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Books Received: Summer 2009


New books have been piling up again at Design Observer. For the summer, we thought we'd share some of the many recently published titles we have received over the past couple of months. Maybe you'll find a surprise or two...

Robert Atwan
Convergences: Themes, Texts, and Images for Composition
Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008
Paul Auster & Glenn Thomas
The Inner Life of Martin Frost
Mark Batty Publisher, 2008
Jeremy Aynsley
Designing Modern Germany
Reaktion Books, 2009
Pia Jane Bijkerk
Paris: Made by Hand
Little Bookroom, 2009
Mourad Boutros
Talking About Arabic
Mark Batty Publisher, 2009
David Brody & Hazel Clark, editors
Design Studies: A Reader
Berg Publishers, 2009
Moniek Bucquoye, Lieven Daenens & Marie Pok
Design Art Limited Editions
Stichting Kunstboek, 2009
Ulrike Felsing
Dynamic identities: in cultural and public context
Lars Müller Publishers, 2009
Per Olaf Fjeld
Sverre Fehn: The Pattern of Thoughts
The Monacelli Press, 2009
Alastair Fuad-Luke
Design Activism: Beautiful Strangeness for a Sustainable World
Earthscan Publications, 2009
Simon Garfield
The Error World: An Affair with Stamps
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
Alexandra Gerstein
Experiments in Design: Bloomsbury and the Omega Workshops 1913-19
Fontanka Publishers, 2009
Bob Gill
Words into Pictures
Images Publishing Group, 2009
Steven Heller
Alex Steinweiss: Creator of the Modern Album Cover
Taschen, 2009
Wendy Jedlicka
Packaging Sustainability: Tools, Systems and Strategies for Innovative Package Design
Wiley, 2008
Laurence Kardish, Kelly Sidley, Michael Taussig & Aernout Mik
Aernout Mik
The Monacelli Press, 2009
Jane C. Loeffler
The Architecture of Diplomacy: Building America's Embassies
Princeton Architectural Press, 1998
by Ellen Lupton & Julia Lupton
Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things
St. Martin's Griffin, 2009
Bruno Munari
Design As Art
Penguin Global, 2009
Timothy O'Donnell
Sketchbook: Conceptual Drawings from the World's Most Influential Designers
Rockport Publishers, 2009
Sarah Owens
Yes Logo: 40 Years of Branding and Design by Michael Peters
Black Dog Publishing, 2009
Dev Patnaik
Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy
FT Press, 2009
Phil Patton
Cars of the 20th Century: 100 Years of Automotive Ads, 1900-1999
Taschen, 2009
Sharon Poggenpohl & Keiichi Sato, editors
Design Integrations: Research and Collaboration
Intellect Ltd., 2009
Graham Pullin
Design Meets Disability
The MIT Press, 2009
Douglas Rushkoff
Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back
Random House, 2009
Elena Stanic & Lipavsky Corina
Atlas of Graphic Designers
Rockport Publishers, 2009
Rod Sweet & Tim Williams
Instructions for the Apocalypse
Mark Batty Publisher, 2009
Jan Tholenaar & Alston W. Purvis
Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles, Vol. 1
Taschen, 2009
Nato Thompson
Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism
Random House, 2009
Sherry Turkle
Simulation and Its Discontents
The MIT Press, 2009
Armin Vit & Bryony Gomez Palacio
Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design
Rockport Publishers, 2009
Ami Vitale
Design for a Living World
Editions Assouline, 2009
Cecilia Widenheim
Utopia and Reality: Modernity in Sweden 1900-1960
Yale University Press, 2002

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Comments [12]

I really hope this is some sort of e-typo:

$500 list price for Alex Steinweiss: Creator of the Modern Album Cover???? That is the most absurd thing to happen all year in the design publishing industry. Unless the book is made from recycled samples of Steinweiss' first album cover design I can not fathom why anyone would charge that kind of money. Looks like it's only a 1,500 run with Alex's signature. But still, c'mon.

Oh, and thanks for mentioning our book. It's not out until the end of June, so if anyone's curious what it looks like, here are some quick snapshots we took over the weekend:


Ah, snap, no self-generating link above... http://underconsideration.com/gdr_snapshots/.

Love the cover concept Armin, very playful.

$500 list price for Alex Steinweiss: Creator of the Modern Album Cover????

Taschen has done this sort of thing before, Armin! See GOAT, Collector's Edition, GOAT, Champ's Edition, and Helmut Newton's SUMO -- this last item was a book so big that it came with its own stand!
Ricardo Cordoba

funny story: I bought Alex Steinweiss's entire library (and it was deep, old) for twice that. His little book (produced a decade ago) sold well I suppose. Good for him.
felix sockwell

And I guess they are targeting musicphiles more than designophiles...

Felix, at least you got actual things, not just reproductions of those actual things. And how come you didn't tell me this before? We had a pretty hard time getting images of his work for our book.

this lot is worse than the usual bunch. funny how the only book i want to check out is from 1998- The Architecture of Diplomacy: Building America's Embassies. how did that get there?
armin vitale

A lot of the special Taschen books are too large. I see now Phaidon is starting to copy this door-stop approach with their Le Corbusier Le Grand. The problem is that the books come apart after only a few perusings. I wish books were more well made and not so disposable as they have become. Sewn backstrips and cloth bindings would help. Also, split these large studies and surveys into 2 volumes and slipcase them instead of one unwieldy novelty item.

excellent resource. thank you
oyl miller

the Taschen books are seemingly made not for reading but for only the most casual of perusing. They often feature in photographs from inferior desecrators, by which i mean "interior designers" in order to spruce up someone's space- most often someone who doesn't know a damn thing about art but loves warhol, murakami etc.

Congrats to Armin and everyone else who helped make GDR, can't wait to take a look!

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