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Abduzeedo Last Minute Gift Guide

Holidays are here and if you are like me you haven't bought any gifts yet. Well for me today and tomorrow will be the days and I decided to share with you some products that I think they are cool and would make any designer/nerd like me happy. From books to video-games you might find something that interests you. Braun Travel Alarm Clock Black Braun's legendary travel alarm clocks were loved by many even after production stopped. Starting around April 20, 2011, the new licensed production of these clocks are available. This is the equivalent to the AB1A, originally designed by Dietrich Lubs with Dieter Rams in 1994. A pared down, very small but reliable clock, the AB1A had no snooze function, but a clear crisp crescendo alarm, and ran on one AA battery, many say, for a solid year. Silent German movement. Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi The Kindle Fire is a 7-inch tablet that links seamlessly with Amazon's impressive collection of digital music, video, magazine, and book services in one easy-to-use package. It boasts a great Web browser, and its curated Android app store includes most of the big must-have apps (such as Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu). The Fire has an ultra-affordable price tag, and the screen quality is exceptional for the price." - CNET Samsung I9250 Galaxy Nexus 16GB Unlocked World's First Smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4.65" HD Super AMOLED display Rayman Origins Michel Ancel, celebrated creator of Rayman®, Beyond Good & Evil® and the Raving Rabbids® returns to his roots to bring us Rayman® Origins: an all-new 4-player co-op comic adventure set in a lush, 2D world, teeming with unexpected secrets and outlandish enemies. Einstein: His Life and Universe How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk -- a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate -- became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals. The Alchemist The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams. Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come. Braun Men's Analog Watch Black Face, Black Leather Band 38mm After a hiatus of many years, Braun watches and clocks are back in production in 2011 Braun's decision to re-issue their collection, including some of the rare LCD watches from the 1970's, gained approval from Dietrich Lubs, co-designer with Dieter Rams. Lubs credits their independent and functionally-oriented design for the continued relevance of the Braun timepiece collections, some thirty years after their introduction. Eventually, there will be production for the complete line of Braun watches and clocks, as well as new, exciting and innovative Braun products. The reappearance of Braun's complete wristwatch is a testament to the genius of the designers, and it hints at the numbers of loyal Dieter Rams adn Dietrich Lubs fans around the world. Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and DIGIC 4 Imaging (Body Only) Canon has unveiled the EOS T3i (known in Europe as the EOS 600D) upper entry-level DSLR. It continues to use the 18MP CMOS sensor seen in the Rebel T2i (550D) but gains a tilt and swivel 1,040k dot LCD monitor like the one offered on the more expensive 60D. It also gains the ability to remotely control flashguns using its internal flash, a feature previously only featured on higher-end models. Alongside the camera, Canon is also launching the 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II, a cosmetically revised version of its optically stabilized kit lens. We've had a chance to use pre-production versions of both and have prepared a Hands-On Preview of the EOS 600D including beta samples gallery.

Book Suggestion: Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age

The book suggestion of this week is a very inspiring one for those in love with vintage typography, it's called Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age. It's definitely a book for when you need some extra motivation and inspiration. About the book Elegant, quirky, fluid, brutish, ostentatious— a visual resource of cursives and other typefaces that resemble handwriting. From wedding announcements to IOUs, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of scripts—some “classic,” others eccentric. Derived from handwriting, these are typefaces that are stylized to suggest, imply, or symbolize certain traits linked to writing. Their fundamental characteristic is that all the letters, more or less, touch each other. Scripts tend to fall in and out of fashion, but they are most definitely part of the typographic landscape today, and the more curious and distinctive they are, the better. Drawn from the Golden Age of Scripts, from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, this is the first compilation of popular, rare, and forgotten scripts from the United States, Germany, France, England, and Italy. Filled with examples from a broad spectrum of sources—advertising, street signs, invitations, type-specimen books, personal letters—the book is a delightful and invaluable trove of long-overlooked material. 300 color and 50 black-and-white illustrations Buy it Now from Amazon

Logo Design: Books

The Logo Design series is up and running! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new ways to sort these listings. Last week we had a post on logos with roads... today it's all about logos with books! As usual, we'll search for logos in these galleries: Logopond, Logo Faves, Logo Moose, Logo from Dreams, Logo Gala, WS Logos, The Logo Mix and Wolda. We hope you all enjoy our selection! Cheers. ;)

Design Book: HYPE by Bram Vanhaeren

Our friend Bram Vanhaeren has just released a book showing the commercial and experimental work he has done over the last 20 months, the book is called HYPE and looks really cool. Especially because as he says, it's an incentive to other artists to practice more and of course inspire us all. HYPE is a collection of commercial and experimental artworks of Bram Vanhaeren. A collection of work created over the last 20 months and some unique insights in the techniques he uses. This book was created to inspire other young artists, share techniques and give the reader a pleasant time exploring the works by Bram Vanhaeren. Inside the Book T-shirt Want to buy it? For more information about the book or if you want to buy it, visit http://bramvanhaeren.bigcartel.com/product/hype-art-book

Book Review: Making Ideas Happen

In this post I'll review this amazing book "Making Ideas Happen—Overcoming the obstacles between vision & reality" by Scott Belsky. This is an unbelieavable book that totally changed my approach to new ideas, and everyone should take a look to find out more about it. Making Ideas Happen OVERCOMING THE OBSTACLES BETWEEN VISION & REALITY I’ve been a member of the behance network (behance.net) for a little while now, and I also follow their blog 99% (the99percent.com). Since the book came out I’ve always wanted to pick it up. The title is very attractive; who doesn’t want to make ideas happen? Being always full of ideas, I started reading this book expecting to learn this secret formula to make my ideas happen. I didn’t really know what to expect but I knew that coming from Scott Belsky it had to be good. As I started reading I got hooked right from the beginning, and my first impression was that this book is going to take me farther than I thought. I consider myself a very creative guy full of good ideas, but as I started reading the book I looked back and realized that most of my ideas, if not all, never happened. I never really thought about it, but it was sad to know that I’ve failed so many times in making my ideas happen. “Most ideas get lost in what we call ‘project plateau,’ a period of intense execution where your natural creative tendencies turn against you.” — Making Ideas Happen The book was written after long years of research based on the experience of a lot of visionary people who are able to make successful ideas happen. Scott makes it clear that, the tendency to generate ideas is rather natural, the path to making them happen is tumultuous. To guide you all the way from vision to reality the book is broken down in 3 chapters: 1. Organization and Execution 2. The Forces of Community 3. Leadership Capability “Ideas don’t happen because they are great—or by accident. The misconception that great ideas inevitably lead to success has prevailed for too long. Whether you have the perfect solution for an everyday problem or a bold new concept for a creative masterpiece, you must transform vision into reality. Far from being some stroke of creative genius, this capacity to make ideas happen can be developed by anyone. You just need to modify your organizational habits, engage a broader community, and develop your leadership capability” — Making Ideas Happen The first chapter was definitely the most important for me as I realized that most of my ideas got lost because of lack of organization and execution. In this chapter Scott presents great methods to stay on top of things and most importantly, stay organized. One of the sticking points to move your idea forward is knowing how to organize and manage its progress, you have to have a plan, each idea should be seen as a project and taking steps to bring this project all the way to reality is the key to success. Scott talks about the methods he developed (the action steps), which is for sure one of the greatest ways to work on your ideas, but he also interviews other creatives to find out about their approach. “... it turns out that ‘having the idea’ is just a small part of the process, perhaps only 1 percent of the journey.” — Making Ideas Happen The second chapter of the book talks about the forces of community. I’ve never gotten that far with my ideas but will love too in my future executions. Scott talks about the value of having other people pursuing your ideas, and how much you can benefit from that. “Your success will depend on how well you harness the efforts of others” — Making Ideas Happen The community may not be thousands of people behind your idea, everything starts small and you have to engage more and more people behind your idea, this chapter tackles the ways to harness the forces around you. Explains the type of creative you may be and what type of people you should match up with in order to get the best results. And also teaches you how to capitalize feedback and build upon it. The last part of this chapter shows how to push ideas further than you think they can go, by effective marketing and learning to share ownership, recognizing when the idea is no longer “only” yours. “This is not about money; it’s about mentality. Having only one person stay up at night thinking about how to solve a problem or capitalize on a particular opportunity is frankly not enough. You need to engage your team as owners by sharing credit, sharing responsibility, and sharing financial rewards.” — Making Ideas Happen The last and third chapter talks about the leadership capabilities one must have to not only manage and lead a creative team but most importantly to lead yourself. I learned that whenever I’m working by myself I have to be my own boss, and set rules to be followed by myself. “The most challenging one to manage is you”— Making Ideas Happen It’s also important to be able to lead others. Regardless of how big your team may be it’s important to always keep them motivated and productive. “Leadership development is experimental. Through trial and error, good times and bad, we gradually become better leaders—but only if we are self-aware enough to notice when and why we falter.” — Making Ideas Happen It turns out that being a leader is a very important step to a successful idea, whether you have to lead a team or yourself, it all brings it back around the first chapter where organization and execution take place, and how well you use the forces of community may tell you how big of a team you will have to lead. I must say I learned a lot through this book, things that I have never even thought about while having a simple idea. It’s fascinating that one can use the same approach to make a genius idea happen that may turn you into a millionaire, or simply plan a vacation. It’s not the idea that makes the difference but the other 99% behind it. “Love is a cause of both commitment and then, often, a great deal of disappointment. But an enduring love for and idea or interest can push you past the obstacles. The people who transform industries and change the world are people who mastered what they love. They continue to practice their craft because they love the process more than the outcome. And they are constantly finding new ways to reengage, keeping the love affair alive despite the suite of pressures that come between our visions and reality” — Making Ideas Happen Find out more about the book and how to buy it at the99percent.com/book

Great Reads for 2010

The beginning of the new year came with lots of plans and resolutions. In my opinion, it's very important to share our experiences and to learn from others as well, and because of that, in this post I will show you some books that I got and that I think are really good for designers or anyone tech-savvy. Some books I have already read, while others I am currently reading or looking forward to start. There are books more technical about web standards and usability, but there are also good motivational ones that I'm sure will boost your confidence for the new year. In the end that's basically all it's about, doing what you love and having confidence. Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion Publishers Weekly Review Yet another rallying cry to the banner of turning your passion into a career, from braggadocio-ridden entrepreneur Vaynerchuk. After taking over his father's local liquor store, Shopper's Discount Liquors, and building it from a $4 million business to a $50 million one, he created the wine-tasting blog Wine Library TV and discovered the power of the Internet for driving sales. This book shares his experience and step-by-step advice for using Twitter, Facebook, etc., and suggestions for monetizing an online persona, reiterating that the Internet makes it possible for anyone to make serious cash by turning what they love most into their personal brand. His enthusiasm is admirable and his advice solid, but there's nothing new here, and his unappealing swagger—repeated stories of how he crushed it and dominated grate particularly—gives his story more the tone of adolescent peacocking than of worthwhile and sober business advice. (Oct.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Abduzeedo Review I have been following Gary for quite some time now and I have always admired him for his passion. The book is all about passion with some incredibly valuable tips on how to start doing what you like to do professionally. It's a motivating book, perfect for the beginning of this year, so you can start putting to practice your new year's resolutions. Great read, short and effective. Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities Editorial Review There are a lot of books out there that show collections of logos. But David Airey’s “Logo Design Love” is something different: it’s a guide for designers (and clients) who want to understand what this mysterious business is all about. Written in reader-friendly, concise language, with a minimum of designer jargon, Airey gives a surprisingly clear explanation of the process, using a wide assortment of real-life examples to support his points. Anyone involved in creating visual identities, or wanting to learn how to go about it, will find this book invaluable. - Tom Geismar, Chermayeff & Geismar In Logo Design Love, Irish graphic designer David Airey brings the best parts of his wildly popular blog of the same name to the printed page. Just as in the blog, David fills each page of this simple, modern-looking book with gorgeous logos and real world anecdotes that illustrate best practices for designing brand identity systems that last. David not only shares his experiences working with clients, including sketches and final results of his successful designs, but uses the work of many well-known designers to explain why well-crafted brand identity systems are important, how to create iconic logos, and how to best work with clients to achieve success as a designer. Contributors include Gerard Huerta, who designed the logos for Time magazine and Waldenbooks; Lindon Leader, who created the current FedEx brand identity system as well as the CIGNA logo; and many more. Abduzeedo Review I'm currently in the middle of this book. It's a very useful resource for designers who want to specialize in logo design. The book has good examples with the story behind the logos. Besides that it's a very well designed book, beautiful layout and typography. I will prepare a more in-depth review as soon as I finish reading it. A World in HDR Editorial Review High dynamic range (HDR) photography lets you capture the myriad colors and levels of light that you can see in the real world, and the results are amazing photographs that run the gamut from super real to surreal. Explore this fantastic realm of photography through the unique vision of renowned travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. In this book, Trey shares his phenomenal HDR photographs as well as all the backstory on the adventurous circumstances of their origin. He also reveals the techniques he used to get the final shot. The breathtaking images gracing these pages and the author’s real-world advice for capturing and manipulating images will inspire you to create your own HDR magic. So Trey also includes his simple and straightforward tutorial that teaches you everything you need to know to make your own HDR photographs, whether you’re a beginner, amateur, or professional Abduzeedo Review Gisele is preparing a complete review of this book following the tutorials that Trey prepared especially for it. I took a brief look at the content, and there are some gorgeous photos. If you love HDR like I do you must get this book. Designing with Web Standards (3rd Edition) Amazon Review Standards, argues Jeffrey Zeldman in Designing With Web Standards, are our only hope for breaking out of the endless cycle of testing that plagues designers hoping to support all possible clients. In this book, he explains how designers can best use standards--primarily XHTML and CSS, plus ECMAScript and the standard Document Object Model (DOM)--to increase their personal productivity and maximize the availability of their creations. Zeldman's approach is detailed, authoritative, and rich with historical context, as he is quick to explain how features of standards evolved. It's a fantastic education that any design professional will appreciate. Zeldman is an idealist who devotes some of his book to explaining how much easier life would be if browser developers would just support standards properly (he's done a lot toward this goal in real life, as well). He is also a pragmatist, who recognizes that browsers implement standards differently (or partially, or not at all) and that it is the job of the Web designer to make pages work anyway. Thus, his book includes lots of explicit and tightly focused tips (with code) that have to do with bamboozling non-compliant browsers into behaving as they should, without tripping up more compliant browsers. There's lots of coverage of design and testing tools that can aid in the creation of good-looking, standards-abiding documents. --David Wall "Some books are meant to be read. Designing with Web Standards is even more: intended to be highlighted, dogeared, bookmarked, shared, passed around, and evangelized. It goes beyond reading to revolution" - Liz Danzico, Chari, MFA Interaction Design Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0 Editorial Review Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good is the story of the entrepreneurs who learned their lesson from the bust and in recent years have created groundbreaking new Web companies. The second iteration of the dotcoms—dubbed Web 2.0—is all about bringing people together. Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace unite friends online; YouTube lets anyone posts videos for the world to see; Digg.com allows Internet users to vote on the most relevant news of the day; Six Apart sells software that enables bloggers to post their viewpoints online; and Slide helps people customize their virtual selves. Business reporter Sarah Lacy brings to light the entire Web 2.0 scene: the wide-eyed but wary entrepreneurs, the hated venture capitalists, the bloggers fueling the hype, the programmers coding through the night, the twenty-something millionaires, and the Internet “fan boys” eager for all the promises to come true. Abduzeedo Review I finished reading this book at the end of last year. It's another motivating one because it tells the story behind the web services we have been using now. All this revolution with the Web 2.0 and with user participation becoming the center of the equation. It also really encourages us to try to do what we believe is right. Eyetracking Web Usability Editorial Review Eyetracking Web Usability is based on one of the largest studies of eyetracking usability in existence. Best-selling author Jakob Nielsen and coauthor Kara Pernice used rigorous usability methodology and eyetracking technology to analyze 1.5 million instances where users look at Web sites to understand how the human eyes interact with design. Their findings will help designers, software developers, writers, editors, product managers, and advertisers understand what people see or don’t see, when they look, and why. With their comprehensive three-year study, the authors confirmed many known Web design conventions and the book provides additional insights on those standards. They also discovered important new user behaviors that are revealed here for the first time. Using compelling eye gaze plots and heat maps, Nielsen and Pernice guide the reader through hundreds of examples of eye movements, demonstrating why some designs work and others don’t. They also provide valuable advice for page layout, navigation menus, site elements, image selection, and advertising. This book is essential reading for anyone who is serious about doing business on the Web. Next week I will have a few more books to share with you so stay tuned. Also I'd like to thank David Airey, Pearson Education, and Trey Ratcliff for sending me books to read and share my thoughts with the design community.

Space Solutions: Books

I've always been into interior design so I'm going to try something a little new with you guys today. If you're like me and have more books than you know what to do with, this post is probably for you. I found a bunch of cool spaces dealing with the book issue in neat ways so maybe this'll inspire you to do something with your collection! Some are quite simple solutions like stacking books in a pile on the floor (which is actually the current for mine right now), but they still make for a pretty cool space. Just goes to show that you don't have to drop a whole lot of cash to decorate a room! Enjoy and don't forget to send me your suggestions/feedback via twitter or facebook!

Designer Book Shelf #1

Hi everyone, today I will start a weekly post that will bring a lot of reading suggestions for you. Every Tuesday I will be posting new suggestions of books for designers and everyone that loves design and art in general. Check out what I have for you this week and stay tuned for more next week. A lot of people don't realize how much one can learn from reading, even though today it's easy to find almost anything on the web, books tend to be a lot more focused on one subject and can get really depth if you read it through, making this one of the best ways to learn new things on your own convenience. Remember not to judge the book by it's cover. Logo Design Workbook: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Logos by Noreen Morioka, Terry Stone Sean Adams (Author) Price: $16.50 Book Description Logo Design Workbook focuses on creating powerful logo designs and answers the question, "What makes a logo work?" In the first half of this book, authors Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka walk readers step-by-step through the entire logo-development process. Topics include developing a concept that communicates the right message and is appropriate for both the client and the market; defining how the client's long-term goals might affect the look and needs of the mark; choosing colors and typefaces; avoiding common mistakes; and deciphering why some logos are successful whereas others are not. The second half of the book comprises in-depth case studies on logos designed for various industries. Each case study explores the design brief, the relationship with the client, the time frame, and the results. Customer Review (from Amazon) I'm used to design books that show examples of good work, but never give any real advice on how to make something. At first glance, this book is accessible and has lots of great images, but the content goes beyond that. It's actually pretty dense. It clearly explains how to make a logo and sell it. It has all the components of standards manuals listed. It even has a process guide for clients. I'm amazed AdamsMorioka was willing to divulge all of their "trade secrets" on good identities. This book also has an incredible collection of blue-chip designers and others that I've never seen before. Type, Image, Message: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop by Nancy Skolos (Author), Tom Wedell (Author) Price: $31.50 Book Description Working with type and image and the integration of these two elements to create persuasive and effective design pieces are the foundations of good graphic design. Yet, very little practical information exists for these tasks. This book changes all it. It gives designers the practical know-how to combine type and image for dynamic effect as well as to use them in contrast to create tension and meaning in design. Creating strong layouts is the most important as well as the most challenging of any project. This book inspires through excellence by exhibiting great design work then deconstructing the processes in simple visual terms. Type, Image, Message: Merging Pictures and Ideas looks at this respected art form while providing practical information that can be used by any designer wishing to hone the skills needed to merge type with images in an inspired manner. Customer Review (from Amazon) Manipulating type and image to create the tension that breaks meaning open is the essence of graphic design. Few books, particularly books created as "workshops," do a balanced job of communicating useful strategies for creating with type and image. Often their authors are a little better at one thing than they are at the other--a little better at type or a little better at using images. But few have an equally high standard or talent in both, and for this reason, the tension that makes meaning lags, and the book is useful for some lessons, but not for others. Not so with Skolos and Wedell. Their combined type talent and image expertise-- born of working together for so long, perhaps-- is like that of one consciousness-- a doubled consciousness that benefits the user. Their book is a rich, satisfying review of technique and result. I recommend it as a primary text for any design course that explores the making of meaning in graphic design. Meggs' History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs (Author), Alston W. Purvis (Author) Price: $45.14 Book Description Now in its Fourth Edition, this unrivaled, seminal work continues its long tradition of providing balanced insight and thorough historical background. Under the new authorial leadership of Alston Purvis, this authoritative book offers more than 450 new images, along with expansive coverage of such topics as Italian, Russian, and Dutch design. It reveals a saga of creative innovators, breakthrough technologies, and important design innovations. Customer Review (from Amazon) In my opinion, this is the best reference book written about graphic design. This 500 plus pages book/bible is simply divided into 5 sections, 1) The Prologue to Graphic Design, 2) A Graphic Renaissance, 3) The Industrial Revolution, 4)The Modernist Era, and 5) The Age of Information. The topics range from the invention of writing to, creation of new typographic styles to, the digital revolution and computer art. There are plenty of graphics and photos on every page to accompany the wonderfully written text. If you study art history or graphic design, I think this would be a great reference book to have. It will take some time to read the entire book. But this is like a text book, so, reading only part of the chapters would be quite informative as well. Once you are done, you will definitely appreciate graphic design/graphic designers. Graffiti Brasil (Street Graphics / Street Art) by Lost Art (Author), Caleb Neelon (Author), Tristan Manco (Author) Price: $17.55 Book Description A firsthand survey of the most original graffiti scene to emerge in the past decade. From the startlingly distinctive achievements of the internationally renowned twin-brother painters Os Gemeos to the visual powers of the ubiquitous daredevil Pichadores, Brazil's graffiti captivates with entirely fresh ideas, techniques, and messages. Whether one's taste is for the extraordinary creative extremes generated amid urban deprivation or for crafted murals at their most elaborate, Graffiti Brasil offers both stunning photography and in-depth history and insight. Graffiti Brasil is the result of collaboration across three continents. Tristan Manco is from England, and is the author of the best-selling Stencil Graffiti and Street Logos. Caleb Neelon (SONIK) is an artist and writer from Boston, who has been traveling to and painting in Brazil since 1997. Ignacio Aronovich and Louise Chin are "Lost Art," and have for many years documented the streets of Brazil from their home city of São Paulo. With graffiti worldwide becoming more homogenized, this book is a reminder of the strengths of creative independence and the rich fruits of cultural diversity. 440 color illustrations. Customer Review (from Amazon) Brazil has to showcase some of the best Graf talent the world has to offer, The 'Os-Gemeos Brothers' have to be one of my faves, and this book showcases loads of the awesome imagery this beautiful city is home to. This kind of "extreme' art (!?) has given the world a new appreciation for this type of medium & such distinct styles, It has refreshed the minds of all, and brought color to an otherwise, sometimes, dreary place, due to poverty etc, it's so great to see such ambitious artists expressing themselves to such an extent, and to see difficult political issues get represented, it's a good way for people to get a message across, also brings color & inspires people in this country. If you read any of these books before leave your comment, send out your suggestions. Don't be shy, help us help you by leaving a comment.