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Life in Five Seconds: Over 200 Stories for Those with No Time to Waste [Hardcover]

Matteo Civaschi , Gianmarco Milesi
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Book Description

Oct 2013
Winner of the 2013 Cannes Bronze Book Design Lion and the Epica awards, Life in Five Seconds is a gift for anyone with a good sense of humor and a short attention span.
 
H-57 is a design and advertising with two decades of award-winning work in advertising and the masterminds behind the online infographic "History of . . . " series, which has amassed worldwide popularity. Told in ingenious pictographs that are witty, provocative, and to the point, Life in 5 Seconds takes on 200 important events, inventions, great lives, wonders of the natural world, and cultural icons and boils away the useless details to give you the pure essence of knowledge in a bold and irreverent set of illustrations that speak to today’s caffeine-charged, jet-fueled, information-overloaded society.
 
You’ll laugh out loud as you finally understand the differences between Satan and Santa Claus; explore the vibrancy of artists from Beethoven to Banksy; compare the masonry in the Great Wall of China to that of the Berlin Wall; weigh the importance of Elvis; deconstruct the genius of Ikea; play with the history of video games; and plumb other vitally important holes in your knowledge.


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  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623650127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623650124
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 17.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 925,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this caffeine-induced, jet-fuelled, celebrity-a-minute world, what you need is instant information. Life in Five Seconds takes over 200 important events, inventions, great lives, wonders of the natural world and cultural icons... and then cuts away all the useless details. Told in witty pictograms that are provocative and to the point, the result is a hilarious visual snapshot that puts all of life into context. Laugh out loud as you identify everything from Santa Claus to Satan; Beethoven to Banksy; the Berlin Wall to the Great Wall of China; Elvis, Ikea, videogames and much, much more. This is the perfect book for anyone with a sense of humour... and a short attention span.

--This text refers to the Flexibound edition.

About the Author

H-57 is a design and advertising studio based in Milan. After fifteen years of experience working on big international advertising campaigns for print, TV, web and radio, Gianmarco Milesi and Matteo Civaschi reinvented themselves as a bespoke design agency, focusing on contemporary design, typography and illustration. They are also the brains behind the infographic 'History of...' series, which has amassed worldwide popularity online.

--This text refers to the Flexibound edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you laugh. Makes you think. 13 Nov 2012
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I absolutely love this book. Some of the designs are super simple and laugh out loud funny, and some of them really make you think by giving you a fresh perspective on things you know and things you think you know. It's a beautiful package overall too - really high calibre paper and binding etc. Definitely worth putting in everyone's stocking this Christmas
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lifi in diagrams! 10 Feb 2013
By AS
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This is a good fun book to buy those blokes, old and young alike, that you are stumped with what to buy. It has certainly attracted plenty of attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 9 April 2014
By Pam
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Amusing little book full of diagrams of stories.

Inspirational for visual communication and/or art and design students.

I really liked it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun. 22 Feb 2014
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Bought this book as a gift and had great fun guessing. Also came in useful for my girlfriend who is currently studying design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great to read 28 Jan 2014
By ma oh
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would buy again for sure. like alot makes would buy again such a great idea for a book would buy again for sure. like alot makes would buy again
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ! 15 Dec 2013
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I love it ! great idea; tell stories with a few icons in diagrams; very good to teach how to compact a story
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