Recent Books Received: 05.09.13
Vernier: Fashion, Femininity and Form
by Robin Muir and Becky Conekin; Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums
by Mabel O. Wilson; Maynard L. Parker: Modern Photography and the American Dream
, Jennifer A. Watts, Editor; Meme Wars
by Kalle Lasn and Adbusters; Designing the Creative Child
: Playthings and Places in Midcentury Americaby Amy F. Ogata
Recent Books Received: 05.02.13
by William L. Bird Jr., Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects
by Jeanne Gang and Zoë Ryan, Editors, The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science
by Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, Matt Lamothe, John Heartfield and the Agitated Image
by Andrés Mario Zervigón, The Address Book
by Sophie Calle
Book Trade Labels
Book trade labels are advertising artifacts from booksellers, binders, printers, publishers, importers, and distributors of books.
Recent Books Received: 04.25.13
Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine
; Norman Bel Geddes Designs America
by Donald Albrecht: The Complete Engraver: Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and The Etiquette of Social Stationary
by Nancy Sharon Collins; Sky High
by Germano Zullo; Brooklyn Makers: Food, Design, Craft and Other Scenes from the Tactile Life
by Jennifer Causey
Awful Library Books
Awful Library Books is a collection of amusing and/or questionable library holdings found in real libraries and curated by librarians Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner.
Recent Books Received: 04.18.13
Between Page and Screen
by Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse; Design for Emotion
by Trevor van Gorp and Edie Adams; Material Manifestations
by Rensselaer Architecture, Shaker Museum Mt. Lebanon; A Topology of Everyday Constellatons
by Georges Teyssot; An Intellectual's Visual Miscellany
by Daniel P. Murphy, PhD
Recent Books Received: 04.11.13
Various writer's Eye On A Century
; I Used To Be A Design Student
by Frank Philippin and Billy Kiosoglou; Work For Money, Design For Love
by David Airey; See What I Mean : How to Use Comics to Communicate Ideas
by Kevin Cheng; Content Everywhere
by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
Czech Book Covers of the 1920's and 30's
The Smithsonian has an engaging collection of Czech avant-garde book cover designs from the 1920s and 30s.
Flickr Collection of the Week: The Library
is a curated Flickr gallery of antique books.
Classic Albums Reimagined as Books
Christophe Gowans re-imagines well-known album covers as book jackets.
Recent Books Received: 03.26.13
"Dialog" : What Makes a Great Partnership, Philosophy of Design, The Cinema of Me, Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli's Field and Ken Garland: Structure and Substance
Irving Harper, Paper Wizard
Irving Harper's paper sculptures are the subject of a new book out next week from Skira Rizzoli, Irving Harper Works in Paper
12.17.12: Pamela Hovland
Happy Holidays from Robert Frost
A brief history of the collaboration between Robert Frost and Joseph Blumenthal as well as many top woodcut and engraving artists of the day.
Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
from Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen features 350 pages of projects, games, and information for kids aged 8-13, and their parents.
09.11.12: Rob Walker
Rob Walker recommends Kenneth Goldsmith's "Uncreative Writing".
08.15.12: Rob Walker
Leanne Shapton is known for her work as a writer and illustrator, but it turns out that her new book, Swimming Studies
, is animated by her abilities as an athlete.
Merce Cunningham: The App
Launched in conjunction with Aperture Foundation’s sixtieth anniversary and the centennial of John Cage’s birth, Merce Cunningham: 65 Years
is a monograph in the form of a dynamic and interactive iPad app.
50 Books/50 Covers Competition: Enter Today
Since 1924, the 50 Books/50 Covers book design competition has been a yearly mainstay of the AIGA. We are pleased to announce that this important design competition is now being hosted by Design Observer. Enter today.
06.14.12: Anne Mikoleit and Moritz Purckhauer
100 Lessons for Understanding the City
We were struck by the Table of Contents of this new title, Urban Code: 100 Lessons for Understanding the City
It reads like a staccato narrative of citylife.
06.14.12: Rob Walker
Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy
Rob Walker recommendeds Dave Hickey's "Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy".
A Pattern Language
Alexandra Lange reviews A Pattern Language
by Christopher Alexander.