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Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form
Although Learning from Las Vegas is 37+ years old, much of the theory holds relevant. Venturi and folks criticism of modern buildings relates to much ...more
Dec 15, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
The Styles of Ornament
Filled with examples categorized by style. Mostly generic decoration (out-of-context) and decorative arts. Great to look at but again removes style fr ...more
not set
Nov 29, 2008
Assassination Vacation
A great quick read for historical and non-historical buffs alike. Out lines US Presidential Assassinations through the classic road-trip genre.
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
Art of Hand-Lettering Its Mastery and Practice
A very interesting classic lettering book, still full of inspiration. Somethings look very dated, but some are still en vogue.
not set
Nov 29, 2008
The Book of Hip Hop Cover Art
I enjoyed the back story to some of the most recognizable classic rap albums, however this type of book deserves better design.
not set
Oct 09, 2009
Harvard Art Museum Handbook (Harvard Art Museum)
A beautifully designed book, very informative on the collection. My only criticism would be the size of the images.
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
Ants Have Sex in Your Beer
very funny and clever.
May 30, 2009
May 30, 2009
How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul
I read this book several years after completing my BFA in Graphic Design, I wish I would have read it my last year of school. This books gives great i ...more
Jan 2006
Feb 14, 2008
Mobile Minded
Published in 2002, this book about the larger issue of mobility (referring mostly to cellphones) feels extremely dated. More of an art book than any r ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Aug 23, 2008
The Next Page: Thirty Tables of Contents
Not necessarily a book to read, but a visual reference illustrating 30 different tables of contents. Each page gives credit to the (overlooked) book d ...more
Apr 2008
May 29, 2008
Dot Dot Dot 8
I enjoyed the first half of the essay about Stewart Brand. While having read “How Buildings Learn” a few years ago, I didn’t know the scope of Brand’s ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Mar 23, 2008
The New Typography
The 1928 classic on modern typography is worth reading for those who are interested in the historical jump from classic book typography and advertisin ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 14, 2008
Dan Flavin: A Retrospective
I [heart:] Dan Flavin.
not set
Jun 04, 2009
Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are
Rob Walker’s book is written from a sociological standpoint and a dredges up the cutting edge marketers revealing the secrets to success. He uses seve ...more
Sep 02, 2008
Jun 04, 2008
Sagmeister: Made You Look
This is one of the few Graphic Design monographs worth reading. Sagmeister’s life is interesting and his written voice is very entertaining. The way h ...more
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Mar 05, 2008
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
I found this book really, really depressing in a good way. The story jumps around which allows for one to read a few pages at a time and not get lost ...more
May 23, 2008
May 14, 2008
A History of Graphic Design
I have an earlier version of this book, but this was the book that established who was who in the history of graphic design for me. We had this book i ...more
Jan 2000
Jun 24, 2008
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
An insightful, easy to digest book on how humans make decisions. Gladwell uses both real life examples and lab experiments to prove his points. He als ...more
Jun 19, 2008
May 20, 2008
Bruce Nauman
This book made me fall in love with Bruce Nauman’s work. I found it at a thrift store in Minneapolis a few years after the exhibition closed at the Wa ...more
not set
Feb 16, 2008
Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy
One of the most enjoyable books on Art and Criticism around. This should be required reading for all snobs who love art. I read this book twice and wi ...more
Dec 2007
Feb 14, 2008
De Kooning: An American Master
De Kooning not only tells us about the life of this genius master, but inter-weaves the lives of many great American artists painting a picture of Pos ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 23, 2008
Cream 3
I preferred the artist from the previous edition FreshCream, but the design of Cream 3 is a much better format. I love the colored page edges and the ...more
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May 25, 2008
Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things
This book will assist my discussions with clients on the value of design. I enjoyed the simple language approach to explaining shape, color, arrangeme ...more
Apr 11, 2012
May 19, 2011
Dave Hickey’s fictional short stories in this book are far more entertaining than the drawings which accompany them. I wish this was just a normal boo ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 23, 2008
Make It Bigger
This book made me quit my corporate job because it was impossible to get through the layers. Ironically, I checked the book out from that same corpora ...more
Jan 2004
May 25, 2008
How Fiction Works
I enjoyed the analysis of how to read books and the ease of the language, however the examples he uses were sometimes obscure because of my 6th grade ...more
Mar 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Edward Fella: Letters on America
Do you like taking pictures of strange hand-painted signs? Yeah? Well too bad cause Ed Fella already did it and better than you. And 10 years ago…
Jan 2001
Mar 16, 2008
1000 Chairs
A fantastic and economic visual survey of seating from the past 150 years. One of the best reference books I own and a must for furniture lovers.
not set
Mar 05, 2008
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
I read this in high school because I thought Charles Manson was cool. This book tells you why he isn’t.
Jan 1995
Mar 23, 2008
The Handmaid's Tale
Post-Apocalyptic fantasy world which sexualized Scrabble.
Dec 1999
May 24, 2008
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