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.

B



In 2011, Sarah Kay performed her poem “B” at the TED conference in Long Beach, California to standing ovations. I remember watching her talk for the first time, completely mesmerized and moved. Her fantastic talk has now been turned into a book:

Originally written in 2007, “B” is a thank you note, a love letter, a wish, a promise, a confession, and a secret. “B” is the perfect gift for every mother and every daughter. Short, touching and lovingly illustrated by Sophia Janowitz.

The incredibly charming Sarah Kay has been a performing poet since she was 14 years old. She is the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E, teaching poetry and self-expression at schools across the United States.

Order the book. Watch Sarah’s moving TED talk:

Book Shelf

This book shelf by Daniel Eatock made me chuckle.

Book of Art

I am completely mesmerized by these works of art by Issac Salazar. Fantastic.

(via Gallobythian)

11/11/11



If you didn’t realize yet, today’s a magical date, 11/11/11! I think Paul Octavious captured it perfectly in his stacked books shot.

We kicked off the day with a CreativeMornings talk with Jessi Arrington which ended with a Rainbow Parade. Pretty magical, if you ask me. You can see some photos of the parade here and here.

Stuck

Oliver Jeffers, one of my (and my daughter’s) favorite children’s book illustrators, just released a new book. It’s called Stuck. It’s about a determined little boy who wants to get his stuck kite out of a tree. How? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action . . . is to throw his other shoe. Only now it’s stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that’s only the beginning. Ordered!

Words As Image

Ji Lee, former Creative Director of Google, now at Facebook just published a book called Word as Image. If you want to learn about Ji’s design philosophies, watch his fabulous CreativeMornings talk.

(thank you Ji)

Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits

The lovely Debbie Millman published a new book called Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits.

Brand Thinking is a dialogue with 22 of the world’s top culture critics, design executives, and branding strategists – people like Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Grant McCracken, and Wally Olins – on the state of branding today, what “brand” truly means, and how companies and consumers can best embrace the future.

In each interview, Millman cuts through all the empty jargon and buzzwords to expose the underpinnings of how people respond to the ideas of designers, and how the best brands open avenues for cultural change in our daily lives–whether we’re aware of it or not.

FastCompany wrote a long post about the new book. Read it here.

I am ordering my copy right now: Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits

inbook Charging Stations



I couldn’t help but smile at the sight of this inbook Charging Station over on BLTD. Why not disguise your iphone docking station with old-school looking books? I like it. Available over on Etsy.

I just bought the white one pictured above. Yay!

It’s Nice That Bookshelf

Every week It’s Nice That invites someone from the creative industry to share with them what book they turn to in need of inspiration or reference, but condensed down, to five titles and the stories behind them. Lovely idea: It’s Nice That / Bookshelf

(If you’re into book lists by designers, make sure to also check out Designers & Books. A fantastic resource!)

Design*Sponge at Home

Grace Bonney, force behind the blog Design*Sponge, just came out with a book called Design*Sponge at Home. (Available as a digital version as well.)

The book includes tours of 70 real-life interiors featuring artists and designers, DIY projects, step-by-step tutorials, Before & After makeovers submitted by her readers and essential tips on modern flower arranging.

Congratulations to Grace, what a wonderful achievement! And how adorable is this book trailer?

Pinhole Cameras: A DIY Guide

Here’s a fantastic book photography enthusiasts: Pinhole Cameras: A DIY Guide, by Chris Keeney. Definitely a cool gift idea for parents that want to pass on the love for photography. What better idea than to build pinhole cameras with your little ones?

Sharing Kindle Highlights

In a recent blog post Fred Wilson explains how he shares his Kindle Highlights. Just like him, when I read a book, I tend to do a lot of highlighting. And if I wanted to save them for later or blog, I would type down my highlights. But no longer! Here’s the exciting news: When you are reading on a Kindle (or a Kindle app), your highlights are sent to a private page at amazon.com. Fred Wilson writes:

The address of my page (and yours too I imagine) is https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights. If you have a kindle and do a lot of highlighting, go visit that page and you’ll see all of your highlights.

From there, via the tumblr bookmarklet, it’s trivial to share the quote on Tumblr. And so I suspect I’ll be doing quite a bit more sharing as a result of this discovery.

Sharing my Kindle Highlights, by Fred Wilson

Cake Pops

(images via IndieFixx)

Ever since I tasted a Cake Pop I have been wondering how to make them myself. That’s where the Cake Pops Book by Bakerella comes in. Ordered!

Drive-By Portraits

Observing people while they’re driving is, passing them on the highway, is one of my favorite things to do. It comes to now surprise then, that I am in love with photos of everyday people cruising the freeways of Los Angeles. You can buy the book here: Drive.

(via Brain Pickings)

The Printer’s Terms

The Printer’s Terms contains explanations of virtually all printer’s terms of the pre-digital “lead age of typography” in English, German and French. Designed by legendary Swiss Rudolf Hostettler.

Bosch Fridge Manual 1963

I just stumbled upon an amazing collection of Book and Design related Flickr Sets by German based Design Professor Michael Stoll. This Bosch Fridge Manual Set from 1963 made me chuckle. Or check out this Flight Thru Instruments book from 1945, describing different (military) techniques of flight in a profusely illustrated manner. Or this Corporate Identity Brochure from 1972 about the City of Munich.

Rare Book Feast #1

Now here’s a gem of a discovery that stopped me in my tracks this morning: Rare Book Feast is new short movie series about the timeless character of books. Their message and what they look like are what is celebrated here. Nate Burgos believes that as our culture becomes digital in a lot of ways, it is all the more important (not to mention inviting) to revisit and learn from the early design challenges, creative solutions and general lessons that the “old” print world keeps relevant.

Kicking off this series is the “World Geo-Graphic Atlas” (1953) designed by Herbert Bayer with Martin Rosenzweig, Henry Gardiner and Masato Nakagawa: 2,200 diagrams, graphs, charts, symbols spanning 368 pages about our planet earth. All done before computers.

Video concept, script and narration by Nate Burgos of DesignFeast.com. Video creation, direction and production by Joe Giovenco of BRNeyes.com.

#fantastic

Fake Books

I couldn’t help but chuckle when I discovered these Fake Books by Emanuela Ligabue. They are handpainted wooden blocks, made to look like a book. (Please everyone, let’s welcome Emanuela to the internet. She just launched her site *today*, oh, and she happens to be the mother of wonderfully talented Olimpia Zagnoli)

An Endless Table



Don’t we all have a lifetime of dinner table photographs, each celebrating a holiday, birthday, or special event. Pictures that depict the same dinner table and usually the same cast of characters — family members, friends, neighbors. Combined, they create a seemingly never-ending scene. Colored dots represent the designer’s relationship to each person. I absolutely love this idea. Hat tip to Kim Bentley!

(thank you Kyle)