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Conundrums: Typographic Conundrums
Harry Pearce
It Books, 2009
Using just one box per conundrum, two colors and a single typeface, Pentagram’s Harry Pearce, has authored and designed a very entertaining book. Full of great visual puzzles, there is plenty of exercise for the brain, fun for the funny bone, and candy for the eyes. A very nice little gift book indeed. [JSC]
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Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?
Kate Bingaman-Burt
Princeton Architectural Press, 2010
The artist's hand-drawn documentation of purchases, many of them evidently mundane, is a striking effort to make sense of our daily entanglement with money and the material. It's also weirdly (tellingly?) addictive: You'll wish for more pages. [RW]
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Miami Modern Metropolis
Allan T. Shulman, editor
Bass Museum of Art, 2009
A large-format, generously illustrated history of Miami architecture and urbanism in the decades following World War II, when, writes Allan Shulman, "the city was a virtual laboratory for modern architecture." [NL]
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Collaborative Media: Production, Consumption, and Design Interventions
Jonas Löwgren and Bo Reimer

The Petropolis of Tomorrow
Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper

Oitoemponto: Architecture & intérieurs
Marie Vendittelli

After You Left / They Took it Apart: Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes
Chris Mottalini

Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation
Alexander Eisenschmidt with Jonathan Mekinda (eds.)

The Houses of Louis Kahn
by George H. Marcus and William Whitaker

Common Pavilions: The National Pavilions in the Giardini of the Venice Biennale in Essays and Photographs
Edited by Diener & Diener Architects and Gabriele Basilico

Archidoodle: The Architect’s Activity Book
by Steve Bowkett

Sustainable Urban Metabolism
By Paulo Ferrão and John E. Fernández

A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley
Warren Lehrer

Why Photography Matters
Jerry L. Thompson

Five Conversations on Graphic Design and Creative Writing
Maura Frana, Leigh Mignogna, Liz Seibert

A Logo for London
David Lawrence

Logo Creed: The Mystery, Magic, and Method Behind Designing Great Logos
Bill Gardner and Catharine Fishel

ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book about Color
Jude Stewart

The Purpose Economy: Lessons from the Front Lines of the New Economy
Aaron Hurst

The Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fund-Raising
Jeff Walker and Jennifer McCrea

Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists
Michael Russem

A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
Chris West

Design for Information: An Introduction to the Histories, Theories, and Best Practices Behind Effective Information Visualizations
Isabel Meirelles

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Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America
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Looking Closer 3
Michael Bierut, Steven Heller, Jessica Helfand & Rick Poynor, editors

Reinventing the Wheel
Jessica Helfand

Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are
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Looking Closer 2
Michael Bierut, Steven Heller, William Drenttel +& DK Holland, editors

Graphic Design: A User's Manual
Adrian Shaughnessy

Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean
Michael Erard

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The Grolier Club: Lasting Impressions
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Icons of Graphic Design, Second Edition
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