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.
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!)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
Collaborative Consumption: Reinventing not just what we consume but how we consume.
Guest Post by Rachel Botsman
A couple of years ago I started to notice instead of friends bragging about their new Prius, they boasted how they had given up their cars altogether by becoming “Zipsters” (members of the car-sharing service Zipcar). More and more people were selling stuff on craigslist and eBay, swapping books, DVDs, and games on sites such as Swaptree, and giving unwanted items away on Freecycle. Local sharing platforms such as NeighborGoods and Share Some Sugar started popping up alongside a whole range of peer-to-peer rental services such as RelayRides and Zilok. On a trip to Denver, I saw cyclists pedaling around on bright red bikes with the word B-Cycle on their crossbars. A friend in London told me about her new favorite Channel 4 TV program called Landshare (a garden ‘dating agency’ connecting growers to people with land to share). I kept hearing about people joining some kind of collective or co-op, from Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs to Etsy Labs. Magazines, blogs and journals brimmed with popular articles from the self-organizing behavior of ants to “Coworking: Solo But Not Alone”. Whether it was ‘peer-to-peer,’ to the ‘wisdom of crowds’ to ‘smart mobs’ to ‘flashmobs’ to ‘prosumption’ to ‘crowdsourcing’, numerous sticky ideas were emerging on how easy it is to form groups, pods, packs, hubs or whatever you want to call them, and the might of communities. From the election of President Obama to Elinor Ostrom winning the Nobel Prize for Economics to the infamous Wikipedia; all highlighted what the old adage “power in numbers” can achieve. And of course everyday I was bombarded with stats and stories about the growth of the online social revolution. Co-everything was everywhere.
I am a big fan of the Things I learned series and often keep going back to the Archicture School Edition. I just noticed that they now have one out with the following title: 101 Things I Learned In Business School.
(How much do I love Kindle? With the click of a button the book appeared on my iPad. With the exception of beautiful art/photography books, I have no interest in purchasing ‘real’ books anymore. You?)
This vinyl wall-sticker in the shape of the back of a chair marks the spot, where to stack up your magazines or newspapers and gradually becomes your Stack Chair. (Shhhh…One could easily also paint a chair to the wall, no?)
Marion Bataille is coming out with a new book. YAY! (I am sure you are all famililar with the ABC3D book, right?) Acording to my reader Romain it should be available later this fall in France. Can’t wait!
Ubimark embeds books with two-dimensional codes that work as hyperlinks when photographed. So far there’s just one book available in English, Around the World in 80 Days, with the bar-like codes. See a YouTube demo below.
Our little family had the pleasure to take part in Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan’s latest Apartment Therapy book project: Big Book of Small Spaces. During a photo shoot last year they captured our bedroom, home office and Ella’s bedroom. (above)
I was so excited to see the final product, having heard so much about it! The apartments they feature are truly inspiring. Wonderful to see how everyone embraced the challenge of ‘small’.
Hyperactivitypography from A to Z is an activity book for typographers
illustrated in a nostalgic vintage style to give it a sweet and childlike look.
The book is packed with activities, ranging from silly to hard core nerdiness.
It’s great to test your skills on and to learn new things while having fun.
Who said typography had to be stiff and boring?
HTML5 is the longest HTML specification ever written. It is also the most powerful, and in some ways, the most confusing. What do accessible, content-focused standards-based web designers and front-end developers need to know? And how can we harness the power of HTML5 in today’s browsers? Jeremy Keith cuts to the chase, with crisp, clear, practical examples, and his patented twinkle and charm.
When is the iPad version going to become available, Jeffrey, Jason?