Type on Screen: 5 Questions with the Author

As a design educator, I find that there is a constant uphill battle to get students an ever increasing amount of information in a continually shrinking amount of time. Ellen Lupton’s previous books, including Thinking With Type and Graphic Design: The New Basics, have proven invaluable resources in this continued endeavor. Her latest book Type On Screen is yet another strong resource which provides a thorough overview of everything related to typography in the digital realm in a succinct...

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Critiqued: 5 Questions with the Author

When fellow Designers Review of Books author Christina Beard contacted me about her new book I was of course very interested to see what one of our own had come up with. The book she has produced however, Critiqued: Inside the Minds of 23 Leaders in Design, was a much more impressive undertaking than I had imagined. The book is focused on gaining design insight from some of the most well recognized designers in our profession today by constantly iterating on one project based on their input...

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Graphic Icons: 5 Questions with the Author

As the creator of the site Design Is History, I have a particular interest in the history of graphic design. It was with that interest in mind that I jumped at the chance to interview John Clifford, author of the new design history title Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Design, about his catalog of some of the notable designers who have shaped what graphic design is today. D: What prompted you to publish this book as a collection of graphic designers? Why not focus directly on...

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A Way to Learn to See: The new Interaction of Color iPad app

Reviewed by Carolina de Bartolo In my 2010 review of Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color, I summarized this most excellent volume as “an eternal gift to the world of design.” I stand by that statement. I’d now like to add that the new Interaction of Color iPad app is yet another beautiful gift to the world of design. This app is brought to you by Yale University Press, The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation and the NYC design agency, Potion, on the 50th anniversary of the...

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Looking at Type: A Pictorial Review of Four Type Reference Books

Photographed and Reviewed by Carolina de Bartolo How many type reference books do you need in your library? If you love looking at letters like I do, I’d say the more the merrier. Stock up! Sure, I’ve heard about that whole digital revolution thing, but when it comes to looking at great type, the higher the resolution the greater the eye-candy effect. And even the latest retina screen is nowhere near the resolution of good ol’ ink on paper. The Anatomy of Type Cover of The...

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Design Axioms

(Click to enlarge) Have you ever wanted to learn interface design in a single day? Well, you won’t be able to, at least not thoroughly. You would, however, be in pretty good shape if you started that day by flipping through the Design Axioms deck. The set of 16 foundational principles contained within the illustrated cards provide a great place to start learning the essential rules of interface design. (Click to enlarge) Design Axioms was created by Juhan Sonin, an MIT Lecturer with...

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The Sketchnote Handbook

Hear. See. Think. Draw. This is the approach to visual note taking that author Mike Rohde, illustrator of the wildly popular book Rework, outlines in The Sketchnote Handbook. While most of us take notes in order to retain information, and those of us who are designers tend to doodle in the margins, “sketchnoting” is a much more thoughtful approach to getting the most out of meetings, presentations and other varied discussions. Mike shares his process with readers in this thoroughly...

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Little Big Books

The holidays are a time for family and that includes children, of all ages. With that in mind I thought it would be great to take time out and review Little Big Books, a great new collection of illustrations for children’s picture books published by Gestalten. Sorted by illustrator, the book takes a thorough survey of the modern industry of children’s book illustration letting the reader visually explore the vast variety of aesthetic differences contained within. (Click to...

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2012 Holiday Wish List

Here at the Designers Review of Books we all have lengthy Amazon wish lists. While the holidays are a time of giving, they are also a good excuse to pick out one or two of the top books on our list and reward ourselves for another year of hard work, study and accomplishment. Listed below are some of our reviewers most desired reads. Any of them would make great gifts, whether they’re gifts for someone else or just for yourself. Happy Holidays and Happy Reading. Eames: Beautiful Details...

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Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili

Designers, typographers, illustrators and letterers the world over will already be familiar with the work of Louise Fili. Her book covers, restaurant identities, food packaging labels and lettering have defined excellence in typography since the mid-1980s. No matter how much of her work you may have spent countless hours reviewing it is unlikely that you understand her as well as you will after reading Elegantissima: The Design & Typography of Louise Fili. (Click to enlarge) Elegantissima...

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