On Today’s DnA: Design books!


It was a great year for design books (especially a certain architectural walking tours guide that would make a great last-minute stocking stuffer)! A bunch of my favorite design writers published books that go far beyond the typical pretty picture books one associates with design—these are compelling stories and essays with really great writing. I wrote and produced a slideshow of my favorite 14 design and architecture books of 2009 on Fast Company. From that list, Frances asked me to pick a few of my favorites and come on the show to talk about them, along with some of her picks from the year. It was so much fun chatting with Frances about what books we liked and why. You can listen to the whole show, and see our entire list of recommendations, including a bunch we didn’t have time to mention.

Also on the show, another incredible writer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dan Neil talks about the pieces of design that define the decade, my good friend Dakota Smith discusses Curbed LA’s best Los Angeles buildings of the decade, and Sammy Hoi from Otis College of Art and Design talks about their annual report on the creative economy of Los Angeles.

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