Ian Baldwin's review of The Grid Book calls out the coffee-table book format and it's middlebrow achievements."/>
…we need more books to be what The Grid Book sets out to be: a scholarly, cross-disciplinary design history for the educated reader. There are too many coffee-table image tomes, exercises in academic esoterica, and middlebrow “The true story of how X changed the world” volumes, and not nearly enough smart reads.
Too true. But couldn’t one of these three types actually be a smart read? I am working on a book proposal of Type 3 now, after a failed attempt to write one of Type 1 last year (see all posts on Alexander Girard) and certainly hoping so.