Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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New book Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential synthesizes six years of research on Nobel Prize winners, CEOs, politicians, and media personalities to get to the essence of what makes a winning personality: the combination of strength and warmth. Available for pre-order, an excellent design resource, Manuals 1 Design & Identity Guidelines, compiles the corporate identity manuals from the 1960s to early 1980s of household names like NASA, Lufthansa, and ABC. Extraordinary: From Everyday Objects to Art details the work of artists who delight in transforming household products like eggs, pencils or plastic cups into inspired art that transcend mere function.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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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!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
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.

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

 

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