Make Space

“Appropriate for designers charged with creating new spaces or anyone interested in revamping an existing space, this guide offers novel and non-obvious strategies for changing surroundings specifically to enhance the ways in which teams and individuals communicate, work, play—and innovate. This work is based on years of classes and programs at the d.school including countless prototypes and iterations with d.school students and spaces.”

—Scott Doorley & Scott Witthoft, “Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration.” Hobeken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2012. (Extras Website)

Fitzcarraldo Editions

“Like some other small imprints – and some record labels’ singles clubs – Fitzcarraldo runs an annual subscription scheme. For £100, subscribers get a year’s worth of books – in 2019, the label will publish 12 titles – and Testard gets some small measure of financial breathing space, with income that may not be received for eighteen months being banked in advance of publication.”

—Angus Batey, “Pushing The Boat Out: Art & Business The Fitzcarraldo Way.” The Quietus. September 15, 2019.

I need to put together a list of these interesting small publishers. Dorothy is another that came to mind reading this article.

Lithium: The Gripping History of a Psychiatric Success Story

“Some 70 years ago, John Cade, an Australian psychiatrist, discovered a medication for bipolar disorder that helped many patients to regain stability swiftly. Lithium is now the standard treatment for the condition, and one of the most consistently effective medicines in psychiatry. But its rise was riddled with obstacles. The intertwined story of Cade and his momentous finding is told in Lithium, a compelling book by US psychiatrist Walter Brown.”

-Douwe Draaisma, “Lithium: The Gripping History of a Psychiatric Success Story.” Nature. August 26, 2019.

White Nationalism in the United States

“Sometimes, in the face of a totalitarian system of thought, and in the absence of a fully articulated alternative world order, conveying unease is the best a narrator can do. Or is it? …

As we now understand, a significant portion of the US population supports a politics of white nationalism…The phrasing varies, but the arguments share a premise: life is deeply
unfair, and by birthright some people will have material comforts and physical safety and some will suffer, and this inequality should be upheld with state-sanctioned paramilitary force.”

—Emily Witt, “Crossing the Border.” London Review of Books. August 15, 2019.

The people who love the idea of the law of the jungle are people that don’t live in one.

LE PATER | Alphonse Mucha | Thomas Negovan

This giant 12″ x 16″ edition is printed to scale with Mucha’s original artworks. Published in ultra-high resolution on fine cotton paper with advanced color correction, deluxe varnishes, and elegant gilded edges to create a boutique keepsake volume. This book contains over 220 pages of rare historical photos and a thorough decoding of the Judeo-Christian and Masonic Symbolism hidden in the artworks.

https://www.lepater.com/#!

Standard Ebooks: Free and Liberated ebooks

“Standard Ebooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that
produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly
formatted, open source, and free.

Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and make them available for the widest number of reading devices. Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style manual, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to create a new edition that takes advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.”

https://standardebooks.org/

Open Syllabus Project, Visualized

“A new interactive visualization from Open Syllabus turns this trove of data into a color-coded stippling of different-sized dots, each one representing a particular text. Float over each dot and a box appears in the corner of the screen, showing the number of syllabi that have assigned the text, and a link to a profile page with more detailed analysis. Called the “Co-Assignment Galaxy,” the infographic does what a list cannot: draws connections between all these works and their respective fields of study.

-Josh Jones, “A New Interactive Visualization of the 165,000 Most-Frequently Assigned Texts in College Courses.” openculture.com. July 22, 2019.

A list of the top 50 works is available from the Open Syllabus Project website.