Use This Blog!

While poking around in the oh-so-Bauhaus-able Chicago Architectural Foundation shop, I came upon this little gem by faux-self-help author Melissa Heckscher.

Goodbye IKEA bookshelves!

Described as the “Swiss Army Knife of Books” this function-over-form reference guide has a little bit of everything: from a pre-fab breakup letter and comprehensive list of poisonous plants to folding cup template and go-to recipe for chicken soup (eat your heart out, Rachel Ray).

It’s clever utilitarian style will delight anyone who loves a good how-to guide or classic street sign design.

While it might not be the last book you ever buy (or need, as it claims), this potpourri of useful/useless information is definitely a good coffee table piece. Hell, you might even learn something, you maroon!

But don’t burn gigabytes booting up the ol’ Kindle just yet (and yes, Amazon will try to sell you this in electronic form). The tangible elements of cutting, folding and savoring just can’t be replicated in a digital format – which helps us pro-book snobs laugh all the way to the book bank (yeah that’s right, Rich, I’m Kindlist).

So if you’re a fan of functional design or just want to stick it to Amazon, sit back by the fireplace, cut and fold yourself a nice cup of tea and USE THIS BOOK!

After all, someone has to.



Filed under Great Copy, Great Design, Great Reading

2 responses to “Use This Blog!

  1. Rich

    Kindle hating? I’m aghast. Sure, reading fireside in the winter off a Gameboy isn’t the same as a good ole’ paperback. But let’s see who has the last laugh when you are standing on a crammed El car during your 45 minute commute, trying in vain to turn a page in your Chandler or Hemmingway book du jour while simultaneously holding on a rail for dear life. At that time you’ll spot me perusing a variety of discounted (or with the classics, free) titles from my growing library. And with just one hand.

    Get with the 21st century, sir.

    • That actually happened to me today: trying to juggle a book, a coffee and an iPod. Nevertheless, difficult things are usually worth it. It’s something this generation has forgotten, sadly.

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