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