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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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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40% off Rosenfeld Media books until Friday 16th Dec

I don’t often plug products and services on The Designer’s Review of Books, but this one is too good to miss and from my publisher, the excellent Rosenfeld Media who publish “short, practical, and useful books and webinars on user experience design.” From today until the end of Friday 16th December, Rosenfeld Media are offering a whopping 40% off all books and webinars if you use the discount code HUMBUG. As an author at Rosenfeld, I get the perk of having a full...

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Seeking Contributors for the DRoB

I could use some help. When I started the Designer’s Review of Books, I had a bit of time on my hands and managed to keep a steady flow of weekly reviews. I have been helped along the way by some generous guest reviewers and to them I am very grateful. However, since starting a more time-consuming day job the pile of books to review on my desk has grown alarmingly large. Regular readers will have noticed that the stream of reviews has grown to a trickle and that’s no good. I do...

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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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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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[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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Thank you, An Event Apart

Thank you to An Event Apart Seattle who have sponsored The Designer’s Review of Books throughout March. If you enjoyed the review of Luke Wroblewski’s Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks you can see him live there along with Jared Spool, the man Zeldman, Eric Meyer (who looks slightly shocked in his photo) and a whole host of other great speakers. It’s being held at Bell Harbour right on the waterfront – you know a bit of fresh air will do you good after sitting for weeks...

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How do you like it?

Eggs. Everyone likes them different and each of us eats them in a certain way, just like blogs. Okay, so you don’t fry blogs, but humour me with the metaphor for a moment. The Designer’s Review of Books has been running for a few months now and I am very grateful for all the readers and subscribers (not subscribed? Here you go). One problem with reviews is that they don’t open up much conversation and it would be great to know a bit more about who you are, how you read the...

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