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Ed Ruscha: Road Tested
Michael Auping & Richard Prince
Hatje Cantz & Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2011
The catalogue of a recent exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, inspired by the 1956 road trip Ed Ruscha took from his hometown of Oklahoma City to Los Angeles, and focusing on works informed by the artist's love of cars and driving. [NL]
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Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth
Margaret Eleanor Atwood
House of Anansi, 2008
Adapted from a series of lectures, the book is a rather searing summary of evolving attitudes toward debt and value, defined broadly. The argument isn't a happy one, but it sure is convincing. [RW]
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Dave Eggers
McSweeney's, 2009
Set in New Orleans during Katrina, this nonfiction account of one man's harrowing ordeal in a city dissolving into toxic anarchy could have been unremittingly harsh and depressing, but it reads like a thriller. Very hard to put down. [JL]
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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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Reinventing the Wheel
Jessica Helfand

Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design
Rick Poynor

Scrapbooks: An American History
Jessica Helfand

Look at This: Contemporary Brochures, Catalogues & Documents
Adrian Shaughnessy

The Grolier Club: Lasting Impressions
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Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalarian State
Steven Heller

Adrian Shaughnessy & Tony Brook, editors

Looking Closer 2
Michael Beirut, Steven Heller, William Drenttel & DK Holland, editors

Looking Closer 1
Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, Steven Heller & DK Holland, editors

Looking Closer 3
Michael Bierut, Steven Heller, Jessica Helfand & Rick Poynor, editors

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