The Politics of Design
(Ruben Pater) – Recently I found myself being very interested and conscious of the huge debate of cultural appropriation and how overwhelming it can be to navigate through it. This book is a good introduction for that matters. It dissects the political and cultural context of typography, colors, photography, symbols and information graphics that we use every day. It makes me acknowledge my privilege, understand that communication is never neutral and that it is our responsibility, as creative professionals, to educate ourselves on the meaning of our design beyond our direct community.
Love, Death & Robots
– For those who have Netflix and are horror & cyberpunk aficionados, I would recommend this amazing animated anthology. Each episode is stand-alone and produced by different teams. Which gives room for 18 visual universes and stunning animation techniques. It was really refreshing and inspiring for me to watch how each crew decides to express their creativity on the three main themes: death, love, and robots. My personal favorites are Good Hunting, Zima blue and Sonnie’s Edge.
– Amazing generator of background noises and interactive soundscapes. When I have to write a concept for a client’s business and there is too much noise around me, it helps me focus on my task without creating too much of a distraction. They propose a large scope of options for every taste that largely compensate for the peculiar design of their website. Tibetan choir, sleeping dragon, airport terminal, and even cat purr! I love it.