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Alice in Wonderland

“Oh, I’ve had such a curious dream! said Alice.  And she told her sister, as well as she could remember… her sister kissed her, and said “It was a curious dream, dear, certainly; but now run in to your tea; it’s getting late.  So Alice got up and ran off, thinking while she ran, as […]

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barCODE

I know several people have written about this book (Code) already. I started and stopped several of the books on this list, but this one is simply amazing. You should all definitely READ THIS BOOK. It breaks down how code (and computers) work in a very simple and easy to understand way. Each chapter builds […]

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Interaction of Color, Josef Albers

 

I am sure that people that have been working with color detection, will agree with Josef Albers’ statement that

“Color is the most relative medium in art” 

Since color is reflected light, and because the light is ever changing in a room, and because the reflected light is affected by other sources of […]

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Code: The Hidden Language Behind Everything We’re Doing at ITP.

I’ve seen that two other people have already written about this book (one being my applications partner, which makes this post clearly very late but I wanted to finish the book), and though they’ve written wonderful things about the subject, I wanted to update what they’ve said with a concept that I took from the […]

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Emotional Design: Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things [continued]

I also read Donald A. Norman’s Emotional Design: Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things and was struck by how much the design of modern products has changed from when the book was published in 2005.

Like the other commenters & reviewers noted, the book was published right before the launch of the iPhone, which could arguably be […]

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Closure in the World of Comics

I used to read comics when I was younger – most often Archie comics or X-Men comics. I was fascinated by the stark contrast they provided to books; in a way, they felt more intriguing. I was drawn by the color; the life-like characters; the over-the-top dialogue. Little did I know that I was being drawn by so […]

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The Design of Everyday Things

BAD DESIGN

The Design of Everyday Things made me re-evaluate all those hours of hair-pulling anxiety when one of my parents asked for help with a new gadget and I could’t even find the power switch. In the past, whenever I found myself stuck trying to get a piece of equipment to work, I repeated […]

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O Rly?: Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means by

I purposely did not read Adam’s post before writing mine, so apologies for anything repeated. I wanted to preserve my ideas about the book while writing.

Before I vent my frustration at the oversights of this book, I’ll give you a fairly unbiased summary of Barabasi’s book. Linked gives readers a detailed account […]

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Understanding Comics

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The Life and Death of Great Open Source Cities

By Will Canine

I read Jane Jacob’s Life and Death of Great American Cities.

She writes it as she is lives an intensely connected urban life in Greenwich Village. She exchanges secret, knowing nods with the grocer and organizes neighborhoods to fight off city planners like Robert Moses that would redesign her and her neighbors’ […]