Pages by design
“A greyhound is more graceful than an English bulldog,” industrial designer Harley Earl once said. This tale of his iconic, sleek rear fender stylings and the rise of the U.S. automotive industry is a reminder of happier times at GM and will thrill the enthusiast who can rhyme off every classic car in American Graffiti.
The perfect addition to the aesthete’s bookshelf
One-Track Mind: Drawing the New York Subway
EDITED BY EZRA BOOKSTEIN AND JEREMY WORKMAN ( PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS, 157 PAGES, $ 34.95) This book is a glimpse into the continuing encyclopedia history of the New York subway stations’ architectural elements, rendered in ink drawings, which Philip Ashforth Coppola began in 1984; it includes his deeply researched anecdotes.
The Minard System
BY SANDRA RENDGEN
( PA PRESS, 176 PAGES, $ 86) Information graphics and data design nerds will devour this catalogue of detailed reproductions and analysis of technique in 19th-century engineer Charles-Joseph Minard’s work.
W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design
BY BRUCE KENNETT ( LETTERFORM ARCHIVE, 496 PAGES, $ 125) The first major monograph of the foundational figure in American graphic design who united the full range of applied arts – type design, calligraphy, printing, even puppetry – into a single and prolific career, with meticulously assembled and reproduced examples of his work.
BY WILLIAM KNOEDELSEDER ( HARPERCOLLINS, 308 PAGES, $ 36.99)
The Eye BY NATHAN WILLIAMS ( ARTISAN, 448 PAGES, $ 65)
The Kinfolk magazine cofounder gets dozens of designers, editorial directors and tastemakers to dish on how they shaped their aesthetic, from mentors and decisive moments to the books they read. An inspiring collection for creative professionals.
The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century
BY MARK LAMSTER ( LITTLE, BROWN, 528 PAGES) An essential new bio of the influential modernist icon’s complex personal and professional life.