I spent the last 30 minutes flipping through The Designer Says, a compendium of quotations from more than one hundred of history’s leading designers. What a great gift! Well done, Princeton Architecture Press!
My studiomate Kio Stark just launched her latest ebook titled Don’t Go Back to School. Fact is, schools don’t have a monopoly on learning anymore as more people are declining traditional education and college degrees. Instead they’re getting the knowledge, training, and inspiration they need outside of the classroom.
In Don’t Go Back to School Kio draws on extensive research and over 100 interviews with independent learners, and with that offers the ultimate guide to learning without school. The book provides models and methods for taking a new kind of path through learning, and transforming that alternative education into an exciting career path.
Kio provides concrete strategies and resources for getting started as an independent learner. If you’re debating whether college, trade school, or independent learning will get you where you want to be, Don’t Go Back to School is essential reading.
Buy her ebook here.
“I started the Do Lectures, which I don’t get paid by, but it helps me meet lots of amazing people, which is brilliant. It is good to do something for no return sometimes. It has given back to me many, many times.”
- David Hieatt
Quote by David Hieatt, Do Lectures co-founder, taken from the book Mash-up!: How to Use Your Multiple Skills to Give You an Edge, Make Money and Be Happier
I truly love the concept behind this book: Big kids questions answered simply by truly great minds. A sample question would be: If you’re on a boat, with no food or water, what do you do? The answer is by Roz Savage, first woman to row three oceans. Or, Why is space so sparkly? Answered by Martin Rees, an astronomer.
“Think Long. Write Short.”
- George Lois
From his book Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!).
“The joy of the creative process, minute by minute, hour after hour, day by day, is the sublime path to true happiness.”
- George Lois
From his book Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!).
The commonly understood moral of the story of Icarus is to play it safe, to obey authority. Don’t fly too close to the sun. In his new book, The Icarus Deception, Seth Godin makes the case for forging your own path, pushing beyond what is expected, and connecting with other humans by making your art–whatever it may be. Amen.
Do you know about Maddie On Things, the dog from the internet? Well, she just visited Studiomates and took the opportunity to stand on my desk. My year has been made. I don’t think I have ever been this excited about a studio visit.
And if you are as big of a Maddie fan as I am, you might want to know that she has a book coming out. I just pre-ordered my copy. Congrats to Theron Humphrey, Maddie’s owner, for starting the Maddie phenomenon.
Talk about a cool dog and dog owner power house.
Brooklyn Makers, by Princeton Architectural Press, celebrates the currently ongoing creative renaissance in Brooklyn. Photographer Jennifer Causey captures the spirit of this homegrown movement by documenting thirty of the borough’s celebrated craftsmen. The book includes bakers, ceramic artists, clothing designers, florists, distillers, and more.
I haven’t been this excited about a book in a while: My Ideal Bookshelf is all about the books that we choose to keep, as they can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In My Ideal Bookshelf, dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most; books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world.
Some of my contributor highlights include Christoph Niemann, Stefan Sagmeister, Alec Soth, Gina Trapani, Maira Kalman, Malcolm Gladwell, Oliver Jeffers, Paola Antonelli and John Maeda. See the full list of contributors here
The book includes dozens of colorful and beautifully hand-rendered images of book spines by the lovely Jane Mount.
Hey designers, book lovers and design enthusiasts; Don’t miss this weekend’s Designers & Books Fair 2012.
- Book Design at Pentagram with Michael Bierut, Abbott Miller, Emily Oberman, Eddie Opara, Paula Scher and DJ Strout (info)
- Karim Rashid in Conversation with Debbie Millman (info)
- Steven Heller and Louise Fili: A Conversation with Debbie Millman (info)
“Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life circumstances. Take everything in stride with grace, putting forth energy when it is needed, yet always staying calm inwardly.”
— Ping Fu’s “Shanghai Papa”
A few months ago, Ping Fu told me her moving and inspiring life story on a flight from Colorado to NYC. I have never been as touched by a person’s life journey, ever. Ping is an extraordinary woman. She knows what it’s like to be a child soldier, a factory worker, and a political prisoner. To be beaten and raped for the crime of being born into a well-educated family. To be deported with barely enough money for a plane ticket to a bewildering new land. To start all over, without family or friends, as a maid, waitress, and student.
Ping Fu also knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software programmer, an innovator, a CEO, and Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. To be a friend and mentor to some of the best-known names in technology. To build some of the coolest new products in the world. To give speeches that inspire huge crowds. To meet and advise the president of the United States.
It sounds too unbelievable for fiction, but this is the true story of a life in two worlds. And I am thrilled that she is sharing it with the world, with her upcoming book Bend, Not Break. It is a tribute to one woman’s courage in the face of cruelty and a valuable lesson on the enduring power of resilience.
Raul is an authority like no other when it comes to kids stuff. He has a keen eye and outstanding taste. I am super-excited about the launch of his Tinybop blog on which he is reviewing kids related apps, books, music and sites.
Want to find something perfect for a specific age, refine the results with the age slider on the top right.
Tinybop, the blog. Follow it!
Alex Cornell published Breakthrough!, a book compiling strategies for combating creative block. Advice is offered by a who’s who of leading graphic designers, typographers, cartoonists, photographers, illustrators, musicians, writers, and other creative professionals.
One of the lines that stood out to me in the book, while flipping through the pages was by Ben Barry’s advice: “A deadline is always the best cure.” I agree to that. Or, take Mark Johns: “Pretend you’re an opossum!” Ha!
Insites features no code snippets and no design tips; instead, 20 personal conversations with people I personally look up to in our web community.
Read about Jason Santa Maria, Cameron Moll, Ethan Marcotte, Alex Hunter, Brendan Dawes, Simon Collison, Dan Rubin, Andy McGloughlin, Kevin Rose and Daniel Burka, Josh Brewer, Ron Richards, Trent Walton, Ian Coyle, Mandy Brown, Sarah Parmenter, Jim Coudal, Jeffrey Zeldman, Tim Van Damme, and Jon Hicks (oh and yours truly).
I started reading some of the stories and I am being reminded that even the biggest successes have the smallest, most humble of beginnings. Get your copy of Insites!
For the past year, Andrew Zuckerman has been working on a new book, entirely dedicated to the beautiful world of Flowers. Created with the support of the New York Botanical Garden, the Smithsonian Institute, and The Fairchild Tropical Garden, the images in FLOWER encompass over 200 species of flora.
The book, will be available this November, but for now you can admire the photos in the project’s microsite.
I admire how Andrew considers the development of the microsite as an integral piece to the finished work. At flowerthebook.com, you can explore images and species not included in the book, the botanical information for all of the varieties on the site, and time lapse films of the life cycle of 7 species.
Congratulations Andrew, on yet another beautiful art piece.