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Abstract City [Hardcover]

Christoph Niemann
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Book Description

1 April 2012
In July 2008, illustrator and designer Christopher Niemann began Abstract City, a visual blog for the New York Times. His posts were inspired by the desire to recreate for his readers simple and relatable observations and stories from his own life. In Niemann's hands everyday experiences such as trying to get a good night's sleep, or dealing with appliance cables were transformed into delightful flights of visual fancy. The struggle to keep up with the housework became a battle against adorable but crafty goblins and baking for Christmas offered the opportunity to re-imagine how the universe was created. This book collects all sixteen original posts and also includes a new, exclusively created, chapter.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 1 edition (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419702076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702075
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 16.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christopher Niemann is an award-winning illustrator, designer and children's book author. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Times, among other prestigious publications.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great present for anyone! 23 Nov 2013
By Blythe
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first bought this a year ago for my boyfriend for christmas and since then he's gone on to buy it for his sister and i've now bought it for my dad for christmas this year. It's a fantastic book to dip in and out of or read straight through. Highly entertaining. You won't regret buying this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh on every page 9 April 2012
By morality - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was found this book through a recommendation from someone I respect. I have no idea how it has zero reviews, because after ordering it, I promptly read the book from cover to cover in one day. No book has had me laughing as much as this one did - really smart, intelligent illustrations that you sometimes have to think about, but once it clicks, you'll almost certainly laugh out loud. This book was so genius I went to my girlfriend and told her it was the best thing I've ever read - I'm not totally sure that's true, but it was a tour de force from cover to cover. I would recommend it to any smart person with a sense of humor - and especially those from New York, because the NY references certainly will appeal better to those from that region. I am not from there, but still found most of it uproariously funny, incredibly creative, and well worth the purchase. A must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 20 May 2012
By Chicago - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Clearly, Christoph Niemann's brain works differently than everyone else's, because he isn't just a designer or an artist blogging for the New York Times (where he recently live-drew the running of the New York Marathon): His media include cookie dough, wires, Legos and even tiles (check out the MTA map bathroom he created for his subway-obsessed kids). He hilariously documents his love-hate affair with coffee (drawn with coffee on paper napkins, of course), creates schematics of sleep positions, and documents in classical scientific terms the challenges of dressing a young child. For those who are drawn (HA! GET IT?) to the process of it all, the afterword about the pains of having to be creative on command is a must-read. Actually, the whole book is a must-read. My favorite book of the year, and it's not even summer yet. Five stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, Funny--A Great Gift! 28 Jan 2013
By L. Laidlaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This collection of witty and hilarious observations is so much fun to flip through. A collection from the author's visual blog for the NYTimes, everything from legos to pastry dough serve as the materials for his charming illustrations. I purchased this book as a gift for a dear friend this past Christmas, and if I didn't love that friend so much I would surely have kept the book for myself. In fact, I'm going to purchase a few more to keep on hand for housewarming and hostess gifts, and this time I'll keep one for myself. This book is delight for anyone, but especially New Yorkers and artist/designers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - entertaining and witty 27 Jan 2013
By AK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Love the book. Very smart drawings and witty ideas. My 8 year old daughter enjoys it as much as I do as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome smart 10 Jan 2013
By RonAnnArbor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Christoph Niemann is awful smart -- and his art reflects hours of thought, and a creative process that incorporates observation, humor, and family. I love this book, and have a hard copy for the waiting area at my office, and a Kindle copy on my iPad...it makes me smile, and laugh, and look at things from slightly different points of view -- this morning, I started planning how to draw a chart of keeping the yolky part of your over-easy eggs from leaking into your hashbrowns...thanks, Christoff!
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