Author Archives: Michael Stasiak

Giving the Gift of Design: A Last-Minute Holiday Books Roundup

This is not a list of the best design books of 2012, but of some of the most interesting and alluring ones that have come to our attention in recent weeks—encompassing typography, illustration, the business of being a designer, and more. If you need last-minute gift ideas for your fellow designers—or if you need...

Fake Products, Real Feelings: Rob Walker on His Exhibition of Branding Experiments

Between his long-running Consumed column for The New York Times Magazine and his 2008 book, Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are, it is highly probable that nobody thinks about brands, products, and their significance as much as Rob Walker. Starting today, apexart in Lower Manhattan will host “As...

My Ideal Bookshelf: The Books That Make the Designer

Visually, the average bookshelf is a mess. Arranged along single planks are these hundreds of objects of every conceivable dimension and color, spanning decades—centuries, even—of our cultural history. Stately black-and-orange Penguin Classics butt against the garish hues of a science fiction series that we secretly devour, which rubs covers with our starkly minimal art...