Do you like ice cream, sadness & sarcasm?
It’s time to get back to paper, and this month, BBG brings you a special treat in the shape of a book review and in the flavor of Sadness and book layouts!
If you’re alive, then you probably know about Cyanide & Happiness, a popular web-comic hosted on Explosm.net from creators Kris Wilson, Matt Melvin, Rob DenBleyker and Dave McElfatrick. Well, after the huge success from their first book, Cyanide & Happiness, they’re back with new comics, more cartoons behaving badly and more insulting humor in:
Signs are everywhere. They tell you what to think of that look everyone just gave you, when to keep quiet, and when you should run away… but they also tell you where to board your plane, where to find food, and in which room you won’t be slapped at a restaurant.
No matter where we are, sign graphics find their way to communicate us a coherent message through clear and effective visual images, so design specialist Matteo Cossu presents a collection on some of the most ingenious sign work from around the world, featuring projects and their creators, as well as insight into their creative minds.
A fascinating compilation of photographs take us through amazing signage from museums, libraries, hospitals, theaters, retail, schools and public spaces.
The book also features interviews with sign experts, revealing the inspiration behind their work, the challenges they faced, and their thoughts on the final products. WALK THIS WAY is a great resource for designers and students because it inspires beautiful visual communication.
It’s World Cup time! And it’s also Collins Design time!
We must’ve done the opposite of walking under a ladder, because BBG was once more honored by getting an exclusive copy of Collins Design’s newest book: We Are Paper Toys! by Louis Bou.
The book is, of course, about the elegant and somehow mystical world of paper toys, a mix of creativity, curiosity, and a bit of patience.
Since paper toys are so hot these days, this book comes at the perfect time. We Are Paper Toys! is a collection of some of the best toy designs created by famous artists from around the world.
The book is beautifully illustrated and awesomely inspiring. It features 32 designers in 200 pages filled with interviews, photos and design tips for toymakers. The book also comes with a CD with more templates than you’ll be able to make in a summer.
And a special visual bonus, and because here at BBG we firmly believe in the art of experimentation, we decided to enjoy an afternoon of toy making and photography: we printed, cut, folded and glued and went outside to shoot our creations!
First BBG reviewed and blogged about The Visual Miscellaneum. Now the nice peeps at Harper Collins have made our day again by letting us interview his creator, David McCandless!
David makes our world clearer every day through his website Information Is Beautiful, and we share the love for information graphics, facts and whiskey.
The future according to David? New Apple gadgets like the iBuprofen, the iPod Utility Belt (just like Batman’s!) and something mysterious very appropriately called “Mysteron.”
1. If you could have actual data of something very intriguing to make a chart, what would that be?
I’d like to make more images of psychological and emotional data. Like patterns in dreams, moods, relationships – the kinds of things that don’t technically “exist” materially speaking, but are likely to have some hidden patterns and structure in them. Not quite sure how I’d do it though!
2. What chart has been impossible to make?
No chart has been impossible. NOTHING CAN RESIST THE ALL-SPANNING MIGHT OF THE CHART!
3. How do you decide what should be turned into a graph?
Frustration, ignorance and curiosity. Those are my leads. If I’m annoyed that I don’t get something important. Or I don’t understand something. Or I wonder how something works. Those feelings are the fuel for an image.
4. Are you making a chart of this questionnaire right now?
5. Fave website today to catch up on worthy information.
Reddit. (Very intelligent comments)
6. Apple’s “Next Big Thing” now that the iPad is out?
No ice, in a green leather armchair, by an open fire, next to a window, over a loch, at the end of the day.
8. I like Twitter like I like ____.
9. Top 3 reasons why you love information.
1. It’s learning – brain food!
2. It’s fun – like putty!
3. It’s everywhere – no escape – so get with it
10. Any chance we can see a David McCandless life chart soon?
I actually really dislike Life Charts. Shhhhhhh! For me, designers should be solving problems and helping the world be more excellent. I don’t see how life charts contribute. Who cares how many bus journeys a designer took??
11. What is the aspect of design you give the highest priority to?
David’s book, The Visual Miscellaneum is out everywhere, so give in and buy it. You can go see your cousin’s new boring play some other time.
By Jocelyn Ibarra for Bright Bright Great.
BBG loves books!
Collins Design is the editorial behind The Virtual Miscellaneum, a brill book BBG had the pleasure to review, love and obsess about last November.
This time Collins Design made our January by sending us a copy of Design for the Greater Good by Peleg Top and Jonathan Cleveland. A book showcasing the best, brightest, and most successful design campaigns in the nonprofit industry.
The message behind Designing for the Greater Good is that nonprofit campaigns shouldn’t merely share a message, but that they should serve as inspiration to encourage action.
The book includes 24 case studies, interviews with designers, cause-specific campaigns, logos and branding for nonprofits and tons of websites, posters, brochures, advertising, and marketing materials for different events and nonprofits. By the time you finish it, you should at least feel a little enlightened.
Go get this book before you’ve been left behind. On awesomeness!