The end of our shortest month is drawing close. We thought we’d wave goodbye to February by giving you a quick round up of what we’ve been reading this month and what’s been exciting us in the world of digital design.
On the shelf: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
“After reading The Goldfinch last summer, I decided to track back and read Donna Tartt’s first novel. Unbelievably well-crafted characters and a well-paced plot, myths, secrets, ancient Greek, murders..it’s like Dostoevsky in Vermont. Read it!”
On the web: Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?
“Exciting music related design news – Hot Chip’s new album’s artwork is being produced (with Nick Relph) using an algorithm based printing technique, that makes each physical album copy unique. And Domino (their record label) have got a trippy little site to accompany it. A very clever way of nailing the covetable angle in the world of digital downloads and streaming.”
On the Shelf: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
“As always with Malcolm Gladwell’s books, there’s plenty of food for thought. There’s a particularly interesting chapter on classroom sizes that debunks the myth that smaller is better.”
On the Web: Ask for Janice
“One page websites are incredibly popular now, and it’s interesting to see how some people get it wrong. But Ask for Janice definitely gets it right, and it’s a nice, clean, simple example of when one-page sites work perfectly.”
“I remembered recently that a family member gave this book to me as a kid and I lost it on a trip, so I picked up a fresh copy. It’s a lovely book about what it means to grok something.”
Online: Jens Windolf
“A clean, type-driven exercise in understatement. Extra points for using one of my favourite fonts from one of my favourite foundries.”
On the Shelf: The Hare With the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
“The Japanese netsuke are the miniature starting points for an epic story based on one family, which manages to take in a couple of turbulent European centuries, the art of collecting and the tragic way some fortunes are made and destroyed.”
“The launch of the newly revamped Waterstones site does make me happy, being a former bookseller. The combination of traditional bookselling and the reintepretation of that for online are necessary -and good looking – steps that more retailers should consider. It’s got some snazzy little hipstery splashes as well.”