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The Life and Work of Architect Judith Chafee

Powerhouse is the first book on the singular life and career of American architect Judith Chafee (1932-1998). Chafee was ...


Second Edition

The heyday of the national A-frame craze saw tens of thousands of these easy and affordable structures built as vacation ...

Making Books

A Guide to Creating Handcrafted Books

From the London Centre for Books Arts, the internationally recognized, artistrun, open-access studio at the forefront of ...

Bernard Trainor

Ground Studio Landscapes

Bernard Trainor's newest book celebrates the wild and elemental landscapes of California, from the craggy coasts of Big ...


Alphabets & Signs

Now in its fourth iteration, revised and dramatically expanded with over 100 new pages, Julian Rothenstein's classic com ...

Letters to a Young Farmer

On Food, Farming, and Our Future

Letters to a Young Farmer is for everyone who appreciates good food grown with respect for the earth, people, animals, a ...

Amherst College

An Architectural Tour

Amherst College: The Campus Guide is an architectural tour of one of North America's most prestigious liberal arts colle ...

Build It Yourself

Weekend Projects for the Garden

Are you into gardening, DIY, or organic living? Looking to branch into woodworking? Build It Yourself: Weekend Projects ...

The Wood Carver's Dozen

A Collection of 12 Beautiful Projects for Beginners

If you want to join the woodworking and carving renaissance, The Wood Carver's Dozen is the perfect starting point. An i ...

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 ...

Analog Photography

Reference Manual for Shooting Film

Attracted by the image quality, the tactile joy of a finely made camera, and the affordable prices of vintage equipment, ...

People Kissing

A Century of Photographs

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


An Illustrated History of the World's Favorite Food

Imagine a plate of crisp, golden, salted fries, and you'll know why this is the world's favorite food.Who better to writ ...

Canadian Modern Architecture

1967 to the Present

Canada's most distinguished architectural critics and scholars offer fresh insights into the country's unique modern and ...

Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip

The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers

In 1935, well into the era of Soviet communism, Russian satirical writers Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov came to the U.S as ...

Paul Rand

Inspiration and Process in Design

Best-known for his corporate brand logos and art direction, Paul Rand (1914-1986) transformed commercial art from craft ...


Portraits of Birds of Prey

This delightful and dramatic collection of portraits reveals birds of prey as we never experience them: intimate and up ...

Not Now

The Procrastinator's Manual

Struggling to realize your full procrastination potential? Finally, a primer for procrastinators has arrived. Not Now is ...

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 ...

50 Things to Do with a Penknife

Whether you're a beginner or seasoned whittler, this practical guide to the age old yet newly popular art of whittling w ...

War Plan Red

The United States' Secret Plan to Invade Canada, and Canada's Secret Plan to Invade The United States

It's known as the world's friendliest border. Five thousand miles of unfenced, unwalled international coexistence and a ...

One-Track Mind

Drawing the New York Subway

Winner, 2019 New York City Book Award For decades, Philip Ashforth Coppola has meticulously documented the New York Cit ...

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 ...

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 Musician Says

The Musician Says is an all-access backstage pass to the world of singers, songwriters, composers, and instrumentalists- ...

The Architecture of Trees

The Architecture of Trees is a legendary and unsurpassed botanical masterwork. This lavish large-format volume features ...

The Gardener Says

Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

The Gardener Says invites readers to a festive garden party where guests ranging from Gertrude Jekyll and Henry David Th ...

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 ...


Marmol Radziner in the Landscape

The spectacular houses of Marmol Radziner merge interior and exterior life as they engage the built and natural environm ...

The Chef Says

Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

Clean plates don t lie.---Dan BarberGreat chefs are neither self-effacing nor meek. There's no room for manners in the p ...

50 Things to See in the Sky

This hip and handy guide helps you learn the science behind blue skies, sun dogs, and the solar eclipse, and shows you h ...

The Blind Photographer

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

Typographic Knitting

From Pixel to Pattern

Learn to knit a variety of typefaces modeled on digital designs by well-known type foundries including Emigre, Lineto, a ...

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 ...

Type and Color

How to Design and Use Multicolored Typefaces

To create his award-winning multicolored typefaces, Mark van Wageningen first returned to the past for his research: woo ...

Through Darkness to Light

Photographs Along the Underground Railroad

They left in the middle of the night often carrying little more than the knowledge to follow the North Star. Between 183 ...

Sacred Ground

The Cemeteries of New Orleans

Sacred Ground is a sumptuous photographic portrait of New Orleans's legendary cemeteries. Robert S. Brantley celebrates ...

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 ...

Paula Scher

Twenty-Five Years at the Public: A Love Story

A larger-than-life figure in the design community with a client list to match, Paula Scher turned her first major projec ...

Kitchen Lithography

Hand Printing at Home

When printmakers Laura Sofie Hantke and Lucas Grassmann graduated from university, they found themselves without the lux ...

The New Farm

Contemporary Rural Architecture

Recent generations of farmers have reinvented the family farm and its traditions, embracing organic practices and sustai ...

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 ...

Seymour Chwast

Inspiration and Process in Design

Seymour Chwast (1931-) is an American graphic designer known for his diverse body of work and lasting influence on visua ...

Finding Home

Shelter Dogs and Their Stories

Bold, retiring, serious, sparkling, quirky, or lovable the dogs in Traer Scott's remarkable photographs regard us with ...

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 ...

More Scenes from the Rural Life

Verlyn Klinkenborg's regular column, The Rural Life, is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times. Since 19 ...

The Big Cloud

Our culture is addicted to weather: hourly forecasts, apps, radio, TV channels, alerts, warnings, and watches. And under ...

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 ...

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 Toaster Project

Or A Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch

"Hello, my name is Thomas Thwaites, and I have made a toaster." So begins The Toaster Project, the author's nine-month-l ...

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 ...

The Smith Tapes

Between 1969 and 1972, Village Voice "Scenes" columnist, WPLJ FM radio host, and cult figure Howard Smith got to the hea ...

The Writer Says

Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

The seventh in our popular Words of Wisdom series, The Writer SaysĄsummons readers to an intimate gathering of novelists ...

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 ...

Monument Man

The Life & Art of Daniel Chester French

The artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and The Minute Man in Concord, ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons

By the World's Greatest Cartoonists

This exuberant collection of cartoons is an enthusiastic love letter to books and bookstores. The cartoons celebrate and ...

Goat Man

How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

The dazzling success of The Toaster Project, including TV appearances and an international book tour, leaves Thomas Thwa ...


Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand

Part of the generation of architects who were trained to draw both by hand and with digital tools, Nalina Moses recently ...

The Bike Deconstructed

A Grand Tour of the Modern Bicycle

On first glance, bicycles look pretty straightforward. And yet, even today's most stripped down bicycles can feature as ...

Color for Architects

As far back as the earliest Greek temples, color has been an integral part of architecture but also one of its least und ...

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 ...

The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle

The Bauhaus and Design Theory

The Bauhaus, the legendary school in Dessau, Germany, transformed architecture and design around the world. This book br ...

The Architect Says

Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

If there's anything architects like doing more than designing buildings, it's talking about architecture. Whether musing ...

An Atlas of Geographical Wonders

From Mountaintops to Riverbeds

This is the first book to catalog comparative maps and tableaux that visualize the heights and lengths of the world's mo ...


Games, Tests, Questionnaires, Histories

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

The Wild Dyer

A Maker's Guide to Natural Dyes with Projects to Create and Stitch

Fabrics colored with natural dyes have a beauty and subtlety all of their own. Onion and avocado skins, chamomile and bi ...


Being comfortable in your clothes is important, but how you feel underneath them may matter even more. Slipping on linge ...


Photographs by Fred Lyon

As a budding photographer and oenophile in the 1940s, Fred Lyon surveyed the wine photography of the day and thought, "I ...

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 ...

Everyone's a Critic

The Ultimate Cartoon Book

We are all critics now. From social media "likes" to reviews on Yelp and Rotten Tomatoes, we're constantly asked to give ...


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 ...

Where Today Meets Tomorrow

Eero Saarinen and the General Motors Technical Center

Long before Microsoft or Apple occupied their legendary corporate campuses, there was the General Motors Technical Cente ...

The Lovings

An Intimate Portrait

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

Paul Rudolph

Inspiration and Process in Architecture

Paul Rudolph (1918-1997) authored some of Modernism's most powerful designs and served as an influential educator while ...

Balancing Acts

Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers

There are few jobs more rarefied or as physically and mentally demanding as prima ballerina. And yet, despite very real ...


Steven Holl celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of his landmark book Anchoring with Compression, a collection of thirty ...

Botanical Sketchbooks

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

The Writing Deck

52 Prompts for Putting Pen to Paper

Jump-start writing projects with this colorful card deck of engaging prompts. Whether retelling a familiar story from a ...

The Designer Says

Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

Whether musing about the creative process, the merits of failure and criticism, or the challenges of keeping the studio ...

The Art of Earth Architecture

Past, Present, Future

For almost ten thousand years, unbaked earth has been used to build remarkable structures, from simple dwellings to pala ...

The Inventor Says

Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom

The sixth in our popular Words of Wisdom series, The Inventor Says invites readers to a gathering of history's most bril ...

Graphic Design Rules

365 Essential Design Dos and Don'ts

DON'T use comic sans (except ironically!) but DO worship the classic typefaces like Helvetica and Garamond. Graphic Desi ...

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 ...

Broadly Speaking

100 Years of Wisecracks, Insights, Retorts & Wisdom from Women in Comedy

Broadly Speaking offers diverse perspectives on comedy with quotes from the world's greatest female comics and entertain ...

Joan Miro: I Work Like a Gardener

In 1958, artist Joan Miro and critic Yvon Taillandier sat down for an in-depth discussion on Miro's life and work. Their ...

Tom Kundig

Working Title

Striking, innovative, and dramatically sited, the twenty-nine projects in Tom Kundig: Working Title reveal the hand of a ...

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 ...

This is What Democracy Looked Like

A Visual History of the Printed Ballot

This Is What Democracy Looked Like, the first illustrated history of printed ballot design, illuminates the noble but of ...

The Art and Craft of Geometric Origami

With the increasing popular interest in mindfulness, and seeking quiet in the tumult of modern life, origami, the centur ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...


Shoes celebrates the world's most beautifully made footwear from hand crafted bespoke pieces to the most sought after co ...

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 ...

A Colorful Life

Gere Kavanaugh, Designer

The designer Gere Kavanaugh is an irrepressible force of nature who epitomized the craft and folk vibe of the '60s and ' ...