Woah! Designers & Books has a new look! If you’re into books on design, this site is for you. The Designer & Books team believes that books are an important source of inspiration for creativity, innovation, and invention. And for people that share this love for books, they publish lists of books that esteemed members of the international design community identify as important, meaningful. Pages full of lists with formative—books that have shaped their values, their worldview, and their ideas about design.
From Vitruvius to William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright to Edith Wharton to Le Corbusier to Paul Rand—there has always been a particularly special and robust relationship between designers and books: reading them, writing them, designing them, collecting them, learning from them, and being inspired by them. Designers & Books celebrates that relationship.
Check out the growing roster of designers that share the books that influenced them the most. Ever wondered what books Michael Bierut, Paula Scher or John Maeda would recommend? Or what the Notable design books of 2013 are? Ever wondered what books feature a designer as the main character? Or what the recently published books in graphic design are? Designers & Books answers all of that.
I can’t praise Designers & Books enough. I loved the site before the redesign, but now, well, I want to move in. Congratulations, Steve Kroeter and Team!
Absolutely love these whale bookends.
Zoobean helps parents find books that children can identify with (character background, age) or fits specific circumstances (bullying, death & loss, holidays, etc.). So, for instance, if you want to find a book about self-esteem that features African-American characters for a 4 year old, you can.
(thank you Matt!)
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!
This book cover for George Orwells’ 1984 by Adronauts is stunning.
(via visual poetry)
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.
Get it here: Big Questions from Little People: and Simple Answers from Great Minds
Lumio unfolds from a book into a multi-purpose portable lamp. I just gasped watching the Kickstarter campaign. A beauty!
(via the Post Family)
Theron and Maddie, the most famous internet dog, are hitting the road across all 50 states, to sign some books and tell stories. Make sure to catch them when they pass by your town.
(Did you know you can buy Maddie Prints?)
“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 Icarus Deception from Squarespace on Vimeo.
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.
This lovely and inspiring short was made possible by the amazing folks at Squarespace and created by the talented Jaeger Sloan crew.
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.
Whenever Oliver Jeffers publishes a new children’s book, I get giddy. This Moose Belongs to Me will certainly be found under our christmas tree. (The Incredible Book Eating Boy is one of our family favorites.)
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.
Preorder your copy!
Hey designers, book lovers and design enthusiasts; Don’t miss this weekend’s Designers & Books Fair 2012.
The list of exhibitors and speakers is nothing short of breathtaking. Check out the full program and get your tickets before it’s too late. A few presentations that caught my eye:
- 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)
Check the full calendar of this weekend’s Designers & Book Fair. Hat tip to Steve Kroeter for making this happen!
“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.
English Is not Easy is a beautifully illustrated guide to the English language by Luci Gutiérrez. I unfortunately couldn’t find a place that sells it online. I would love to get my hands on a copy.
My studiomate Raul recently started a new kids app company called Tinybop.
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!
American artist Tauba Auerbach printed the RGB Colorspace Atlas as a record of the full RGB gradient in 3,632 stunning pages of pigmented awesomeness. YES!
(thank you @kirstin / via jeanniejeannie)