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 bowls –
not to speak, of course,
and flower vases.
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.
Peace & Good Cheer for 2017
From all of us at Wert&Co., wishing you a festive holiday season.
In following our tradition of donating to a deserving cause at year’s end, we are contributing to UNICEF. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work, and other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization.
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
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)
An idea at the heart of the work is the central thought around Why? a new design blog by Rob Duncan (full disclosure: the designer of our wonderful and now responsive wertco.com site in conjunction with wordpress.com (thank you Matt Mullenweg!) and design firm Mucho. Focusing on great ideas in design, contributed by top designers this new site features great projects they find inspiring. The blog is a simple beautiful showcase of conceptual work — perhaps an antidote to the current mood of instant critique.
Why? will also live off the page in a series of talks — coming soon.