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REVIEW COPY: Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits by Debbie Millman

In Debbie Millman’s latest book Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits, she interviews 22 well known designers and other people with opinions about brands. The conversation about brands varied quite […]

REVIEW COPY: Le Cool–A Weird and Wonderful Guide to Barcelona

Last September I was introduced to the publishing concept of Le Cool from Andrew Losowsky who showed me a number of books based on different cities. I really liked thumbing […]

REVIEW COPY: One Million by Hendrik Hertzberg

I was recently contacted by John Clifford of Think Studio in NYC who designed the cover of the book Graphic that I reviewed a couple weeks ago. He and Herb […]

REVIEW COPY: Graphic by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico

It’s hard not to like Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico just for the simple fact that people are sharing […]

REVIEW COPY: I Wonder by Marian Bantjes (Part One)

As much as it pains me, I Wonder by Marian Bantjes is a book that should not be put on an iPad. Justice would not be served viewing it on […]

REVIEW COPY: From Here to There by Hand Drawn Map Association

I really enjoyed reading and looking through From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association. The book is divided into six categories of maps: directional […]

REVIEW COPY: Obsessive Consumption by Kate Bingaman–Burt

REVIEW COPY: Obsessive Consumption by Kate Bingaman–Burt At first glance Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?by Kate Bingaman–Burt seems pretty straight forward. Kate has drawn objects, things and animals […]

REVIEW COPY: 3D Typography

Spending time with 3D Typography, I did wonder as a book that is intended to be looked at (and read) I wanted to question how it would compare with what […]

First impressions of Beyond the Street, the 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art

Before I jump into my reaction to Beyond the Street: With the 100 Most Important Players in Urban Art I think it’s important to explain what I think is good […]

REVIEW COPY: Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work By Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit

When Armin emailed me asking if I would be interested in reading the PDF version of Flaunt for review I said sure. I’ve only read a couple pdf books before […]

REVIEW COPY: The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless

As I started looking through The Visual Miscellaneum by David Mccandless the first thing that struck me wasn’t the visuals but how he took public information that’s available to anyone […]

REVIEW COPY: Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman

Before I pass on my review for the really engaging book Looking Both Ways by Debbie Millman, I feel as though I should let people know that I know Debbie […]

REVIEW COPY: We Feel Fine by Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris

A subtitle for this review post could have alternatively been titled “I feel like we can learn a ton from this book”. We Feel Fine is the companion print piece […]

It’s Over, the Best Book Ever Written Using Graphic Design: #Emigre70

I haven’t read Emigre 70 from cover to cover yet (it’s going to take a couple months) but I’m pretty confident in saying that a book like this will never […]

REVIEW COPY: Glitch: Designing Imperfection by Iman Moradi

I’ve been a fan of glitch for a while, I just didn’t know there was a name for it. Every once in a while I’ll try to slip in an […]

REVIEW COPY: I Miss My Pencil by Martin Bone and Kara Johnson

I Miss My Pencil, by Martin Bone and Kara Johnson is a highly unusual design book in that it’s not just about the final product, it’s not about dry process […]

REVIEW COPY: Women of Design by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit

When I’m reading books on or about Design I subconsciously ask myself if the book in front of me would make a good addition to my bookshelf. It would be […]

REVIEW COPY: The Wayfinding Handbook by David Gibson

One of the first questions that kept popping up as I read the Wayfinding Handbook by David Gibson was why wasn’t this written earlier – like ten years ago? Not […]

REVIEW COPY: The Power of Design, a force for transforming everything by Richard Farson

I think a reader of The Power of Design has to be in a certain mindset to understand what the book is trying to get across. If the reader believes […]

REVIEW COPY: All the Wrong People Have Self-Esteem: An Inappropriate Book for Young Ladies* by Laurie Rosenwald

When I started going through Laurie Rosenwald’s book “All the Wrong People Have Self-Esteem: An Inappropriate Book for Young Ladies*” I almost immediately thought that it would be a good […]

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 […]

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