Powerful Posters


Paul Rand’s iconic, genius-in-its-simplicity poster for IBM (above) is one of the many great designs of the last 50 years, collected by Graphic Design magazine. Some are immediately familiar – Milton Glaser’s psychedelic Bob Dylan poster, and Shepard Fairey’s Hope poster for the Obama 2008 campaign. Seymour Chast’s humorously powerful Vietnam Antiwar Poster (End Bad Breath) is also included, along with Steff Geissbuhler’s fantastic Alvin Ailey dancer font.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Happiness& Work& Business& Nature& Music& Politics& Sleep& Passion& Color& Productivity& News& Design& Art& Data& Sleep& Leadership& Trust& Conflict& Growth& Technology& Promises.

We have so many fascinating conversations with our community here at Wert, we’d like to offer you a weekend reading list that reflects just some of the topics that we touched on in the past week.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

John Derian Picture book

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath

The Laws of Simplicity By John Maeda


Dear Data


This beautiful, year-long collaboration between award-winning information designer Giorgia Lupi (an Italian NY transplant) and Stefanie Posavec (an American London transplant) was conceived as a “personal documentary” and demonstrates the power of connecting. The two (who had met only twice) engaged in a 52 week analog, hand-drawn, visualized, pen-pal relationship. “On the front of the postcard there would be a unique representation of our weekly data, and, on the other side (in addition to the necessary postage and address), we would squeeze in detailed keys to our drawings: the code to enable the recipient to decipher the picture, and to fantasize about what had happened” the week before.

Their new book on the project—Designing Data—will be released in September (available for pre-order now) and will include the postcards from the project, the duo’s thoughts on the process, and new illustrations. On their website, they are also inviting students, teachers and data pen-pals to participate in continuing the spirit of project.


WhatWeDoCounts… Twenty Over Eighty


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)



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