Design Books

How do visionary designers like Chip Kidd, Rodrigo Corral, and Barbara deWilde create such consistently memorable book jackets? A great book cover design showcases a designer’s ability to refine an idea to its essential visual expression, and Imprint surveys the best of jacket design in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and experimental work, revealing the strategies top designers use to tell a story with images and type.

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Look Up Yonder

Ivan Chermayeff and Kurt Vonnegut made beautiful music when they teamed up in 1980 to make a children's book about creation: "Sun Moon Star."

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The Passionate Thoughts of Jessica Helfand

Jessica Helfand is unafraid to question design dogma, pick apart jargon, investigate the motives and impulses of the field. Read a fascinating interview with her from Ken Gordon.

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ModernDesign.doc

These vintage issues of "Design & Paper" comprise a history of American Modernism that is invaluable to both scholar and practitioner today.

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Photobooks Revived

Here, Jeffery Ladd talks about Errata Editions and its photobook series Books on Books.

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Usefulness Be Darned!

Steven Heller talks with Steven M. Johnson about his new book "Patent Depending"—a collection of satirical inventions.