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Current and recent reads

The amount of books in my apartment has long surpassed the amount of space in which I have to keep them, but that doesn't stop me from continuing to collect. Over the past few months I've managed to amass a new mini-collection, and I've been switching back and forth between reading them all—they're all that interesting.

My favorite is Terra Nova, by Eric W. Sanderson. In Terra Nova, Sanderson—author of the acclaimed Mannahatta—addresses the three sirens that have been singing to the American public for years: Oil, Cars and Suburbs, and provides a plan for an economically sound, healthier and freer future. The hardcover book was designed by Eddie Opara at Pentagram, and is a thing of beauty. Filled with visualizations, it will also appeal to anyone interested in dataviz and information design.

I spy: Michael Gericke, Eddie Opara and Paula Scher

I spy: Michael Gericke, Eddie Opara and Paula Scher

You could also say I'm in a Pentagram state of mind after a recent Michael Bierut-guided studio visit and opportunity to ask tons of questions about the business. Since then the studio, which has not changed its hands-on operations since its founding in 1972, became a renewed source of inspiration for me. You can read more about Terra Nova on Pentagram's website.

Other highly recommended current and recent reads include, American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood by Paul Greenberg, Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) by Christian Rudder, and because I'm interested in Geometry all over again, Geometry of Design by Kimberly Elam:

Geometry of Design, originally published the year of my graduation from art school (2001. I'm old, how did that happen?), is a must-have for every designer across all disciplines.

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