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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