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Have a great weekend, and pick up a book…

Learn to silkscreen via a well-designed and beautiful manual, which covers all the basics, and profiles great silkscreen artists. Check out the collection of the work of British designer Neil Cutler, who designs packaging and identities for many of Barcelona’s best restaurants. Or, peruse minimalist architect John Pawson’s over 230,000 personal snapshots in A Visual Inventory.

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We are looking forward to digging into some great reads this holiday weekend…

Taschen recently published a complete compendium of ground-breaking design and typography publication FUSE, started by Neville Brody and Jon Wozencroft in 1991. It includes a box, 10 posters, and online font library. HBS Press just released authors Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble’s Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere, on the influence that developing markets will have on the global economy. And Gestalten pubished a monograph on technology installation artist Aram Bartholl. The Speed Book includes his experiments with transitions from the virtual to the physical.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Some great weekend reads…

Taschen released a new tome on Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s complete works of impressively spiritual concrete buildings. And artist Stephen Taylor focused his efforts on one oak tree, studying and painting it in 50 works over 3 years. An oldie but goodie for thoughtful business leaders is Daniel Pink’s Drive, in which he examines the science of what motivates us. Finally, Phaidon released a gorgeous monograph on French designer brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Proving this homage to Austin Howe’s book of the same name wrong – (“Designers Don’t Read is intended to function like a “daily devotional” for designers and busy professionals involved in branded communications at all levels.” – Dexigner). Here is our reading list for the week…

Living in a Modern Way chronicles California design in its mid-century glory, accompanying a concurrent show at the LACMA. A quick reference guide, The Little Black Book of Innovation is a good weekend read. And finally, if you are in need of a little inspiration, check out Everything is Going to Be Ok – a lovely collection of uplifting and encouraging sayings, all drawn by different artists and illustrators.

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One of our favorite pattern-makers, artist Yayoi Kusama, recently released her fantastical interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. For a deeper dive into the unmistakable patterns that guide our world, check out The Quantum Universe. And for quick takes on the subject, IDEO’s Patterns publication explores the larger themes of connection and networks.

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Theme Week: PATTERN

“When life gets creative, it has a tendency to gravitate toward certain recurring patterns, whether those patterns are self-organizing, or whether they are deliberately crafted by human agents.” – Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From.

We couldn’t agree more.

Pattern is everywhere, and inspiring us in special ways lately. So this week we will array, classify, combine, compose, group, organize and sequence.

Kicking off is the mesmerizing human kaleidoscope created for TEDxSUMMIT by Amsterdam creatives We Are Pi, celebrating “’the power of x to multiply great ideas.” (Also a terrific making-of video here.)

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In the world of books this week…

Designer Frank Chimero successfully funded his self-published “The Shape of Design” on Kickstarter, and the resulting book will be available in printed and virtual form in early May. “Haute Couture, The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf,” to be released in June, collects the photographer’s haunting, ethereal large-format polaroids of couture dresses in gorgeous environments. In Spain, the Catalan Railways makes starting a new book easy with a promotion giving train riders QR codes to fetch the first chapters of several books.

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Some wonderful new reads to take along to the park this weekend…

If you’re Mad Men-obsessed like us, you’ll love Taschen’s collection of American print ads of that era. We’re also excited for the fun and gorgeous Opening Cermony book – in celebration of their 10th Anniversary, and available for pre-order. And on the business side of things, hot off the Harvard Business Press is Judgment Calls: Twelve Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams That Got Them Right.

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Hoping to pick up a great book this weekend?

Admire stunning complex visuals while absorbing data from around the world with a collection of the year’s best infographics, from the Pamplona International Malofiej Award. Also the 4th edition of The White Review – a culture review dedicated to creating a healthy and varied forum for expression and debate – has a new issue with a feature on photographer Juergen Teller. Lastly, at one of our favorite bookstores, Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, Doug Mack will read and sign his travel memoir on using a 47-year-old guidebook, Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day.

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Our books-to-read this week are bursting with yellow!

A beautiful, new large monograph on quirky French industrial and interiors designer Matali Crasset was just released. And NYTimes illustrator extraordinaire Christopher Niemann published the wonderful Abstract City.

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