Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Taschen’s recently published 100 Illustrators culls a select list of the most significant contemporary artists from their Illustration Now! series. Including work from Istvan Banyai, Gary Baseman, and Anita Kunz, the compilation displays the diverse and showstopping work of the most compelling illustrators of current times. Visual Editions’ Where You Are assembles a variety of writing and visuals from thinkers, writers, and artists to challenge and expand upon conventional notions of what a map is. A lovely children’s book, Aventures d’un Village, replaces traditional pages with origami-like paper forms. The choose-your-own-adventure centers around an evolving village that morphs as the painterly images are unfolded.

Image via Bristol City Council

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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