Design Assembly: the book of the site
After three years of publishing, the Design Assembly website has closed but a selection of its finer moments have been preserved by founder Matt Judge in 3, an innovative three-part book that also features specially-commissioned essays from various design luminaries
The book comes in three colour-coded sections. The first, in green, pays tribute to the various Design Assembly contributors and explains the story behind the site.
The second, red, section features contributions from various design industry figures on the themes of Design Discourse, Inspiration and Good Design. Design Discourse includes essays from CR's Patrick Burgoyne on the tricky issues around online comments and Grafik's Caroline Roberts on the future of design publishing plus pieces from Jonathan Ellery, Christopher Doyle and this rather neat summary of the changes technology has brought to the design process by Michael C Place.
In the Inspiration section, various designers choose pieces or people who have inspired them
There is also a Showcase section
Finally, the Blue book, the largest of the three, features a selection of notable Design Assembly posts and comments
All the profits from sales of the book will be split between three charities, Cancer Research UK, Livestrong and WCRF International.
Books cost £35 but there is also a special edition with a Paul Davis print on the theme of three, for £80. Details here
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I really like that they've printed the comments. Browsing my copy yesterday it really made me think about how we comment on articles on the web. If we thought they would all be printed out and bound, would we still say the same things, in the same way? Probably not.
The book itself is lovely, although the unusual binding feels very fragile.
As much as I have loved DA as a reference point over the past 3 years, I'm actually quite sad to see it go offline.
There is however a web archive of most of the articles over here: http://dlvr.it/10fWRr but go buy the book as it's beautifully designed and all the proceeds go to charity.
Wonderful to see the design community come together and contribute for such a good cause...very inspiring! Really well done.
@ Oliver - I couldn't agree more, regarding the printing of comments. Far too often, we hide behind the interweb, with no sense of responsibility
A lovely piece of work Matt and all the contributers. And for a good cause also. Win win win! well done
I find it funny that anyone would bother producing or buying this. Given how much stick Grafik magazine got from a lot of designers when it went bust the other day for being a gratuitous over-priced waste of space with 'so what' content. I fail to see the difference between Grafik and a book that includes items produced for the sake of it like a list by Michael C Place about technology!
What an absolute moron.
Brilliant piece of work, with a huge amount of content and 100% of the profits are going to charity. I can't see a negative.
Every university should buy a copy.
Congratulations Matt Judge.
Glad you like the book. The binding isn't as durable as a case bound compendium, obviously, but I wouldn't call it fragile either. Let me know if you've somehow received a rogue copy, will happily replace. Also, without wanting to be overly philosophical about it, the intention wasn't to create something overtly robust. The cause itself highlights the fragility of mankind, I wanted to create something unique and precious, which hopefully together with Identity we achieved.
There's actually a very interesting article by Patrick Burgoyne about the perils of user commenting on design blogs in the second book, you might want to read it (clearly you haven't actually seen/read the book yet, just making sweeping comments based on the pictures above). Thankfully I have more faith in the design community (nay humanity) than to think your uninformed dribble would discourage anyone from supporting a not-for-profit, charity initiative.
Alex, did you type dailymail incorrectly?
Even taking the charity aspect out of it (and that is reason enough to buy it), this is a beautifully designed book full of interesting and insightful content. Did you ever visit the Design Assembly site? It would appear not, just take a look at the list of contributors, http://da3.designassembly.org/contributors/ – there is a lot to learn from the thoughts of these people, and I don't see how articles on the 'future of design publishing' etc can be considered 'so what'.
If more design students spent their time reading articles like the one's contained within this book, the design industry would be in a lot better shape. I think it's a bold and brave move to release a book that has so much written content, and the people involved should be championed for that.
Top work Matt.
Best purchase I've made all year. Not only is the book a well designed / crafted piece of work, it's also an interesting, informative and thought-provoking read.Can't remember the last time I felt that way about a design-related book.
I totally agree with @Rick Banks—universities should buy copies—there are more than a few valuable lessons to be learnt (reminded of) contained within the pages.
@Alex you definitely need to buy a copy and a dictionary while you're at it—you may need refresh your memory as to what the word gratuitous means....
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