“Complaining is stupid. Either act or forget.”
– Stefan Sagmeister

From: Things I have learned in my life so far

(thanks Rusty)

Nourishing Habits for Nourishing Design

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.

Business Opportunities

“Business opportunities are like buses;
there’s always another one coming.”
– Richard Branson

(via The 100$ Startup)

The disappearing Face of New York

I just rediscovered the wonderful photographs of James and Karla Murray’s book The Disappearing Face of New York over on the Retronaut.

Where Books Are Loved

Strand is New York City’s legendary home of 18 Miles of new, used and rare books. Since 1927.

If you’re in NYC you might want to know that Strand is hosting an event with Christoph Niemann and Francoise Mouly tomorrow.

Design Is A Job

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.

Get it here: Design is a job

(Have you seen his CreativeMornigns talk F*ck you, Pay Me?)

Abstract City

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.

(via explore)

The Secret

Amen to the message on this spread in Austin Kleon’s wonderful book Steal Like an Artist: Do good work and share it with people.

Reject Group Grope

“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.”

Rule Nr.53 from Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!), by legendary art director George Lois.

(via explore)

The New Fruits

“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

From the book Le Corbusier Talks with Students.

Domus Bookends

These DOMUS bookends are beautiful. (FYI: site is in German)


“Different is better when it is more effective or more fun.”
– Timothy Ferriss

Taken from The 4-Hour Workweek

Albatros Bookmarks

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.

Henri’s Walk to Paris

This lovely illustration is a page out of Saul Bass’ children’s book called Henri’s Walk to Paris. Discovered over on Brain Pickings, of course! Read the full post and see more pages.

79 Short Essays on Design

Lucky me, I just got my hands on the latest issues of Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut. Michael is not only an incredibly talented designer but also able to so eloquently and humorously talk about his work.

(If you haven’t seen his CreativeMornings talk on Clients, you should take the time and watch it!)


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.

This is Readmill from Readmill on Vimeo.

I love the Readmill tagline: Welcome to a world of reading.

Burning Man 2011 X Dr Seuss

In case you haven’t heard of the amazing kids book Oh, the Places You’ll Go Pop-Up. It’s a fantastic book.

And I admit, I am not the Burning Man Type. But this mashup-of-the-two moved me.

(via michaelgalpert)

The Little Know-It-All

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 site. Browse the book.

The Joy Of Books

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!)

This. Makes. Me. Happy!!

(thank you Alexandra)

How The Spacesuit Came To Be

A space suit is made out of a flight suit, a Goodrich tire, a bra, a girdle, a raincoat, a tomato worm. An American rocket ship is made out of a nuclear weapon, and a German ballistic missile; a ‘space program’ — a new organization with new goals — is made out of preexisting military, scholarly, and industrial institutions and techniques.
— Monchaux

Fascinating post on Fashioning Apollo: How the Spacesuit Came To Be over on brain pickings.

Brain Pickings Bookshelf

My studio mate Maria Popova launched a fantastically visual Tumblr featuring all her Book posts from Brain Pickings. Click on a book and you will be taken to that post over on Brain Pickings. Fantastic!

Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams explores Dieter Rams’ work. #wishlisted.

Found it via Josh Clark’s List of Gifts for Designers, Nerds, and Mobile Mavens

Better World Books

Every time you buy a book, Better World Books will donate one to someone in need. And, there’s free shipping worldwide. Fantastic.

(via the TBD Newsletter)

8 Faces #4

Issue #4 of 8 Faces is out! Yay! It’s quite an impressive line up in this issue:

With a cover by Jessica Hische, printed on metallic stock with white ink and foil-blocking, issue #4 features interviews with John Boardley, Craig Mod, Kris Sowersby, Doug Wilson, Nadine Chahine, David Březina, and Silas Dilworth and Neil Summerour of TypeTrust.

8 Faces Issue #4 features an introduction by Jon Tan, a review of Typography Sketchbooks, and web typography tips from Typekit’s Tim Brown. Every copy ships with an exclusive new catalogue courtesy of Typotheque. Ships mid-December.