Sunday, November 27, 2011

What I'm Reading 11.27.11

Books I've just finished reading:

Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography
A series of essays on "photographic frauds" by documentary director Errol Morris. Great reads that unfold much like his films. As much storytelling as they are essays.

Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide
I only got a third of the way through this when it came out so I decided to go back and read it in its entirety. Still relevant and worth reading.

Spent most of today in a bookstore. These are some of the things I read, perused and picked up:

The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects
Read the chapter on "Luxury" this afternoon. Magnificently written book by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum in London.

Design School Confidential: Extraordinary Class Projects From the International Design Schools, Colleges, and Institutes
An excellent collection of class projects from design programs around the world. Filled with smart design exercises and great examples of work. A superb mixture of strategic and design thinking as well as aesthetics. Few design books pull it together as well as this one does.

The introduction discusses the Vernacular Messaging Sequence assignment that Katherine McCoy taught at Cranbrook in the 80's and 90's. Some of my all-time favorite graphic design work is by students in the program during that period. Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse is a retrospective of work from those years.

Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents
A big, gorgeous book filled with amazing and inspiring visual work.

Twenty-Two Tips on Typography
Nicely done book, good basic guidelines for students or non-designers.

Graphic Design Thinking (Design Briefs)
Not mind-blowing but a solid, useful book on design process.

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