This is the best design book I've ever read.
This is the last Summer Of Design Books post. Have you enjoyed it? I have, although I've been disappointed that only Loic bothered posting anything! Especially as lots of people told me they were writing reviews and then didn't. Lazy buggers.
I'm also disappointed that I didn't manage to get through all the books I'd wanted to this summer. But hey, there are plenty more summers left.
Still, this is one book I did read. And I'm glad I did because it's brilliant. I made notes throughout and I'm gonna stick photos of those up here. That might not be much use to you. Which is tough, really. You should buy the book.
The problem with all the design books I've read feel like they've been written by wankers. They might not have been, but they feel like they have. Boring, self important people. Not the sort of people you'd want to be sat next to on a plane. You know the type.
This feels like it's been written by a mate. Or a really interesting bloke you met in a nice pub who happened to know a lot about graphic design.
Like the title says, it's 79 short essays about design. The key word there is short. Short is good in design books. It's more like a collection of blog posts.
It's humorous in places and laugh out loud funny in others. It's humble and personal but it covers the big debates of the day - Innovation is the New Black is a good example. It's been written with care and thought. It has plenty of head nodding familiar moments.
I couldn't put it down - and there's no other design book you can say that about is there?
Michael Johnson has written a more detailed, scholarly post about the book here. He even lists writing tips gleened from the book which are well worth a read and a bookmark.
You should buy it.