Wednesday, December 21, 2011


D.E.S.I.G.N. by Ewa Solarz and illustrated by Aleksandra & Daniel Mizielinski


No question, this book has visual impact. The quirky illustrations demand attention and promise to entertain. I knew I would enjoy a good look through D.E.S.I.G.N. for that reason alone, but I didn't expect to find it such a fascinating read.
D.E.S.I.G.N. highlights 69 of the most innovative household items from the past 150 years - from the classic to the crazy. Set out in chronological order these icons of design, from the most eminent designers in the world, are presented in a cute and witty way making for light yet informative reading. D.E.S.I.G.N could be considered a children's book, and it certainly deserves a place in a school library, but it's a damn good read for adults too and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Double page spread from D.E.S.I.G.N. by Ewa Solarz

Double page spread from D.E.S.I.G.N. by Ewa Solarz

You have to love the fun layout - crazy illustrations with visual keys indicating everything from what the object is made of, to the designer's country of origin, when the object was designed, and what function the object can perform.
 D.E.S.I.G.N. teaches the origins, aesthetics and form of objects that surround us, and teaches in the most entertaining and light-hearted way. Pick it up for flick through and I guarantee you will be compelled to read every page in all its detail. You can grab a copy at the Gecko Press website.

About the Author
Ewa Solarz studied Art History at Warsaw University in Poland. For many years she worked as a journalist for the Polish magazine, House & Interior (Dom&Wnętrze).
D.E.S.I.G.N. is her first book.

The Illustrators
Aleksandra & Daniel Mizielinski graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland in 2008. They have their own graphic design business called Hipopotam Studio. They wrote and illustrated H.O.U.S.E published by Gecko Press in 2010.

Published by Gecko Press, 4 November 2011
Ages 8 to infinity
205 x 205mm 168 pages
ISBN: 978-1-877467-83-7

A huge thanks to Gecko Press for allowing Kitty as a Picture Design Blog to feature this book. 

No comments:

Post a Comment