No matter how convenient Kindles are, they will never do justice to beautifully printed, full-color art and design books. (And reading them often doubles as a workout–the big ones require serious biceps to even lift.)
This year, art book publishing houses like Taschen, Phaidon, Ammo, and Laurence King delivered some memorable, important new publications, from a monograph of German infographics pioneer Fritz Kahn to a book that imagines an eco-friendly future made possible by conscientious design. Then there were some impressive independent publications, like Sam Barclay’s I Wonder What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic, in which artistic typography is used to visualize the experience of reading with a learning disability. Click the slide show above to see the 10 best design books of 2013.