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Brutally simple, simply.
on 26 March 2012
This book looks really good, and seems to aim at making us aware of the profound thinking behind everyday things around us, things that we might take for granted. All go back to great brilliant thinking. There's something poetic in this that I can appreciate. Still ever so often the examples in this book ends up something like this: think about the London underground. Somebody actually had the strange idea that traffic could go quicker passing "through solid rock." Isn't that brilliant.
Well, it sure is. It's just that this book, however good it looks, gets very repetitive with every example of human invention (traffic lights, credit card, barb wire fences). There's very little text (and there's a thin line between profound simplicity and shallowness) and a lot of white space used well for looks. If you like me come to this book as an advertising student hoping to pick up some tips and tricks, it's easy to find yourself dissatisfied. I suppose the idea is to read this slowly, almost like poetry. I just don't feel up for it.
If Dave Trott had used the examples in this books as starting points for his lovely essays (maybe he already has?), I'm sure he would have come up with a great book. I really recommend his book Creative Mischief and his great blogs instead of this book.