The Line by Saul Steinberg

The Line, the original a 10-meter-long drawing with 29 panels that unfold, accordion fashion, is Steinberg’s manifesto about the conceptual possibilities of the line and the artist who gives them life. His drawing hand begins and ends the sequence, as the simple horizontal line that hand creates metamorphoses into, among other things, a water line, laundry line, railroad track, sidewalk, arithmetic division line, or table edge; near the end, the curlicues etched by the iceskater’s blade remind us of the role calligraphy plays in Steinberg’s art.

The Line by Saul Steinberg

Stunning Bookshelf (shot by Selby)

Karl Lagerfeld’s bookshelf system is crazy impressive (and big!) It’s an older shot by Selby, who just came out with Edible Selby.

(via Raul)

Work/Life 2

I just got my copy of Uppercase’s Work/Life 2 today and couldn’t put it down for what seemed an eternity. The Uppercase Directory of Illustration features 100 illustrators from around the world, compiled in a beautiful design.

Here’s a flip through the entire book:

Penguin Luggage Tags

Help your luggage stand out from the crowd with these Penguin luggage tags available in two titles: On the Road, Jack Kerouac and The Lost Girl, D. H. Lawrence.

Eva Kotátková

This piece by Eva Kotátková made me look.

Test Pattern Library

This Test Pattern Library made me chuckle. I found it over on Amrit Richmond’s blog, who found it on Unplggd, who found it on ffffound. Now, who can tell me who made this?

This is 2011, we should be able to easily give credit to the original author. Ugh!

The Elements of Content Strategy

A Book Apart just announced their latest book, The Elements of Content Strategy, written by our brand new studiomate Erin Kissane, designed by studiomate Jason Santa Maria and edited by studiomate Mandy Brown. Yes, that was studiomate three times in a row. The book will be released March 8th.

Designers & Books

I am thrilled about today’s launch of long anticipated Designers & Books. The site is the brainchild of my friend Steve Kroeter and was designed by no other than Pentagram.

Steve told me about the concept of the site months ago and I have been anticipating this day, where I can share his wonderful idea. Steve approached highly respected members of the the design community and asked them to send in a list of books that had an important, meaningful, and formative impact on their lives. 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.

Congratulations Steve! I am raising a glass of bubbly stuff.

Robot Quilt

While I am not all that crazy about quilts, this Robot Quilt by Boo Davis made me look and smile. It’s called “Does Not Compute”. Boo Davis shares the pattern and everything you need to know to make it in her book, “Dare to Be Square Quilting: A Block-by-Block Guide to Making Patchwork and Quilts.”

(How appropriate that the cover features an owl, my ‘obsession in the making!”)


2011 by Paul Octavious

The Christmas Giant

In case your looking for an adorable ‘Christmasy Book’ for your little ones, have a look at The Christmas Giant by Steve Light. I’ts about Humphrey, a giant, and Leetree, his best friend, an elf. Together they love making wrapping paper for all of Santa’s presents. But this year Santa has asked them to grow a Christmas tree, and the pair couldn’t be more excited! They take great care with their project, planting and watering, snipping and pruning. Finally, the tree is wrapped and ready, and Humphrey and Leetree set off to deliver it. But when disaster strikes, the giant and the elf must come up with a way to make things right. From a small idea comes a big plan—and a surprise no one in Christmastown will soon forget!

The Christmas Giant

Designing Media

In a recent post Khoi points us to a new book called Designing Media by Bill Moggridge.

Moggridge is a renowned interaction designer and the director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The book features interviews with thirty-seven people who have made significant creative contributions to the design and development of media, ranging from the publisher of the New York Times to the founder of Twitter. Read more about the book here.

You can watch videos of interviews here. And download 6 chapters as a PDF here.

Watch the interview with Ira Glass below. Ira explains how he has perfected the art of narrative, hooking the listeners with an idea and keeping them engaged by the flow of events.

(I finally know what Ira Glass looks like! Yay!)

And below is an interview with Chris Anderson in which he expresses his confidence that the magazine format is here to stay, as long as it makes the most of the unique attributes of magazine design, energetically pursuing luscious images, diagrams, and illustrations, with dramatic layout and rich production values.

swissmiss on The Happiness Project

I had the pleasure to meet lovely Gretchen Rubin a few weeks ago. She is the force behind the powerful Happiness Project.

She currently features a short “Happiness Interview” with me on her site.

Make sure to check out her Book and the Happiness Project Toolbox.

Oliver Jeffers ‘Heart and the Bottle’ iPad Version

Being a huge Oliver Jeffers fan, I am delighted to see that “Heart and the Bottle” will be available as an iPad Picture Book App starting december. I am hoping that “How to catch as Star” and “The Incredible Book Eating Boy” will be next.

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web” is a short guide for anyone who’s curious about the basics of browsers and the web. Published by the Google Chrome Team, illustrations by Christoph Niemann.


Book printers said Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Unmakeable” Book “could not be made.” Belgian publishing house Die Keure proved them wrong. Jonathan Safran Foer’s book is an interactive paper-sculpture: Foer and his collaborators at Die Keure in Belgium took the pages of another book, Bruno Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles, and literally carved a brand new story out of them using a die-cut technique.

You can see more pictures of the Tree of Codes on Visual Editions’s Flickr stream. This is gasp-for-air-stunning. At least in my book.

(thank you martina, via fastcodesign)

Little Owl Lost

I am always looking for new Children’s Books ideas for our little Ella. That’s why I love reading 36Pages by Craig Frazier where he highlights children’s books that catch his eye. In his latest post he introduces Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton. It instantly won my heart. How incredibly adorable are those illustrations? (I will order this for Ella asap. One holiday gift down! Yay!)

Order Little Owl Lost on Amazon
Read Craig Frazier’s Blog post

CSS3 for Web Designers

A Book Apart just came out with another fantastic read: CSS3 For WebDesigners by Dan Cederholm. Required reading for anyone who wants to make the web a more beautiful place. As with all the books from A Book Apart, this one is brief: you won’t learn everything there is to know about CSS3, just what you need to know.

I haven’t read it yet myself but heard raving reviews from people that have. You can get the Paperback for $18 or the ebook for $9.

(Hat tip to my studiomates Mandy and Jason!)

The Whole Story

This photo album by Debra Folz stands on its own corner due to a reinforced front and back cover, which gives it a magic sort of ‘objet d’art’ feel. Lovely.

Music by Andrew Zuckerman


Music is the latest work by much admired, NYC based photographer and film maker, Andrew Zuckerman. (Who happens to be our NYC/CreativeMornings speaker tomorrow!)

The Music project features dynamic portraits of over fifty musicians of all ages, from across genres, who provide their perspectives on one of the most universal and yet unexplainable art forms. Music is available as a book, which includes portraits and interviews as well as access to a feature-length film; it is also available as an iPad app, with text and portraits from the book as well as individual films for each contributor exclusive to the app.

Check out the Behind The Scenes Clip.

Fore more info visit:

DailyLit – Read books by email or RSS

My days are hectic. Running my studio/blog/speaker series and putting the mommy hat on the minute I come home means that I barely find a quiet moment to read books. (I sometimes wish for a subway commute that allows for some quality reading.) So, to me, DailyLit, a service that let’s you read books by email or RSS makes total sense. They make you read books in under 5 minutes a day, short installments sent via email or RSS. DailyLit’s titles include bestselling and award winning titles, from literary fiction and cooking to business and science fiction.

The beauty of this service is that I can set when I’ll get my installment. I have it set to arrive during the day, while I am at the office. That way, I can take a quick break from all my business and dive into a portion of my book. Or, if I am waiting in line somewhere, I can just pull it up on my iPhone and read it. Have a little bit more time and want to read more than just 5minutes? Simply download additional installments. Brilliant.

I am giving this a try. Join me?


I just spent the last 45minutes reading and flipping through “Inspired“, a book that looks at how creative people think, work and find inspiration. The only reason I put the book down is because reminders are going off on my computer on what I need to get done. But before I do that, I want to share this gem of a book:

“Inspired” was out of print and has returned by popular demand by BIS Publishers. The book takes a closer look at creative people: what inspires them, how they think and work, how they create an environment where they can easily generate ideas. Forty European creative individuals from many different disciplines, including art directors, fashion designers, architects and photographers, are interviewed. Their working environments, scrapbooks, notebooks, doodles, sources of inspiration an so on have been photographically documented to produce this beautiful, inspiring book.

Love it when other designers let us peek into their process, work space and share little process secrets. “Inspired” over on Amazon.

Everything Explained Through Flowcharts

How is the world going to end? What’s the best way to win an argument? Which heavy metal band name is right for you? Learn the answers to these questions by reading Everything Explained Through Flowcharts by Doogie Horner.

The Future of the Book

Meet Nelson, Coupland, and Alice — the faces of tomorrow’s book. Watch IDEO’s vision for the future of the book. What new experiences might be created by linking diverse discussions, what additional value could be created by connected readers to one another, and what innovative ways we might use to tell our favorite stories and build community around books?

(thank you daniel)