10 design books to read absolutely

10 design books to read absolutely

Elisa Scotti · 1 week ago · Design

Monday, third week at home, and like every week start, you deserve more tips to spend your days in the best possible way.

We left the previous weeks with fashion documentaries, museums that can be visited online, playlists, books on art and this time we come back with books on design and everything that revolves around it, for all lovers of the subject.

Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style“. Massimo Vignelli

History of Design – Renato De Fusco

From the Industrial Revolution to today, a complete history of design. One of the greatest cultural and socio-economic phenomena of the contemporary age, seen in its most specific aspects: design, production, consumption, and sales.

Thing leads to. Notes for a design methodology – Bruno Munari.

Among Munari’s great books, this is perhaps the one that makes readers most happy for the enchanted lightness with which it leads them to discover that knowing how to design is not the exclusive and innate gift of a few. There is a creativity in each of us, these pages help to develop and highlight. Munari (Milan, 1907-1998), painter, designer, and experimenter of new art forms, marked a fundamental turning point in the history of design in Italy and the world.

Design and visual communication. Contribution to a didactic methodology – Bruno Munari

What is the graphics? Who are the designers? How does their creative logic work? What use do they make of techniques and materials? A master of Italian design has written the most amusing manual to understand its principles, laws and possible realizations.

The design of everyday things – Donald A. Norman

It often happens that we are unable to “use” an object in front of us, opening a window, for example, using a remote control does not mean that we are incapable, it means that this object has been badly designed. Donald A. Norman – and “anthropocentric design” – reveals to us the secrets of bad design and shows what triggers our interaction with so many everyday objects. Effective, the human-scale design is one that combines psychology and technology.

Cromorama. How color has changed our gaze – Riccardo Falcinelli

Why is there never any green in Mondrian’s paintings? In the society of images, color plays a fundamental role in everything we do, everything. All societies have built symbolic systems in which color had a central role and Cromorama tells us how today color has become a filter with which we think about reality.

The language of things – Deyan Sudjic

In all its manifestations, the design is the DNA of our societies. If we want to understand the nature of the modern world, it is this code that we must explore. Chapter after chapter, page after page, we discover how much pleasure there is in knowing through objects, how much we can cultivate ourselves and our own personality by surrounding ourselves with objects, in which we can recognize ourselves and to which we can entrust the task of representing ourselves. Deyan Sudjic teaches us to learn this language and to have a critical judgment so that we become more aware.

Design. History and counter-history – Andrea Branzi

In order to understand design, it is not enough to know the events of furnishing styles and technologies, but it is necessary to investigate the relationships that link domestic objects and tools with the wider scenarios of school and human culture. This book is therefore not a history of industrial design nor a critical anthology dedicated to it, but the first book s

Emotional design – Donald A. Norman

“Emotion” is one of the keywords for the design world today. In this book, Norman recognizes that his previous conceptions, all set on functionality and usability, were limited and limiting: one cannot ignore the pleasure that the objects we use every day give us or not. What each of us represents is also determined by the objects we use: we choose them, we appreciate them not only for the function they perform for us but also for the sensations they give us.

Design marketing. Innovate by changing. The meanings of consumption – Carlo Meo

At one time design was the territory of form applied to functionality, while marketing was the world of ideas to sell more to consumers: today marketing needs design to sell products and make people go to places of purchase, while design needs to turn into marketing to affirm brand identity and increase sales. This book provides introductory tools to understand how these topics interact with each other.

1000 Chairs – Charlotte e Peter Fiell

More than any other furnishing element, the chair has always been the most studied and designed object in the history of design. From the backrest to the leg, from the seat to the color, each element reflects the stylistic awareness of a specific era. Each chair has its own page in which its history, its technicalities and the designer who designed it are explored. This volume is a real gem for design enthusiasts and a must for all collectors!

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Mònica Figueras photographs the essence of summer

Mònica Figueras photographs the essence of summer

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Photography

The scent of the sea, the beaches crowded in summer and deserted in winter. This is the essence of the photography of Mònica Figueras, a young Spanish photographer we have already talked about here before.

Mònica was born in Palamós, a small and beautiful town on the Costa Brava, one of those classic villages that fill up with people in summer and empty completely in winter, becoming almost unrecognizable.

This double personality of the place where she lived until she moved to Barcelona and her love for the sea are tangible things in her photographs. Looking at her images one breathes nostalgia for the summer, but also the calm and tranquility of empty beaches that lose the warm colors typical of the summer months and are covered with a less saturated filter.

Since the places and subjects that Mònica Figueras photographs have always been part of her life, browsing through her shots is like entering her personal diary. We look at what she looked at, we are surrounded by what was around her when she was shooting.

After a while, her style started to interest several clients, so for her commissioned work she prefers digital photography, while for her personal projects she often opts for analog, which allows her to obtain better textures and colors without having to retouch the image afterward.

Below is a selection of her images, to find out more go to her website, Instagram and Tumblr profile.

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The Guestbook: our interview with João Marques

The Guestbook: our interview with João Marques

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Photography

It only took us a few seconds on his Instagram profile to fall in love with João Marques‘ shots, a photographer from Lisbon.

If we had to find a word to describe his photographs, it is contemplation, linked both to the subjects he takes and to the spectators. In fact, many of his images depict figures seen from behind with their eyes pointing towards the sky, at night, during the day, at sunset, full of stars or illuminated by the city lights. Like them, we too are completely enchanted by his work.

We asked João Marques a few questions and he told us how his passion for photography was born.

Tell us how you approached the photograph. Is there a particular moment that you remember?

It started when I was around 13, at that time I asked my dad to try out his digital camera, it was an Olympus and it was pretty cool to me. I started taking mostly portraits of my friends and it kinda was something that always sticked with me through the school years. I was living in a really small town and photography turned into my hobby, I was always filming and photographing my friends. When I was 17 I moved to Lisbon to finish high school and in the following year, I went to film school. In those 3 years, I focused mainly on cinema, I was watching a lot of movies and pretty much discovering my passion for cinema. Only in 2018 after finishing my degree and directing my first short-film ‘Incomum’ I stopped for a moment and thought it could be a cool idea to get some more serious knowledge on photography since it was part of my life for so long but never consciously. I went to Ar.Co and did a 1-year course and that’s when I started to do it again, and I just kept going.

What does photography mean to you and what do you try to tell through your shots?

I work most of the time by instinct, so there’s not that much of a reflection behind my work. At this point, something I understood about myself is that I have a need to create and express myself artistically in some form. I love that photography gave me this opportunity to produce instantly, create an idea or express my perception of a feeling on an image. For someone like me who already has a background also in the film world, where everything is much more complex and involves a lot of people, photography gives me the chance to make almost like a mood board to how I want my films to look and feel like. 

What equipment do you use to shoot? Which tools do you take with you when you shoot and why?

I shoot both analog and digital. My digital camera is a Sony A7 III and my film camera is Pentax K1000. It’s funny because actually I’ve never had other film cameras yet (besides point and shoot ones). I’ve been thinking about moving to a 120mm camera but for now still sticking with this one. I don’t like to do very much planning, so I guess most of the time I don’t take anything else besides the camera. If I take something it would be a small light or some prop that I would like to use on the shot.

Is there a shot you are closest to? Can you tell us about it?

If I had to choose one image, maybe this one. This image was taken around 2 am on January 1, 2019. This was the day where I started this series that I titled ‘the sky is a painting’ of night shots. This one represents all the other similar night images that I’ve done. I’ve always felt connected to night time and the sky. I used to stare a lot at the sky and have one of those moments of realizing how small we are. I like to play with this idea of the human vs universe. I would like to do in the future a photo book with all my night atmospheric shots.

Are there artists you follow or are you inspired by?

Sure. There are some other photographers I follow through social media that I find inspiring, mostly I think what attracts me is a personal point of view of the world and life. Some artists I highly recommend taking a look are Mia Novakova, Maya Beano, Tristan Hollingsworth and Edie Sunday for example. However, I think what I’m mostly inspired by is movies. Some filmmakers that have inspired me are David Lynch, Jonas Mekas, Teresa Villaverde, Wong Kar-Wai, and Robert Bresson.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 4 days ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs. 
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @carla_sutera_sardo, @odetteombra, @lmashtalerova, @siria.d.angelis, @moulayahmed2.0, @paolatala_10, @francescaersilia1, @adriano.losacco, @valeriaroscini, @martinanorii_.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on next InstHunt.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week
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Erotic Photography, Leonardo Glauso’s latest book

Erotic Photography, Leonardo Glauso’s latest book

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

Sensual and passionate, as beautiful as the girls they portray and in black and white, are the shots of Leonardo Glauso collected in his latest book “Erotic Photography“. 

Leonardo was born and in 1989 in Florence, a city that after all his travels and transfers saw him return. In fact, after working in Milan and in the most important European cities he now lives and works in his hometown. After graduating in Graphic Design he decided to dedicate himself entirely to photography, continuing his studies at the International School of Photography in Florence. 

Over time he specialized in artistic and fashion nude photography and today he has several collaborations with national and international names such as GQ, Icon EL PAÍS, Schön! Magazine and many others. 

His latest book, Erotic Photography, is focused on artistic nudes and comes after five other noteworthy publications such as Naked Girls, Private Nudes, Model Casting, Women in Film and Nude Book

Erotic Photography is a collection of shots all strictly in black and white that reveal the covers of the protagonist girls as if they were marble sculptures. The play of light and shadow, which sometimes reveals and sometimes hides, emphasizes the lines and shapes of the models, the only real element of the photographs. No disturbing elements, no-frills, nothing distracts us from the sensual, pure and intimate beauty of the bodies. 

You can buy Erotic Photography at this link if you are curious to find out more about Leonardo Glauso go visit his site.

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Erotic Photography, Leonardo Glauso’s latest book
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