Designer’s Review of Books Canadian Store?

It’s clear from my Mint server logs that The Designer’s Review of Books has a few visitors from Canada. So I have a question for you – would you like me to set up a Canadian Amazon Store, which would also include the relevant links at the bottom of reviews? I ask because Amazon’s affiliate system is annoyingly non-international and each country requires setting up a new, separate ID and store, which also need populating with content. So it is not a minor task, though not...

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Kenya Hara Preview

I have been doing some moonlighting over at Eye magazine’s blog for their The Form of the Book series. The Form of the Book is about what books look like – how they are designed, produced and feel more than the content itself. The physical aspect of design books is one of the key reasons why The Designer’s Review of Books was started and we try to cover some aspect of the production in most reviews. I chose Keyna Hara’s Designing Design because it stands out as a lovely...

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Buy Books, Help Australian Bushfire Victims

Sitepoint, the Melbourne-based publisher on all things web, currently has a Five for One PDF book offer in order to help victims of the terrible Australian bushfires. You get around $150 of books for $30 and all of the proceeds go towards the Australian Red Cross: “[W]e’re taking one day, working around the clock to plan, package, and execute our best book deal ever in order to raise funds for the Red Cross as soon as possible. Our ambitious plan is to raise over US$50,000. Every...

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Back on the Grid

I have been off the grid all last week in the Australian bush (see above) and then in the air for the excruciatingly long flight back to Germany, so I felt a little editorial news was in order. I can recommend a week of being unplugged though. The review pile grows ever taller with some fantastic books coming up that will extend the scope of themes we cover – Dan Roam’s The Back of the Napkin is up next. As well as the continuation of the Three Books on Colour series, we are planning a...

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Winner of For The Love of Vinyl Competition

The For The Love of Vinyl competition has a winner. What a difficult choice! They were all good suggestions and I was impressed by Colin and Gregory’s analysis of the several covers they chose. Loved Matt’s ELO, Out of the Blue choice for the childhood flashback it gave me (actually rifling through my brother’s albums). Thank you to all of you who entered the competition and offered suggestions, but the winner is: drum roll… Diane Faye Zerr. Here is her comment: If my...

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Coming Up in 2009

Apart from announcing the winner of the For The Love of Vinyl competition, we will be taking a some time off over the holiday season. This might mean some comments take a while to get through moderation, unless you are a regular commenter in which case you will go straight through. We will, of course, carry on reading for the upcoming reviews, so we thought you might like to see what is in the review stack for early 2009. As if the above pile wasn’t enough, Pete Barry’s The...

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Win a Copy of For the Love of Vinyl

The holidays are nearly here and the DRB will be, well, catching up with some holiday reading. As Christmas is also the time of goodwill and generosity we are giving away a copy of the superb book, For the Love of Vinyl: The Album Art of Hipgnosis, that we reviewed last week because we liked it so much. Rest assured, we won’t be giving away our copy of the book, but a brand spanking new one sent via Amazon. You don’t get something for nothing, however. The winner of the copy of...

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Coroflot 8th Design Salary Survey

A quick note to say that Coroflot’s 8th Annual Design Salary Survey closes December 10th and they need as much data as they can get, especially for Design Management. It’s confidential, so go tell them how filthy rich (or cleanly poor) you are.

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Share Your Design Book Disappointments

Most of the book reviews on the DRB so far have been very positive. The simple reason is that it’s more pleasant to seek out and review books that I think I’m going to like than to wade through a pile of stinkers. But, once in a while, you hear about a book and buy it ‘blind’ – or even buy it on impulse in a bookshop – and it turns out to be a real disappointment. Scanning my bookshelf, the one that stuck out for me is Experience Design by Nathan Shedroff. I feel...

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Apostrophe

Thanks to everyone who has e-mailed or commented with positive feedback about the launch of The Designers Review of Books. By far the most common question has been, “I don’t mean to be picky, but shouldn’t there be an apostrophe in the title?”. It is good to see designers so eagle-eyed about apostrophes, but as we wrote in the About section, we think the answer is either, “no” or, “it depends”. Here is the rationale: There could be an apostrophe...

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