A comprehensive collection of my favorite design and culture resources.
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Book Publishers

A Book Apart — Books for designers
a+t architecture publishers — Architecture books
Abrams — Illustrated books and craft books
AMMO Books — One-of-a-kind titles on the visual arts and pop culture
Assouline — Exquisite books on architecture, art, design
Chronicle Books — Independent publisher of curious titles
Gestalten — Books about contemporary creative culture
Harvard University Press — Academic books
Hirmer Verlag — Art books from Germany
Steidl — One-of-a-kind art books
Lars Müller — Publications on architecture, design, photography
Laurence King — Publisher of books on the creative arts
Phaidon — Photo books
Pointed Leaf Press — High-quality, photography-driven monographs
Prestel Publishing — Books on art, architecture, photography, fashion
Princeton Architectural Press — Books on architecture and design
Rizzoli — Visual books
Taschen — German art-book publisher
Thames & Hudson — Visual books
The MIT Press — Academic books
ORO Editions — High-quality books on architecture and design
W. W. Norton & Company — Exciting non-fiction
Rosenfeld Media — User experience books
Rodale Books — Wellness books

Magazines

Smith Journal — Australian magazine full of writers, inventors, thinkers, adventurers
Lagom — Publication about people making a living from their passions
Ernest — Journal for curious and adventurous gentlefolk
Hole & Corner — Celebrating creativity, craftsmanship and heritage
Trouvé — Collectible print magazine that celebrates creativity
Mark — Publication for creative professionals
Works That Work — Unexpected creativity from around the globe
California Sunday — Stories from California
Luncheon — Sophisticated culture magazine
The Happy Reader — A bookish magazine for avid readers
Benji Knewman — Latvian culture and lifestyle magazine
Drift — Coffee culture
Kennedy — Literary journal of curiosities
Popeye — Magazine for city boys from Tokyo
Cluél — Contemporary men’s style
Casa Brutus — Culture and design magazine from Japan
Makeshift — A field guide to hidden creativity
Nang — Magazine entirely dedicated to cinema in Asia
Boat — Nomadic travel + culture publication
Collective Quarterly — Journeys to one place per issue
Lobby — Biannual architecture magazine
The Great Discontent — Interviews with artists, makers & risk-takers
Delayed gratification — Slow journalism magazine
Little White Lies — Movie reviews
Huck — Exploring the many facets of radical culture
New Philosopher — Culture and philosophy
Offscreen — Human-centred take on technology
Peeps — Tracking cultural shifts around the world
Brygg — Conversations & Coffee
Tate Etc. — Tate’s art magazine
Hello Mr. — Gay lifestyle magazine
The Paris Review — Literary magazine
Hayo — Travel, Culture & Curiosity

Podcasts

99% Invisible — A detailed look at design
Stuff You Should Know — Culture and science
The Stack — Magazine industry news
Hidden Brain — Life’s unseen patterns
Invisiblia — Unseeable forces that control human behavior
Theory of Everything — Personally connecting the dots
Song Exploder — Music disected and analyzed
Revisionist History — Malcolm Gladwell takes an unorthodox angle at historic events
HBR Ideacast — Business lifestyle
This Amrican Life — Weekly public radio show about culture

Culture Venues in New York

National Sawdust — Contemporary music and performance plus bites
Brooklyn Brainery — Lectures on curious topics
Film Society Lincoln Center — Off-beat film programs
92nd Street Y — Lectures and conversations
Genspace — World’s first community biology lab
Pioneer Works — Multi-disciplinary art center
Baryshnikov Arts Center — Contemporary performance lab
A/D/O — Center for design research
Center for Architecture — Leading cultural venue for architecture
The Kitchen — Multi-disciplinary art and performance space
SVA Theater — Screenings and seminars on culture and design
Greenberg Gallery — Photo gallery
Center for Book Arts — Gallery and book workshop
Carnegie Hall — Legendary concert venue
St. Ann’s Warehouse — Contemporary theatre
Museum of Food and Drink — Large-scale food museum with exhibits you can eat
Scandinavia House — The Nordic center
Japan Society — Japanese cultural center
Park Avenue Armory — Center for the visual and performing arts
La MaMa — Contemporary theatre
The National Arts Club — Private club on Gramercy Park
Public Theater — Contemporary theatre
Le Poisson Rouge — Multimedia art cabaret
Knockdown Center — Contemporary arts and performances

Schools & Labs

Harvard Graduate School of Design — Rethinking the conventions of design practice
MIT Media Lab — Interdisciplinary research lab
Integrative Design, Arts & Technology Network at Carnegie Mellon — Intersection of art and technology
Design Futures Lab at Drexel University — Trans-disciplinary design research group
Design Research, Writing and Criticism at SVA — Design research
Institute of Design at Stanford — Hub for innovation
Center for Urban Research — Urban research
Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab — Studying storytelling
The New York Times Research & Development — Projects for the future of media
Sidewalk Labs — Google-run lab for city innovation

Clothing & Style

ONS Clothing — Elevated menswear classics
Tomorrowland — Eclectic storied menswear
Minimum — Danish brand
Rag & Bone — Effortless urban style
Club Monaco — Chic casual clothing
Steven Alan — Curated collection of subversive classics, grounded in American root
Acne Studios — An art take on clothing
APC — Minimal French style
Y-3 — Experimental urban shoes
Folk — Minimal
Wings + Horns — Menswear integrating classic designs with innovative fabrics
Paul Smith — Quirky British style
COS — Architectural clothing
Maison Kitsuné — Simple French style
Want Les Essentiels — Timeless designer travel bags, accessories and shoes
Engineered Garments — Influenced by American sportswear and outdoor clothing

Paper & Stationery

Appointed — American-made notebooks, paper goods, desktop products
Present & Correct — New & vintage stationery
Traveler’s Company — Travel-inspired notebooks
Postalco — Japanese stationery
Yamamoto Paper — Playful paper goods
Sanyoshigyo — Minimal notebooks
Gmund — Exquisite paper brand
The Paper Store — Huge selection of papers in Patternson, New Jersey
School of Life — Philosophy-driven stationery
Goods For The Study — New York’s largest store for pens and stationery
Pink Olive — Gift shop
Greenwich Letterpress — Letterpress studio and stationery shop

Design Shops in New York

Tictail Market — Corner boutique carrying stylish, indie-designed apparel,
Top Hat — Inventive and original home goods
Canal Street Market — Independent designers
Good Goods — A new generation of makers
M. Crow — Storied style and home shop out of a fairy tale
WantedDesign Seaport — Quirky design goods and books
Best Made Company — Outdoor-inspired goods
Muji — Japanese essentials for the home
Shinola — Leather goods and watches
Design Cafe Usagi — Unique gifts and a gallery
Regular Visitors — Unique gifts
Modern Anthology — Eclectic selection of home goods and style picks
Gowanus Souvenir Shop — Charming local design shop
Feliz — Gift shop
Leif — Home goods and accessories
Kai D. Utility — Workwear-inspired clothing and gifts
Upstate Stock — American-made gifts
A/D/O Shop — Contemporary design and architecture goods
Home of the Brave — Chic houseware store
Drama Club — Modern general store

Online Classes

Talks at Google — Influential thinkers, creators, makers
Coursera — 2000+ courses from schools like Stanford and Yale
edX — 1,600 free online courses from 100+ leading institutions including Harvard, MIT, Microsoft
1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities — List by Open Culture
Gnomon — Visual effects classes
Skillshare — Learning platform with online classes taught by the world’s best practitioners
MasterClass — Courses by celebreties

Indie Bookshops

Book/Shop — Vintage titles on design
Archestratus Books — Food-related books
Idlewild — Travel books and classes
Bookmarc — Photography books and gifts by Marc Jacobs
Three Lives & Company — Quintessential West Village bookshop
Book Culture — Indie bookshop
Spoonbill & Sugartown — Cretive bookshop with diverse titles
Powerhouse Arena — Large bookshop
Pioneerbooks — Art books
Greenlight — Diverse titles
High Valley Books — Secret basement shop for rare unique books and magazines
Freebird — New York-related books
Topos — Fiction bookshop with a cafe
Books are Magic — Modern curated indie bookshop
Word — Small indie bookshop with readings
Dashwood Books — Photography books
The Corner Bookstore — Charming curated bookshop
Jumel Terrace Books — A secret bookshop by Kurt Thometz with a selection of titles on African American culture

Apps

Bear — Minimal and efficient notetaking
Fantastical — Calendar
Reflector — Project your phone to your computer
Facebook Local — Local events in real time
Mail to Self — Hot button to email a web page to your own email address
Manual — Powerful camera app with manual features
Scannable — Scan documents with a camera
Vivino — Wine socal network: scan and review
Webpageshot — Take long-scroll website screenshots on the phone
Google Photos — Unlimited free sync space and smart ways to sort and categorize

Espresso Bars

Birch Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee
Toby’s Estate Coffee
Culture Espresso
Sweetleaf Coffee Roasters
Champion Coffee
Devocion
Budin
Extraction Lab

TV Shows

Schitt’s Creek — A wealthy family goes bankrupt and moves into a small remote town
House of Cards — A cynical political drama with Kevin Spacey
Baskets — Bitter comedy about a clown in California
BoJack Horseman — Comedy-drama about a successful self-loathing Hollywood actor
Downward Dog — Show about a philosophical dog
Wilfred — The story of a depressed man who inexplicably is the only one who can see his neighbor’s dog as a full grown man in a dog suit
The Young Pope — Jude Law plays the Pope
Search Party — Single-camera dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings
Big Little Lies — Darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, California
Horace and Pete — Louic C.K. presents ans show about two middle-aged cousins who operate a run-down family bar in Brooklyn
Stranger Things — Mystery thriller set in the 80s

Museums & Landmarks

Philip Williams Posters — Largest collection of vintage posters in the world
Umbrella House — Former artists’ squat on New York’s Lower East Side
The Morgan Library & Museum — Museum and research library
Society of Illustrators — Gallery shows and events
Morris-Jumel Mansion — Manhattan’s oldest house
The Noguchi Museum — Museum created by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi
Museum of the Moving Image — Media museum
MoMA PS1 — Contemporary arts museum
Museum of Food and Drink — World’s first large-scale food museum with exhibits you can eat
Greater Ridgewood Historical Society — City’s oldest Dutch Colonial stone home
New York Transit Museum — Historical artifacts of the New York City Subway, bus, commuter rail, and bridge and tunnel systems
Brooklyn Historical Society — Brooklyn history

Blogs

Ryan Holiday — Notes on stoicism
Frank Chimero — Observant designer
Brainpickings — Book recommendations for a meningful life
Subtraction — Thoughts by designer Khoi Vinh
Freunde von Freunden — Studio tours and creative interviews
Literary Hub — Best from the literary internet
Open Culture — Culture finds
NiemanLab — Thoughts on the future of media

Culture Food Markets

Mitsuwa — Japanese supermarket
Patel Brothers — Indian supermarket
Sahadi’s — Middle Eastern grocery with bulk & prepared foods
Kalustyan’s — Specialty market known for Indian & Mideastern spices, teas & other global food items
Arthur Avenue Market — Italian market featuring cured meats, cheeses, breads & pastries
Brighton Bazaar — Russian supermarket
A.S. Warehouse — Polish supermarket
Titan Foods — Extensive selection of imported Greek fare, baked goods, cheeses, olive oil
Euro Market — Source for a wide range of Mediterranean & Eastern European deli items
Pomegranate — Kosher supermarket
Fei Long Market — Chinese grocery items, housewares & more, plus a food court offering hot fare
Dekalb Market Hall — 40 food vendors, including old-school & new-school NYC names

Magazine Shops

Casa Magazines — 22 8th Ave., Greenwich Village
Around the World — 148 West 37 St., Midtown
McNally Jackson Books — 52 Prince St., SoHo
Mulberry Iconic Magazines — 188 Mulberry St., SoHo

New York Event Listings

Goings On About Town — Recommendations from The New Yorker magazine
Brokelyn — Free and off-beat events
Thought Gallery — Lectures and book launches
Art Net — Art show openings this week
Club Free Time — Free events in New York today
Facebook Local — Local events in real time