• 12.23.13

The 10 Best Design Books Of 2013

Infographics both retro and modern, futuristic transportation, and cartoons of Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts are all featured inside these 10 gems of design books.

No matter how convenient Kindles are, they will never do justice to beautifully printed, full-color art and design books. (And reading them often doubles as a workout–the big ones require serious biceps to even lift.)


This year, art book publishing houses like Taschen, Phaidon, Ammo, and Laurence King delivered some memorable, important new publications, from a monograph of German infographics pioneer Fritz Kahn to a book that imagines an eco-friendly future made possible by conscientious design. Then there were some impressive independent publications, like Sam Barclay’s I Wonder What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic, in which artistic typography is used to visualize the experience of reading with a learning disability. Click the slide show above to see the 10 best design books of 2013.

About the author

Carey Dunne is a Brooklyn-based writer covering art and design. Follow her on Twitter.