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REVIEW: Urban Iran

Before opening up and reading Urban Iran I thought I could guess what type of book I was going to get. It would be mostly outside shots with a couple […]

Seeing and hearing a photographer’s self portraits of his family

It’s funny how timing works sometimes. Yesterday morning I picked up a couple envelopes from Princeton Architectural Press of books for review purposes. While it’s going to be a couple […]

Crowdsourcing Salon With Wired Author Jeff Howe

After hearing the authour of Crowdsourcing Jeff Howe speak at Electric Artists last night it was easy to make comparisons with some other quasi anthro/sociology books that you might find […]

Field-Testing the Field-Tested Book Live in New York

To be honest, the Delancey probably wasn’t the best location for Coudal’s Field-Tested Books live reading in New York. The rooftop was packed which in turn made it kind of […]

Reading and Drinking in NYC

With the book launch of Field Tested Books 2008, Coudal Partners is having two readings – one in Chicago and the other in NYC. The event is free and anyone […]

Coudal Partners’ Field Tested Books: A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain, Field-Tested by Moi

Some cool news to report (for me at least), Coudal Partners’ latest Field Tested Books just came out and I’m included. I remenised about Anthony Bourdain’s A Cook’s Tour. Since […]

Weatherpattern’s review of Buying In by Rob Walker

Last Friday at Likemind’s NYC I got a copy of Buying In by Rob Walker. While the book looks like a good read it’s going to be a while before […]

Tables of Contents, the photos

While I don’t think the tables of contents in most books has become a lost design-form, I do wonder if it is taken for granted by the reader. Recently a […]

(Book Review) PEEL: The Art of the Sticker by Dave and Holly Combs

PEEL: The Art of the Sticker by Dave & Holly Combs Mark Batty Publisher: www.markbattypublisher.com/servlet/book_view?number=57 Amazon: www.amazon.com/Peel-Art-Sticker-Dave-Combs/dp/0979554608 PEEL: www.peelmagazine.com If you’re a visual person it’s hard not to keep your […]

Finally a “design film” worth watching

Kate Bingaman-Burt and Mike Perry from Ethan Bodnar on Vimeo. I’ve been skeptical of designers on short videos until now. Sure it’s easy to blindly follow names that are recognizable […]

Open Book on the Sidebar

I appreciate books. Back in the design school days I had the opportunity to take a book arts class where I got to use real lead type that was then […]

Paul Arden and It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be

Whenever I talk about books w/ other designers or creatives, I always ask if they’ve read It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by […]

Clay Shirky on Stephen Colbert

I’m only halfway through my review copy of Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky (but hope to make a big dent in to it today) though I have a pretty […]

Taking a quick look at Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior

I was passed on pretty good link from Robbie de Villiers about a new book titled Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior by Indi Young. The book itself […]

Michael Slack’s Blog

While reading a review copy of Peel – the Art of the Sticker by Dave and Holly Combs I came across one site worth noting if only for the fact […]

Quotes & Paper Joy

I was thinking that I could get a couple things across with this post that combines the idea of quotes and an interesting NYT article Start Writing the Eulogies for […]

Last Night at Princeton Architectural Press

Over the last year Princeton Architectural Press has been pretty good to me. Every so often Russell Fernandez would send me a couple books that they published for review purposes. […]

Kenya Hara in NYC

It would be hard for me not to mention at the outset that it wasn’t entirely easy to listen to Kenya Hara’s talk with the AIGA NY Small Talk series. […]

Are covers important now?

I don’t think it’s a huge leap to suggest that digital distribution is changing the respect for covers of books. Amazon has just come out with their own piece of […]

Meet Japanese designer (& Muji art director) Kenya Hara at Rizzoli

In case you missed out on buying tickets for the upcoming AIGA NY Small Talk with Kenya Hara, you still can meet him. I received a nice email from Maggie […]

Evolving from an Internet Radio Program on Design to Authour and Member of the Library of Congress; Debbie Millman and her new book How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer

When I first read on a blog that Debbie Millman was going to be publishing a book with interviews from other designers, I wasn’t as skeptical as Steff Geissbuhler writes […]

Two more books that I’m looking at, but will be read/review soon enough

I received book two (of four) that I requested from Springer Publishing today; All We Need, again as with the other books I’m getting I’ll have a real book review […]

Reading and Listening to Print is Dead

In my last post mentioning Newsweek’s website, and more to the point about how there’s so much info in their site that I wished that I could hear everything by […]

Holding on Designing Design

On occasion I’ll get books sent to me by publishers for review. Designing Design by Kenya Hara was one book that I chose from the catalogue of Springer to take […]

Review Copy: Taking Things Seriously

A book like Taking Things Seriously could have gone badly pretty quickly. Invite a bunch of people you know to submit a story about an object that inspires you. Ask […]

The perfect book to read in the bathroom if you’re a designer

With definitions for words like negotiate: Today, the architectural project is not designed, but negotiated… and Net, the: The net is where fragments are seized, and where the rest is […]

Spine Language

I came across a fascinating series of photographs from the artist Mickey Smith via the blog userslib. She has photographed bound periodicals and professional journals from public libraries. Plain covers […]

Creative Bureaucracy

A friend asked me if I was enjoying the book Then We Came To The End and I responded that enjoy is an interesting word for it… I wouldn’t classify […]

A couple flickr sets from a couple bloggers

I came across a nice pair of flickr sets from a couple popular blogs yesterday. Swissmiss walked by a two windows of stickynotes with the words “TO DO” in Dumbo. […]

3 things I haven’t read yet – though two are online for you to look at

In the last day I’ve collected a couple new pieces of material to read – all hard copies, I thought it was interesting that two of them are available online. […]

Book Trade Labels

If you’ve ever made a book by hand or laid down some lead type, you probably have an appreciation for the finer things when it comes to reading. There’s a […]

Taking Pictures of the Creative Time wall and meeting William Wegman: what was Day 2 of Design Week

The second day of my design week started off by wondering if it was going to pour rain or not. Taking the risk that it wasn’t going to be raining […]

Creative Time, the book and the street

Most mornings when I walk to work I go an extra block to 10th Street to see at what activity is going on near the Hudson River and to take […]

This is not the book review (yet) for Mingering Mike

Honestly I don’t think I’m going to have the time to read Mingering Mike before the last week of April, but I wanted to mention it here before Friday. I […]

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