Books are always a form of inspiration for us. Having them physically in the hands feeling the pages is an involvement that’s tough to replace. Though we love our ebooks, some books are just better in print.
This is one with just the right amount of foreword on Fred Herzog, the time and place to kickstart things. The publisher has put a substantial amount of attention to detail in printing, layout and binding on this book. It is easy to go though 300 photo-filled pages. Some embossing on its hardcover certainly adds to the experience.
Less is More
Written in both English and German which can get wordy as it takes each reader into a journey of design and its influence over time. The use of several types (a good three) of paper and the inclusion of early drafts further draws participation. One has to have a lot of interest in Dieter Rams or industrial design to fully appreciate this book.
An annual subscription comes with exclusive videos and a copy of their publication will be sent every quarter. Since it is their first go, we had our reservations. Each comes wrapped in a sheet stamped with Petrolicious logo and an envelope securing all that goodness. Despite that, they tend to still get dented edges from shipping.
Doubts are all gone from flipping a few pages as it is beautifully put together. From the use of typeface, quality of content to photography, the team at Petrolicious demonstrates automobile journalism at its best. The choice of paper and definition of print for $129, inclusive of postage, there’s just nothing to complain of.
If you’re into cars, especially classic ones, it is one to love. They have done an excellent job at spotlighting proper cars by painting driving experiences to life with words. Not quite Henry Catchpole in terms of writing nonetheless an interesting alternative.
Cereal City Guide
Cereal magazine is loved by minimalists for their clean and clutter free layout. Aside from their usual biannual releases, they came out with a New York, London and Paris city guides, I didn’t get the last one as it is a place I’ve already been.
In times of such, it is nice to travel from the comfort of your very living room. Some may find it an advert however images of food and venue are rather enjoyable. It’d be a lot enjoyable if these pages were larger as flipping through required delicacy of handling a newborn.
The Suffering of Light
Everything of this book is simply generous in size and a collection of thirty years of photographs. Alex Webb demonstrates masterclass composition to go with in the moment photography. It is large enough (not to the point of cumbersome) for anyone to appreciate each image in detail. If you are into photography, this is one not to be missed.
The World Atlas of Coffee
Nice in the hands although not coffee table feel-good considering it leans towards the educational side of things instead of casual Sunday flipping. If you’d like to know all about coffee, there is all to it here and more. Even if you’re not, this book might inspire in picking up a new brewing method for the weekend. It is one that has been meticulously put together much like James’ work on Youtube.