Kern & Burn


Kern & Burn is a new book from Tim Hoover and Jessica Karle Heltzel, based on the blog “100 Days of Design Entrepreneurship,” a collection of insights, interviews and advice from various successful design entrepreneurs. Illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt talks of how to “Fail in Good Spirits,” and Peter Buchanan-Smith, founder of Best Made Co, implores readers to “Start Making.” For further glimpses into the great inspiration in the book, Fast Co. collects a few great tidbits from more leaders like Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker, and Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb.

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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