Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

For our second installment collecting all that surrounds us in the wonderful world of books:

Typo Latino is a compendium of type by Latin authors, including insight into their creation process and suggested use. Moving over to Berlin, Freunde Von Freunden: Berlin is a tome celebrating Berlin creatives and their living spaces. And NYTimes writer Charles Duhigg writes about the science of habit in our lives, workplaces, and communities in his new book. Finally, we came across this wonderful “Booklovers Map of America Showing Certain Landmarks of Literary Geography.”

WhatWeDoCounts… Twenty Over Eighty

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Featuring twenty architecture and design luminaries over the age of eighty, reading the conversations captured in Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith’s new book Twenty Over Eighty is like attending one of the world’s greatest salons. Including Milton Glaser, Denise Scott Brown, Seymour Chwast, Richard Hollis, Ricardo Scofidio, Stanley Tigerman, Ralph Caplan, Bob Gill, Alessandro Mendini, Richard Sapper and Deborah Sussman (to name just a few) the authors capture the spirit, personality and collective wisdom of an important generation of luminaries with much still to give. A recently excerpted section on Ingo Maurer gives an early glimpse of the book which debuts today.

Available thru Princeton Architectural Press or here.

(Photo from Book: WhatWeDoCounts. Maurer with What We Do Counts, an LED­integrated lamp released in 2015. © Ingo Maurer GmbH, Munich)

 

Words Matter

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We had the pleasure of meeting Jason Bacher this week, cofounder with Brian Buirge of Good F*@! Design Advice, continuing our blog series on words.

The project, which began on a whim, has grown into a series of talks, workshops and goods aiming to encourage risk-taking and even failure. Their use of humor (and profanity) in their Classic Advice Print (family friendly version pictured above) has “grown to represent the passionate approach to being a creative that we often preach about and continue practice ourselves.”

 

Why? Design

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An idea at the heart of the work is the central thought around Why? a new design blog by Rob Duncan (full disclosure: the designer of our wonderful and now responsive wertco.com site in conjunction with wordpress.com (thank you Matt Mullenweg!) and design firm Mucho. Focusing on great ideas in design, contributed by top designers this new site features great projects they find inspiring. The blog is a simple beautiful showcase of conceptual work — perhaps an antidote to the current mood of instant critique.

Why? will also live off the page in a series of talks — coming soon.

 

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