Design Museum Publishing

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

Designs of our Time

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

Edited by Tom Wilson and Mark Cortes Favis

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

Come and race through 70 years of passion, glamour and design innovation.

Beazley Designs of the Year

Beazley Designs of the Year

The annual Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition returns, providing a snapshot of the very best in innovative and exciting design from the past year.

Imagine Moscow

Imagine Moscow : Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution

Drawing on rarely seen material, Imagine Moscow presents an idealistic vision of the Soviet capital that was never realised. Large-scale architectural drawings are supported by artwork, propaganda and publications from the period. Taken together, these unbuilt projects suggest an alternative reality for the city, offering a unique insight into the culture of the time.

Each of the six projects presented in the exhibition introduce a theme relevant to life and ideology in the Soviet Union: collectivisation, urban planning, aviation, communication, industrialisation, communal living and recreation.


Design Museum Publishing works in partnership with Phaidon Press to create exhibition publications to accompany its two headline shows. The publications combine the latest scholarship in the field with beautiful illustrations, and serve as a valuable resource to students, scholars and lovers of design.

California: Designing Freedom

Edited by Justin McGuirk and Brendan McGetrick

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.

Story of the Design Museum

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.

Designer, Maker, User

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. The book highlights key designs, designers, movements, and manufacturers in spheres as diverse as fashion, furniture, and the digital revolution.

Fear and Love

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.


The Design Museum in a Box

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’

Following the success of Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith, which opened at the De-sign 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 ac-company 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.