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design seminar room, file categories, mid June 2018.

  • Christopher Alexander (architect, architectural theorist); author of Pattern Language, "Making the Garden" (2016)
  • Steve Baker (clutter and design; animals in art); "Clutter, Writing and Design," Emigre 35 (Summer 1995)
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Gerry Beegan (co-author with Paul Atkinson of "Professionalism, Amateurism and the Boundaries of Design," Journal of Design History 21:4 (2008))
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Michael Bierut
  • Gui Bonsiepe
  • Anne Boyer
  • Robert Bringhurst (see also typography)
  • Frances Butler (book artist; designer, design theorist)
  • John Cage
  • Dan Carr (1951-2012), printer, type designer, punch cutter. poet. New Hampshire state representative. With Julia Ferrari operated Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press
    wikipedia (a good entry)
  • Baldassare Castiglione : sprezzatura — "a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it." from The Book of the Courtier (1508, 1528)
  • Frank Chimero, designer, design writer; author of The Shape of Design (2012, 2016)
  • Rachel Cusk (novelist) : "Domestic perfection? Don't bother : In our search for domestic perfection, are we losing our soul?", in The Weekend Australian Magazine ( 17-18 September 2016) — here
  • Mario Davidovsky (composer); see Perry Goldstein, “He knows what he likes (and he doesn't like much),” The New York Times (February 27, 1994), from which this —
    “Sometimes I would listen to a single sound for hours," he continues, "and this increased my understanding of sound a thousandfold. I began to think of melody not only as a succession of pitches, rhythms, dynamics and articulations but as a sequence of 'spaces' as well.”
  • Regis Debray (left-of-left-wing media theorist)
    can't remember what's in this folder. perhaps
    Régis Debray. “Socialism: A Life-Cycle.” in New Left Review 46 (July August 2007) 5-28 (mentioned by Paul Stiff in his preface to Typography Papers 8 (2009)... or
    Regis Debray. “The Book as Symbolic Object” in Geoffrey Nunberg, ed., The Future of the Book (1996): 139-51, in which this —
    The idea of writing books germinates out of the material book and not the converse; the furniture invents for itself a character out of its own cloth...
  • Hugh Dubberly — designer, information designer, design theorist (see also ICOGRADA)
  • W. A. Dwiggins (1880-1956), book designer, type designer, illustrator, writer, puppeteer
    wikipedia (pretty good overview)
    Dwiggins books here (third column, right side of third row from top)
  • Charles and Ray Eames
  • James Elkins : art historian, theorist, educator
    some (all?) of the library's Elkins books at lower right, here;
    these include The Domain of Images (2001), a kind of taxonomy of images with emphasis on those from "non-art" realms, including science, technology, commerce, medicine, music and archaeology.
    (literary, mostly) tweets
  • Eugene S. Ferguson ("The Mind's Eye: Nonverbal Thought in Technology," Science 26 August 1977)
  • Kenneth FitzGerald : designer, design writer.
    ephemeral states
    writes at design observer and elsewhere.
    topics include Emigre magazine, Barney Bubbles, Vaughn Oliver, W. A. Dwiggins, &c., ah, and this, on the 2014 "republication" of Paul Rand's Thoughts on Design (1951) — also compares that book with W. A. Dwiggins's Layout in Advertising (1928)
  • Vilém Flusser
  • Hal Foster. “Design and Crime” (2002), which originally appeared as “Hey, That’s Me” — a review of Bruce Mau’s Life Style (Phaidon, 2000), in the London Review of Books 23:7 (5 April 2001): 13-14). Find the original LRB version — easier to read — here.
  • Geoff Fried (designer, design educator/theorist)
  • Dan Friedman
  • David Gatten (experimental film maker)
  • Milton Glaser
  • Michael Golec
  • Malcolm Grear (1931-2016), graphic designer
    author of Inside/Outside : From the Basics to the Practice of Design (2nd edition, 2006)
  • Edmund T. Hall (proxemics); author of The Silent Language (1959) and The Hidden Dimension (1966)
  • Richard Hendel (On Book Design, 1998; see also typography)
  • Sara Hendren, artist/design researcher/educator (at Olin College of Engineering); runs Adaptation + Ability Group, a research lab at Olin College
  • Cyrus Highsmith (type designer)
  • Jost Hochuli, Swiss book designer, author of Designing Books: Practice and Theory (1997)
  • Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929); author of The Letter of Lord Chandos (1902), a key modernist text dwelling on the failure of language in the modern world
  • Susan Howe, poet (visually interesting work)
  • Ivan Illich (1926-2002), author of Tools for Conviviality (1973), important design text available (among much else of his writing) here
  • John Chris Jones, chapters from his Design Methods (1970, 2nd ed. 1992) : great Table of Contents, see generous preview at Google Books
    softopia (Jones's own website), including
    Design methods for everyone
    Designing Designing (1991)
  • Chip Kidd (book designer, writer, novelist)
  • Robin Kinross (publisher of Hyphen Press; design historian)
  • Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize-winning work on judgement and decision making; author of Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011)
  • Brian Lawson, chapters from his How Designers Think : The design process demystified (2005), also at internet archive (opens to Table of Contents)
  • George Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799); enlightenment intellectual, physicist, keeper of notebooks "scrapbooks" (Sudelbücher) from which his brilliant aphorisms are drawn; proposed standardized paper system in use today (outside of U.S. and Canada!); preferred curves to straight lines (was hunchbacked)
  • Maya Lin (architect; early chapters of her book Boundaries (2000) are good on design method, the role of writing in her process, &c.)
  • Adolf Loos (Austrian architect, writer; author of "Ornament and Crime" (1906), "The Poor Little Rich Man" (1900) and other essays on and around design — both available here; see also Hal Foster)
  • Alvin Lustig
  • Iain Machell (sculpture, drawings... once upon a time at Montserrat... website)
  • David Mitchell ?
  • George A. Miller (1920-2012), cognitive psychologist — author of "The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two" (1955); wikipedia
  • Debbie Millman, excerpt from How to Think like a Great Graphic Designer> (2007)
  • Helen Mirra — walker, conceptual artist, oriented to the book.
    three of her books — Names & Poems (1999), gehend (2013) and Cloud, the, 3 (2007) — are in the glass bookcase, left side, top shelf.
    Edge Habitat Materials (2014) is elsewhere in the library, probably in this vicinity (upper right).
    own website.
  • Craig Mod (designer, walker, writer (on the future of the book, among other things): essays)
  • Bruno Monguzzi, Swiss designer
  • Montaigne
  • Bruno Munari (1907-1998; Italian artist, designer, writer, inventor)
  • Otto Neurath (1882-1945; philosopher of science; sociologist; developed the Isotype visual language system); visual education (SEP); wikipedia
  • Jenny Odell
  • Werner Oechslin, "Architecture and Alphabet" in Via 8 (1986)
  • Adam Phillips (psychoanalytical writer; has written on clutter)
  • David Clayton Phillips, Art for Industry's Sake : Halftone Technology, Mass Photography and the Social Transformation of American Print Culture, 1880-1920 (Yale dissertation, 2003)
  • Norman Potter (on craft)
  • Paul Rand
  • Ethel Reed (1874-1912, illustrator, graphic artist)
  • Bridget Riley (designerly abstract painter)
  • Lisa Robertson (poet), Weather
  • Elaine Scarry (on beauty)
  • Donald A. Schön (1930-1997; reflective practice)
  • Cindy Sherman
  • Anton Stankowski (1906-1998; graphic designer, photographer, painter; life-long 2D Design experimenter)
  • Frances Stark, artist, writer (some good art and writing here)
  • Gertrude Stein
  • Ladislav Sutnar (1897-1976; graphic and information designer)
  • Cameron Tonkinwise (designer, design theorist associated with "transition design")
  • Jan Tschichold (1902-1974; book designer, typographer)
  • Edward Tufte
  • Karl T. Ulrich, author of Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society (2011)
  • Lorraine Wild, book and graphic designer, design writer. Green Dragon Office. wikipedia
    "That was Then, and This is Now: But What is Next?" (Emigre 39, 1996) here
    "The Macramé of Resistance" (Emigre 47, 1998) available here
  • Dietmar Winkler
  • R. W. Wornum (1812-1877; author of "The Exhibition of 1851 as a Lesson in Taste")
  • Franz Zeier, book designer, author of Rightness and Lightness: Thoughts on the Book as Object of Use (1990); reference
  • Peter Zumthor (Swiss architect; his essays on architecture (two volumes) are in Design Seminar library)
  • advertising history
  • aesthetics, Darwinian
  • ?
  • aphorisms
  • architecture
  • art writing
  • assistive technology (see also Sara Hendren)
  • atmospheres, clouds
  • attention
  • Bauhaus (Otti Berger)
  • beauty
    "Beauty is important in engineering terms because software is so complicated. Complexity makes programs hard to build and potentially hard to use; beauty is the ultimate defense against complexity."
    David Gelernter, in Machine Beauty (1998)
  • Ethan Berry
  • Beverly
  • blind, blindness (see also gray archival boxes, and nearby books)
  • book history (Darnton, et al)
  • cartography
  • classification (see also index, lists, TOC)
  • code, coding
  • cognitive/psychology
  • color, design and communication
  • Color-aid
  • comics
  • commencement speeches
  • communication
  • competencies
  • concordances
  • conlangs (constructed languages)
  • copying and originality
  • cosmetics
  • ?
  • creativity
  • currency design
  • DADA
  • definitions of design
  • design education
  • design history / reproduction
  • design history / theory
  • design history : Asia, Japan
  • design knowledge
  • design labor
  • design philosophy
  • design theory
  • design "thinking"
  • diagrams
  • dolls/puppets
  • drawing
  • dreams (Paul Valéry)
  • emblematics
  • emblems
  • entrepreneurship
  • etiquette / manners
  • error
  • experiment/ation
  • Folly Cove designers (Cape Ann; Virginia Lee Burton)
  • gender
  • generative art/design
  • geology/rocks
  • geo-humanities
  • glasses (including David Shields, "Girls who wear glasses" (1996))
  • glossaries
  • grid
  • hair
  • haptic / materiality
  • ?
  • hexahexaflexagon
  • identity
  • indexes
  • industrial design
  • information design
  • interdisciplinarity
    various, including Jonathan Kramnick, "The Interdisciplinary Fallacy." Representations 140:1 (Fall 2017) : 67-83
  • language of flowers
  • letterpress
  • libraries
  • lines
  • lingodroids : Ruth Schulz, Arren Glover, Michael J. Milford, Gordon Wyeth, Janet Wiles. "Lingodroids: Studies in Spatial Cognition and Language." 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, Shanghai, China
  • lists
    includes Paul Tankard, “Reading Lists,” Prose Studies 28:3 (December 2006): 337-60.
  • logo design
  • lost, getting lost, wayfinding
  • manifestos (design and other)
  • materiality
  • mathematics (includes knots; see also gray archival box containing knot books and examples)
  • memory
  • Monocle (the magazine; printing specs)
  • music
  • Olin College (of engineering), digital publishing conference
  • order / disorder
  • OED : Oxford English Dictionary, various definitions; etymologies, modern and early (including obsolete) usages
  • ornament/decoration
  • ornament / Cyril Stanley Smith
  • pedagogy (Tomorrow's Professor)
  • politics / cognition
  • punctuation
  • race
  • reading
  • reading and the brain (neural basis of reading)
    Stanislas Dehaene, Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read (2009)
  • cv's, résumés
  • rhetoric
  • rhetoric (Plato, Aristotle)
  • ?
  • ?
  • relational aesthetics (Nicholas Bourriaud)
  • typewriters/typewriting
  • typographic errors
  • typography exercises
  • typographic design / history
  • type classification
  • typography handouts
  • typography readings
  • typography syllabi
  • volvelles, wheels
  • walking (Thomas A. Clarke, "In Praise of Walking")
  • wallpaper

other (department, Montserrat, design programs &c., &c.)

  • AIGA Student Groups
  • AIGA
  • book arts
  • department announcements
  • design programs
  • functional images (see also James Elkins, on non-aesthetic images)
  • GD planning (ancient)
  • learning spaces
  • letterhead
  • quantitative reasoning (Quantitative Reasoning, Science and Design)
  • sciences
  • space
  • 2D Design
  • 2D Design handouts
  • 2D Design (McVey section)
  • Forms and Cultures of the Book (Spring 2012)

These file folders are somewhat haphazard in their categories, and what goes where within those categories. No attempt has been made to achieve bibliographic or any other kind of completeness. Both content and categories reflect what has come up over the course of 20 years of teaching.
Question marks indicate where tabs were indistinct or obscured in photographs from which this directory was compiled; those entries will be corrected at some point.