Do Fly

The Do Book Company publish varied titles, all at inspiring the reader to (you guessed it) do something. I’m reading “Do Fly” at the moment, hoping to pick up tips on how to run a side business passion project whilst holding down a Nine-to-five.

I shall report back…

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Guards! Guards!

Terry Pratchett.  What a legend. I was working from home when he died, and the news broke on the radio and via my new app at the same time, and… reader, I cried.

I’ve read maybe half of his Discworld titles so far. We own a few of the recent (ish) reprints by Gollancz, which have revived my enthusiasm for the series. Continue reading “Guards! Guards!”

The Bricks That Built The Houses

Kate Tempest “started out as a rapper, toured the spoken word circuit for a number of years and began writing for theatre in 2012“.
She has a powerful, passionate and distinctive voice, and to see her perform is a breathtaking experience  – I’ve been in rooms with several hundred people, with the only sounds being her voice and the street/wider festival outside.

Continue reading “The Bricks That Built The Houses”

Lingo

I’ve just finished Lingo by Gaston Dorren, a wonderful recommendation from a good friend.

It’s a “pop linguistics” book, by which I mean that it explores matters of academic interest to linguists, in a way that is accessible and interesting to a layman.

It covers European languages, and focuses heavily on the Indo-European root that they mostly share, so it’s definitely left me with a thirst to learn about African and Pacific languages at the very least (before we get onto the fascinatingly different way that languages indigenous to the Americas are constructed). But it was a well-written, healthily educational book that felt sufficiently well researched. And for lovers of etymology (and who DOESN’T love learning where stuff comes from?!), it’s a thrilling ride.

Mid-century Modern Complete

Dominic Bradbury’s Mid-century Modern Complete is, frankly, a tome. Published by Thames & Hudson, it seeks to be the definitive reference material on mid-century design across the globe – or certainly, Europe, Scandinavia and North America.

It collects its content under:
I. MEDIA AND MASTERS
– Furniture
– Lighting
– Glass And Ceramics
– Textiles
– Product And Industrial Design
– Graphics And Posters
II. HOUSES AND INTERIORS
III. A-Z OF DESIGNERS AND MAKERS

For me, section I is the most informative and therefore my favourite, but fans of “Pinspiration” will likely prefer section II, with its (visual) suggestions of how to incorporate several elements into one scheme.

There is a lot of supporting information – if you want a book of pretty pictures, I wouldn’t shell out fifty quid on it. But it’s a book that I find myself returning to once a month or so – and not just because it lives in my coffee table (1 – I like to show it off, 2 – I’m not sure I trust the shelves with it… so heavy!). There is plenty of reference to the existing rules that this design movement was breaking, and as every music & art teacher will probably tell you, you have to know the rules to break them.

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The book on the more secure lower shelf of my £10 charity shop coffee table, an absolute find.

EDIT AT 15/05/2016: If you’re just looking for a collection of inspiring images, there is a related object you can get, instead – 100 Postcards of Iconic Designs, £15 at time of writing.