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Books Received: Spring 2009


New books continue to pile up at Design Observer. Again, we want to share the fifty-plus recently published titles we've received over the past few months. We are happy to support the many design writers and publishers who create these books. No criticism or commentary here: but a sense of the tempo of the times through the books we've received.

Dan Adler
Hanne Darboven: Cultural History 1880-1983
Afterall Books, 2009
Andre Andreev & Dan Covert
Never Sleep: Graduating to Graphic Design
de.MO, 2009
Paola Antonelli & Penny Sparke
Japanese Design
The Museum of Modern Art, 2009
Shelly Bancroft, Peter Nesbett & Rebecca Sears, editors
Diaries of a Young Artist
Darte, 2009
David Barringer
There's Nothing Funny About Design
Princeton Architectural Press, 2009
Adam Bartos & Raymond Carver
Adam Bartos: Yard Sale Photographs
Damiani, 2009
Stephen Bayley
Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything
Conran Octopus Ltd, 2009
Roy R. Behrens
Camoupedia: A Compendium of Research on Art, Architecture and Camouflage
Bobolink Books, 2009
Caroline Maniaque Benton
Le Corbusier and the Maisons Jaoul
Princeton Architectural Press, 2009
Bo Bergström
Essentials of Visual Communication
Laurence King Publishers, 2009
J. K. Birksted
Le Corbusier and the Occult
MIT Press, 2009
Martin Bone & Kara Johnson
I Miss My Pencil
Chronicle Books, 2009
T.C. Boyle
The Women: A Novel
Viking Adult, 2009
Scott Boylston
Designing Sustainable Packaging
Laurence King Publishers, 2009
Richard Brereton
Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators and Creatives
Laurence King Publishers, 2009
Seymour Chwast
Seymour: The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast
Chronicle Books, 2009
Doug Clouse & Angela Voulangas
The Handy Book of Artistic Printing: A Collection of Letterpress Examples with Specimens of Type, Ornament, Corner Fills, Borders, Twisters, Wrinklers, and other Freaks of Fancy
Princeton Architectural Press, 2009
Brian A. Curran, Anthony Grafton, Pamela O. Long & Benjamin Weiss
Obelisk: A History (Publications of the Burndy Library)
MIT Press, 2009
Kenneth S. Deffeyes & Stephen E. Deffeyes
Nanoscale: Visualizing an Invisible World
MIT Press, 2009
Bill Dunn
Laurence King Publishers, 2009
Oded Ezer
Oded Ezer: The Typographer's Guide to the Galaxy
Die Gestalten Verlag, 2009
Jeffrey Fisher
Chronicle Books, 2009
Kitty Burns Florey
Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting
Melville House, 2009
Andrea Giunta, Rodrigo Naves, Luis Perez-Oramas, Leon Ferrari & Mira Schendel
Leon Ferrari & Mira Schendel: Tangled Alphabet
The Museum of Modern Art, 2009
Anthony Grafton
Worlds Made by Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West
Harvard University, 2009
Emmanuel Guibert
The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders
First Second, 2009
Janet Harbord
Chris Marker: La Jetée
Afterall Books, 2009
Siaron Hughes
Chicken: Low Art, High Calorie
Mark Batty Publisher, 2009
William Klein
William Klein: Contacts
Contrasto, 2008
Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Davis, Will Elder, Al Jaffee & Arnold Roth
Fantagraphics Books, 2008
Lance Letscher & Brooke Davis Anderson
Lance Letscher: Collage
University of Texas, 2009
Geoff Manaugh
Chronicle Books, 2009
Keith Martin, Robin Dodd, Graham Davis & Bob Gordon
1000 Fonts
Chronicle Books, 2009
Andres Janser & Barbara Junod, editors
Corporate Diversity: Swiss Graphic Design and Advertising by Geigy 1940 - 1970
Lars Müller Publishers, 2009
Jacqueline Novogratz
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World
Rodale Books, 2009
Timothy O'Donnell
Sketchbook: Conceptual Drawings from the World's Most Influential Designers
Rockport Publishers, 2009
Peter Opsvik
Rethinking Sitting
W.W. Norton, 2009
Edith Pauly
The Best Vintage, Antique and Collectible Shops in Paris
Little Bookroom, 2009
Sebastian Peiter & Goetz Werner
Guerilla Art
Laurence King Publishers, 2009
Rebecca Proctor
1000 New Eco Designs and Where to Find Them
Laurence King Publishers, 2009
Theresa Sauer
Notations 21
Mark Batty Publisher, 2009
Andrew M. Shanken
194X: Architecture, Planning, and Consumer Culture on the American Home Front
University of Minnesota Press, 2009
Mark Shaw
Copywriting: Successful Writing for Design, Advertising, and Marketing
Laurence King Publishers, 2009
Nathan Shedroff
Design is the Problem: The Future of Design Must be Sustainable
Rosenfeld Media, 2009
William Smock
Bauhaus Ideal Then and Now: Illustrated Guide to Modern Design
Academy Chicago Publishers, 2009
John R. Stilgoe
Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places
Walker & Company, 1998
Kate Stohr & Cameron Sinclair, editors
Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises
Metropolis Books, 2006
Deyan Sudjic
The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects
W.W. Norton, 2009
Yoshihiro Tatsumi
A Drifting Life
Drawn and Quarterly, 2009
Art Directors Club
Young Guns 6 and the Undiscovered Letter
Chronicle Books, 2009
Mienke Simon Thomas
Dutch Design: A History
Reaktion Books, 2008
Henk van Assen
Ranch Gates of the Southwest
Trinity University Press, 2009
Aron Vinegar
I am a Monument: On Learning from Las Vegas
MIT Press, 2008
Bruce Weber
All American VIII: Nature's Way
Little Bear Press, 2008

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Comments [11]

Thanks for continuing to post these books you're received.
I always see fascinating stuff that my local shops don't carry.
Ricky Frystak

tastumi's drifting life and the humbug collection are quite good, not the usual "look at me and my nerdy behavior and i am a pervert too" graphic novels that are the taste of the day.

as for the design books, this crop looks pretty weak. the "design like you give a damn", though damn old, is a good one. the geigy book seems interesting and may be worth a look.

my vote for worst of them all is the acd young guns, which is out already. that book never ceases to amaze in terms of the rubbish it lauds every year.

I have O'Donnell's Sketchbook. Aside from being a wonderful trove of sketchbook pages from some great designers, there's a lot in it about the value of sketching by hand and thinking before going to the computer. The cover's nice, too. Sketchbook covers and spot varnish.

What a sumtuous stack!
If I were to be given the post of a solitary month, on a solitary porch, or a table at a tall window, just to read, I think I'd choose Paola Antonelli's Japanese Design to head my list. It seems one can read or work. Doing both properly requires enforced confinement and little need for sleep.
Howard Stein

Anybody get the Geigy book? I remember those fantastic Graphis layouts in the 60's
Ricky Frystak

paola antonelli, wasn't she the one who ignited the rat typography debate a while back? by the way, that is still disgusting. if she was the one behind the 'japan design' book, i'd steer clear of that for sure.
louise kimball

might sound lame, I know...

...but I'm crazy about the Jeff Koons retrospective published by Taschen - the poor edition, really can't afford the signed and deluxe one. Of course, it's visually wonderful, but the texts are also really interesting, I'm surprised by the quality of the whole thing.

can't wait to get Chris Marker's La Jetée!
Daviel Lazure Vieira

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Swiss pharmaceutical packaging is the highest human achievement in the visual arts.

Dan and Andre gave me a copy of Never Sleep. They are brilliant and so is their book. It's utterly inspiring and entertaining.

Designing Sustainable Packaging is another book that I have read and recommend highly.

Jeffery Fisher's Birds is just beautiful.

Thankyou for posting my book 'Chicken: Low Art, High Calorie' which celebrates a vivid and humorous vernacular design culture of fast food signage,

I hope you like it!
Siaron Hughes

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