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Read Something: DB Approved Reads

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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WINKREATIVE: Winkreative Design Stories: A Global View on Branding, Design, and Publishing

(Gestalten) Both a reference book and a design anthology, Winkcreative Design Stories treks through the international agency’s history, telling the story of how it creates universal narratives for iconic brands such as Louis Vuitton and major tournaments such as Wimbledon. With insights into the thinking and processes behind Winkreative’s massive body of work, this is a must-have coffee-table book for any design junkie.

TOM KELLEY & DAVID KELLEY: Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

(Crown Publishing) From Kelley brothers Tom (IDEO partner and bestselling author of The Art of Innovation) and David (IDEO founder and Stanford D School creator) comes an expertly written reason to hark back to your kindergarten days when we all were artists. Proving that there are no “creative types,” the brothers Kelley use their profound experiences to explain how everyone can tap into their peak creative potential.

STEPHEN POWERS: A Love Letter to the City

(Princeton Architectural Press) The large-scale public murals found in Stephen Powers’s repertoire offer billboard-size glances into the intimate side of life. Scattered across the world from Philadelphia to Belfast, his love-letter-inspired projects (“I paid the light bill just to see your face”) “talk about love and life instead of commercial concerns,” as the author says. We’d pay the light bill just to flip through this collection of public eye candy.

JIM WALROD: I Knew Jim Knew

(PowerHouse Books) Aptly described by Mike D of the Beastie Boys as “the furniture pimp” and widely regarded as “the design guru,” Jim Walrod is a “self-trained interior designer” whose résumé and Rolodex suggest a work history far more multifaceted. This almost pocket-sized read showcases the profound assortment of random facts that Walrod has collected while working with the world’s top creatives.

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