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Books By Contributors

Alex Steinweiss: Creator of the Modern Album Cover
Steven Heller
Taschen, 2009

American Trademarks: From the Roaring '20s to the Swinging '60s
Eric Baker
Chronicle Books, 2010

Art Direction Explained, At Last
Steven Heller & Veronique Vienne
Laurence King Publishing, 2009

Becoming a Digital Designer: A Guide to Careers in Web, Video, Broadcast, Game and Animation Design
Steven Heller & David Womack
Wiley, 2007

Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are
Rob Walker
Random House, 2008

Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design Since the Sixties
Rick Poynor
Yale University Press, 2005

Cover Art By: New Music Graphics
Adrian Shaughnessy
Laurence King Publishing, 2008

Design Disasters: Great Designers, Fabulous Failure, and Lessons Learned
Steven Heller, editor
Allworth Press, 2009

Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design
Steven Heller
Allworth Press; Third Edition edition, 2014

Design Research
Jane Thompson & Alexandra Lange
Chronicle Books, 2010

Design Without Boundaries: Visual Communication in Transition
Rick Poynor
Booth-Clibborn, 2000

Designing Pornotopia: Travels in Visual Culture
Rick Poynor
Princeton Architectural Press, 2006

Forty Posters for the Yale School of Architecture
Michael Bierut
Winterhouse Editions, 2007

Graphic Design: A User's Manual
Adrian Shaughnessy
Laurence King Publishing, 2009

H5: This is the End
Alexis Bernier, Yorgo Tloupa & Adrian Shaughnessey
JRP Ringier, 2009

Icons of Graphic Design, Second Edition
Steven Heller & Mirko Ilic
Thames & Hudson, 2008

Illustration: A Visual History
Steven Heller & Seymour Chwast
Abrams, 2008

In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World
John Thackara
MIT Press, 2005

Infographics Designers' Sketchbooks
Steven Heller
Princeton Architectural Press, 2014

Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalarian State
Steven Heller
Phaidon Press, 2008

Jan van Toorn: Critical Practice
Rick Poynor
010 Publishers, 2008

Letters From New Orleans
Rob Walker
Garrett County Press, 2005

Look at This: Contemporary Brochures, Catalogues & Documents
Adrian Shaughnessy
Laurence King Publishing, 2006

Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design
Debbie Millman
HOW Books, 2009

Looking Closer 1
Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, Steven Heller & DK Holland, editors
Allworth Press, 1994

Looking Closer 2
Michael Bierut, Steven Heller, William Drenttel +& DK Holland, editors
Allworth Press, 1997

Looking Closer 3
Michael Bierut, Steven Heller, Jessica Helfand & Rick Poynor, editors
Allworth Press, 1999

Looking Closer 4
Michael Bierut, William Drenttel & Steven Heller, editors
Allworth Press, 2002

Looking Closer 5
Michael Bierut, William Drenttel & Steven Heller, editors
Allworth Press, 2006

Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens
Mark Lamster
Nan A. Talese, 2009

New Ornamental Type
Steven Heller & Gail Anderson
Thames & Hudson, 2010

New Vintage Type: Classic Fonts for the Digital Age
Steven Heller & Gail Anderson
Watson-Guptill, 2007

No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism
Rick Poynor
Yale University Press, 2003

Obey the Giant: Life in the Image World
Rick Poynor
Birkhäuser Architecture, 2007

Paul Rand: American Modernist
Jessica Helfand
winterhouse Editions, 1998

Quack: The Sellers of Nostrums
Winterhouse Editions
University of Chicago Press, 2002

Reinventing the Wheel
Jessica Helfand
Winterhouse Editions, 2002

Reinventing the Wheel
Jessica Hefland
Princeton Architectural Press, 2006

Scrapbooks: An American History
Jessica Helfand
Yale University Press, 2008

Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture
Jessica Helfand
Winterhouse Editions, 2001

Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design
Michael Bierut
Princeton Architectural Press, 2007

Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things
Edited by Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn
Fantagraphics, 2012

Six Essays on Design and New Media
Jessica Hefland
William Drenttel New York, 1997

Some People Can't Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry
Julie Lasky
Chronicle Books, 2001

Spalding's World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe - And Made It America's Game
Mark Lamster
PublicAffairs, 2006

Studio Culture: The Secret Life of a Graphic Design Studio
Adrian Shaughnessy & Tony Brook
Unit Editions, 2009

Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks, and Conceits
Steven Heller & Louise Fili
Chronicle Books, 2006

Adrian Shaughnessy & Tony Brook, editors
Unit Editions, 2010

Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America
Tom Vanderbilt
Princeton Architectural Press, 2002

The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design Into Goods That Sell
Steven Heller & Lita Talarico
Rockport Publishers, 2008

The Grolier Club: Lasting Impressions
Winterhouse Editions
University of Chicago Press, 2004

The Next Page: Thirty Tables of Contents
Jessica Hefland
Winterhouse Editions, 2007

The Sneaker Book: Anatomy of an Industry and an Icon
Tom Vanderbilt
New Press, 1998

This Consumer Heaven: 55 Explorations from the Frontiers and Back alleys of 21st Century Consumer Culture
Rob Walker
KDP, 2012

Titans of Finance: True Tales of Money & Business
Rob Walker with artist Josh Neufeld
Alternative Comics, 2001

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What It Says About Us)
Tom Vanderbilt
Vintage, 2008

Rick Poynor
Laurence King, 2001

Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean
Michael Erard
Anchor, 2008

Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design
Rick Poynor
MG Publications, 2010

What is Graphic Design For?
Alice Twemlow
Rotovision, 2006

Where Were You?
Rob Walker
Feed Books, 2006

Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities
Alexandra Lange
Princeton Architectural Press, 2012

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