of Media Arts Furuya, Kurando BNN $37.65
The Dutch Photobook Gierstberg, Frits et al. Aperture $75.00
Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms Castle, Wendell et al. Gregory R. Miller & Co. $60.00
100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design Heller, Steven et al. Laurence King Publishing $29.95
The Shape of Green Hosey, Lance Island Press $60.00
The Style of the Stedelijk Huygen, Frederike nai010 Publishers $26.00
Tree Houses Jodidio, Philip et al. TASCHEN $69.99
China’s Design Revolution Justice, Lorraine et al. The MIT Press $21.95
Designing Information Katz, Joel John Wiley & Sons $55.00
House Keaton, Diane et al. Rizzoli International Publications $85.00
The Postcard Age Klich, Lynda et al. Museum of Fine Arts Publications $45.00
Ikko Tanaka and the Future/Past/East/West of Design Koike, Kazuko Foiru
Concrete Koren, Leonard et al. Phaidon Press $49.95
Mirko Ilić: Fist to Face Kršić, Dejan et al. Print Publishing $29.25
Writing About Architecture Lange, Alexandra Princeton Architectural Press $24.95
Fear of Music Lethem, Jonathan Continuum $12.95
Sign Painters Levine, Faythe et al. Princeton Architectural Press $24.95
The Book of Books Lommen, Mathieu Thames & Hudson $65.00
English Graphic Lubbock, Tom Frances Lincoln $29.95
Porsche: Origin of the Species Ludvigsen, Karl et al. Bentley Publishers $119.95
Quay Brothers Magliozzi, Ron et al. The Museum of Modern Art $24.95
The Fractalist Mandelbrot, Benoit Pantheon $30.00
Machine Art, 1934 Marshall, Jennifer Jane The University of Chicago Press $45.00
Understanding Architecture McCarter, Robert et al. Phaidon Press $85.00
Wiel Arets McCarter, Robert et al. Birkhäuser $69.95
Design Is a Job Monteiro, Mike A Book Apart $18.00
Blown Covers Mouly, Françoise Abrams $24.95
Bio Design Myers, William et al. The Museum of Modern Art $50.00
Abstract City Niemann, Christoph Abrams $24.95
How to Make a Japanese House Nuijsink, Cathelijne nai010 Publishers $55.00
The Future Will Be…China Obrist, Hans Ulrich et al. Pinacoteca Agnelli/UCCA $15.00
Le Corbusier Redrawn Park, Steven Princeton Architectural Press $24.95
A Visual Inventory Pawson, John Phaidon Press $49.95
To Forgive Design Petroski, Henry Harvard University Press $27.95
La Formentera Piasecki, Eric et al. The Monacelli Press $65.00
Terunobu Fujimori Rössler, Hannes et al. Hatje Cantz $60.00
Asia-Pacific Design No. 8 Sandu Publishing Co. Limited, Sandu Publishing Co. Limited $72.00
Japan Japanese Schmid, Helmut Robundo Publishing $47.70
Herb Lubalin Shaughnessy, Adrian Unit Editions $100.00
City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age Smith, P.D. Bloomsbury $39.99
Walkable City Speck, Jeff Farrar, Straus and Giroux $27.00
Some Remarks Stephenson, Neal William Morrow $25.99
Girls’ Fashion in Japanese Manga Takemura, Mana Paiintanashonaru
Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color Tschumi, Bernard Rizzoli International Publications $85.00
I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail Urveti, Ramsingh Tara Books $12.25
Logo Life Van der Vlugt, Ron BIS Publishers $32.00
Cinesi (The Chinese) Visetti, Giampaolo Feltrinelli $12.00
The Where, the Why, and the How Volvovski, Jenny et al. Chronicle Books $24.95
Katsuji Wakisaka: Japanese Textile Designer Wakisaka, Katsuji PIE International
Building Stories Ware, Chris Pantheon Books $50.00