Visionary essay on media by Marshall McLuhan, made understandable by graphic designer Quentin Fiore. This is mandatory reading for anyone who is interested in communication in the 21st century. Fun fact: the title was a mistake at first. McLuhan’s adagium was “the medium is the message”. However, it is generally accepted he left it as is because it was an apt play of words.
The life story of Marjane Satrapi, told and illustrated by Marjane Satrapi. A graphic novel that holds the perfect balance between the grim realities of a war-torn youth and a type of subtle humour I find hard to describe. I found it at the same time entertaining, intellectually challenging and light enough to read on a Sunday afternoon. I read the Dutch translation.
Dale Carnegie is the Tim Ferris of his time. Excellent book that is both entertaining and useful—however you like to take it. Gave me insight and some neat tricks to stop worrying—a wake up call so to speak.
Some advice is religiously-tinted and may therefore sound a bit dated. There is also a lot of show-by-telling of things that were relevant in the early 1940s. But if you translate it to today’s society and read the book in its context, you will find principles that you can apply in your life right now anyway.
A good friend of mine recommended Alessandro Baricco. The first book I read was “Silk”. I read this on the plane to New-Zealand. Silk is a tiny book and very pleasant to read. I really like the way Baricco plays with conventional ways of storytelling. Somehow, he manages to transport me to France and Japan with just a few sentences.
A classic. I read The Psychology of Everyday Things as part of my graphic design curriculum at the Media & Design Academie. It profoundly changed the way I look at things. The title of the book has since been updated to The Design of Everyday Things, but the message and content are still the same. Pleasant to read and full of wisdom. Don Norman at his best!
Graphic novel that provides background to the events leading up to the economic and political earthquakes of the beginning of the 21st century. The author succeeds in making otherwise somewhat dry material appealing for a wider audience. The story mainly revolves around poking holes in objectivist philosophy developed by Ayn Rand. Interesting read if you want to understand the events of the early 2000’s better. The graphic style and story are a bit too apocalyptic for my taste, and I thought some story lines were a bit simplistic or lacked nuance. I guess there’s only so much you can put in a graphic novel.