This weekend, October 26 to 28, the Designers and Books Fair is taking place on FIT’s campus. You can watch Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, interview Donna Karan, or New York magazine’s Wendy Goodman speak with Todd Oldham.
Or you can just visit the Designers and Books website, and read about what books celebrities from all over the design spectrum most cherish.
Some designers confirmed what we’ve already guessed. Hue is not surprised, for example, that Ralph Rucci ’80 listed three Shakespeare plays in his list of faves. Or that illustrator Maira Kalman loves Winnie the Pooh and Remembrance of Things Past.
Some were willing to admit that they occasionally enjoy lighter fare. Stephen Burrows ’66 reads Harry Potter and Agatha Christie mysteries. Todd Oldham mixes his Diane Arbus monograph with his Amy Sedaris cookbook. (Admittedly, it’s not too hard to see the connection between the two.)
Other designers chose the highbrow route, mystifying us with their intellectual capacity. Graphic-design legend Milton Glaser chose three books by John Berger, whose idea-rich prose cannot be absorbed while listening to your iPod. (Hue has tried.)