Earlier last week I got my hands on Rachel Sussman‘s Oldest Living Things in The World Book. It is absolutely stunning.
Since 2004 Rachel has been researching, working with biologists, and traveling all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. The work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia: it’s part art and part science. (In November of 2010 Rachel told her story at CreativeMornings.)
Her book contains 125 photographs, 30 essays on her 30 subjects, original inforgraphics, and contributions by New York Times science columnist Carl Zimmer and world-renowned curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Available on Amazon.
Photographer Phillip Toledano became a father at the age of 40 and fell in love with his daughter about a year and a half later, when he realized she was the most bewitching human being he’d ever seen.
The Reluctant Father follows Phillip’s journey at the beginning of fatherhood.
It’s a raw and honest. And funny. Wish I would have seen this when I was expecting my first child. Buy the book or check out the site.
Better World Books collect and sell books online to donate books and fund literacy initiatives worldwide. Every time you buy a book someone else in need gets one.
In addition to selling new titles, Better World Books supports book drives and collects used books and textbooks through a network of over 2,300 college campuses and partnerships with over 3,000 libraries nationwide. So far, the company has converted more than 117 million books into over $15 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process, they’ve also diverted more than 73,000 tons of books from landfills.
I know where I am donating my books to from now on. They even pay for shipping! Awesome!
I’d love to decorate an entire wall with my favorite books using this Conceal Vertical Book Display. Smart!
The Lumio Book Lamp is the most magical product I have come across in a long time. When I opened it in my studio yesterday everyone went wwwoooooaaaah! It is truly stunning.
When shut, Lumio masquerades as an elegant wood hardcover book. When opened, it magically transforms into a sculptural light illuminated by a high-performing LED.
Sending a virtual hug to the inventor Max Gunawan. And just like that, Lumio has become my favorite object.
Recovering The Classics is a beautiful crowdsourced collection of original covers for the greatest works of fiction in the public domain. It’s a collaboration between DailyLit, the Harvard Bookstore and the Creative Action Network.
Once you discovered a classic you like, you can buy the ebook, a poster of the cover or even a custom printed paperback over on Recovering The Classics. The idea of being able to pick the cover to my book and it then being custom printed, just for me, makes me giddy.
I just happily submitted a pledge to David Hieatt’s Do Purpose Book Project. I couldn’t agree more with his outlook on business and the world in general. I had the pleasure to meet David at a conference called the Do Lectures earlier this year, which by the way, he co-founded with his wife.
He is also the founder of Hiut Denim Co, a Denim label based in Cardigan, North Wales. In this post over on The Holborn he shares Ten Lessons. I can’t wait to read his book. Help make it happen!
The War of Art by Steve Pressfield is an absolutely fantastic read. I have barely been able to put it down since I started reading it last Friday. It will (and already has) completely changed the way I look at ‘resistance’ in work and life in general.
Love the idea behind this pop music wisdom book by Markus Kraft. It lists 250 of the best pop songs for those times that solid life advice is needed. The songs represent all popular music styles from the last 50 years, from rock to folk and from punk to hip hop.
I just got my hands on the new Yellow Owl’s Little Prints book. Christine Schmidt, author of the bestselling Print Workshop and the creative force behind the acclaimed Yellow Owl Workshop line of artisan stationery and home accessories, shares her inspired ideas for making easy, yet entirely unique items for kids. It’s full of beautifully illustrated tutorials on using stamps, stenciling, and other hand-printing techniques. Ella (7) will be so excited when she sees this tonight! I see some extra crafty weekends in my future.
Your heart is about to go pitter patter if you are a lover of design books. The fine folks of Designers & Books launched an impressive Online Book Fair, featuring nearly 400 books about design from 13 internationally distinguished publishers.
Hold on to your wallet, some of the books at the Fair are being offered at discounts of up to 50% off their retail price.
The Designers & Books Online Book Fair provides a well crafted browsing and discovery experience of books online. I was especially impressed by the refined search, sort, and filter capabilities.
The Book Fair includes books about architecture, fashion, graphic design, interior design, landscape design, product and industrial design, urban design—and all related design fields: 14 in total. Impressive!
New books and publishers will constantly be added to the site. Check out the site! Congrats to team Designer & Books. Well done!
My son (3) has a new favorite book, it’s called Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Brooklyn based Peter Brown. The beautifully illustrated story celebrates individuality, self-expression and loud roars. Nothing wrong with that.
Bookshelfies, a wonderful tumblr I just discovered thanks to Max Fenton. A blogged filled with selfies but in front of your bookshelf. Get it?
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)