A masterpiece of literature in which the narrative appears to describe the images, but the images are not what the narrative describes. This disconnection between image and text astonished me, and validated all the disconnections and gaps my work has used to create an invitation to others to participate in the signification of a work.
I was a fan of Jan Tschichold’s Asymmetric Typography. In this book the section of letters from Max Bill caught my attention. The anger Bill displays appeared to me to be indicative of a not unfamiliar rigidity among those who dismiss changes in the way a creative person makes his or her work because of preferring the values and forms embodied by that person’s previous ideas and ways of making.
Given that my parents and grandparents worked, it was very helpful to me to have the history and the root causes of the inequality between the sexes explained, in all the ways reading Betty Friedan’s revelations of suburban boredom did not.
The description of class in America, and the circumscription of ordinary people—particularly designers—caught in the middle between their public and their clients made an indelible impression on me in my teens.
I read this book preparing for a project I did about Boston’s West End, and came to understand how the stories of greedy people in positions of power have been used to dismiss and devalue the homes and lifestyle of mutual help in immigrant and working-poor communities.
A portrait of Spin, one of London’s leading design studios, which has produced work in identity, print, moving image, retail, digital, and environmental graphics. Includes essays and interviews with Spin’s founders, Tony Brook and Patricia Finegan, and texts by Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, Ben Bos, Wim Crouwel, Rick Poynor, Steven Heller, Patrick Burgoyne, and artist and author Edmund de Waal.
Tony Brook and Patricia Finegan; designed by Spin
Published by Unit Editions Details. The first 1,000 copies come with a limited-edition pack of six silk-screened cards in a matching envelope, plus a set of six button badges — designed by Spin.
New Book Release, February 9, 2015: Reproducing Scholten & Baijings
The first book on the work of the Amsterdam-based studio Scholten & Baijings, which has become renowned for its sensitive and subtle yet functional products—from ceramics and silverware to textiles and even a concept car.
Save the Dates! Designers & Books Fair 2015: October 2, 3 & 4, 2015, FIT, New York
Save October 2, 3 & 4 for Designers & Books Fair 2015™—the only book fair anywhere for architecture and design books. Features 40 publishers and rare and out-of-print dealers, plus 9 design programs. Open to the public.
Friday, October 2–Sunday, October 4, 2015
Fahion Institute of Technology (FIT), 7th Ave. & 27th St., New York City Details
New Book Release, February 10, 2015: Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too)
A Coca-Cola senior executive shares both the successes and failures of one of the world’s largest companies as it learns to use design to be both agile and big. In this rare and unprecedented behind-the-scenes look, David Butler and senior Fast Company editor, Linda Tischler, use plain language and easy-to-understand case studies to show how this works at Coca-Cola—and how other companies can use the same approach to grow their business.
By David Butler and Linda Tischler
Published by Simon & Schuster Buy and details