Contemporaneous Extension

Christmas List 6

Graphic Diagrams: The Graphic Visualization of Abstract Data by Walter Herdeg: I absolutely adore the fusion of art and seemingly practical knowledge, which is precisely the case with Herdeg’s intuitive parallel of information with graphic design. There are two editions of this book, one from 1974 and a second from 1976 that apparently isn’t as challenging, that integrate a variety of designers and artists to visualize quantity, statistics, and flux.

All photos courtesy of Designer Books

From the Masters of Cinema Series: David Lynch, by Thierry Jousse: Because everyone should know a little more about David Lynch and his breathtaking use of atmosphere, illogical narrative interjections, and ability to observe and highlight the peripheral details. ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘Mulholland Drive’ are cinematic gold.

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, by Stephen Hawking: Who doesn’t love outer space and the eternal mystery that is time?! I, for one, am mildly obsessed with the contemplation of time and am sold on acquiring Hawking’s insight into cosmology. It was a New York Times Best Seller and sold millions of copies, plus Hawking apparently was inducted into the Royal Society, an organization pushing for scientific innovation which had Issac Newton himself as president in the 18th century. The book was noted for including minimal mathematical formulas yet explaining phenomena like black holes and quarks with stunning simplicity. Also, diagrams and drawings are a major accompaniment to the text, which always helps us visual-memory aesthetes. Hawkings is so inspiring that Errol Morris generated a documentary on the genius’ life in 1991, also named A Brief History of Time.


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