Make Space, How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration

As a designer, I’m always thinking about how spaces function and how they affect the way we interact with each other. When I visit design studios, I curiously observe the space and I’m typically surprised by the lack of spatial design. Work spaces are evolving as companies move toward more transparent, collaborative environments – thus the dynamics of space must be considered. Make Space, How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration offers insights, tools, and templates...

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Mobile Web Design by Cameron Moll

Mobile the user; not mobile, the device. Mobile is more than just being wireless. Mobility transcends freedom from wires; it suggests an entirely different user experience. This quote from Mobile Web Design by Cameron Moll sums up the essence of his book perfectly. When designing for mobile devices, designers and developers need to think about more than just aesthetics. The portability of mobile devices has placed a much greater need on designers to understand the context of use, and how...

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The journey of larks, Life and Punctuation..?

I have been delaying reviewing User Design’s – aka Thomas Bohm’s – series of self-published illustrated books, The journey of larks, Life and Punctuation..?. Partly this has been a lack of time, but partly it is because I’m not quite sure where to situate them. I’ll take each book in turn: The journey of larks (Click to enlarge) The journey of larks is a play on collective nouns: “a failing of students,” “a snooze of lectures,” “an...

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Design Is a Job by Mike Monteiro

You are not doing design, you are selling design, which is a valuable service. If you don’t want to charge for your services, you can pick up Design Is a Hobby on aisle three of Michael’s between the balsa wood and yarn. This quote from Design Is a Job is exactly the type of statement you can expect from someone who describes himself as “Designer, Artist, Asshle”, and who once gave a presentation at San Francisco CreativeMornings called “Fck You. Pay Me.” Mike Monteiro is also...

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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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Organic from Kapitza

Organic is the second release from the London-based Kapitza studio, run by sisters Nicole and Petra Kapitza. The book is 224 pages filled with colorful patterns inspired by the Kapitzas’ love of chance and randomness in the natural world. The patterns, which range in shape and scale, demonstrate a playfulness with color, layering and proportion. Organic is a paperback volume, handsomely printed on a soft, uncoated paper which makes the book a delight to handle. In his introduction to...

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Characters: Cultural stories revealed through Typography

Review by Veronica Grow Like most typo cognoscenti, Stephen Banham is fondly known for being somewhat fanatical and nerdy on the subject of type and letters. In my opinion, it takes the obsession of one such fanatic to compile such a vast treasure of information, so clearly, in the form of this fascinating book named Characters. Characters focuses on the cultural role that typography plays (especially in the guise of signage) in defining the flavor and character of the City of Melbourne...

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Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography

If you are a fan of minimalism, modernism or brutalism you will find Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography especially intriguing. The book, by J. Namdev Hardisty, surveys contemporary examples of the styles by detailing the work of many modern design studios. Many of the studios were familiar names in the design world, some were more foreign but still recognizable, and many were names I had not encountered before. (Click to enlarge) The emphasis is, of course, on typography and...

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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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Take a Line For a Walk: A Creativity Journal

This isn’t your typical sketchbook. Robin Landa, Professor of Design at Kean University in New Jersey, collaborated with some of the nation’s top creative experts to bring readers a brainstorm session in the form of a journal. Contributors include Rick Valicenti of 3st, Pentagram’s Michael Bierut, and design critic Jessica Helfand, among other well-known artists and designers. “Consider this journal your creativity coach or personal exploratory zone sans pressure,”...

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