UnBeige Can Read: Hot Summer Reading

We know, you thought that we forgot how to read, what with our erratic drug-addled posting and avowance to swear off words for life. But a stack just landed on our desk and they’re good ones. Just in time for you grab ’em on your way to the beach this weekend.


We second Speak Up’s good review of The Anatomy of Design. This is one of those books you see and say, man, why didn’t I think of that first? Which is exactly what the book is all about. Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic strip pieces of graphic design down to their inspirations and influences, tracing from whence they came. They also categorize visual trends so specifically that you never realized “fake dripping spray paint” or “fascination with skills” were so damn prevalent. Also, the cover is puffy.


Todd Oldham has long been a champion of the artist Charley Harper: Oldham designed an exhibition of Harper’s work and also created some textile designs with his distinctive illustrations. Now Oldham’s literally written the book on Harper, with Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life a gorgeous 420-page monograph that includes huge pretty pictures of his work in Ford Times magazine, The Giant Golden Book of Biology, and hundreds of paintings, murals and drawings.


Through some magical process, AIGA NY’s Fresh Dialogue events turn into books published by Princeton Architectural Press. We don’t know how it happens, but Making Magazines is the latest to emerge. This conversation by the founders of super-smart, super-beautiful indie mags Topic, Esopus and Bidoun includes the text of the talk and full-color photos of whatever they were talking about, inserted appropriately. The conversation was probably really captivating in person because we sat down to quickly page through this book and ended up reading it all in one sitting.

And that’s it for this editon of UnBeige Can Read. Wear your sunblock, and remember, you don’t have to take our word for it.