Bookshelf: Time for Reading

Amazingly, 42% of college graduates don’t read another book after school. This weekend, take an hour (or three), and sit down with a good book. Happy reading!

If you’re looking for some historical design knowledge, Graphic Design: Referenced, released late last year, is a resource of the “most commonly referenced terms, historical moments, landmark projects, and influential practitioners in the field of graphic design.” Interior designer Steven Gambrel just released a lush coffee table book showing off his classic style, Time and Place. And it’s unfortunately out of print (available second-hand), but Eternally Yours: Time in Design, explores issues of permanence in design, and its implications – with contributions from Brian Eno and John Thackara.


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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