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Theme Week: YELLOW!

It’s April, and we are in the mood for some YELLOW. The bold color is everywhere in our world lately, so posts will be around that theme this week – all things  attention-grabbing, bright, bursting and blooming. And most of all – full of joy.

(Image of Today I’m Feeling Turquoise)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Our selection of reading this week begins with the visually striking –

This gorgeous book has full-page images on street artist Eltono, who creates works in Paris, Madrid, and Beijing. And in this incredible die-cut artifact by Jonathan Safran Foer, the story is literally carved out of pages. While relishing these visual treats, we enrich our learning with the classic tome on the learning organization by Peter Senge: The Fifth Discipline and continuing to dip into Jonah Lehrer fascinating new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, about the science of creativity.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Some terrific new printed matter this week:

William Drenttel and Ellen Lupton collaborated on a new book about community-based design for social change. And Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne released a compendium titled 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design. In the realm of business and innovation, Jeffrey Phillips recently wrote about rewarding employees for innovations, an excerpt from his book Relentless Innovation: What Works, What Doesn’t–And What That Means For Your Business. Finally, we’re excited to pick up This is Service Design Thinking, going in-depth into the world of services and experience.

(Image of Alicia Martin’s Biografias)

Spring & Macarons

We can’t complain much about the NYC Winter this year, but are happy to welcome Spring today, and can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with free macarons! The lovely, colorful and delicious morsels will be handed out around NYC at 16 participating bakeries in honor of “Macaron Day.” Enjoy the weather, and see how many colors you can collect.

(Image via NYTimes)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Continuing to add to our stack of books-to-read:

Illustrator Chris Haughton charmed us with his adorable children’s book about a dog named George in Oh No, George!. A new monograph was published on French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, including an interview with the designer and texts by MoMA’s Paola Antonelli and others. And author Rick Moody celebrates the launch of his new book at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, in conversation with musician John Wesley Harding on March 21.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

For our second installment collecting all that surrounds us in the wonderful world of books:

Typo Latino is a compendium of type by Latin authors, including insight into their creation process and suggested use. Moving over to Berlin, Freunde Von Freunden: Berlin is a tome celebrating Berlin creatives and their living spaces. And NYTimes writer Charles Duhigg writes about the science of habit in our lives, workplaces, and communities in his new book. Finally, we came across this wonderful “Booklovers Map of America Showing Certain Landmarks of Literary Geography.”

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Simply put, we love books. Our pile of gorgeous design books-to-peruse is always growing. Our bookshelf is literally overflowing. So, we are happy to share the printed matter catching our eye each week with the first of weekly posts collecting: what we’re reading.

This week, Adelia Borges gathered artisanal objects from all regions of Brazil in Design + Craft: The Brazilian Path. And John Malkovich wrote the forward for a new monograph on Christian Louboutin, designed with a five-piece foldout binding and a pop-up section. And artist David Shrigley designed the cover for the Stylist Books issue. Finally, our neighbors up the block at the Phaidon store will celebrate Armory Arts week with cocktails and a special preview of a new Collectors Edition by artist Pawel Althamer.


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Be Our Valentine

(Inspired by Brainpickings)

Ampersand Love

Would be a great permanent installation in the Wert Office. Also a great making-of video.


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