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Beautiful pictures - but an ultimately pointless and wasteful book.
on 30 December 2014
I work as a product designer and spend my days designing products just like the ones disassembled in this book. I loved the photos and brought the book hoping to learn something from the master of disassembly. I didn't. The pictures are so meticulous and beautiful that they seem to glorify and revel in the complexity of the objects. This is completely at odds with the authors apparent desire for simpler and easier to repair products. I was also disappointed not to learn anything about the objects themselves. For example: what was each object like to take apart? What did he discover about each of them? He doesn't say. He just moans about the state of the world. There are a few TLA heavy pages about possible solutions for the disassembly of electronic components (mostly trying to avoid glue) but it's poorly written, without enthusiasm, as if the publisher force him to do it. When I finished the book, I was rather sad. It’s a massive contradiction. And why did he have to drop and destroy the lovely piano at the end? What a waste of a perfectly good instrument.