OCLC welcomes the Web site Designers & Books to its growing list of WorldCat.org traffic partner sites.
Designers & Books is a web site devoted to publishing list of books that esteemed members of the design community identify as personally important, meaningful, and formative—books that have shaped their values, their worldview, and their ideas about design. The mission of the site, launched in late November 2011, is to foster conversations that will challenge students, stimulate emerging designers, energize established designers, and be of value and interest to all members of the design community.
The site profiles 87 participating designers—from architects and interior designers to product, graphic and car designers—to showcase what books have been most influential to each artist's creative process. Currently there are 1,124 books that have been selected. Once a reader indentifies a particular work on the site, Designers & Books uses the data in WorldCat via the WorldCat Search API and WorldCat Identities to provide library availability information and author profiles. A new book list is added to the site each week.
"From William Morris to Frank Llyod Wright to Le Corbusier—there has always been a particularly special and robust relationship between designers and books; reading them, writing them, designing them, collecting them, learning from them and being inspired by them. We celebrate that relationship," explains site curator Steve Kroeter. "Because many of these materials are now out-of-print or out-of-reach for a design enthusiast or a student, we are pleased to connect people to nearby libraries through WorldCat, and to continue growing the content and conversations."
Designers & Books is currently hosting an online Glass House Conversation now through Sunday, 25 December 2011 at 8 pm ET. The Glass House Converstations is an online public dialouge moderated by leaders from across the creative disciplines of architecture, art, design, landscape architecture and preservation, inspired by the Philip Johnson Glass House of New Canaan, Connecticut, USA. The question currently posed aligns directly with the Designers & Books site itself, asking "Which books have had the greatest impact on you?"
Members of the library and design communities as well as the general public are welcomed to participate.
Designers & Books is one of many web sites to include library data from WorldCat, including Google, Amazon, Alibris and others. The WorldCat Search API is available to anyone interested in creating web sites, mash-ups or apps that include library data. Third party sites like Designers & Books use the WorldCat Search API through commercial partnership agreements.