Regularly updated collection of great design books.
When Ernst Haeckel drew the illustrations of microbes, he was doing it for science, to help to introduce the world to micro-organisms. Little did he know that his illustrations would be compiled in a book by one of the largest art publishers in the world: Taschen. However, once you take a look at pages from […]
As designers, we are familiar with the crucial role graphic design plays in conveying information in a more efficient matter. Good graphic design actually goes much further than that; it goes as far as saving lives. Specialized publisher GraphicDesign& recently released a book that demonstrates how graphic design, when done right, can save your life. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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”.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]