Print is far from dead. As nice as it is to put my paws on a PowerBook, it’s hard to beat the tactile nature of a real book.
They don’t require batteries either.
I’ve got a pile on the coffee table and bedside that I haven’t dug into proper. I figure I’ll be able to get a few tackled during some long flights.
- Paint by Number William L. Bird, Jr. (The source of the image above)
A trip down memory lane. Well crafted and designed to boot. I’m trying to think if there are any recent crafty crazes (aside from "scrapbooking") that inspires folks to turn off the tube and use unearthed artistic talents.
- A Home at the End of the World Michael Cunningham
The author of The Hours coupled with mini-review by Bitbear was all I needed to pick this up as a travel companion.
- The Protectors Dave Brown
Cowboy serial smut I’ve been following, however this one is tougher to get into because there’s this strange twist of time travel mixed in with the man love.
- Coming into the Country John McPhee
Another recommendation that is a pleasure to read, also going in the travel bag.
- Peanuts – The Art of Charles Shultz Edited by Chip Kidd
The upcoming Peanuts books, brought to my attention by Rootbeer1, made me take pause as I passed the humor section in the store. Not what I was looking for, but what a wonderfully designed piece. Moments before I was wondering what Chip Kidd was up to (a great book jacket designer most famous for the Jurassic Park logo)
- Designing with Web Standards Jeffery Zeldman
This is a great introduction to the different "standards" facing developers and designers. I haven’t gotten into it far enough to prove its worth, but it seems to be the most valuable of the (techincal) bunch. Plus, it was 30% off at Barnes and Noble. Discount = good.
- Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide O’Reilly
More for reference than for reading. It will go on the shelf at the studio.
- HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS Elizabeth Castro
I enjoy the approachability of the Visual Quickstart Guides. This one seems the most rudimentary, but again, it’s nice to have on the shelf when noggin scratching.