Little. Green. Different.

Design books, by nature, are not inspiring. They may contain interviews with Famous Designers, sumptuous money-shot spreads, legendary tales of clients who were miraculously convinced of the Power of Design. But upon closing the cover, you’re often imparted with a sense of awe, or, envy, or, maybe, inadequacy. Not inspiration.

Inspirability better deliver, then, due to its title alone. But judged simply by its appearance, it’s obvious this book is different. The cover, for one, is a soft swirl of olive; soft in the sense that it’s velour, like flocked wallpaper. While reading, it’s less like holding a book, and more like holding a teddy bear. That effect alone makes for quite a different experience.
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Inside–if you can ever tear yourself away from the cover–you’ll speed through 40 profiles of designers made up of handwritten surveys, self-portraits, a few work samples, and–the greatest treat of all–photos of the designers’ workspaces. By designer #4 (Mirko Ilic), you realize the reason this design book is truly inspiring is the fact that this book is not really about design at all. It’s about all the little things–Burt Bacharach, chainsaws, Paris, “Rocky,” Batman action figures, coconut cream pie, “The Electric Company,” a seven-year-old daughter–that make design better.

Not necessary for the enjoyment of this book, but helpful nonetheless, is the fact that the author, Pash (Matt Pashkow, but, seriously, call him Pash), is one of the most delightful, inspired creatives ever to put velour to cardboard.

This book came out about a year ago, and Pash tells us he still needs more people like you to send him the same survey he gave those 40 designers. It’s on the back page of the book, or you can download it here.