Typography for the People

Typography for the People

Typography for the People: Hand-Painted Signs from Around the World by Daniel Bellon, Klaus Bellon
F+W Media | 2010 | ISBN: 1600614647 | 208 pages | EPUB | 71.14 Mb

Street + Art = Inspiration

Designers Daniel and Klaus Bellon have been photographing street signage around the world for more than 17 years. This book celebrates their love of typography, and highlights the beauty of type in its truest form; not as a profession but as a necessity of everyday life.

The images captured here are at times humorous, unexpected and even charming. But for those who understand the rules that are being broken, these explorations of type design are refreshing and inspiring.

Even though graphic designers often think of themselves as the keepers of letterforms and typography, they do not own them.

Typography belongs to everyone.

Typography belongs to the people.

Type images were collected from countries around the world, including the United States, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and Malaysia.

About the Authors:

Born in Bogota, Colombia, of German descent, Klaus and Daniel Bellon came to the United States at ages thirteen and seventeen, respectively. Already interested in typography and graphic design and heavily influenced by street art in their native city, the Bellon brothers soon discovered graffiti art in America. They went on to be formally trained in graphic design at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), and have been cataloging and photographing street typography for more than seventeen years.

While attending school, Daniel became a prolific graffiti artist, and to date he has been part of five group shows (two of them in New York) and one solo show in Brooklyn. His art explores typography as an abstract element within the complex compositions of his pieces. As a professional designer, he has worked for two major studios in New York and has been the art director for three publications: ROBOT, a magazine about typography and typographic layouts; THIRDSHIFT, a graffiti magazine; and RocketPunch, a magazine about design and pop art in Japan. His passion for typography earned him a feature in the book Bodytype by Ina Saltz. He has received multiple awards, including a Gold Award from the Dayton Art Director's Club. Daniel has designed more than forty typefaces, including a collection of fonts in Japanese. He resides in New York, where he works as an art director for World Wrestling Entertainment.

Klaus is the recipient of five American Graphic Design Awards. He writes about varied topics, including graphic design, music and culture, as well as typography, architecture and cycling. His photography has been featured in several publications, including RocketPunch magazine. His professional career has taken him to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were he currently works as an information designer, and he is pursuing a Master of Design degree in Communication Planning and Information Design.

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Eros: The Myth Of Ancient Greek Sexuality

Eros: The Myth Of Ancient Greek Sexuality

Eros: The Myth Of Ancient Greek Sexuality by Bruce S Thornton Basic Books | 1996 | ISBN: 0813332257 | 304 pages | PDF | 47.1 MB

Eros: The Myth of Ancient Greek Sexuality is a controversial book that lays bare the meanings Greeks gave to sex. Contrary to the romantic idealization of sex dominating our culture, the Greeks saw eros as a powerful force of nature, potentially dangerous, and in need of control by society: Eros the Destroyer, not Cupid the Insipid, fired the Greek imagination.The destructiveness of eros can be seen in Greek imagery and metaphor, and in the Greeks’ attitudes toward women and homosexuals. Images of love as fire, disease, storms, insanity, and violence—Top 40 song clichés for us—locate eros among the unpredictable and deadly forces of nature. The beautiful Aphrodite embodies the alluring danger of sex, while femmes fatales like Pandora and Helen represent the risky charms of female sexuality. And homosexuality typifies for the Greeks the frightening power of an indiscriminate appetite that threatens the stability of culture itself.In Eros: The Myth of Ancient Greek Sexuality, Bruce Thornton offers a uniquely sweeping and comprehensive account of ancient sexuality free of currently fashionable theoretical jargon and pretentions. In its conclusions the book challenges the distortions of much recent scholarship on Greek sexuality. And throughout it links the wary attitudes of the Greeks to our present-day concerns about love, sex, and family. What we see, finally, are the origins of some of our own views as well as a vision of sexuality that is perhaps more honest and mature than our own dangerous illusions.

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Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink

Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink

Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink
Modern Library | 2009 | ISBN: 081297641X | 608 pages | EPUB | 2.52 MB

A sample of the menu: Woody Allen on dieting the Dostoevski way • Roger Angell on the art of the martini • Don DeLillo on Jell-O • Malcolm Gladwell on building a better ketchup • Jane Kramer on the writer’s kitchen • Chang-rae Lee on eating sea urchin • Steve Martin on menu mores • Alice McDermott on sex and ice cream • Dorothy Parker on dinner conversation • S. J. Perelman on a hollandaise assassin • Calvin Trillin on New York’s best bagel

In this indispensable collection, The New Yorker dishes up a feast of delicious writing–food and drink memoirs, short stories, tell-alls, and poems, seasoned with a generous dash of cartoons. M.F.K. Fisher pays homage to “cookery witches,” those mysterious cooks who possess “an uncanny power over food,” and Adam Gopnik asks if French cuisine is done for. There is Roald Dahl’s famous story “Taste,” in which a wine snob’s palate comes in for some unwelcome scrutiny, and Julian Barnes’s ingenious tale of a lifelong gourmand who goes on a very peculiar diet. Whether you’re in the mood for snacking on humor pieces and cartoons or for savoring classic profiles of great chefs and great eaters, these offerings, from every age of The New Yorker’s fabled eighty-year history, are sure to satisfy every taste.

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The Day the World Discovered the Sun

The Day the World Discovered the Sun

The Day the World Discovered the Sun: An Extraordinary Story of Scientific Adventure and the Race to Track the Transit of Venus by Mark Anderson
Da Capo Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0306820382 | 304 pages | EPUB | 3.97 MB

On June 3, 1769, the planet Venus briefly passed across the face of the sun in a cosmic alignment that occurs twice per century. Anticipation of the rare celestial event sparked a worldwide competition among aspiring global superpowers, each sending their own scientific expeditions to far-flung destinations to time the planet’s trek. These pioneers used the "Venus Transit" to discover the physical dimensions of the solar system and refine the methods of discovering longitude at sea.

In this fast-paced narrative, Mark Anderson reveals the stories of three Venus Transit voyages--to the heart of the Arctic, the New World, and the Pacific--that risked every mortal peril of a candlelit age. With time running out, each expedition struggles to reach its destination'--a quest that races to an unforgettable climax on a momentous summer day when the universe suddenly became much larger than anyone had dared to imagine.

The Day the World Discovered the Sun tells an epic story of the enduring human desire to understand our place in the universe.

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The Great Depression: 1929-1939

The Great Depression: 1929-1939

The Great Depression: 1929-1939 by Pierre Berton
Anchor | 2001 | ISBN: 0385658435 | 560 pages | EPUB | 2.56 MB

Over 1.5 million Canadians were on relief, one in five was a public dependant, and 70,000 young men travelled like hoboes. Ordinary citizens were rioting in the streets, but their demonstrations met with indifference, and dissidents were jailed. Canada emerged from the Great Depression a different nation.

The most searing decade in Canada's history began with the stock market crash of 1929 and ended with the Second World War. With formidable story-telling powers, Berton reconstructs its engrossing events vividly: the Regina Riot, the Great Birth Control Trial, the black blizzards of the dust bowl and the rise of Social Credit. The extraordinary cast of characters includes Prime Minister Mackenzie King, who praised Hitler and Mussolini but thought Winston Churchill "one of the most dangerous men I have ever known"; Maurice Duplessis, who padlocked the homes of private citizens for their political opinions; and Tim Buck, the Communist leader who narrowly escaped murder in Kingston Penitentiary.

In this #1 best-selling book, Berton proves that Canada's political leaders failed to take the bold steps necessary to deal with the mass unemployment, drought and despair. A child of the era, he writes passionately of people starving in the midst of plenty.

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The Emperor Wears No Clothes

The Emperor Wears No Clothes

The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana by Jack Herer
AH HA Publishing | 2000 | ISBN: 1878125028 | 330 pages | PDF | 843.1 KB

Jack Herer's history of hemp's myriad uses and of the war on this plant, just as it has become high-profile news, with supporters such as Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson. Herer thoroughly documents the petrochemical industry's plot to outlaw this renewable source of paper, energy, food, textiles, and medicine.

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Herb Gardening For Dummies

Herb Gardening For Dummies

Herb Gardening For Dummies by Suzanne DeJohn, Karan Davis Cutler, Kathleen Fisher
For Dummies | 2010 | ISBN: 0470617780 | 392 pages | EPUB | 10.66 Mb

A plain-English guide to the world of herb gardening.

Starting an herb garden isn't free, but it certainly outweighs the growing costs of buying retail herbs. Plus, adding homegrown ingredients to your meals is a healthy and tasty way to improve upon any dish you whip up at home.

This friendly, hands-on guide is an excellent introduction to the world of herb gardening. It gives you tips and advice to grow a thriving herb garden that will add depth and flavor to home-cooked meals-as well as boost your health.

• How to choose, plant, and care for herbs

• Covers ready-made versus homemade soil mixes, starting plants from seeds, and other fundamentals

• How to prevent insects, pests, and diseases from invading your containers

• Over 30 herb recipes for everyday uses, including rubs, marinades, beauty products, and more

Whether you're interested in getting step-by-step instructions for starting on your first herb garden or already have one and want to learn new tips and techniques, Herb Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition has you covered!

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The Decadent Gardener

The Decadent Gardener

The Decadent Gardener by Medlar Lucan, Durian Gray
Dedalus | 2012 | ISBN: 1873982828 | 252 pages | EPUB | 3.23 MB

There is an odd, subversive book called The Decadent Gardener by Medlar Lucan and Durian Gray. The introduction describes the decadent gardening ethos thus: 'In the garden, the decadent seeks to create a moment of beauty, which should be allowed to fall into decay and ruin. 'Gardening,Lucan and Gray believe, is 'little more than systematic violence in pursuit of beauty', and the gardener is first and foremost a sadist. These two, the Kropotkin and De Sade of horticulture, understand that 'nowhere are sex and death more intimately bound together than in the garden.' For them the garden is a place of 'agony, self-doubt and betrayal.' They remind us that, if we are to believe the Bible - not that they would be inclined to - the first murder was carried out by a gardener. And the first garden was a place where sin beckoned wherever you turned. The book abounds with piercing, pricking truths. The flower, they remind us, for example, is nothing but a sexual organ. The Decadent Garden consists of the plans for a series of thematic gardens that Lucan and Gray had conceived for a wealthy patroness. Each garden would symbolise an aspect of nature as they saw it. The Cruel Garden would consist largely of impenetrable thickets of thorns. The Fatal Garden would contain only representatives of the vegetable world's many poisonous denizens:among them, black bryony, dropwort and , of course, deadly nightshade. In the Narcotic Garden, by the side of the opium poppy and cannabis sativa, would grow more obscure mind-altering plants such as mandrake, henbane and thornapple. The Priapic Garden would be populated by those species whose flowers and foliage assumed the most suggestive phallic and vulvic shapes. Their Torture Garden carried the libertine ideas of Lucan and Gray furthest and is perhaps best left to the reader's imagination. Because Lucan and Gray barely realised their designs (they were too decadent to bother), their gardens flourish mainly in the mind."

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The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks (Revised Edition)

The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks (Revised Edition)

The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks (Revised Edition): More Than 1,000 Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Cocktails by Anthony Dias Blue
HarperCollins | 2011 | ISBN: 0062031066 | 384 pages | EPUB | 2.68 MB

With more than 100 new recipes for cocktails, mixed drinks, and nonalcoholic beverages, this revised edition of Anthony Dias Blue's classic guide fills us in on what we need to know:

• How to stock a bar, listing alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages by probable frequency of use.

• Bar and cocktail definitions -- learn the difference between a julep and a smash, a toddy and a flip.

• Calorie charts, mixology tips, and illustrated descriptions of glasses.

Organized by spirit, each chapter is introduced by an accessible and eloquent essay. Discover more than 1,000 recipes for cocktails, categorized by Classics, Creative Concoctions, Signature Drinks, and Tropical Drinks -- everything from the popular Martini and the Coco Loco to Trader Vic's West Indies Punch, a Midori Sour, and a Velvet Hammer.

Whether entertaining, bartending, or simply relaxing with a favorite drink, this is the must-have bar book.

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Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45

Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45

Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45 by Neill Lochery
PublicAffairs | 2011 | ISBN: 1586488791 | 344 pages | EPUB | 1.9 MB

Lisbon had a pivotal role in the history of World War II, though not a gun was fired there. The only European city in which both the Allies and the Axis power operated openly, it was temporary home to much of Europe’s exiled royalty, over one million refugees seeking passage to the U.S., and a host of spies, secret police, captains of industry, bankers, prominent Jews, writers and artists, escaped POWs, and black marketeers. An operations officer writing in 1944 described the daily scene at Lisbon’s airport as being like the movie "Casablanca", times twenty.

In this riveting narrative, renowned historian Neill Lochery draws on his relationships with high-level Portuguese contacts, access to records recently uncovered from Portuguese secret police and banking archives, and other unpublished documents to offer a revelatory portrait of the War’s back stage. And he tells the story of how Portugal, a relatively poor European country trying frantically to remain neutral amidst extraordinary pressures, survived the war not only physically intact but significantly wealthier. The country’s emergence as a prosperous European Union nation would be financed in part, it turns out, by a cache of Nazi gold.

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Master Your Workday Now

Master Your Workday Now

Master Your Workday Now!: Proven Strategies to Control Chaos, Create Outcomes, & Connect Your Work to Who You Really Are by Michael Linenberger
New Academy Publishers | 2010 | ISBN: 097493044X | 344 pages | EPUB | 7 MB

Comparable to such classics as Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and David Allen's Getting Things Done, this new title presents fresh and profound strategies for reaching success in your workday and life. Linenberger explains how work is largely a mental game that you can win by applying a practical new mental model of work called the Workday Now. The results are a well managed and successful workday.

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The Asylum [Audiobook]

The Asylum [Audiobook]

The Asylum: The Renegades Who Hijacked the World's Oil Market [Audiobook] by Leah McGrath Goodman
Harper Audio | 2011 | ASIN: B004NRHZPO | MP3@128 kbps | 16 hrs 39 mins | 910.74 MB

They were a band of outsiders unable to get jobs with New York's gilded financial establishment. They would go on to corner the world's multitrillion-dollar oil market, reaping unimaginable riches while bringing the economy to its knees.

Meet the self-anointed kings of the New York Mercantile Exchange. In some ways, they are everything you would expect them to be: a secretive, members-only club of men and women who live lavish lifestyles; cavort with politicians, strippers, and celebrities; and blissfully jacked up oil prices to nearly $150 a barrel while profiting off the misery of the working class. In other ways, they are nothing you can imagine: many come from working-class families themselves. The progeny of Jewish, Irish, and Italian immigrants who escaped war-torn Europe, they take pride in flagrantly spurning Wall Street.

Under the thumb of an all-powerful international oil cartel, the energy market had long eluded the grasp of America's hungry capitalists. Neither the oil royalty of Houston nor the titans of Wall Street had ever succeeded in fully wresting away control. But facing extinction, the rough-and-tumble traders of Nymex—led by the reluctant son of a produce merchant—went after this Goliath and won, creating the world's first free oil market and minting billions in the process. Their stunning journey from poverty to prosperity belies the brutal and violent history that is their legacy.

For the first time, The Asylum unmasks the oil market's self-described "inmates" in all their unscripted and dysfunctional glory: the happily married father from Long Island whose lust for money and power was exceeded only by his taste for cruel pranks; the Italian kung fu–fighting gasoline trader whose ferocity in the trading pits earned him countless millions; the cheerful Nazi hunter who traded quietly by day and ambushed Nazi sympathizers by night; and the Irish-born femme fatale who outsmarted all but one of the exchange's chairmen—the Hungarian emigre who, try as he might, could do nothing to rein in the oil market's unruly inhabitants.

From the treacherous boardroom schemes to the hookers and blow of the trading pits; from the repeat terrorist attacks and FBI stings to the grand alliances and outrageous fortunes that brought the global economy to the brink, The Asylum ventures deep into the belly of the beast, revealing how raw ambition and the endless quest for wealth can change the very nature of both man and market.

Showcasing seven years of research and hundreds of hours of interviews, Leah McGrath Goodman reveals what really happened behind the scenes as oil prices topped out and what choice the traders ultimately made when forced to choose between their longtime brotherhood and their precious oil monopoly.

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Nine Things Successful People Do Differently [Audiobook]

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently [Audiobook]

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently [Audiobook] by Heidi Grant Halvorson
Gildan Media | 2012 | ASIN: B0073L7XHM | MP3@64 kbps | 1 hr 08 mins | 31 MB

Decades of research on achievement suggests people at the top of their game tend to reach their goals because of what they do - not because of who they are. In this short, provocative, and useful HBR Single, motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson translates the psychological secrets of these winning human beings for your use. Halvorson expands on her immensely popular blog post to give more detail on each of her nine suggested actions - from getting specific about goals and aggressively monitoring your achievements to understanding the importance of having "grit."

By emphasizing what successful people do consistently and effectively, Halvorson provides the path to help you accomplish your goals, once and for all.

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Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals [Audiobook]

Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals [Audiobook]

Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals [Audiobook] by Heidi Grant Halvorson
Blackstone Audio | 2010 | ISBN: 1441769412 | MP3 VBR V7 | 8 hrs 25 mins | 207.09 MB

Social psychologist Halvorson, a blogger for Psychology Today and assistant professor of psychology at Lehigh University, tackles attainment of goals in every area of life from relationships to sports. Extensively reviewing past studies on self-esteem, motivation, and pursuit of goals, Halvorson sidesteps conventional notions about achieving success, particularly the idea that one should imagine oneself achieving goals easily. She cites studies by psychologist Gabriele Oettingen showing that those who think the path is difficult invest more effort and work harder: for instance, "people who believed that getting a good job after college would be easy sent out fewer applications." The ideal, Halvorson says, is to think positively about achieving one's goals but to think realistically about the effort that will be required to achieve them. Halvorson then goes on to advise readers on how to set appropriate goals, avoid obstacles, and exercise self-control to stay on track. "Don't visualize success," she warns. "Instead visualize the steps you will take in order to succeed." Despite repetitious instructions, Halvorson makes academic studies palatable by writing with clarity and interspersing personal anecdotes along the way. Many will find her insights of value.

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The Thirty Years War [Audiobook]

The Thirty Years War [Audiobook]

The Thirty Years War [Audiobook] by C V Wedgwood
Audio Connoisseur | 2012 | ASIN: B008BP95BQ | MP3@64 kbps | 19 hrs 45 mins | 545.91 MB

Initially, the Thirty Years War was precipitated in 1618 by religious conflicts between Protestants and Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire. But the conflict soon spread beyond religion to encompass the internal politics and balance of power within the Empire, and then later to the other European powers. By the end, it became simply a dynastic struggle between Bourbon France and Habsburg Spain. And almost all of it was fought out in Germany. After 30 years of conflict, entire regions of Germany and Bohemia were depopulated and destroyed by marching armies, fire, famine, and disease. It bankrupted most of the participants while leaving thousands of German villages, towns, and even cities in smoldering ruin.

Because of the political and geographical complexity of the early 17th century, an understanding of The Thirty Years War can be difficult to grasp in the beginning. Listeners will be rewarded by patience. As an aid to comprehension, we recommend the online Wikipedia article "The Thirty Years War" for maps and overviews of the geography, principle leaders, and major battles.

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