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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Multicolour: New Rainbow-Hued Graphics collects some of the most engaging uses of color in several disciplines, from art and architecture to print and fashion. Meta Products examines interaction design, and how those working in the field might better address our changing world. And a beautifully-designed new book highlights the best of recent Australian architecture.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Eames: Beautiful Details is a massive celebratory tome of Charles and Ray Eames’ life and designs, designed after inspiration from Charles’ immersive slideshows. London interior designer Selina Lake’s Pretty Pastel Style is a fun look at pinks, mints, light blues, and yellows in a room. And Taschen’s The Golden Age of DC Comics comprehensively covers the comics from 1935-1956, an era when Batman, Superman, and Wonderwoman formed and developed into what we know today.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Going from online to printed matter, It’s Nice That released its 2012 Annual, a limited edition, clothbound book full of a selection of the 50 best posts done by the blog. And a favorite book released last year for budding curious minds, Big Questions from Little People and Simple Answers from Great Minds is a terrific resource for kids of all sizes. For the typography and graphic design-curious, LogoType collects over 1,300 type-based logos, the third in a series with prior books Logo and Symbol.

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Wishing You A……

From all of us at Wert&Co!

A Great Year

Thank you to all of our wonderful clients, family and friends who made 2012 a memorable year. We had a great time with the blog – from beloved ampersands to inspirational installations, and keeping up with all of the events, exhibitions and momentous occasions in between. We covered themes of Time, Music, and Work/Play, all while constantly reading to keep up. It was a great year, and we look forward to sharing what we find with you next year!

(Image of the Indigo Bunting’s Small Virtues print – all proceeds go to cancer research)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

So many wonderful art, architecture, design and business books were released this year – we have a hard time keeping track of them all! Some great lists have been compiled by our favorite new sources, collecting all the gems out there. The NYTimes has a great feature with graphic designers’ favorite book covers of the year (as with Malcolm Gladwell’s collection, by illustrator Brian Rea, above). 2012’s stand-out architecture books were compiled by the Guardian, and designboom collected some as well. Notable design books included Roman and Williams: Buildings and Interiors, and Phaidon’s Archive of Graphic Design (on both Flavorwire’s list, and brainpicking’s as well). And the always wonderful resource Designers & Books has a great summary of graphic, product, and inspirational design books here.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading (Cooking, Eating)

2012 was a great year for drool-worthy food-related books, including some wonderful classic glimpses into restaurants like Tartine’s boxed set, Phaidon’s look at Sweden’s Fäviken, and Ludo Lefebvre’s Ludo Bites, to name only a few. The wonderfully quirky and voyeuristic Edible Selby is another winner, as is Victionary’s Eat Me, a lovely collection of cutting-edge design for, with, and using food. Juniper’s Cooks Books collects five culinary classics, presented as a set, including the Joy of Cooking, American Cookery by James Beard.

Eating it Up

It’s that time of year when suddenly everywhere you look, there’s food. It shows up in offices as gifts, seems to multiply at coffee shops and bakeries, and most essentially – serves as the focal point of warm and cozy gatherings, celebrations, and reunions of family and friends. Whether through sharing innovative restaurants, delicious packaging design, or perusing new cookbooks, at Wert (and everywhere) food is a constant presence. So, this week as we prepare for a break and the new year, it seems fitting to devote the blog entirely to the always-engrossing topic. Enjoy!

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Recently featured in the NYTimes, interior designers Roman and Williams also released a book chronicling their past ten years designing spaces like the Ace Hotel in New York. Or, if you are interested in fabrics and textiles, check out Fortuny – an in-depth look at Venice, Italy’s premiere luxury textile house. And new from Index Books, Basic Stationary provides a great overview of stationary designs from leading graphic designers.

(Image of Engi Green furniture by Chie Morimoto)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Imagination Illustrated takes readers into a treasure trove of Jim Hensen’s early work, using illustrations, images, and his journal to tell the story of his well-known work. Check out the visual biography Fist to Face, a new monograph on Yugoslavian-born designer, illustrator, and educator Mirko Ilić. And in Daring Greatly, Brené Brown heralds the power of vulnerability in leadership and business.

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