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Regularly updated collection of great design books.

June 23, 2017
The Constructivist: play with architecture
The Constructivist: play with architecture

When you think of the ugly architecture that thrived in Soviet-era Eastern Europe, “playful” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. Zupagrafika decided that commie blocks could be fun, and released a book, “The Constructivist”, that lets you play with cutouts of Eastern blocks. The Polish design studio sells the book on […]

January 12, 2017
Graphic Stamps: a book about the graphic design of postage stamps
Graphic Stamps: a book about the graphic design of postage stamps

Designing stamps is a great exercise for any graphic designer. In a tiny format, you need to convey ideas and try to make it beautiful. A book was recently published to honor the designers who did the best job at designing stamps. Graphic Stamps: The Miniature Beauty Of Postage Stamps was published by Unit Editions. […]

December 26, 2016
El Alto: a book about the architecture of Freddy Mamani Silvestre
El Alto: a book about the architecture of Freddy Mamani Silvestre

German publisher Taube released a book that will rejoice people who like colorful architecture. Peter Ganser wrote about the work of Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre, a self-taught architect who designed more than 60 buildings in El Alto, Bolivia, and found inspiration in the native roots of the country.

November 8, 2016
The flying dreams of Chinese farmers
The flying dreams of Chinese farmers

In the Chinese countryside, some farmers still build homemade airplanes and helicopters, like in the early days of flying. Chinese photographer Xiaoxiao Xu photographed these dreaming farmers and documented their work through interesting interviews in his book “Aeronotics in the backyard”.

October 15, 2016
Depero Futurista: The Bolted Book
Depero Futurista: The Bolted Book

Some famous books shape the world for the unique influence they have on people’s ideas and actions. Some other, less famous, books also have a tremendous influence in their field, but just don’t get the same global recognition and stay in the shadow. Depero Futurista is one of those. This design book, considered by some […]

August 22, 2016
When design is hostile on purpose
When design is hostile on purpose

The image above has been going viral on the Internet for quite a while now. It shows a bench that is not usable by anyone who is slightly overweight, in memory of Leonard Ball, who supposedly hated fat people. I don’t know if this bench exists of if it’s fake, but it doesn’t matter, it […]

August 9, 2016
The fake chalets of Switzerland
The fake chalets of Switzerland

If you take a walk in the Swiss Alpes, you’ll get the chance to see stunning landscapes, some animals, and traditionnal chalets. However, not all chalets were made equal. Some of these mountain houses are actually not what they seem. With their fake front walls and roofs, some chalets were just made to hide some […]

August 7, 2016
This amazing book contains puzzles you need to solve in order to keep on reading
This amazing book contains puzzles you need to solve in order to keep on reading

When you start thinking that everything has already been done in book design, an innovative designer pops up and creates something you’ve never seen and you would never have thought of. Brady Whitney is an industrial designer, which gives him a different approach to designing books, thanks to his background. If you take a look […]

July 28, 2016
Book: 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design by Lars Müller
Book: 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design by Lars Müller

If you are interested in the Swiss influence on graphic design worldwide, this is the book you should buy to get a good overview of the history of Swiss graphic design. Published in 2014 by Lars Müller, it features texts by a number of authors with a design layed out by the talented people of […]

June 7, 2016
A concept art book that features a paper cutted house
A concept art book that features a paper cutted house

As his name suggests, Olafur Eliasson is an artist from Northern Europe based in Berlin, Germany. I only discovered recently one of his earlier project: Your House. Your House is a concept book that was released as an artistic project and published by the Library Council of the Museum of Modern Art back in 2006. The […]

May 24, 2016
A pop-up book filled with geometric sculptures
A pop-up book filled with geometric sculptures

More often used in children books, pop-ups are still fascinating for adults, especially when they are innovative like the ones Tauba Auerbach designs. The artist used the technique to create a giant pop-up book that reveals complex geometric forms. There are six impressive paper sculptures in the book, built in partnership with PrintedMatter. You can get […]

April 26, 2016
A new guide to graphic design by Scott W. Santoro
A new guide to graphic design by Scott W. Santoro

It’s been a long time since I last opened a graphic design textbook. With the “Guide to Graphic Design”, I have now refreshed my design school memories. Thanks to the author, Scott Santoro. When opening this book, the fist good thing for me was the structure of the book. The textbook I had in Switzerland was […]

January 22, 2016
New Metaphor Books: a curated selection of rare design books
New Metaphor Books: a curated selection of rare design books

For 14 years, Russell spread the word among the design cognoscenti about design titles published by Princeton Architectural Press. His new venture is an online bookshop called New Metaphor Books that features a nicely curated selection of rare, out of print, and unusual graphic design, architecture, art, film, and visual culture books. While many of the […]

August 8, 2014
5 books to learn more about packaging design
5 books to learn more about packaging design

If you are looking for some inspirational books to learn about packaging design then here are top five books that will help you out. Check it out below! 1. Packaging Design: Successful Product Branding From Concept to Shelf Packaging Design is a fully updated single source guide that allows you to create successful packaging designs […]

March 30, 2014
Design books of the month: March 2014 edition
Design books of the month: March 2014 edition

Every month hundreds of books are released on design-related topics. In this post you can find the books released in May that I found worth sharing. Show Your Work! Ten ways to share your creativity and get discovered. Adventures in Letterpress Adventures in Letterpress features over 200 examples of the resulting work: elegant cards, edgy […]