This is 2011, we should be able to easily give credit to the original author. Ugh!
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.
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!”)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: musicthebook.com
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.
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?
(thank you daniel)
I asked Social Innovator Rachel Botsman whose thinking I admire, to write a guest post for swissmiss. I was thrilled that she immediately agreed. Check out collaborativeconsumption.com for information about her upcoming book What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption and the growing movement.
Collaborative Consumption: Reinventing not just what we consume but how we consume.
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.
Why fold a napkin into an ordinary square when it can become a swan, bread holder, or pirate’s ship? Napkin Origami: 25 Creative and Fun Ideas for Napkin Folding