Sneakerheads, there’s another encyclopedia coming out for you. Sneakers: The Comleted Limited Editions Guide ($19) photographs over 300 limited-edition designs over the past 10 years. Among them are the collaborations between Nike and New York graffitti artists Future and Stash, Pharrell Williams with Reebok and Vans with Marc Jacobs. It comes on the heels of the successful Sneakers: The Complete Collectors’ Guide.
Media By on Feb 12, 2014
They say women love a sense of humor. Test that theory this Valentine’s Day with a Never Find Your Your Body Valentine’s Day Card ($3.50). Magazine-style cut-out letters form the hostage-style note on the front, “They Will Never Find Your Body…” When you open it up, well, check the image for the reveal. We suggest a creepy smile when you give this to her.
Media By on Feb 11, 2014
They say Archer is a cartoon. Hogwash. Lots of youse out there want to be in the danger zone IRL. Now, here’s your chance to learn. How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written ($10). Women, seduce them. Men, beat them up. Guns, shoot them. The Archer way.
Media By on Jan 27, 2014
Here’s a great resource for those needing to learn Chinese. We know the language evolved from pictures into their present forms. Chineasy ($18), by author ShaoLan Hsueh and artist Noma Bar, takes over 400 Chinese characters and combines them with their illustrations of the character’s root. So a character like ‘horse’ gets overlayed with a pictograph of a horse. It gives students an even more visual way to remember the character. The well-designed book not only educates, but makes for a well-designed coffee table piece.
Media By on Nov 21, 2013
It was a tense moment in the publisher’s office. Author Lisa Johnson was haggling with her publisher about the subject of her next book. Lisa wanted to call it 108 Rock Star Guitars ($115), while her boss wanted it to be 108 Classical Star Oboes. Fortunately/sadly, there’s never been an oboe star, so Lisa won. And you, dear reader, win as well if you enjoy seeing amazing photos of guitars used by rock legends like Eric Clapton, Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley, and Carlos Santana. It even comes with a black guitar pick printed with one of three holographic foil designs. Maybe one of those designs features an oboe?
Media By on Nov 12, 2013
Everybody knows the stories behind Spidey, Cap, and The Hulk, but what about the stories of their creators? Marvel Comics: The Untold Story ($13) might not feature a whole lot of men in tights, but it does feature a lot of men working in tight quarters, under deadlines, and boldly foraging a new path in comics that would eventually turn into the billion-dollar juggernaut it is today. Author Sean Howe digs up Marvel’s history through exhaustively researched and intricately integrated information. We’re betting the book’s plot will also take the hammer to Thor 2‘s storyline.
Media By on Nov 8, 2013
With Twitter now trading on the New York Stock Exchange, what’s next for the little birdie? We’re thinking a movie; though our current working title for it, The Other Social Network: Not A Sequel, But Similar To The Movie That Had That One Nerdy Kid And Justin Timberlake, is a little wordy. But make no mistake, according to Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton ($18.67), there was plenty of juicy stuff involved with Twitter’s beginning, from power-grabs and buddy betrayals, to deciding what shade of blue to make the bird (we’re guessing on that one).
Media By on Nov 7, 2013
Steve Jobs’ ace in the hole for design as Apple began its world-changing iRun? Jony Ive. Ive’s collaboration with Jobs yielded the iMac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone, and earned him global accolades. Now we get to learn more about the man with Leander Kahney, the bestselling author of Inside Steve’s Brain, painting the portrait of this trailblazer. Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products ($12/Kindle, $17/hardcover) might inspire you, or just get you really jealous.