Design Museum Publishing

Established in 2015, Design Museum Publishing makes innovative books encompassing all elements of design, including architecture, fashion, product and graphic design.

The museum’s publications reflect the scholarship of its curatorial and learning teams, and have been designed by some of the most celebrated editorial designers in the world. Design Museum Publishing ultimately aims to publish valuable, authoritative and beautifully designed resources for design students, practitioners and enthusiasts alike.

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Designs of our Time

Designs of our Time: 10 Years of Designs of the Year

Edited by Tom Wilson and Mark Cortes Favis
Designed by Studio Fernando Gutiérrez

Designs of our Time:10 Years of Designs of the Year was published to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum. Starting in 2008, the exhibition is an annual review of the most innovative, relevant and thought-provoking projects in contemporary design.

A total of 840 innovative and thought-provoking designs from across the world, selected by 205 nominators from across architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product and transport.

Ranging from the scale of Zaha Hadid’s architecture to Harvard’s human organs-on-chips project, these are some of the designs that have defined our times: Alexander McQueen’s bridal dress for the Duchess of Cambridge, Google’s self-driving car, the London 2012 Olympic Torch, Pokémon Go, David Adjaye’s newly opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and many more.

Ferrari: Under the Skin

Ferrari: Under the Skin

Edited by Andrew Nahum and Martin Derrick
Designed by Pentagram

Ferrari is an extraordinary, evolutionary company that emerged in the aftermath of World War II. Impelled by the fierce ambition of its founder, Enzo Ferrari, and the almost religious dedication of his team, Ferrari has since become one of the world’s most iconic car brands.

Published to commemorate the marque’s 70th anniversary, Ferrari: Under the Skin is an in-depth and revealing account of this fascinating success story. It includes essays by leading experts in the field, including Andrew Nahum, Martin Derrick, Peter Dron and Stephen Bayley. Drawing on rarely seen material, including personal ephemera, technical drawings, master models and striking product photography, this compelling exploration of Ferrari – the man, design, engineering, racing and clientele – is a must-have for Ferrari enthusiasts, car fans and anyone who wants to know more about one of the most famous brands in history.

Beazley Designs of the Year

Beazley Designs of the Year

Edited by Glenn Adamson and Eleanor Watson
Designed by Micha Weidmann Studio

The Beazley Designs of the Year awards and exhibition, now in its tenth year, is an annual review of the most innovative, relevant and thought-provoking projects in contemporary design. Introduced by Deyan Sudjic and guest curator Glenn Adamson, this illustrated catalogue brings together all the shortlisted projects, together with the reasons for their selection by an international cohort of design experts and practitioners. It is a snapshot of the most exciting things happening in design right now.

California: Designing Freedom

California: Designing Freedom

Edited by Justin McGuirk and Brendan McGetrick
Designed by Barnbrook

How did California come to have such a powerful influence on contemporary design? This book explores how the ideals of the 1960s counterculture morphed into the tech culture of Silicon Valley, and how ‘Designed in California’ became a global phenomenon. The central premise is that California has pioneered tools of personal liberation, from LSD to surfboards and iPhones. This ambitious survey brings together political posters and portable devices, but also looks beyond hardware to explore how user interface designers in the San Francisco Bay Area are shaping some of our most common daily experiences. By turns empowering, addictive and troubling, Californian products have affected our lives to such an extent that in some ways we are all now Californians.

Lavishly illustrated, California: Designing Freedom features essays by leading experts in the field, such as Barry M Katz and Louise Sandhaus, as well as interviews with key designers and thinkers, including Fred Turner, Kevin Kelly and April Greiman. It also features a rediscovered lecture by Steve Jobs, introduced by Apple’s chief design officer, Jonathan Ive.

Imagine Moscow

Imagine Moscow : Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution

Edited by Eszter Steierhoffer
Designed by STSQ

Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution explores Moscow as it was envisioned by a bold generation of architects in the 1920s and early 1930s. Featuring rarely seen material, this book – and the exhibition of the same title – portrays an idealistic vision of the Soviet capital that was never realized.

Focusing on six unbuilt architectural landmarks, the book explores how these schemes reflected changes in everyday life and society following the revolution. Large-scale architectural plans, models and drawings are placed alongside propaganda posters, textiles and porcelain, contextualizing the transformation of a city reborn as the new capital of the USSR and the international centre of socialism. The book also includes essays by Richard Anderson, Jean-Louis Cohen and Deyan Sudjic, which address a range of important themes in early Soviet architecture that remain relevant today.

New Old


Edited by Jeremy Myerson
Designed by LucienneRoberts+

Published to tie in with the NEW OLD exhibition at the Design Museum, this book explores the potential for new design to enhance the experience of later life in the future. From robotic clothing to driverless cars, this book looks at design for identity, community, home, working and mobility as our population ages rapidly.

In addition to a range of commissioned essays by knowledgeable experts in the field, the book features specially commissioned designs by Yves Béhar, Special Projects, Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Future Facility, IDEO, Konstantin Grcic and PriestmanGood.

Fear and Love

Fear and Love

Edited by Justin McGuirk
Designed by OK-RM

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World is the official catalogue that accompanies the opening exhibition of the new Design Museum. It is essentially a book about what design means today. We know that design shapes the world around us, but Fear and Love goes further, arguing that it is implicated in some of the defining issues of our time. In this book, eleven designers from around the world – including OMA, Hussein Chalayan, Kenya Hara and Neri Oxman – explore a spectrum of contemporary themes. The result is a diverse portrait of the world that includes sentient robots, networked sexuality, slow fashion and settled nomads. These are explored through the eyes of the designers themselves and through a series of essays by renowned writers and thinkers. The result captures the emotionally charged mood of the present and suggests that design is a way of looking at the world, and a way to change it.

Designer, Maker, User

Designer, Maker, User

Edited by Alex Newson, Eleanor Suggett and Deyan Sudjic
Designed by Villalba Lawson

Designer Maker User is the official catalogue for the Design Museum’s new permanent collection display. It also serves as an accessible introduction to contemporary design, providing non-specialists and enthusiasts with an appreciation of the objects and spaces that shape everyday life. As well as showcasing the individual roles within the industry, this book demonstrates where the three roles merge, giving readers fresh insight into the sometimes complex, but always fascinating, world of design. Comprehensive and engaging, the book features design landmarks from the Helvetica typeface to the Boeing 747; a timeline of influential characters and events; key texts from Adolf Loos to Victor Papanek; and new insights from designers such as Marc Newson and Paul Smith to the question ‘What is Good Design?’

Story of the Design Museum

Story of the Design Museum

By Tom Wilson
Designed by Villalba Lawson

The definitive and essential guide, The Story of the Design Museum charts the history of London’s world-class Design Museum from the 1980s to the present day – from twenty-five years of groundbreaking exhibitions at its former home in Shad Thames to the future in its spectacular new home in a landmark 1960s architectural icon in Kensington. Contributions from founder Sir Terence Conran, director Deyan Sudjic, designer John Pawson and photographer Hélène Binet capture the pioneering creative spirit of the world’s leading museum of contemporary design and architecture.

The Design Museum in a Box

The Design Museum in a Box

Edited by Mark Cortes Favis and Deyan Sudjic
Designed by Penguin

The Design Museum in a Box is a collection of 100 carefully curated postcards that illustrate every aspect of design, from typography to fashion, and from furniture to digital. The Design Museum’s collections, which include work from the most innovative designers from around the world from the early days of mass production to the present day, are the starting point for this selection. Along with the museum’s posters and exhibitions over the past four decades, designed by everybody from Ettore Sottsass to Zaha Hadid, they show the unique part that design has to play in shaping a changing world.

hello paul smith

Hello Japan: The Official Exhibition Catalogue for ‘Hello, My Name is Paul Smith’

By Paul Smith and Deyan Sudjic
Edited by Mark Cortes Favis, Ianthe Fry, Roz Morrison and Jonathan Towle
Designed by Micha Weidmann Studio

Following the success of Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith, which opened at the Design Museum in November 2013, the exhibition toured in Japan (Kyoto, Tokyo and Nagoya) in 2016. Hello Japan is the official catalogue that was produced to accompany the touring exhibition, and is written in Japanese and rich in beautiful imagery. The catalogue was specially commissioned for a Japanese audience, and celebrates not only Paul Smith’s story, his collections and collaborations, but also the inspirations and obsessions that have helped to transform a small bed-room-sized shop into an innovative global forum for culture and style.

The fifty series

The Design Museum Fifty series is a thoughtful, stylish overview of the most fascinating topics in design. A collaboration between the Design Museum and Octopus Publishing Group, each book gathers together the fifty most important, iconic and innovative designs to tell the story of a certain key field of design. Covering topics as diverse as dresses, cars, bicycles, typefaces and shoes – as well as a new series looking at the design icons of London, New York, Paris and Berlin – the books offer an accessible entry point to a range of design topics. Each entry is accompanied by carefully curated imagery, making the books a smart, compact review of some of the most enduring areas of the design world.