We were introduced to David by Greg Bear and worked with both of them to design the Kertzer website (davidkertzer.com). A prolific writer – it is difficult to imagine the depth of research he goes through, or how he even gets access to some of his information.
I highly recommend The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and have just started The Pope and Mussolini – which just won the Pulitzer Prize for biography. Congratulations to David!
We just received advanced copies of a book we worked on for the last two years. It is a fascinating story about Mies, the design of the IBM Building and his impact on the architecture of Chicago.
Written by Robert Sharoff and photographed by Bill Zbaren, the book also delves into the adaptive reuse of the IBM Building by the Langham Hotel Group as well as other Chicago landmarked buildings.
Available soon on Amazon and in Langham gift shops around the world.
Lincoln Schatz's The Network, a video exhibit, opens today at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Using a method of "generative portraiture," Schatz has created a single video that combines footage of interviews of 89 influential figures—in fields as diverse as healthcare, energy, defense, law, art, legislation, education, transportation and media—who are shaping our nation today.
Our yearly compilation of Liska projects has finally delivered. We were slightly off our original schedule to get it done in January (we moved our office, thought it might be an ebook, couldn't agree on a cover…)
If you would like a printed copy, let us know.
I just went through As Little Design as Possible, the new book about industrial designer Dieter Rams (by Sophie Lovell, Phaidon). Rams has always been a design hero – I bought the Braun coffeepot, clock and calculator before I knew who he was. Dieter Rams' 10 principles of good design are as clear as his work. 1. Good design is innovative The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself. 2. Good design makes a product beautiful A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it. 3. Good design is aesthetic The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful. 4. Good design makes a product understandable It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory. 5. Good design is unobtrusive Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression. 6. Good design is honest It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept. 7. Good design is long-lasting It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society. 8. Good design is thorough, down to the last detail Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer 9. Good design is environmentally-friendly Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimises physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product. 10. Good design is as little design as possible Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials.
The following book designs from 2010 combine typography, photography and illustration to create evocative cover art. Our favorites run the gamut from minimal to beautiful, and each one captures the essence of what the book is all about. Please judge these books by their covers – and tell us which design is your favorite.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – The Early Years
Author: Ilan Stevens
Publication Date: January 5, 2010
Designer: Jason Ramirez
The Mind’s Eye
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publication Date: October 26, 2010
Designer: Chip Kidd
The Colossus of Maroussi Author: Henry Miller
Publication Date: May 18, 2010
Designer: Steve Attardo
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Author: Nicholas Carr
Publication Date: June 7 2010
Designer: Chris Welch
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Author: Steig Larsson
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Designer: Peter Mendelsund
The Crow's Vow
Author: Susan Briscoe
Publication Date: May 10, 2010
Designer: David Drummond
American City – St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Classic Design
Author: Robert Sharoff Photographer: Bill Zbaren
Publication Date: January, 2011
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
Author: David Sedaris
Publication Date: September 28, 2010
Cover Illustration by: Ian Falconer
Life Author: Keith Richards with James Fox
Publication Date: October 26, 2010
Designer (interior): Fearn Cutler de Vicq
Author/Photographer: Susan Anderson
Publication Date: 2010