A selection of my favorite collected readings from this year. I hope you have enjoyed reading them. Happy new year!
Design should not be seen as a discipline in the same way as geography or physics. It is a method: a method to join together separate ideas, information, emotions and organize them to develop a thought. None of the books listed below have any real examples of what is traditionally thought of as design. There are no glossy photos, models or “concepts”. Instead they are books which develop a way of thinking, a method which realizes that what is made is only as good as the way an idea is framed. There is no style, no “big idea”, just different ways to help you see the world you live in and how to rearrange the complexity of that world in a way that makes sense of things.
2. The food edition
This week I have collected together a series of recipe videos I made. Most of them were made on a recent visit to London in my mum’s kitchen.
3. Thinking about the present
A collection of thoughts around thinking, work and how to be in the present.
“Today is a gift.
That is why they call it the present.”
4. Introduction : Sherlock Holmes and the design process
After reading a collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels, I was struck by how much the process of detection has in common with the process of design. I have picked out some of the best quotes which illustrate these ideas.
5. Free markets and democracy
“And so, the balance of business expenditures shifts from product research to market research. The television commercial has oriented business away from making products of value and toward making consumers feel valuable, which means that the business of business has now become pseudo-therapy.”
– Neil Postman