At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. In his book he takes on the question what makes life with living in the face of death.
Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition is now the longest continually running design competition in the United States. Since 2011, Design Observer has hosted it. And in 2015, for the first time, they are publishing a book and mounting an exhibition to commemorate the competition winners of 2014, narrowed down from a field of 500 entries from fourteen countries. If you love books and want to own this one, support their Kickstarter campaign.
The screenwriter, director and author Judd Apatow owns a lot of books and convinced himself that buying books is the same as reading. Glad to see I am not the only one… See the full article over on the NYTimes.
Graphic design book nerds unite: Out of print for decades, Visual Design in Action is one of the most beautiful books on modern graphic design. Written and designed by Ladislav Sutnar and published in 1961, it has been called a “lost milestone” and a “treasure.” This Kickstarter by Designers & Books is bringing it back.
How fast is 120 kilometers per hour? How heavy are 4 tons? Units of measure are abstract—until, that is, they are contrasted with other quantities. The juxtapositions in How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far? make dimensions and measurements more comprehensible for children. It is filled with illustrations by Jan Van Der Veke, available in English and in German. I will totally get this for my kids.
There’s no other book series I am more excited about than the one by 99u. Every single one so far has been rock solid, full of super-useful, actionable advice. Volume Three, Make Your Mark launches tomorrow and I am lucky enough to have gotten my hands on an early copy. (And was delighted to discover that Shane Snow wrote a chapter for the book that talks about how we try to sprinkle some love in all things we do at Tattly!)
The contributor list is super impressive; Keith Yamashita, Seth Godin, Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, John Maeda just to mention a few. There’s nothing I value more than advice and insights from people that are doers, getting their hands dirty, building and defining companies, making it all happen.
Make Your Mark, and the two other books in the 99u series, are business books for makers, not managers. In Make Your Mark Jocelyn and her team tapped 21 leading entrepreneurs and experts to share their best practices for launching a purpose-driven business, refining your product, delighting your customers, inspiring your team—and ultimately—making something that matters.
You can pre-order the book here or share the best advice you’ve ever been given in a comment below to enter this week’s Make Your Mark book give-away. 10 winners will be randomly chosen by the end of the week and will receive a copy. Yay! UPDATE: You can still share your best advice but the give-away has ended.
And yes, hell just froze over; Nine years in, this is my first ever give-away on this blog. That’s how much I love (!) this book series.
“A salad with too many walnuts or a sauce with too many capers is like a Sunday with too many free hours – you stop appreciating the pleasure they provide. I think about that when I cook. Put just enough sweet cubes of carrots in a soup, and you won’t have to search too hard to find one, but when you do, it’ll still give you a little thrill.”
– April Bloomfield
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.