Greg Tate Has a New Book

Hua Hsu:

At the Voice, Tate became known for the slangy erudition he brought to bear on a range of topics, not just hip-hop and jazz but also science fiction, literary theory, movies, city politics, and police brutality. His best paragraphs throbbed like a party and chattered like a salon; they were stylishly jam-packed with names and reference points that shouldn’t have got along but did, a trans-everything collision of pop stars, filmmakers, subterranean graffiti artists, Ivory Tower theorists, and Tate’s personal buddies, who often came across as the wisest of the bunch.

I read Flyboy in the Buttermilk several times. Can’t wait to get my hands on Flyboy 2.

The Future of Design

Jim Van Meer weighs in on the graphic design title in the new era:

In the 21st century, to be a designer means you are a typesetting psychologist with a proclivity for marketing strategy. You need to be a web designer and app developer, one of the elite Digerati, well versed at storytelling. You must be an experiential manipulator; able to use your design thinking skills to lead innovative endeavors others wish they had the wherewithal to accomplish. If these skills sets weren’t enough, you must be a futurologist as well. You have to see the forest despite the trees, and you have to be able to envision what is far over the horizon.


Summer Reading List

These are the books I wanted to get through this summer. The order starts with the ones I wanted to read first.

  • Branded Interactions: Creating the Digital Experience by Marco Spies (reading)
  • The Power of Letterforms: Handwritten, Printed, Cut or Carved, How They Affect Us All by Rosemary Sassoon
  • A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George by Kelly Carlin (started to read)
  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
  • Advertising Creative: Strategy, Copy, and Design by Tom Altstiel & Jean Grow
  • InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign (2rd Edition) by Nigel French
  • JavaScript: 20 Lessons to Successful Web Development by Robin Nixon
  • Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design by Walter Tracy (to be reread)
  • The Sympathizer: A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen (started to read)