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Design History, combined

History of Modern Design, David Raizman

Design History Beyond the Canon, Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler, Victoria Rose Pass, Christopher Wilson, editors

History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400–2000, Pat Kirkham, Susan Weber editors

Design of the 20th Century, Charlotte & Peter Fiell

American Design, Russell Flinchum, 2008

Women in Design, From Aino Aalto to Eva Zeisel, Charlotte and Clementine Fiell

American Consumer Society, 1965-2005: From Hearth to HDTV, Regina Blaszczyk, 2009

Art Deco, 1910-1939, Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton, Ghislaine Wood, eds., 2003

Designing Modern Germany, Jeremy Aynsley, 2009

Cold War Hothouses: Inventing Postwar Culture, from Cockpit to Playboy, Beatriz Colomina, Annmarie Brennen, Jeannie Kim, eds., 2004

Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970, David Crowley, Jane Pavitt, 2008

Modern Asian Design, D.J. Huppatz, 2018

Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design, Michael Idov, Belka Shayevich, 2011

Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985: Found in Translation, Wendy Kaplan, ed., 2017

Women Designers in the USA, 1900-2000: Diversity and Difference, Pat Kirkham, ed., 2000

Ten Thousand Things: Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art, Lothar Ledderose, 2001

Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, Monica Obniski, Darrin Alfred, 2018

The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America, Monica Penick, Christopher Long, 2019

Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow: Design Histories between Africa and Europe, Kerstin Pinther, Alexandra Weigand, eds., 2018

Expanding Nationalisms at World's Fairs: Identity, Diversity, and Exchange, 1851-1915, David Raizman, Ethan Robey, eds., 2018

ASTOUNDING collection of Modernist Shelter Magazines! US Modernist . org


100 Years of Fashion, Cally Blackman

Against Fashion: Clothing as Art, 1850-1930, Radu Stern

How to Read a Dress, Lydia Edwards

The Dress Detective, a Practical Guide to Object-Based Research in Fashion, Mida/Kim

Shanghai Sketch magazines, 1928

Graphic Design

Meggs' History of Graphic Design, Philip B. Neggs, Alston W. Purvis

Graphic Design History, Johanna Drucker, Emily McVarish

The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst

Typographie: A Manual of Design, Emil Ruder

American Wood Type: 1828-1900, Rob Roy Kelly

Type, the Secret History of Letters, Simon Loxley

W.E.B. du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America

Nemo in Slumberland online

Industrial Design

The Industrial Design Reader, Carma Gorman

Industrial Design A–Z, Charlotte & Peter Fiell

The Story of Design: From the Paleolithic to the Present, Charlotte &n Peter Fiell

The Design Book, Phaidon editors

Design in the USA, Jeffrey L. Meikle, 2005

American Plastic, a Cultural History, Jeffrey Meikle, 1995

Objects of Desire, Design and Society Since 1750, Adrian Forty, 1986

Twentieth-Century Design, Jonathan M. Woodham, 1997–1979

Twentieth Century Limited, Industrial Design in America, 1925–1939, Jeffrey L. Meikle. 

From the American System to Mass Production, 1800–1932, David A. Houndshell

Ingenious Yankees, The Rise of the American System of Manufactures in the Private Sector, Donald R. Hoke, 1990

The Streamlined Decade, Donald J. Bush, 1975

Plywood, A Material Story, Christopher Will, 2017

Connections, James Burke, 1978

Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World, Glenn Adamson, 2003

The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design, Paul Betts, 2004

Cold War on the Home Front: the Soft Power of Design, Greg Castillo, 2010

Auto Opium: A Social History of American Automobile Design, David Gartman, 1994

Charles and Ray Eames: Designers of the Twentieth Century, Pat Kirkham, 1998

Consumer Product Innovation and Sustainable Design: the Evolution and Impacts of Successful Products, Robin Roy, 2016


The Innovation of Craft, Glenn Adamson, 2013

Crafting Design in Italy: From Post-war to Postmodernism, Catharine Rossi, 2015

Human Centered Design •Human Factors • Ergonomics

Designing for People, Henry Dreyfuss, 1955

100 Things Designers Need to Know About People, Susan Weinschenk, 2011

The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman, 1988

Don't Make Me Think, Steve Krug, 2014

User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work and Play, Cliff Kuang, Robert Fabricant, 2019

Interior Design/Architecture/Exhibition

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1498-1898, Richard Aste, ed, 2013

Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War, Jean Louis Cohenm 2011

As Seen: Exhibitions That Made Architecture and Design History, Zöe Ryan, 2017

General Interest, Design History Related

The Flower of Empire, Tatiana Holway

How we Got to Now, Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, Steven Johnson

Napoleon’s Buttons, 17 Molecules That Changed the World, Penny Le Couteur,  Jay Burreson

Fifty Machines That Changed the Course of History, Eric Chaline

Imagining Consumers, Design and Innovation From Wedgwood to Corning, Regina Lee Blaszczyk, 2000

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990, Glenn Adamson, Jane Pavitt, eds., 2011

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, Andrew Blaunert, 2016

Dynamics of Innovation: The Expansion of Technology in Modern Times, François Caron, 2013

Steel: A Design, Cultural and Ecological History, Tony Fry, Anne-Marie Willis, 2015

Toothpicks and Logos: Design in Everyday Life, John Heskett, 2002

Industrial Design

The Industrial Design Reader, Carma Gorman

Industrial Design A Practical Guide to Product Design and Development, Harold Van Doren, 1954

Design This Day, Walter Dorwin Teague, 1940

Horizons, Norman Bel Geddes, 1932

Keep it Simple, Hartmut Esslinger, 2013

Guide to Easier Living, Mary & Russel Wright, 1950

Design for the Real World, Victor Papanek, 1971 edition

A Life’s Design, Charles (Chuck) Harrison, 2005