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Theme Week: Health

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Design’s potential impact on health has been a hot topic for some time, and is increasing steadily in visibility. Hospitals themselves are embracing design thinking, with the influential Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, and a Patient Experience Summit coming up at Cleveland Clinic (check out their powerful video on empathy, a key principle for design.) Whether with new, serene dentist offices; apps that help you improve your golf game or track when you move throughout the day; or billboards that make drinkable water, design effects our health.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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Todd Saunders’ new book, Architecture in Northern Landscapes, showcases gorgeous photography of the architect’s clean, minimal buildings and their unique surroundings. Face your fears, with Phobophobia, a collection of 85 phobias, each graphically depicted by designers Hat-Trick. And I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail, from India’s Tara Books, tells a poetic tale through the die-cut, folk-art illustrations of Indian artist Ramsingh Urveti.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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I Used to Be a Design Student is a great collection of tips and advice from 50 successful graphic designers, including a graphic revealing the changes over time in designer’s food, transport, and reading preferences. French designers the Bouroullec brothers have compiled a gorgeous tome of over 800 drawings from their notebooks, sketches, and iPad drawings. And check out David Pearson’s re-design of five classic George Orwell covers, all newly rendered with wit and simplicity.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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Learn about the history of aviation via entertaining illustrations and infographics in Nobrow Press’ recent High Times, a wonderful chronicle of human flight. Phaidon’s Pattern asked fashion designers, stylists, and educators to curate a selection of 100 chosen international designers, highlighting their unique work and processes. And D&AD celebrates 50 years of design and creativity in advertising, with a collection sharing each D&AD president’s favorite selections from the last 50 years.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading (Museum Edition)

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After experiencing an especially inspiring show at a museum, we can’t help but pick up the wonderful catalogues that accompany exhibitions. They are a great way to look back and learn more about specific works, and are often masterfully executed as well. A few terrific ones we’ll be sure to pick up, even if we can’t make the show – Moma’s Inventing Abstraction is a wonderful collection of early 20th-century artists transforming our concept of art. The Met’s Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations is a great compare/contrast exercise between the two Italian fashion designers. And supporting the V&A’s exhibition on David Bowie’s personal archive, check out David Bowie Is, covering his creative work and collaborations throughout his career.

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Theme Week: Museums

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As we noted last week, experiencing art in person can be a wonderful way to escape from our daily reality. We find that for this same reason, museums can become magical, otherworldly places, transporting us to another realm. They enlighten us and give us new perspectives on art, architecture, design, culture, history, science, cities and ideas. They can range from the traditional – displaying art as a public institution – to the obscure – enlightening us on anything from NYC tenements to the history of the American cocktail. This week we will explore museums – as we are continually inspired by the rotating exhibitions at our favorite local spots, and amazed by the new museums opening often around the world.

(Image of Holon Design Museum, Israel, Ron Arad Architects)

Bookshelf: How We’re Escaping

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One of our favorite and most simple ways to escape is through a good book. Delve into nature and science with ecologist David Haskell’s The Forest Unseen, in which he explores a patch of old-growth Tennessee forest, and the interwoven relationships between its inhabitants. Or escape with a fabulous meal at one of several restaurants recommended by the best chefs in Phaidon’s new beautifully-designed, infographic tome, Where Chefs Eat (shown above)And take a break from reality with Dominic Wilcox’s wonderfully illustrated collection of odd-yet-practical inventions.

Theme Week: Escape

It’s that time of year when the combo of shorter days and frigid temps makes us want to run off to far-flung, warmer locales. Not all of us can have the luxury of living out these fantasies, so for this week’s theme, we are looking at all forms and flavors of escape. Whether seeking solace in an engrossing book, a well-designed coffee shop, or a work of art, we found that there are many opportunities, big and small, to take the temptation…and escape.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Italian Architect Matteo Thun’s Index Book is just that – 6 sets of indexes dividing his work: alphabetically, typologically, topographically, chronologically, by client, and aesthetically. Ezra Stoller, Photographer documents the archive of the man who captured some of the most iconic modernist works of architecture in their time – Fallingwater, and van der Rohe’s Seagram building. And a new anthologyDekho: Conversations on Design in India presents a series of inspirational conversations between designers working in India’s unique design world.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Frame magazine recently released their thorough guide to the world’s leading graduate schools in design with Masterclass: Product Design, giving a glimpse into student work as well as the surrounding city life. And Craig Ward’s Popular Lies About Graphic Design aims to debunk the myths and mysteries of the profession. And collector and food lover Valeria Napoleone’s Catalogue of Exquisite Recipes can easily live on either the coffee table or kitchen counter.

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