Kickstarter for the reprint of Ladislav Sutnar’s Visual Design in Action

We rarely do editorial posts here, but Steve Kroeter’s site, Designers & Books is obviously close to our hearts. They have just launched a Kickstarter campaign of a type we would love to see more of and we’re happy to tell as many people about it as possible: Out of print for decades, Visual Design in Action is one of the most beautiful books on modern graphic design. Written and designed by Ladislav Sutnar and published in 1961, it has been called a “lost milestone”...

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Design Transitions – author interview

With its obsession with creating the new and improving the old, design is naturally a field that is in constant flux. In the past decade, design has been grappling with its identity somewhat. Whilst traditional skills are still important, increasingly sub- or über-disciplines such as design thinking, service design and strategic design have marked a significant shift in the roles designers and their clients and partners play on projects. Design Transitions documents this flux, by...

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Push Start: The Art of Video Games

Review by Andy Polaine I grew up with video and computer games. When I was a young child, I remember my father coming home from the pub telling me about the fantastic game he had played there. He described it as a TV mounted in a box with a knob you could rotate in order to control a ball in a kind of tennis game. The game was Pong, of course. It seems like only yesterday… A couple of Christmases later in the late 70s the “family present” was a Prinztronic Tournament...

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Ken Garland: Structure and Substance—review and interview

The smell of Cow Gum rubber cement and the fascination of stacked Letraset trays form a large part of my childhood memories of afternoons spent at my father’s graphic design and advertising agency. The bookshelves were also a place of wonder for me. I would leaf through Graphis annuals, reference books and other monographs and frequently come across the work of Ken Garland. Of course, I did not know his name back then, but reading through Ken Garland: Structure and Substance from Unit...

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The Vintage & Classic Style Guide

In order to deal with the ever-growing pile of design books on my desk, I have become more choosy about what to review. Some design books are simply gorgeous design objects, others contain insightful content. All of them vie for attention. Even when I find an engaging book, that there are very few that are destined for my coffee table. The Vintage & Classic Style Guide, published by earBOOKS (Amazon US|DE), might just make the grade. The Vintage & Classic Style Guide is a collection...

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An interview with David Sherwin on Creative Workshop and Success by Design

As part of a new series of interviews with authors, Andy Polaine interviews David Sherwin about the background to the writing of his successful and extremely useful book, Creative Workshop and the development of his new book, Success by Design to be published in November, 2012. David Sherwin has also reviewed several books for The Designer’s Review of Books in the past. Andy Polaine: What was the inspiration for writing Creative Workshop in the first place? David Sherwin: The idea for...

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The journey of larks, Life and Punctuation..?

I have been delaying reviewing User Design’s – aka Thomas Bohm’s – series of self-published illustrated books, The journey of larks, Life and Punctuation..?. Partly this has been a lack of time, but partly it is because I’m not quite sure where to situate them. I’ll take each book in turn: The journey of larks (Click to enlarge) The journey of larks is a play on collective nouns: “a failing of students,” “a snooze of lectures,” “an...

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The Designer’s Review of Books has a new Editor – Dominic Flask

Newly minted Editor, Dominic Flask, surveys his kingdom. Or visits a gallery. Regular readers will know that they haven’t had all that much to regularly read recently. I started The Designer’s Review of Books as a labour of love a few years ago, but a combination of writing my own book, having a young child and holding down a day job have meant I haven’t been able to push the site as far as I would like in recent months. I didn’t want to just let the site die out or...

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Turning Off Comments

Photo: Marc Wathieu on Flickr. Over the past year or so I’ve been getting a pretty high spam to real comment ratio on The Designer’s Review of Books, some of which are attempts to hack the blog install. So, in line with quite a few others, I have decided to turn off comments on the DRoB. Old comments should still be present, but you’ll no longer be able to post new ones. It’s not an easy decision, because I like good discussion and dialogue, but much of this happens on...

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Magpie Studios Christmas Book Honours the Postie

A nice little book from Magpie Studios honoring the postmen and women – in the UK we say “posties” – who are working so hard at this time of year (we hope): At some point growing up, we stop listening out for sleigh bells and start listening for door bells. Our Santa still wears red, still fights the elements and the clock, still strives to deliver Christmas joy. Here’s to the humble postie. Working with photographer John Angerson, this year’s card is a...

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