In the absence of Polaroids I think I’ll settle for the Fujifilm Instax mini 90.
Let’s reinvent the bookshop
Several design teams were asked to reinvent the bookshop:
Their analysis was stark: “Design on its own will not save the bookshop.” But Roberts was undaunted. “If you leave the model as it is and redecorate, nothing’s going to change. The solution needs to be much more fundamental: informed, strategic and daring.” The bookshop, as Gensler saw it, had to anticipate every sort of literary need, from grabbing a paperback or download, to relaxed browsing, personally tailored reading-lists, self-publishing, book clubs, author events and even an enhanced experience of reading a book in the bookish equivalent of a flotation tank.
Roberts and Tollit also produce diagrams showing the concept as “a kit of parts” to “plug in and play” according to location and audience. At a railway station, tl;dr might be just a download-and-vending wall. In a hipster neighbourhood such as Hoxton or Williamsburg, it might feel more like a club. “It can grow, shrink and respond to the way people are shopping the store or it could pop up elsewhere.” Putting a tl;dr vending machine at the end of Brighton Pier, for example, where it would sell “Brighton Rock”, and promote the nearest fully equipped store. (emphasis mine)
Let’s reinvent the bookshop via Intelligent Life
Graft, craft and being daft
Graft, craft and being daft. An inspiring, infectious talk by Gavin Strange.
David Mellor cutlery
I fell in love with this
David Mellor minimal stainless steel cutlery in the Bristol Guild years ago. As was the case then, I still can’t afford it.
Love the design of the recently-reintroduced Pelican Books.
Work hard and do good work for good people.
Icon magazine relauched
Icon magazine has been relaunched for its 150th issue.