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