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