Back in January, we wrote a blog post about Designers & Books, a website that highlights the relationships between designers and the books that inform, inspire and influence them.  In case you missed it, this project is a fantastic collection of booklists, interviews, essays and videos — all about books that inspire.

We are beyond excited that this week, Designers & Books published the first guest blog post by the Library as Incubator Project, Highlights from the Paul Rand Library.  For the post, we explored the Paul Rand Library, part of the Arts of the Book Collection at Yale University, with the help of Yale Assistant Director of Special Collections Jae Rossman.  The Paul Rand Library holds the eclectic personal collection of iconic designer Paul Rand.  We were delighted to learn more about this library within a library; a gem of design inspiration.

Designers & Books has also put together a booklist of 10 Books from the Paul Rand Library with Rossman’s expert help.  Each book has it’s own page with bibliographic information, library availability from WorldCat, and links to other booklists by designers who have included the book on their personal lists.  As we mentioned in our original blog post about Designers & Books, this interconnected web of booklists could be a fantastic resource for librarians looking to strengthen a design collection at an art or design library, or even a public library.

We hope you’ll head over to Designers & Books and check out both the post and the booklist, and explore the rest of the site.  We’re very grateful to Jae Rossman for giving us an over-the-phone tour of the collection and providing her insight, and to Designers & Books for having us.

We’re also looking for more examples of these types of collections.  Librarians, if your library holds the personal collection of a designer or artist, we’d love to hear about it!   Please contact us via email, Facebook, or Twitter.


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