Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Some terrific new printed matter this week:

William Drenttel and Ellen Lupton collaborated on a new book about community-based design for social change. And Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne released a compendium titled 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design. In the realm of business and innovation, Jeffrey Phillips recently wrote about rewarding employees for innovations, an excerpt from his book Relentless Innovation: What Works, What Doesn’t–And What That Means For Your Business. Finally, we’re excited to pick up This is Service Design Thinking, going in-depth into the world of services and experience.

(Image of Alicia Martin’s Biografias)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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