Literature vs. Traffic

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Luzinterruptus carried out one of their most popular installations Literature vs. Traffic in Toronto. The piece points out, in a very poetic way, the battle between pedestrians and vehicles going on in most of the world’s large cities.

Luzinterruptus wants literature to take over the streets and conquer public spaces, freely offering those passersby a traffic-free place which, for some hours, will succumb to the humble power of the written word.


Don’t Be a Chump

Don't Be A Chump

Craig Frazier is helping us bring niceness back with his latest book Don’t be a chump. You can read it to your kids, in its entirety over on his site or you can buy it as an ebook here.

Remember this:

Feeling Inferior

This quote!

(via The little Book of Confidence)

The Bolted Book

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Book lovers, this is for you:

In 1927, the Italian Futurist artist and designer Fortunato Depero created a monograph of his work unlike anything that had been seen before. Called Depero Futurista, or “Depero the Futurist,” it is also known as The Bolted Book, because it is famously bound together by two large industrial aluminum bolts.

Filled with bold typographic experimentation, daring layouts, and featuring work in nearly every artistic and design medium, it is universally recognized as a landmark avant-garde example of the “book as object.”

Long unavailable, The Bolted Book is now coming back to print. Designers & Books, the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York (CIMA), and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy (Mart), which houses the Depero archives, are collaborating to publish a new facsimile edition, which will be the first exact copy of Depero Futurista ever produced since its original publication 90 years ago.

You can help reissue The Bolted Book as it appeared in its original form and return this resonant piece of design history to the present.

You can view all 240 pages of the original Bolted Book in detail as well as English translations from selected pages at and you can join me in supporting the Kickstarter project.

Words by Christoph Niemann

Words by Christoph Niemann

The mighty Christoph Niemann published a new book called Words. More than 300 words inspired by Dr. Edward Fry’s list of sight words are paired with playful illustrations. I am such a fan of his work! And Team Tattly is proud to carry some of his designs, the Petting Zoo is a favorite!

Jewelry Box Of Treasures

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This book-shaped jewelry box made me smile!

Reading and Eating

Reading and Eating

Creativeans x Andrew Loh made reading and eating without a table a possibility. Made me chuckle.

Enlarge the Box

“Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we find ourselves facing in life, only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame around the data, and problems vanish, while new opportunities appear.”

The Art of Possibility, by Benjamin and Rosamund Stone Zander

(via Paul)

Ego is stolen. Confidence is earned.

“When we remove ego, we’re left with what is real. What replaces ego is humility, yes—but rock-hard humility and confidence. Whereas ego is artificial, this type of confidence can hold weight. Ego is stolen. Confidence is earned.”
– Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy

Sad Animal Facts

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I just spent way too much time on Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barber. So man of these illustrations made me chuckle. And soon they’re available as a book.

All Right, Call Me A Businessman

“…When you make something, when you improve something, when you deliver something, when you add some new thing or service to the lives of strangers, making them happier, or healthier, or safer, or better, and when you do it all crisply and efficiently, smartly, the way everything should be done but so seldom is – you’re participating more fully in the whole grand human drama. More than simply alive, you’re helping others to live more fully, and if that’s business, all right, call me a businessman.”

Phil Knight, Founder of Nike in Shoe Dog – A Memoir

Do Not Be Intimidated by Glamorous People

Do not be intimidated by Glamorous people

I get intimidated all the time. ALL THE TIME! Looks like an interesting read: Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps. I know, I know: two kids and two businesses and still trying to feel like a grown up. Maybe I never will…

(via Tracy Chou’s Twitter stream)

Book Rainbow


Jonathan Whitfill is the force behind this book rainbow. Really wonderful. Made me look.

360° Book: Mt. Fuji

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Drawing on both art and architecture, the award-winning 360° book allows the reader to get a 3D, panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, illustrated by Yusuke Oono. Lovely!

Vivian the Dog Moves to Brooklyn

My fellow FRIEND Mitch just launched the above Kickstarter campaign for his children’s book about a big dog moving to the “big city,” made to help kids (and adults) deal with giant-sized changes.

Harvesting Ideas

“It is not simply the brightest who have the best ideas; it is those who are best at harvesting ideas from others. It is not only the most determined who drive change; it is those who most fully engage with like-minded people. And it is not wealth or prestige that best motivates people; it is respect and help from peers.”

Alex “Sandy” Pentland

New Seymour Chwast Book Protests 5,000 Years of War

Design icon Seymour Chwast has used his art to battle war since 1957. His new antiwar book features 70 pages of original illustrations.

Seymour Chwast is a design legend. As co-founder with Milton Glaser of Push Pin Studios, he led a revolution in graphic design in the 1960s and ’70s, producing bold, vibrant work that pushed the limits of nearly every visual medium.

Now, he turns his pen and sketchpad toward creating a new book on a subject that has been a personal obsession for nearly six decades: the fight against war, humankind’s never-ending scourge. Definitely supporting this Kickstarter!

Mysterious Stacks of Books

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Shaheryar Malik has left stacks of books from his own library at popular destinations all over New York City. He doesn’t stick around to see if anyone takes one of his books, nor does he re-visit his stacks. Instead he leaves a bookmark with his email address printed on it inside each book, in the hopes that he’ll hear back from whomever decided to pick that book up.

Beautifully absurd.

(via Sally)


“Being a giver is not good for a 100-yard dash, but it’s valuable in a marathon.”
Adam Grant

The Art of Asking

“From what I’ve seen, it isn’t so much the act of asking that paralyzes us–it’s what lies beneath: the fear of being vulnerable, the fear of rejection, the fear of looking needy or weak. The fear of being seen as a burdensome member of the community instead of a productive one. It points, fundamentally, to our separation from one another.”

– Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

The New York Pizza Project

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The New York Pizza Project celebrates old-school Pizza joints in New York City.

(via FastCo)

Anna And Argyle

Anna and Argyle is a dynamic digital tale that combines the immersive power of modern technology with the timeless simplicity of a storybook.

It is the beautiful story of a girl who wants to find her lost sock. Anna ventures from her family’s laundromat in Brooklyn to the wild world just beyond the rumbling, tumbling machines, discovering that perfect pairs don’t always match.

I love how the founder of LoyalKaspar, Beat Baudenbacher, lets us peek behind the scenes in their short process stories videos, from character building to the typography used. Anna and Argyle is LoyalKaspar’s multi-year side project. Nothing but incredibly impressive.

Download it over on iTunes.

Read By Famous

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Read by Famous sells books that were owned and read by people who have achieved high levels of recognition in their particular fields. Not copies of titles they have read, but the actual books that these people owned and read. The proceeds from the sales benefit book and literacy focused non-profits.

I love this!

When Breath Becomes Air

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. In his book he takes on the question what makes life with living in the face of death.