Welcome to the Designer’s Review Books

by Andy Polaine on November 13, 2008

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Welcome to The Designer’s Review of Books – a selection of books for the creative mind.

For sometime I have been looking for a site that only reviewed books on design and related areas rather than a blog or site that also reviewed books. I couldn’t find one (or not one that I liked) so I created the DRB. You can read more about the background, the people, the idea and why there is no apostrophe in the title here.

Over time there will be plenty of tweaks and changes, I’m sure, but we’ve tried to keep things simple and focus on the books and the reviews. The categories will expand automatically with the reviews (rather than going to dead category pages) and we have deliberately chosen simple ones such as 2D, 3D, Interactive, etc. The fine detail will be in the tags if we do our job right.

Upcoming reviews include slide:ology, a sneak preview of Dan Saffer’s Designing Gestural Interfaces and the sumptuous Kelvin: Colour Today. So add us to your feeds, tell your friends, sit back, relax and enjoy a good ogle at some of the most inspiring books around.

Andy Polaine

Andy Moore November 18, 2008 at 2:08 am

I’ve just subscribed to the feed, and look forward to following this blog. Thank you!

David Airey November 18, 2008 at 5:55 am

Good luck with the new venture. I’ll be coming back (…and that’s not a threat).

Editor November 18, 2008 at 6:03 am

Thanks Andy and David, hope you enjoy it. Any suggestions are also very welcome.

Khristine November 18, 2008 at 12:22 pm

I discovered DRB on Subtraction. As someone just entering the field, I think this will be great!

Andy Jacobson November 18, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Nice site. Do you plan on adding non-”how to” books as well? Might be nice to have books that inspire Designer’s thought process as well.

Editor November 19, 2008 at 12:57 am

Thanks Andy. Yes, I have a category called “Not Design” for all the other interesting books that I and my fellow designers have found inspiring/useful but that aren’t directly design books. (There are two on writing that changed the way I think and teach, for example, that I will review soon).

I have kept the categories broad because it would have become too complicated. They are 2d, 3d, Interactive, Motion, Photography and Not Design. You can’t see the categories yet because I don’t yet have an entry for all of them and having half of them showing due to the reviewed books (which is what I originally started with) was confusing and it’s irritating to go to a empty category. But there’s plenty more to come…

Daniele Rossi November 19, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I found out about your site on Twitter and I must say I am impressed so far with your thorough review! Like others have stated, I’m looking forward to your posts (because you can never have too many design books). I don’t mind the ‘missing’ apostraphe either ;)

Editor November 19, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Daniele – I like your title of “Illustrative Designer”. Solves the “is it illustration or design?” debate in one go.

Bernard Farrell November 20, 2008 at 10:39 am

Can we suggest books? For example Luke W’s latest on Web Form Design.

And I also came here by way of Subtraction.

Editor November 20, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Bernard – Yes, you’re very welcome to suggest books. It’s always good to know.

Daniele Rossi November 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm

I can’t take the credit for the ‘illustrative designer’ naming. That goes to Von Glitschka of http://glitschka.com :)