Designers Don’t Read

I wanted to read Austin Howe’s Designers Don’t Read just to be contrary. I read a great deal, as you might imagine writing these reviews. Indeed, one of the main reasons for starting The Designer’s Review of Books was a complaint about the paucity of writing in many design books. Howe is a Creative Director and “design advocate”, but most importantly he is a writer. So, I had high hopes for the book, not all of which were dashed, but a few worries about the title...

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Green Graphic Design

Review by Virginia Sasser We know that sustainability is an urgent design issue, despite the fact that some of us are tired of mainstream “greenness” blanketing our consumer landscape with tree frogs and leaf icons. But are we as designers aware of all the realistic ecological options that exist in our field? Doing the right thing is tough, especially when clients and budgets are involved. Brian Dougherty’s book Green Graphic Design is a useful read for any designer who wants to learn...

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Glimmer

Review by David Sherwin The further I’ve progressed in my career as designer, the harder it’s become to share with others exactly what I do. First, I managed layout at a magazine and bootstrapped a few websites in thrilling Adobe PageMill. Then, within a design studio, I was responsible for creating brands and annual reports—with little to no formal training to the otherwise. Add in a number of years in advertising and marketing, leaven it with a few more of user research and...

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[Sponsor] An Event Apart San Francisco

My thanks to An Event Apart San Francisco for sponsoring The Designer’s Review of Books again through October. The list of speakers is long, but Dave Shea‘s They’re Letting Designers Code Now? and Facebook’s Product Design Manager Julie Zhuo on Design Lessons From 300 Million look particularly provocative. If you’d like to sponsor The Designer’s Review of Books, please get in touch. We’ll love you for it and send a few books your way too.

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Meggs’ History of Graphic Design

Review by Patrick Holt Because the design industry is populated not only by the well-educated, but also by the self-taught and the self-tutored-after-a-mediocre-education (I fall into the latter), it’s likely that many of us missed an opportunity to read Philip Meggs’ A History of Graphic Design (Amazon: US|CA|UK |DE), now in its fourth edition, during our formative years. And since textbooks rarely find a place on the bookshelf after one leaves school or if one never attended in the first...

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Daniel Eatock – Imprint

I have been wanting to write the review of Daniel Eatock’s book, Imprint, (Amazon: US | CA| UK | DE) for some time. It has lain on my desk for weeks and I have delved into it over an over, but the truth is that I have struggled to really work out how to describe it. Martin Soames does a good job in Eye magazine by using Eatock’s list-making obsessiveness to describe Eatock and the book itself, but he also barely scratches the surface of its complexity. (Incidentally, there is a good...

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Camoupedia

Review by Daniel Gray Within minutes of picking up Roy R. Behren’s Camoupedia (Amazon link), I was regurgitating fascinating bits of camouflage-related trivia at anyone who would listen, like some kind of third-rate Stephen Fry. Did you know that in 1918, Walt Disney drove an ambulance for the Red Cross, covered not with a standard camouflage design but with early Disney cartoons? Or that snipers in WWII would hide inside fake horse carcasses? How about the fact that there is a specific...

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19 Books for Core77’s Hack2Work

I did a bit of moonlighting for Core77’s Hack2Work event, which is a collection of essential tips and tricks for the design professional. My contribution is a fairly arbitrary selection of 19 Books Every Design Professional Should Own. The list could be much, much longer (and we will be reviewing the new Lawrence King publication, Bibliographics: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books, soon) but I wanted to make a selection of 10 essentials plus a few oddballs thrown in. Slot number 20 is for...

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I Am My Family

Review by Andrew Shea We all want to know what our ancestors were like 50, 100 or even 200 years ago. Rafael Goldchain’s new book, I Am My Family: Photographic Memories and Fictions (Amazon: US|CA|UK|DE), answers these questions by dressing up as his deceased relatives and taking black and white photographs that represent his scattered and forgotten family history. Martha Langford, an independent curator, introduces the book with an engaging essay that underscores Goldchain’s driving...

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[Sponsor] An Event Apart Chigago

My thanks to An Event Apart – Chicago for sponsoring The Designer’s Review of Books this month, especially with Design Disasters being the major post of the month. Like the other AEA events, the line up is looking pretty impressive. If you are interested in sponsoring The Designer’s Review of Books there are spaces available in the main ad rotator for September and later in the year. The sidebar is also available. Please get in touch if you would like to place an ad.

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