A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

Introducing our beautifully designed and illustrated guidebook to the unnoticed yet essential elements of our cities. Pre-order your copy today on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound  (see also: Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom).

Have you ever wondered …

… what those bright, squiggly graffiti marks on streets and sidewalks mean?

… where those dancing inflatable figures at car dealerships came from?

… how city streets, neighborhoods and other everyday places get their names?

99% Invisible is a big-ideas podcast about small-seeming things, revealing stories baked into the buildings we inhabit, the streets we drive on, and the sidewalks we traverse. The show celebrates design and architecture in all of its functional glory and accidental absurdity, with tales of exceptional designers but also everyday designs.

Now, in The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Hidden World of Everyday Design, show host Roman Mars and producer Kurt Kohlstedt zoom in on the key details about how our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs.

With beautiful line drawings throughout by artist Patrick Vale, The 99% Invisible City will captivate devoted fans of the show and anyone curious about design processes, urban environments, and the unsung marvels of the world around them. Coming out this fall, the book is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

Playlist