After a busy week last week, and a bit of weekend traveling for a wedding, I haven’t read as much as I wanted to. I’m in the midst of a couple of different books: The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax, which is about the resurgence of (suprise!) analog things like vinyl albums, Moleskine notebooks, and film cameras. The other book is The Hunt for Vulcan… And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe by Thomas Levenson, which chronicles 19thcentury astronomers’ and mathematicians’ search for a planet that doesn’t exist based on the fact that Mercury didn’t move the way Newtonian physics said it should. It sounds a little dry, but so far it’s pretty interesting.
Though I haven’t had a lot of reading time, I’ve been listening to a bunch of podcasts. The fun ones are design-based, specifically from 99% Invisible:
Roman Mars, the host of 99% Invisible, did a TED Talk that’s about flag design, not books, but it’s still super interesting:
A couple of other TED Talks by Chip Kidd dealing with cover design:
That’s all for now. I’m hoping to finish up my current reads over the next couple of days, and then on to some graphic novels.
Wait! I just reminded myself of another podcast- Imaginary Worlds, hosted by Eric Molinsky. The most recent episode is about Will Eisner and how he helped to guide both comics and graphic novels into the forms as we know them now.