Editor’s Picks

Push Start: The Art of Video Games

Push Start

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 […]

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Type on Screen: 5 Questions with the Author

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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 […]

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Critiqued: 5 Questions with the Author

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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 […]

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Confessions of a Generalist

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Thoughtfully designed, and encased in a conceptual cover that exhibits the interwoven intricacies of human involvement and existence, Confessions of a Generalist  is an all-encompassing tale of the magnificent life and times of the renowned American industrial designer, Niels Diffrient. Beginning with his humble roots, Mr. Diffrient walks us through his life’s journey, starting as […]

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Graphic Icons: 5 Questions with the Author

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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 […]

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Ken Garland: Structure and Substance—review and interview

Ken Garland

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 […]

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The Vintage & Classic Style Guide

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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An Interview with Noah Scalin and Michelle Taute on The Design Activist’s Handbook

Design Activist Interview

As part of a DROB series of interviews with authors, Jenny Venn interviews Noah Scalin and Michelle Taute about co-authoring the useful and inspiring book The Design Activists Handbook and about the emerging niche of designing for social change.     Jenny Venn: Noah, you’ve worked with a variety of social change clients/projects over the […]

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

Type Reference Books Comparison

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 […]

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