spark joy podcast
A conversation with the Spark Joy podcast about the book as an object, haptic design, Tsundoku, book recommendations, discarding dust jackets, and what it means to live with books late into the print era.
THE BOOK, UNFOLDED
The form of the book in the 21st century
I don’t think it’s cool to spend the present anticipating the future.
— Kenya Hara, ‘Books as Information Sculpture’, Designing Design
Ray & Charles Eames, Kenya Hara, MUJI, Marshall McLuhan, Alice in Wonderland, Jia Tolentino, Harold Innis, the death of text, Choose Your Own Adventure, audiobooks, Michel de Montaigne’s cat, haptic, picnics.
That print increasingly hypnotized the Western world is nowadays the theme of all historians of art and science alike, because we no longer live under the spell of the isolated visual sense. We have not yet begin to ask under what new spell we exist.
— Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy
William Morris, Futurists, Marie Kondo, Michel de Montaigne’s library, Pilgrims, Nick Hornby, Penguin, Jan Tschichold, Robin Kinross, Gutenberg
Maybe Marshall McLuhan knows why Marie Kondo makes you So Mad
HOW TO TALK ABOUT TYPE
Eventually I will write this up and post the slides, but in the meantime, here is the talk from November, 2018, taken from the facebook stream