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“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.
This coming October, Princeton Architectural Press is publishing a new book titled Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos. It documents the story of visionary genius founder, Edwin Land, and how he grew Polaroid from a 1937 garage startup into a billion-dollar pop-culture phenomenon. Steve Jobs considered Land a personal hero and modeled Apple after Polaroid.
Mash-up! features stories from people who have “mashed up” their careers and of organizations from a range of industries. Obviously the days of being defined by a single job title are vanishing. The future of business is project-based, rather than role-based, and the people who will thrive in this kind of economy are labeled by Fast Company as “Generation Flux” – adaptable, multi-talented people with “a mind-set that embraces instability, that tolerates – and even enjoys – recalibrating careers, business models and assumptions.”
Watch Ian Sanders, co-author of “Mash-up! talk about the book in this brief video. Just downloaded the Kindle edition, can’t wait to start reading it tonight.
Elegantissima is the first monograph on Louise Fili‘s work and covers the breadth of her nearly forty-year design career. Featuring case studies showing sketches, references, inspiration, and design process, it’s a must-have for graphic design students and professionals, as well as anyone interested in advertising, food, restaurants, Italy, and books.
It’s a beauty of a book!
They have only been in business for two years, yet launched two successful Kickstarter projects, paving the way for a new era of independent hardware manufacturing.
According to their site, the book was written to offer guidance and inspiration for those charting a similar path, and covers topics such as running a small business, creating hardware products independently, launching a Kickstarter project, and tips for promoting your products.
It Will Be Exhilarating is a short read that will provide the needed kick to start making stuff. There isn’t a better time than now.
Get the book: IT WILL BE EXHILARATING, Indie Capitalism and Design Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century
Craig Mod just published the digital edition of Art Space Tokyo in several formats, across multiple platforms.
This launch is of course about the book, but perhaps more pressingly, it’s about what a contemporary digital book looks like — scattered and disjointed, spread across multiple platforms in various states of open and closed. Read his thoughtful post, titled Platforming Books.
This October, Designers & Books are hosting the first-ever book fair in New York City to focus on architecture and design book publishing.
The Designers & Books Fair will feature an exhibition hall filled with U. S. and European publishers displaying and selling their new Fall and holiday season 2012 design titles, as well as important backlist titles.
Booksellers and rare and out-of-print book dealers specializing in design books will also be displaying and selling books. Renowned designers and design world personalities will be participating in panel discussions, interviews, and special presentations. Fantastic!
Visit Designers & Books Fair 2012 for details about the Fair.