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.
“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.
“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.
“Different is better when it is more effective or more fun.”
– Timothy Ferriss
Taken from The 4-Hour Workweek
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!)
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I love the Readmill tagline: Welcome to a world of reading.
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 gestalten.com site. Browse the book.
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)
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.
Fascinating post on Fashioning Apollo: How the Spacesuit Came To Be over on brain pickings.
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
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.
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:
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!
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