I couldn't remember why I bought this and then looking through it it became clear. It's a seductive proposition. I like design and I like openness. I especially like it when they come together.
I like the simple use of black and white on the cover. I agree with the thought that "design cannot remain exclusive". The contributors, like John Thackara, are good. The titles of the articles look interesting, the featured projects are right up my street.
But I've never read or even opened this book.
That's no surprise, it's hard to read. The layout is mostly impenetrable, full of wacky typography and bonkers diagrams. The very opposite of openness.
I've included some bonkers diagrams above for you to examine. They feel like they've been drawn by people playing that game where you draw random charts on a whiteboard as you leave a meeting.
Back to the cover. There's a yellow circle that says, "with visual index". What they mean when they say "visual index" is pictures. What they mean when they say "with visual index" is that unlike normal books they've put all the pictures at the back because the front is mostly impenetrable essays full of wacky typography and bonkers diagrams.
I guess that didn't fit in the sticker so they opted for "with visual index".
The pictures are printed on a faded yellow stock. The book is too big and too heavy to read, like all good design books.
You can buy Open Design Now from Amazon.
Part of a series; Reviews of books I’ll never read.