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Current Books on Review

I’ve been collecting a number of review books over the past couple of months. I’m hoping to have full reviews for most of them before the end of the summer. With that said I wanted to jot down a couple initial reactions.

Publish Your Photography Book
by Darius D Himes & Mary Virginia Swanson

http://publishyourphotographybook.com

Publish Your Photography Bookby Darius D Himes & Mary Virginia Swanson

Publish Your Photography Bookby Darius D Himes & Mary Virginia Swanson

Of all the books that are grouped here I can’t think of one that is more applicable to me. I’ve been shooting for quite a long time. For the most part after sharing them I’ll cluster relevant images into a post. While doing that I’ve often thought there’s got to be more to this. Publish Your Photography Book looks like it came at a perfect time for me. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to learn about publishing outside for just posting to Instagram and Flickr with a bit more purpose.

Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design by John Clifford

http://graphiciconsbook.com

Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design by John Clifford

Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design by John Clifford

Of all the books I have to read, this one has been at the top of the stack for quite some time. I’m not far enough in to make comparison’s but it looks like a nice refresher of A History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs. With that said I was a bit surprised that the list doesn’t have many contemporaries that are 35 years or younger. It tends to lean older and with familiar names. Given that any list will miss out designers as Paul Shaw notes in a recent AIGA Medalists, Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design attempts to refresh a history that many designer’s may have forgotten from their early years of practice. To get a taste of the book check out John’s FastCompany article 10 Crucial Lessons From History’s Greatest Graphic Designers.

Type On Screen edited by Ellen Lupton

https://www.papress.com/html/book.details.page.tpl?isbn=9781616891701

Type On Screen by Ellen Lupton

Type On Screen by Ellen Lupton

I’m not sure what else is out there for digital typography books these days but Type On Screen has timing on it’s side. The book shows relevant examples (for the most part), gives entry points for future learning and is understandable. My only misgiving is within the title. Given the fluid nature of digital I don’t think the word “critical” is a helpful term.

Wayshowing > Wayfinding by Per Mollerup

http://www.permollerup.com/?page_id=426

Wayshowing > Wayfinding by Per Mollerup

Wayshowing > Wayfinding by Per Mollerup

I was drawn to Wayshowing > Wayfinding for the real world examples. Most of my days I’m considering the best way to lead a person through an understandable world through a screen. I’m interested to know how people are doing the same thing outside of the screen.

The Bike Deconstructed by Richard Hallett

https://www.papress.com/html/book.details.page.tpl?isbn=9781616892289

The Bike Deconstructed by Richard Hallett

The Bike Deconstructed by Richard Hallett

Just like the photography book, The Bike Deconstructed holds a lot of relevance to me. I love cycling and anything related to it, I’m also building out a bike. Starting with the frame I’m making a custom bike that should be ready in the upcoming weeks. Having read parts of the book while talking with the builder was extremely helpful.

Make Design Matter by David Carlson

http://makedesignmatter.com/

Make Design Matter by David Carlson

Make Design Matter by David Carlson

As this post notes there’s a lot of design principle’s out there. What I’m hoping to understand with Make Design Matter is some relevant considerations that might be unique to the author.

The Book of Trees by Manuel Lima

http://www.bookoftrees.info

The Book of Trees by Manuel Lima

The Book of Trees by Manuel Lima

The Book of Trees looks to build off of the author’s previous book Visual Complexity. Examining 11 different types of tree visualizations, this book looks helpful to anyone working with a lot of data and the need for organization.

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  • Thomas Cannon

    Michael, what can you get building a custom bike that you couldn’t buying a standard? I assume it’s like building a custom desktop computer where you can buy the best parts individually for less price and end up with a better bike. Is there something about your riding style that tweaks and customization would enhance your riding? Of course, just the exercise of building from scratch would be fun and educational alone.