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Munari's Books

One of the greatest graphic designers of the twentieth century--called by Picasso "the Leonardo of our time"--Italian ar ...

You Are Here: NYC

Mapping the Soul of the City

Maps are magical. Every graphic, like every story, has a point of view, and New York is rife with mapmaking possibilitie ...

The Complete Engraver

A Guide to Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette and History of Social Stationery

In this age of emails, texts, and instant messages, receiving a letter has become a rare treat. Engraved stationery can ...

Mark Mothersbaugh

Collected Facts & Lies: Fifty Postcards

This collection of fifty postcards is pulled from the archives of legendary artist and musician Mark Mothersbaugh, cofou ...

People Fishing

A Century of Photographs

Although people have fished for food since the dawn of time, fishing today is one of the most popular pastimes in the wo ...

America's Doll House

The Miniature World of Faith Bradford

From the Star-Spangled Banner flag to Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American ...

The Brownstone

Living in harmony with your neighbor isn't always easy, but it's doubly difficult if you're a bear living in a New York ...

Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design

"It's not hard to see why innovation is becoming the design world's favorite euphemism. Design sounds cosmetic and ephem ...

Botanical Sketchbooks

Recording the world of plant and animal life and documenting the strange beauty of the natural world have been human pas ...

Blackstock's Collections Notepads

Inspired by our bestselling book Blackstock's Collections, these reporter-style notepads feature the obsessively detail ...

Worn Stories

Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has collected over ...

Observe, Collect, Draw!

A Visual Journal

A guided journal with a fresh approach to the trend of journal-as-tool-for-self-examination. The journal is delightfully ...

Pulled

A Catalog of Screen Printing

From Andy Warhol to the sassy designers of today, screen-printing is a medium with undeniable panache. Prized for its ac ...

Let's Go Letter Hunting

A Field Guide for Typographic Expeditions

Letter hunting, type spotting, font finding--whatever you want to call it--designers, typographers, and handletterers ha ...

Iowa State Fair

Country Comes to Town

More than 150 years old and still going strong, the Iowa State Fair is an American institution that was recently selecte ...

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide

How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures

Modern living isn't easy. It often seems to require some know-how our parents didn't pass on, or a special tool. Happily ...

Workbook

The Official Catalog for Workshopping: An American Model for Architectural Practice

The work shown at the U.S. Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale is vital and proactive, suggesting solutions, describing ...

Psychobook

Games, Tests, Questionnaires, Histories

Who knew a trip to the therapist could be so much fun, even aesthetically rewarding? Beyond sharing feelings or complain ...

ZoomScape

Architecture in Motion and Media

Although a few among us are intrepid architectural tourists, visiting buildings and landscapes our cameras at the ready ...

The Lovings

An Intimate Portrait

The Lovings: An Intimate Portrait documents the extraordinary love story of Mildred and Richard Loving. The Lovings pres ...

Elegantissima

The Design and Typography of Louise Fili

Louise Fili has been an inspiration for designers around the world since the 1980s, when she raised the bar on book cove ...

Dear Data Postcard Kit

For two friends to draw and share

Our best-selling book Dear Data celebrates the hidden patterns of our daily lives, revealing beauty in even the smallest ...

Cartographies of Time

What does history look like? How do you draw time?From the most ancient images to the contemporary, the line has served ...

Coffee Lids

Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture

If you're one of the 200 million Americans who drink coffee every day, you may have marveled at the ubiquitous plastic c ...

Visual Complexity

Mapping Patterns of Information

Manuel Lima's smash hit Visual Complexity is now available in paperback. This groundbreaking 2011 book, the first to com ...

Come Together

The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design

The past twenty years have seen a new generation of artists working together in small groups and large collectives to ex ...

Artful Cats

Discoveries from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

Cats, cats, and more cats! Expressive or aloof, affectionate or enigmatic, cats have complicated characters that make th ...

From Here to There

A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association

It's a situation we are all acquainted with: planning to visit friends in an unfamiliar part of the city, you draw yours ...

Artists Unframed

Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

Tucked away among the letters, diaries, and other ephemera in the Smithsonian's archives lies a trove of rarely seen sna ...

Year in Japan, A

The Land of the Rising Sun is shining brightly across the American cultural landscape. Recent films such as Lost in Tran ...

The Ghost Army of World War II

How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery

In the summer of 1944, a handpicked group of young GIs that included such future luminaries as Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kel ...

The Map as Art

Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

As seen in O: The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Cool Hunting, and countless other media out ...

William Addison Dwiggins

Stencilled Ornament and Illustration: Expanded Edition

There has never been anyone in the design world like William Addison Dwiggins (1880-1956). The first American to call hi ...

Brothels of Nevada

Candid Views of America's Legal Sex Industry

The state of Nevada is known as a place for quick money, 24-hour marriages, and easy divorces. But it's also the only pl ...

People Knitting

A Century of Photographs

People Knitting is a charming tribute in vintage photographs and printed ephemera to the ever-popular, often all-consumi ...

Le Corbusier, Homme de Lettres

On his French identity card, legendary architect Le Corbusier listed his profession as "Homme de Lettres" (Man of Letter ...

Bruno Munari: Square Circle Triangle

In the early 1960s, Italian design legend Bruno Munari published his visual case studies on shapes: Circle, Square, and, ...

Reinventing the Wheel

As inventive as instructive, information wheels-or volvelles-have been used since the fourteenth century to measure, rec ...

Pen to Paper

Artists' Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

Even in this age of emails, texts, and tweets, there is an ongoing fascination with the simple act of putting pen to pap ...

Cartographies of Time

Our critically acclaimed smash hit Cartographies of Time is now available in paperback. In this first comprehensive hist ...

George Tsypin Opera Factory

Invisible City

Based in New York City in the grit, steel girders, and graffiti of the metropolis'George Tsypin's Opera Factory creates ...

Architecture and Film

Architecture and Film looks at the ways architecture and architects are treated on screen and, conversely, how these dep ...

Dear Data

A Friendship in 52 Weeks of Postcards

Equal parts mail art, data visualization, and affectionate correspondence, Dear Data celebrates "the infinitesimal, inco ...

Instant

The Story of Polaroid

"Pictures in a minute!" In the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, Polaroid was the hottest technology company on Earth. They were an ...

Redstone Diary 2018

Play

Play is, by definition, disinterested activity. It crucially lacks utility. It takes place in a time out of time. Play i ...

At a Crossroads

Between a Rock and My Parents' Place

After graduating from college and spending a magical year abroad writing our best-selling A Year in Japan, Kate T. Willi ...

Never Use Futura

It's everywhere, including the moon (on the commemorative plaque left by Apollo 11 astronauts), Nike sneakers, the artwo ...

In the City

Drawings by Nigel Peake

For the follow up to In the Wilds, his much-loved illustrated ode to rural life, Nigel Peake swaps the bucolic Irish cou ...

Night and Day

As different as night and day, goes the old saying, and this elegant book takes readers through a series of opposites of ...

By Its Cover

Modern American Book Cover Design

We all know we're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but the truth is that we do just that nearly every time w ...

Wild Sea Notecards

This handsome boxed set of notecards features art based on the wild and edible seaweeds of Ireland. The set contains six ...

The Public Library

A Photographic Essay

Many of us have vivid recollections of childhood visits to a public library: the unmistakable musty scent, the excitemen ...

People Kissing

A Century of Photographs

Love is in the air as Barbara Levine and Paige Ramey take on humankind's oldest pastime: kissing. In racy candids, humor ...

Year of Mornings, A

3191 Miles Apart

The morning hours before the hustle and bustle of the day commences is the perfect time to pause and enjoy a sense of re ...

Art Deco Notecards & Envelopes

These striking notecards embody the glamour, luxury, and exuberance of the Art Deco period, with a twist of modern whims ...

I Paid the Light Bill Just to See Your Face

Love in Letters Notecards

Celebrated public artist Stephen Powers painted these charming expressions of encouragement and devotion for loved ones ...

Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

Mr. Mothersbaugh works in virtually every form and medium, and his work has always been unified and singular (perhaps a ...

I Am a Man

Journal

This ruled journal features the iconic work of acclaimed artist Glenn Ligon. The charged phrase, "I Am a Man," recalls t ...

The Sleepwalkers Box

During the past decade, Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken has created innovative video art by fracturing the narrativ ...

The Ladies of Letterpress

A Gallery of Prints with 80 Removable Posters

Who can resist the tactile charm of letterpress? Not many, judging by its ever-rising popularity among artists and desig ...

Zaha Hadid/BMW Central Building

Source Books in Architecture 7

Zaha Hadid's highly inventive and seemingly unbuildable designs have defied conventional ideas of architectural space an ...

Presenting Shakespeare

1,100 Posters from Around the World

A skull held aloft, a lovesick donkey, a bloodied dagger: these familiar icons are instantly recognizable shorthand for ...

Lists

To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

From the weekly shopping list to the Ten Commandments, our lives are shaped by lists. Whether dashed off as a quick remi ...

Local Color

Seeing Place through Watercolor

Whenever we first encounter a new place, whether landscape or cityscape, one of the most immediate and powerful sensatio ...

The Games We Played

The Golden Age of Board and Table Games

As families are rediscovering the joys and virtues of staying and entertaining at home, board games have surged in popul ...

Inside the Artist's Studio

What was your earliest childhood artwork that received recognition? When did you first consider yourself a professional ...

In the Wilds

Drawings by Nigel Peake

In the Wilds is a collection of artist Nigel Peake's hand-drawn observations of rural life. From the trees, fields, lake ...

Cartographic Grounds

Projecting the Landscape Imaginary

Mapping has been one of the most fertile areas of exploration for architecture and landscape in the past few decades. Wh ...

Once Upon a Time

Illustrations from Fairytales, Fables, Primer, Pop-Ups, and other Children's Books.

Many of our most cherished childhood memories recall the pleasure of sitting in a big comfy chair while a doting parent ...

More Than Words

Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

Our widely celebrated compendium of illustrated letters is now available in paperback. Drawn from the largest repository ...

Le Corbusier, Homme de Lettres

On his French identity card, legendary architect Le Corbusier listed his profession as "Homme de Lettres" (Man of Letter ...

Inside the Rainbow

Russian Children's Literature 1920-1935: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times

Inside the Rainbow reprints for the first time in English a unique compendium of Soviet-era picture books from the 1920s ...

Dot Dot Dot 20

The must-read journal on every designer's desk, Dot Dot Dot covers design in the widest possible sense. Steering clear o ...

The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets

Twenty-Five Centuries of Weaving

The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets catalogs the diverse forms that the art and craft of the handwoven carpet has taken ...

Stickwork

Using minimal tools and a simple technique of bending, interweaving, and fastening together sticks, artist Patrick Dough ...

Lost

Lost and Found Pet Posters from around the World

Despite all the visual distractions of the digital age, one low-tech form of mass communication remains as popular as ev ...

Blackstock's Collections

The Drawings of an Artistic Savant

Modern life is an ever-accelerating barrage of people, buildings,vehicles, creatures, and things. How much can a curious ...

Martin Boyce

When Now is Night

Best known for his powerful sculptures and installations, Scottish artist Martin Boyce reconfigures everyday elements in ...

The Book as Art

Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Our landmark survey of women artists' books is now available in paperback. The Book as Art presents more than one hundre ...

Welcome to Marwencol

In April 2000, Mark Hogancamp was beaten and left for dead outside a bar in his hometown of Kingston, NY. Waking from a ...

You Are Here

Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination

Mapmaking fulfills one of our most ancient and deep-seated desires: understanding the world around us and our place in i ...

The Electric Pencil

Drawings from Inside State Hospital No. 3

This bookd tells the remarkable story of Edward Deeds, an "outsider" artist who spent most of his adult life inside Miss ...

Woodcut

If there is, indeed, nothing lovelier than a tree, Connecticut-based artist Bryan Nash Gill shows us why. Creating large ...

Paul Rand: A Designer's Art

If Paul Rand was the most influential American graphic designer of the twentieth century, then Paul Rand: A Designer's A ...

Hand Job

A Catalog of Type

In this digital age of computer-generated graphics and typography, it's refreshing to find typographers who still believ ...

The Blind Photographer

The blind photographer cannot see a butterfly perched perfectly still on a flower, a bowl of sweet-smelling fruit, or a ...

America's Other Audubon

Nearly everyone is familar with John James Audubon and his seminal color-plate book, The Birds of America. But few peopl ...

William Morris Notecards

Best known for his stunning textiles and furniture, William Morris, the influential arts-and-crafts designer, is also th ...

The Stroke

Theory of Writing

Appearing for the first time in an English-language edition, The Stroke puts forward a genuine theory of writing--that i ...

The Book of Circles

Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge

In this follow-up to his hugely popular The Book of Trees and Visual Complexity, Manuel Lima takes us on a lively tour t ...

Sign Painters

There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street s ...

The Olivetti Pattern Series Notecards

The Olivetti typewriter is an icon, both as design object and as the favorite writing tool of authors as diverse as John ...

Around the World

The Grand Tour in Photo Albums

Snapshots, passenger lists, itineraries, and postcards from San Francisco flapper Vera Talbot's Far East adventure. Chic ...

Veterans

Faces of World War II

Ichiro Sudai trained to be a kamikaze. Roscoe Brown was a commander in the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American m ...

The Disappearance of Darkness

Photography at the End of the Analog Era

Over the past decade, photographer Robert Burley has traveled the world documenting the abandonment and destruction of f ...

75 Artist Books

The Kaldewey Press, New York

Since founding the Kaldewey Press in rural Poestenkill, NY, in 1985, Gunnar A. Kaldewey has produced exactly seventy-fiv ...

Classic Book Jackets

The Design Legacy of George Salter

It's said that you can't judge a book by its cover. George Salter, a legendary figure in the field of book design, never ...

Art Up Close

From Ancient to Modern

This sequel to the best-selling Masterpieces Up Close is another fun, interactive book that introduces works of art from ...

Studio Life

Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process

In 2009 artist and writer Sarah Trigg embarked on an ambitious field expedition across the United States, interviewing m ...

Thinking of You Notecards

From Brian Rea, the illustrator of the hugely popular New York Times weekly column Modern Love, comes Thinking of You, a ...

Abbott Miller

Design and Content

Abbott Miller: Design and Content is the first monograph on the award-winning graphic designer known for his innovative ...

Fifty Type Specimens

From the Collection of Tobias Frere-Jones

Fifty Type Specimens is a collection of postcards with stunning images of typography, for inspiration, correspondence, o ...

The Sketchbook Project World Tour

Destined to go down as one of the era's most astonishing global art projects, the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Proj ...

From Morning to Night

Things are rarely as they first seem, particularly when seen from a different angle, or in a different context. From Mor ...

Cold War Hothouses

Inventing Postwar Culture, from Cockpit to Playboy

The technological innovation and unprecedented physical growth of the cold war era permeated American life in every aspe ...

One-Track Mind

Drawing the New York Subway

For decades, Philip Ashforth Coppola has meticulously documented the New York City subway in a series of extraordinary d ...

Terminal Bar

A Photographic Record of New York's Most Notorious Watering Hole

In 1972 Shelly Nadelman began a ten-year run bartending at one of New York City s most notorious dives: the Terminal Bar ...

Posters for Change

Tear, Paste, Protest

The US presidential election in 2016 brought to a head myriad political activism around the world, around the rights of ...

The Wayfinding Handbook

Information Design for Public Places

Where am I? What can I do here? Where can I go from here? How do I get out of here? Consciously or not, we ask such ques ...

W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits

Visualizing Black America

The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activ ...

The Book of Trees

Visualizing Branches of Knowledge

Our critically acclaimed bestseller Visual Complexity was the first in-depth examination of the burgeoning field of info ...

Button Box

100 Postcards

Conversation starters, political statements, declarations of pride, and cultural artifacts, buttons have mirrored social ...

100% Evil

"There's evil in the world."---George W. BushAnd lots of it. The question is, just what does it look like? A politician? ...

The Olivetti Pattern Series Pencil Set

Twelve charming pencils inside a very charming box. Printed with distinctive red-and-black patterns made on the iconic O ...

The Filmmaker Says

Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

"No saint, no pope, no general, no sultan, has ever had the power that a filmmaker has; the power to talk to hundreds of ...

Inside the Painter's Studio

Inside an art gallery, it is easy to forget that the paintings there are the end products of a process involving not onl ...

A View of Early Typography

Up to about 1600

A View of Early Typography has long been regarded as the classic text on the production and use of type in the first 150 ...

Dot Dot Dot 18

After seventeen issues Dot Dot Dot remains the must-read journal on every designer's desk. By steering clear of both com ...

Cuba Style

Graphics from the Golden Age of Design

To usher in the 100th anniversary of the founding of the national republic of Cuba, Steven Heller and Vicki Gold Levi h ...

LaPorte, Indiana

Found magazine editor Jason Bitner has made it a habit of picking up after us, walking down the back alleys of our lives ...

Stickwork

Using minimal tools and a simple technique of bending, interweaving, and fastening together sticks, artist Patrick Dough ...

Keep the Change

A Collector's Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and other Curious Currency

Harley J. Spiller began collecting money at the age of five when, home sick from school, his father tossed him a sack of ...