A Dream World Made by Machines
In 1967, the American novelist and poet Richard Brautigan published a poem titled “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace.” This is also the perfectly chosen title of a three-part documentary by Adam Curtis — a true maverick of the airwaves — that started screening this week in the UK. This complex, demanding, uncompromising and visually audacious piece of television has generated a tremendous buzz.
Unearthly Powers: Surrealism and SF
Richard Powers was a book cover auteur
who found opportunities — an astonishing quantity of opportunities — to express his vision for financial reward on the handy, ubiquitous tablets that paperback publishers duly provided. He is a vital link between science fiction and Surrealism and any future study needs to take him into account.
Books Every Graphic Designer Should Read
I have contributed a list of 20 books every graphic designer should read to the Designers & Books
website, which is rapidly growing into a wonderful resource. The Dictionary of Visual Language
, first published in 1980, is one of the titles. This durable classic shows that effectively redeemed clichés are the crux of graphic communication.