TED just launched TED Books, short original electronic books produced every two weeks by TED Conferences.
Like the best TEDTalks, they’re personal and provocative, and designed to spread great ideas. TED Books are typically under 20,000 words — long enough to unleash a powerful narrative, but short enough to be read in a single sitting.
“These Days” is about Connor Vast, a guy who designs fake computer interfaces for plastic prop displays in furniture showrooms. He meets a girl who doesn’t own a cellphone and is as disconnected as he is connected. As their relationship develops, he falls in with a group of entrepreneurs out to invent the future, but it’s the same future she’s rebelling against. It’s a story about the human side of technology—the people who make it, the reasons they build, and the people on the other end.
If this sounds like something you’d like to read (I do) then go and support Jack’s Kickstarter.
Don’t know how Jack Cheng is? Visit his site and check out some of his articles.
Blurb’s Instagram Books make me so happy. Can’t wait until my son’s It’s Hard Being Two Tumblr has enough images to make a book out of it. We live in such an exciting time. The fact, that anyone (with a computer and internet connection) can create books on the fly, is simply amazing.
I was tweeting earlier about two boxes of books in our coworking space that are hoping to find a new home. Most of them brandnew. Ivete Tecedor pointed me to ReLIT NY, a free reading program that collects your old, unwanted books and recycles them back to the public.
Brook Drop Sites include Whole Foods at Union Square, and Columbus & 97th Street and The Invisible Dog, on 51 Bergen Street in Brooklyn! YAY!
ReLIT NY is completely volunteer run and therefore gets two swissmiss thumbs up!
Wonderful talk by Craig Mod on how great design is born from nourishing habits.
The best designer is an aware designer. The best design solutions are found by deconstructing problems as they arise in our own lives. What habits can we as designers form to provide us with a more objective clarity in answering these problems? How can we apply these solutions to existing products? When is it time to build new products? There is an intersection between the cultivation of habit, personal experience and design application – it is nourishing and magic and something we should all strive to evoke.
Mike Monteiro wrote a (Book Apart) book, which is going on sale today. Last I heard, Mike will deliver it himself. (image above, by darth)
I was able to get my hands on it early and I wish it would have been around when I started working as a designer and most of all when I started my own studio 6 years back. Needless to say, I devoured the book. Mike covers everything from contracts to selling design, from working with clients to working with each other. It’s a short book, packed with knowledge you can’t afford not to know.
This is one of the many wonderful illustrations you can find in Christoph Niemann’s latest book called Abstract City, a collection of visual essays. If you’re as much of a fan of Christoph’s as I am, you might enjoy his humorous CreativeMornings talk.
“Think about this: decisive, breakthrough creative decision-making is almost always made by one, two, possibly three minds working in unison, take it or leave it. Collective thinking usually leads to stalemate or worse. And the smarter the individuals in the group, the harder it is to nail the idea. Certainly in my experience as a mass communicator and cultural provocateur, I know this to be absolutely true: group thinking and decision-making results in group grope.”
“Men who corrupt, depress or weaken others,
tricksters and those who would regress
or move too slowly,
all become my personal enemies.
I resent whatever diminishes man’s stature,
makes him less wise, less confident, less ready.
I shall never admit that hesitation or suspicion
must accompany wisdom.
This is why I believe the child has
often greater wisdom than the old man.”
- André Gide, The New Fruits
The Albatros is a new kind of bookmark that follows your reading. No need to remember the page number, each time you turn one, it inserts itself at the right place. The Albatros bookmarks have been invented and developed by Oscar Lhermitte and are made in France. Pre-order them here.
Readmill is a community for readers, allowing you to easily share and highlight the books you love. Read with the Readmill for App, and sync highlights from Amazon Kindle with the Readmill Bookmarklet.
The Little Know-It-All Graphic is Common Sense in book form, for Designers. It covers a broad spectrum of questions that designers need to know the answers to, in order to thrive in their growing field of practice. Not currently available in the US but SOON according to the gestalten.com site. Browse the book.
After organizing their bookshelf almost a year ago, Sean Ohlenkamp & Lisa Blonder Ohlenkamp decided to take it to the next level. They spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto.
(If someone can tell me the couple’s names I would like to add them to the post and give them proper credit!)