Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview: August 30

August 30, 2013

The last unofficial week of summer featured a fresh look at graphic design from many different angles as well as a book list from hospitality designer Jeffrey Beers. Among the highlights were a survey of children's books with an emphasis on design;, an interview with Steven Heller on the anniversary of a controversial essay on postmodern graphics he published 20 years ago; and our list of 45 books on type and typography. Next week we'll be introducing some new regular departments, including a monthly feature by Stephanie Murg of Unbeige on book covers.

Weekly Wrap-Up

Daily Features No Kidding: Design Books That Get it Right for All Ages

Poised to become classics, a fresh crop of children's books seeks to capture young minds through design.

Daily Features When “Ugly” Reared its Head

The backlash against Steven Heller's now-infamous essay on 1990s graphics was swift and forceful. Now, 20 years after “Cult of the Ugly” was published, the author reflects on the the article that sparked one of the last great design debates in history.

Themed Book Lists 50 Books on Type and Typography

50 books on type, typography, and typographers spanning the centuries.

Daily Features The Man Who Designed Ulysses

Presented at Columbia's current exhibition “Wide Awake Typographer,” Ernst Reichl's handwritten notes—candid, witty, scholarly, and at times acerbic—give visitors a first-person tour of the typographic designer's lively mind.

Book List of the Week Jeffrey Beers’s Book List: Fearless and Passionate

Prominent hospitality designer Jeffrey Beers chose many of the titles on his book list because “the subjects and authors are people I admire as leaders in their fields.” He adds, “Their personal philosophies have encouraged me to live passionately and fearlessly, and to always strive to create experiences that bring people joy.”


Next Week's Preview

Book List of the Week Matali Crasset’s Book List: The Written Word and the Freedom to Invent

Matali Crasset, whose work encompasses product design, interiors, architecture, and art installations, names among the books that have helped to crystallize her thinking titles ranging from a biting social critique by novelist Emile Zola (an author she says she “read and reread as a teenager”) to a book on the process and politics of organic wine-making.

Daily Features How To Design a Country

Bruce Mau Design tackles the art of the large-scale makeover.


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