10 Days of Design Crush Anniversary Giveaways: Day 4 Chronicle Books


Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. To thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could.



While we’re busy celebrating 10 years of Design Crush this month, independent book publisher Chronicle Books is over in San Francisco celebrating 50 years! Every cover they touch is perfectly designed and every book completely on target, leaving no question that Chronicle had a hand in its creation. They’ve been one of my favorite partners throughout the years simply because they do what we here at Design Crush strive to accomplish as well – foster the growth and passion that creativity sparks.



They’ve published some of my favorite books on my bookshelves, and to help us celebrate Chronicle Books is gifting one reader with a selection of eight amazing titles. Pop down below for 18 chances to win! But act fast – you’ve only got 48 hours.

Explorers’ Sketchbooks – This remarkable book showcases 70 sketchbooks, kept by intrepid men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments – frozen wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforests – with their senses wide open. Here are profiles, expedition details, and the artwork of pioneering explorers and mapmakers, botanists and artists, ecologists and anthropologists, eccentrics and visionaries.

Letter of Note: Volume 2 – Each turn of the page brings delight and discovery in a collection of 125 correspondences that spans centuries and place, written by the famous, the not-so-famous, and the downright infamous. Entries are accompanied by a transcript of the letter, a short contextual introduction, and a spirited illustration – in most cases, a facsimile of the letter itself.

Ducksoup: The Wisdom of Simple Cooking – The debut cookbook from Clare Lattin and Tom Hill, chefs of London’s popular restaurant Ducksoup, featuring more than 130 seasonal, simple, clean recipes. Organized into seven chapters, Ducksoup takes the reader through the restaurants “clean” cooking philosophy and shares the inspiration for the restaurant.

Card Catalog: 30 Notecards from the Library of Congress – Enclosed in a keepsake replica card catalog box with tabbed dividers, each card features a different beloved work of literature straight from the storied collection of the Library of Congress.

Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) – Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that’s smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists’ works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover, reader, and feminist.

Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs – The process of truly great home cooking is demystified via more than a hundred lessons called out as “small victories” through a lifetime of cooking thousands of meals. This beautifully curated, deeply personal collection emphasizes bold-flavored, honest food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms – Equal parts instruction and inspiration – a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round gives readers vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create showstopping arrangements.

Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World – The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change.


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  • Julie Dyer

    June 6, 2017 at 10:04 am Reply

    So hard to choose, but I think I’d jump into Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World.

  • Kelly O'Keefe

    June 6, 2017 at 10:16 am Reply

    Broad Strokes– looks amazing!

  • Lynn

    June 6, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply

    I would dive into the sketchbooks tiitle first, and then the simple cooking book!

  • Marissa Window

    June 6, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

    Would love to read bad girls throughout history!

  • Sofia Cardoso

    June 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Explorers’ Sketchbooks and then Small Victories – I bet they would be the perfect company for a Sunday afternoon and inspiration for the week ahead!

  • Zara Garcia-Alvarez

    June 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Since I love art, I’d probably open up EXPLORERS’ SKETCHBOOKS. The books are gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Julie Wylie

    June 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Oooh! I’ve had Small Victories on my wishlist for awhile! Would love to make something from that book!

  • Courtney McGowan

    June 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm Reply

    Each of these books looks amazing! I would love to read Floret Flower as I am currently learning about gardening and introducing more plants into my new home. Thank you! 🙂

  • Catherine Barrett

    June 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm Reply

    These all look so good! Hard to pick, but I think I’d dive into Letters of Note first.

  • Kelsey Joronen

    June 6, 2017 at 3:31 pm Reply

    Explorer’s Sketchbook!

  • Jessica

    June 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply

    Probably Bad girls throughout History. Just my mood lately haha.

  • kelli b

    June 6, 2017 at 7:46 pm Reply

    definitely bad girls throughout history! but they all look awesome!

  • Christa Dalien

    June 6, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply

    I teach Art History and I think Broad Strokes is a must!

  • Amy Wilson

    June 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply

    It’s a toss-up between Explorers’ Sketchbooks and Ducksoup…!

  • Zina bennion

    June 6, 2017 at 9:14 pm Reply

    I have been dying to read (and cook from) Small Victories!!

  • Robyn B.

    June 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm Reply


  • Courtney khail

    June 6, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply

    I’d read the Explorers Sketchbook first!

  • Geraldine Ann Marshall

    June 6, 2017 at 10:13 pm Reply

    Bad Girls Throughout History–who could resist?

  • Mary Clark

    June 6, 2017 at 10:18 pm Reply

    I’d love to say I would share these with all my friends, but if that stack showed up at my house, I know I’d be too selfish to share!

  • Aja

    June 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm Reply

    Definitely Small Victories as I need all the help I can get in the kitchen!

  • Sally M

    June 6, 2017 at 11:12 pm Reply

    I already have Small Victories. Love! But it would be awesome to check out some of their other titles.

  • Elizabeth Ciavarella

    June 6, 2017 at 11:15 pm Reply

    I’d read Duck Soup first!

  • Jennifer Essad

    June 6, 2017 at 11:20 pm Reply

    “Broad Strokes” seems like it will open up a new door for me

  • Madeleine Boyson

    June 7, 2017 at 2:49 am Reply

    I’d probably dig into Broad Strokes because I LOVE ART HISTORY and any opportunity to nerd out over women artists is a beautiful and glorious thing. This is a marvelous giveaway! Thank you for the chance to participate.

  • JoSS

    June 7, 2017 at 9:52 am Reply

    What a great selection of books. I would definitely read “Small Victories” by Julia Turshen first. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  • Erin

    June 7, 2017 at 10:02 am Reply

    I love that you featured Bad Girls Throughout History! My friend Ann worked so hard on that beautiful book, and I think it’s such a great premise — always looking to learn more about trailblazing women.

  • jennifer ohnstad

    June 7, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply

    Broad Strokes for sure

  • Jessica S

    June 7, 2017 at 11:04 am Reply

    Chronicle really is the best! Broad Strokes!

  • Linda

    June 7, 2017 at 11:29 am Reply

    I would first read Ducksoup: The Wisdom of Simple Cooking.

  • Leesa Joiner

    June 7, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply

    I’d start with Duck Soup. Love cookbooks, and cool titles.

  • Sarah Kern

    June 7, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply

    I would LOVE to make some recipes from Small Victories! Julia Turchen has always been a fave!

  • Lea Anna

    June 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm Reply

    Bad Girls for sure!

  • Martha Susan

    June 7, 2017 at 8:24 pm Reply

    Bad Girls First up!

  • Stacey Roberson

    June 7, 2017 at 9:32 pm Reply

    I would read Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World first.

  • Marianne

    June 8, 2017 at 9:53 am Reply

    Small Victories–one of my faves!

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