The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design into Goods that Sell

Guest review by Colin Ford Clients blow. Designers the world over know this to be the unfortunate truth. Clients come to you for your artistic vision and then try to drag your design back into mediocrity by insisting that 12-point Times New Roman be used for all body copy, or that their second cousin thinks chartreuse would be a better color for the packaging. With their new book, Steven Heller and Lita Talarico tell you to say to hell with clients and their second cousins – you should be...

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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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Designing the Mentoring Stamp

In an age of Twitter, texting, e-mail and barcodes, the humble postage stamp is in danger of dying out. Yet the stamp has been a tiny canvas for artists and designers to disseminate their work to one of the largest and certainly the broadest of audiences for decades. Designing the Mentoring Stamp by Lance Hidy is designed, delicately typset and published by the independent Kat Ran Press. Much like the stamp itself, this slim volume is an insightful journey into Hidy’s creative process.

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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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Tauba Auerbach: 50/50

(Click to enlarge)Guest review by Andrew Shea. Tauba Auerbach manages to distill the content of her latest book, 50/50, into one brief summary: 100 Pages 100 Patterns, 50% Black 50% White. True to her word, there is no text in this book, the 100 pages to follow contain only black and white patterns. Auerbach is on a roll; 50/50 is her eighth publication since 2003 (each chronicling her progress as an artist), an impressive record for any 28-year-old visual artist. While Auerbach’s last...

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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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Victor & Susie

Brighten the Corners sent me a copy of their very cute book, Victor & Susie. It is a short story book about a girl, Susie, who meets a snail called Victor that has a hole in his shell and isn’t feeling too well. She takes him in and looks after him and… well, I don’t want to spoil the ending for you. (Click to enlarge) The credits list Brighten the Corners’ partners Billy Kiossoglou as the Writer and Illustrator and Frank Philippin as the Typographer. Given that...

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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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Tangible: High Touch Visuals

“Remember the small, cheeky, hand-scribbled notes that were reproduced on a photo or poster design? Those with the simple message: “I was here!” Indicating that someone actually worked with the photo and that these are their thoughts.” – from the Preface to Tangible: High Touch Visuals. In such a digitally dominant world, Gestalten’s new book, Tangible: High Touch Visuals, is a reminder of the pleasure of the physical. Tangible is the third in a series of books...

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Designing Gestural Interfaces

Dan Saffer has a knack for writing the right book at the right time. His first book, Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices pulled together various disparate approaches and aspects to interaction design into one volume. “In general, the response has been positive and it is being used by universities and others to teach new interaction designers. But now, four years after I started writing it, I’m mostly unhappy with it. It’s too theoretical...

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