Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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This holiday season the Wert&Co. team is planning on catching up on its reading. Our blog will count down to the New Year with bookshelf posts that revolve around the themes that are occupying our minds this December.

We are kicking off the series by highlighting a few stimulating and beautiful books on data visualization. First, Edward Tufte’s classic Envisioning Information presents delightfully illustrated diagrams, interfaces, maps, and charts that span a multitude of topics. Offering guidance on how to visually represent perplexing material, the colorful and award-winning book is a must-have for designers, educators, architects, and artists. David McCandless’ stunning books Information is Beautiful and The Visual Miscellaneum have been revised and reimagined. The author’s use of minimal text places his gorgeous graphics at the fore. Interpreting information on postmodernism to horoscopes to health findings, his books enrapture the reader with every turn of the page. Perhaps the most exciting monograph on visual storytelling of recent, The Best American Infographics 2013 edited by Gareth Cook with a foreword by David Byrne, chronicles the most influential visualizations of the year. The book speaks to our era of information overload, presenting a glimpse of imaginative and lively infographics that allow us to engage with and digest data in brand-new ways.

[Image via Designboom by Felix Lochner]

High Resolution Interview

Judy was delighted to be featured on the High Resolution video podcast series. Focused on Design Leadership, High Resolution is the passionate endeavor of Bobby Ghoshal and Jared Erondu, showcasing some highly inspired dialogues.

Our conversation ranged from Wert&Co.’s history recruiting creative leadership over the last two decades, to some of our behind the scenes insights and tools, and even our favorite children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon and how it can serve as a metaphor for mapping one’s own professional (and personal) journey.

 

SF MOMA

On our recent business trip to the left coast (after a pit stop for the fascinating Renaissance Weekend in Utah), we were finally able to visit the renovated SF MOMA. And while we don’t exit thru the gift shop, well, actually we did. And the bookstore left us with plenty of summer reading inspiration — from A Smile in the Mind: Witty Thinking in Graphic Design (the classic had a new edition out last year — over 1,000 visual examples of humour, irony and playfulness in graphic design and branding over the last few decades) to the Little Book of Hygge (which just might make us look forward to the winter or at least a visit to Copenhagen!).

 

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.

 

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