Cover Story: Linkage

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:

Negative Space: Logo Design

Cover Story

The Green Book

Roman Mars, the host of 99% Invisible, did a TED Talk that’s about flag design, not books, but it’s still super interesting:

Why city flags may be the worst-designed things you’ve never noticed

A couple of other TED Talks by Chip Kidd dealing with cover design:

Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is

The art of first impressions- in design and life

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.

The Spirit of Will Eisner

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