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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

This special edition issue of IdN is technically a magazine, but as substantial as a book. The magazine’s “Designing Data, Infographics” Issue features several full-page spreads of gorgeous visual data. For those tablet readers looking for a quick subway read, TED just launched TED Books, featuring short, interesting provocative reads, which will be released every two weeks. And for the more visual, check out Uncredited, which looks at graphic design in films, most notably the opening credits.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

This week, read about the art of the book itself with The Book of Books: 500 Years of Graphic Innovation. Or, hone your strategy skills with Harvard Business School Cynthia Montgomery’s The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs. 

If you don’t feel like reading, you can peruse images of other people reading, in the Underground New York Public Library, a collection of images of subway readers.

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A Recycling Jolt

At the Wert office, we get quick coffee fixes from our much-loved Nespresso machine. So, we were happy to find out that the company is doing its part to ease concerns about waste created from tons of colorful metal coffee capsules used daily. The side panels of the smallest machine, the Pixie, are made up of the recycled metal – with about 100 capsules in each. Customers can recycle used capsules by sending or bringing them to Nespresso stores.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

The Aperture Foundation has released the bold title Photography Changes Everything. Drawn from the Smithsonian Institution’s assets, the book examines the impact of photography on history and culture. Robert Adams, John Baldessari, John Waters, all contributed accompanying texts. Wired has a nice round-up of “The Classic, Beautiful, and Controversial Books that Changed Science Forever,” reminding us of Newton, Galileo, and Darwin’s iconic texts. And Design: Paper gathers some unique and interesting ways that the material is folded, stamped, printed, etc. in design.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Find entrepreneurial inspiration in Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck, new from HBR, chronicling what it takes to be an entrepreneur and own a great business. Or, curl up with an exciting history lesson in David McCullogh’s The Great Bridge, which tells the amazing story of the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge. And if you are up to a challenge, check out The Book That Can’t Wait, printed in ink that is designed to disappear within 2-4 months of opening the book.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Marvel at the gorgeous and intricate work of paper artists in Paper Works, recently released by Gingko Press. Or, take in the intricacies of complex information with Taschen’s new collection Information Graphics. Get inspired to do some good with Just Design, with work of “socially conscious design for critical causes.” Happy Reading!

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We’re now on Pinterest

Capture, clip, fasten, tag, nab, peg … pin…

After seeing so many people in our community share their work, inspiration and perspectives, we have decided to create and curate our own Pinterest (in addition to Judy’s passion project). At Wert & Co., we already explore and elaborate upon our knowledge and inspiration through our blog, so consider this a visual appendix.

We look forward to sharing even more of our interests and observations!

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

Just a few of the books we are excited to add to our shelf this week:

Coinciding with a major exhibition at the V&A, a comprehensive guide to the work of British architect Thomas Heatherwick was published, with over 140 projects included. A drool-worthy collection of unique and creative jewelry designs, A Girl’s Best Friends covers all the forms and materials of adornment. And for all you type enthusiasts, Victionary released Typoholic – a review of trends in type by designers using “illustration, craft, fashion, photography and performing arts to manifest their designs.”

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Bookshelf: Time for Reading

Amazingly, 42% of college graduates don’t read another book after school. This weekend, take an hour (or three), and sit down with a good book. Happy reading!

If you’re looking for some historical design knowledge, Graphic Design: Referenced, released late last year, is a resource of the “most commonly referenced terms, historical moments, landmark projects, and influential practitioners in the field of graphic design.” Interior designer Steven Gambrel just released a lush coffee table book showing off his classic style, Time and Place. And it’s unfortunately out of print (available second-hand), but Eternally Yours: Time in Design, explores issues of permanence in design, and its implications – with contributions from Brian Eno and John Thackara.


Theme Week: TIME

It’s that ____ again – theme week! This ____ around, we are exploring that concept that constantly hovers over us – it goes too fast – or it creeps along; there never seems to be enough of it to do the things we enjoy; and it heals all wounds. Posts this week will relate – conceptually, thematically, obviously – to TIME. Spend some with us this week, and enjoy.

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