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Humans of New York
by Brandon Stanton (Oct 13, 2015)
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In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. In the first three years, his audience steadily grew from a few hundred to over one million. In 2013, his book Humans...
Humans of New York
by Brandon Stanton (Oct 15, 2013)
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A beautiful, heartfelt, funny and inspiring collection of photographs capturing the spirit of a city...
Beastie Boys Book
by Michael Diamond (Oct 30, 2018)
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A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself--by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardo...
A Pattern Language
Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)
by Christopher Alexander (Dec 31, 1976)
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At the core of A Pattern Language is the philosophy that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ‘languages,’ which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherence.This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable m...
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
by Edward R. Tufte (Dec 31, 2000)
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The classic book on statistical graphics, charts, tables. Theory and practice in the design of data graphics, 250 illustrations of the best (and a few of the worst) statistical graphics, with detailed analysis of how to display data for precise, effective, quick analysis. Design of the high-resolution displays, small multiples. Editing and improvin...
Elton John Official Autobiography
by Elton John (Oct 15, 2019)
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In his only official autobiography, music icon Elton John writes about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the film Rocketman.Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three, he was on his first tour of Am...
by Peter H. Reynolds (Aug 19, 2004)
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A creative spirit learns that thinking "ish-ly" is far more wonderful than "getting it right" in this gentle new fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book THE DOT.Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere.Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark ...
Walk Through Walls
A Memoir
by Marina Abramovic (Mar 06, 2018)
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“I had experienced absolute freedom—I had felt that my body was without boundaries, limitless; that pain didn’t matter, that nothing mattered at all—and it intoxicated me.”In 2010, more than 750,000 people stood in line at Marina Abramović’s MoMA retrospective for the chance to sit across from her and communicate with her nonverbally in an unpreced...
The Beatles Anthology
by Beatles (Sep 01, 2002)
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This extraordinary project has been made possible because Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have agreed to tell their combined story especially for this book. Together with Yoko Ono Lennon, they have also made available the full transcripts (including all the outtakes) of the television and video series The Beatles Anthology. Through ...
The Disaster Artist
My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
by Greg Sestero (Oct 07, 2014)
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From the actor who lived through the most improbable Hollywood success story, with an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer, comes the inspiring, fascinating and laugh-out-loud story of a mysteriously wealthy outsider who sundered every road block in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms—the making of The Room, “the Citizen K...
An Intimate Portrait
by Pete Souza (Nov 07, 2017)
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This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's presidency, captured in intimate, unprecedented detail by his official White House photographer.Pete Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day as a U.S. senator, in January 2005, and served as the chief official White House photographer for the President's full two terms. So...
by Francois Truffaut (Oct 02, 1985)
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Any book-length interview with Alfred Hitchcock is valuable, but considering that this volume's interlocutor is François Truffaut, the conversation is remarkable indeed. Here is a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on two cinematic masters from very different backgrounds as they cover each of Hitch's films in succession. Though this book was initially p...
It's What I Do
A Photographer's Life of Love and War
by Lynsey Addario (Nov 08, 2016)
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War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It’s her work, but ...
The Animator's Survival Kit
A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators
by Richard Williams (Sep 25, 2012)
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The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit?Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today--and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his more than forty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, wi...
Don't Make Me Think, Revisited
A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter)
by Steve Krug (Jan 02, 2014)
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Since Dont Make Me Think was first published in 2000, over 400,000 Web designers and developers have relied on Steve Krugs guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design.In this 3rd edition, Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Dont Make Me Think a classic-with updat...
The Art of Spirited Away
by Hayao Miyazaki (Oct 01, 2002)
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The Art of Spirited Away collects colour illustrations of Spirited Away for the first time in an English edition! This book includes paintings and designs from the new animated film from the director of Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke. Large-size, hardcover coffee-table book featuring artwork from the renowned animated film, Spirited ...
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Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
by Robert McKee (Nov 25, 1997)
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Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development exe...
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Rolf Potts
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs (Dec 01, 1992)
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A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding ...
Understanding Exposure
How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
by Bryan Peterson (Mar 14, 2016)
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This newly revised edition of Bryan Peterson's most popular book demystifies the complex concepts of exposure in photography, allowing readers to capture the images they want.With his trademark accessible style, Peterson instructs readers on how to achieve successful images in almost any situation, explaining the fundamentals of exposure and its co...
by Kylie Scott (Nov 25, 2014)
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Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call abo...
Stunning Digital Photography
by Tony Northrup (Dec 01, 2019)
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In this book, Tony Northrup (award-winning author of more than 30 how-to books and a professional portrait, wildlife, and landscape photographer) teaches you both the art and science of creating stunning pictures. First, you will master these basic concepts:* Composition* Exposure* Shutter speed* Aperture* Depth-of-field* ISO* Natural light* Flash*...
Tune In
The Beatles
by Mark Lewisohn (Oct 11, 2016)
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Tune In is the first volume of All These Years—a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Ten...
Last Train to Memphis
The Rise of Elvis Presley
by Peter Guralnick (Sep 01, 1995)
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From the moment that he first shook up the world in the mid 1950s, Elvis Presley has been one of the most vivid and enduring myths of American culture.Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the first biography to go past that myth and present an Elvis beyond the legend. Based on hundreds of interviews and nearly a decade of research, i...
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Bob Dylan
Happy City
Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
by Charles Montgomery (Oct 07, 2014)
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A globe-trotting, eye-opening exploration of how cities can—and do—make us happier peopleCharles Montgomery's Happy City is revolutionizing the way we think about urban life. After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource cr...
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Peter Adeney
Art Matters
Because Your Imagination Can Change the World
by Neil Gaiman (Nov 20, 2018)
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Combining Neil Gaiman's extraordinary words with Chris Riddell's deft and striking illustrations, Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art. Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn to...
Wicked Beat
by Olivia Cunning (Aug 06, 2013)
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From the moment he lays eyes on Sinners’ new front of house soundboard operator, drummer Eric Sticks knows he has to make Rebekah his. Unfortunately, she’s too busy trying to seduce guitarist Trey Mills to pay him much attention. Rebekah never planned to fall for the tall, goofy drummer with the weird sense of humor and a heart the size of the gala...
Make Good Art
by Neil Gaiman (May 14, 2013)
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Categories: NonfictionArt
In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged them to make goo...
Ruined by Design
How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It
by Mike Monteiro (Mar 29, 2019)
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The world is working exactly as designed. The combustion engine which is destroying our planet's atmosphere and rapidly making it inhospitable is working exactly as we designed it. Guns, which lead to so much death, work exactly as they're designed to work. And every time we "improve" their design, they get better at killing. Facebook's privacy set...
Lust for Life
by Irving Stone (Jun 01, 1984)
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Lust for Life is the classic fictional re-telling of the incredible life of Vincent Van Gogh. "Vincent is not dead. He will never die. His love, his genius, the great beauty he has created will go on forever, enriching the world... He was a colossus... a great painter... a great philosopher... a martyr to his love of art. "Walking down the streets ...
How to Create Tech Products Customers Love
by Marty Cagan (Dec 04, 2017)
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The basic premise of Inspired is that the best tech companies create products in a manner very different from how most companies create products. The goal of the book is to share the techniques of the best companies. This book is aimed primarily at Product Managers working on technology-powered products. That includes the hundreds of "tech companie...
Sculpting in Time
Tarkovsky The Great Russian Filmaker Discusses His Art
by Andrey Tarkovsky (Apr 01, 1989)
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An alternate cover edition can be found here.Andrey Tarkovsky, the genius of modern Russian cinema--hailed by Ingmar Bergman as "the most important director of our time"--died an exile in Paris in December 1986. In Sculpting in Time, he has left his artistic testament, a remarkable revelation of both his life and work. Since Ivan's Childhood won th...
Envisioning Information
by Edward R. Tufte (Apr 30, 1990)
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The celebrated design professor here tackles the question of how best to communicate real-life experience in a two-degree format, whether on the printed page or the computer screen. The Whole Earth Review called Envisioning Information a "passionate, elegant revelation."...
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Design and Build Websites
by Jon Duckett (Nov 07, 2011)
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Every day, more and more people want to learn some HTML and CSS. Joining the professional web designers and programmers are new audiences who need to know a little bit of code at work (update a content management system or e-commerce store) and those who want to make their personal blogs more attractive. Many books teaching HTML and CSS are dry and...
by Frank Zöllner (May 01, 2000)
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TASCHEN's 25th anniversary - Special edition! Special bestseller price Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) possessed one of the greatest minds of all time; his importance and influence are inestimable. This XXL-format comprehensive survey is the most complete book ever made on the subject of this Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist ...
Born to Run
by Bruce Springsteen (Sep 27, 2016)
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“Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to RunIn 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilaratin...
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Bob Iger
The guitarist for seminal female punk group The Slits recounts playing with Sid Vicious, touring with the Clash, dating Mick Jones, inspiring “Train in Vain,” and releasing her solo debut in 2012Viv Albertine is one of a handful of original punks who changed music, and the discourse around it, forever. Her memoir tells the story of how, through she...
Codex Seraphinianus
by Luigi Serafini (Oct 29, 2013)
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Questo codice miniato fantastico e misterioso, "l'enciclopedia di un visionario" (nella definizione di Italo Calvino), continua da anni ad affascinarci per la sua capacità di rivelazione, che si cela dietro l'enigma di una grafia chiarissima eppure sfuggente. Una nuova edizione, arricchita e aggiornata dall'autore, di un'opera che abita ormai nella...
Thinking in Systems
A Primer
by Donella H. Meadows (Dec 03, 2008)
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Meadows’ Thinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute’s Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to devel...
Value Proposition Design
How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
by Alexander Osterwalder (Oct 20, 2014)
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If you liked "Business Model Generation," you'll love "Value Proposition Design." The sequel builds on the same visual format and practical tools that made the first one so useful. It shows you how to use the Value Proposition Canvas, a practical business tool to design, test, create, and manage products and services customers want. It compliments ...
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Vivian Maier
Street Photographer
by Vivian Maier (Nov 16, 2011)
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Please note that all blank pages in the book were chosen as part of the design by the publisher.A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is...
The Illusion of Life
Disney Animation
by Ollie Johnston (Oct 19, 1995)
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The most complete book on the subject ever written, this is the fascinating inside story by two long-term Disney animators of the gradual perfecting of a relatively young and particularly American art from, which no other move studio has ever been able to equal. The authors, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, worked not only with the legendary Walt D...
My Own Devices
True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love
by Dessa (Aug 27, 2019)
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"Dessa writes beautifully about a wide range of topics, including science, music, and the pain that comes with being in love; it's a surprising and generous memoir by a singular voice."--NPR, Best Books of 2018Dessa defies category--she is an intellectual with an international rap career and an inhaler in her backpack; a creative writer fascinated ...
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It's So Easy
and other lies
by Duff McKagan (Mar 20, 2012)
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A founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety. In 1984, at the age of twenty, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle—partly to pursu...
The Biography
by Warren Zanes (Oct 25, 2016)
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The New York Times Bestseller*One of Rolling Stone's 10 Best Music Books of 2015*An exhilarating and intimate account of the life of music legend Tom Petty, by an accomplished writer and musician who toured with PettyNo one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as honest and evocative of ...
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Brian Koppelman
The Art of Game Design
A Book of Lenses, Third Edition
by Jesse Schell (Aug 26, 2019)
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Jesse Schell takes an unusual approach to game design, an approach that focuses neither on the technological details of game development nor on the analysis of popular games. Instead, the book will propose that the most important skill for a game designer is not creativity as most suppose, but that of listening. The five kinds of listening (team, c...
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Ryan Hoover
The Elements Of Typographic Style
Version 3.0 The Elements Of Typographic Style
by Robert Bringhurst (Jan 01, 2005)
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Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide. Combining practical, theoretical, and historical, this book is a must for graphic artists, editors, or anyone working with the printed page using digital or traditional methods. Having established itself as a standard in its fiel...
How Music Got Free
A Story of Obsession and Invention
by Stephen Witt (Jun 14, 2016)
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Finalist for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year  Named one of Time magazines Best Books of 2015 So Far  A New York Times Editors Choice  [How Music Got Free] has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book.Dwight Garner, The New York TimesWhat happens when an entire generation commits the same...
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Paolo Gregoletto
Star Wars
by George Lucas (Oct 28, 2013)
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After George Lucas finished work on Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he wanted to look back on the Star Wars saga with an entirely new point of view: isolating stills, or frames, from each of the six Star Wars films, focusing on them intensely as works of photography and design, and reproducing them in a book. For two years Lucas went th...
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Just Kids
by Patti Smith (Nov 02, 2010)
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"Patti Smith has graced us with a poetic masterpiece, a rare and privileged invitation to unlatch a treasure chest never before breached." - Johnny DeppIt was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would e...
The Art Lesson
by Tomie dePaola (Dec 21, 2001)
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Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can't wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of "rules", he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the "rules" makes a wonderfully perc...
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Talking to Humans
Success starts with understanding your customers
by Giff Constable (Sep 23, 2014)
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With a foreword from Steve Blank, Talking to Humans is a practical guide to the qualitative side of customer development, an indispensable skill for vetting and improving any new startup or innovation. This book will teach you how to structure and run effective customer interviews, find candidates, and turn learnings into action....
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The Dot
by Peter H Reynolds (Sep 15, 2003)
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With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark -- and follow where it takes us.Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of he...
Lost Ocean
An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for Adults
by Johanna Basford (Oct 27, 2015)
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From the creator of the worldwide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, a beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves.With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustration...
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Here, There and Everywhere
My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles
by Geoff Emerick (Feb 15, 2007)
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Geoff Emerick became an assistant engineer at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1962 at age fifteen, and was present as a new band called the Beatles recorded their first songs. He later worked with the Beatles as they recorded their singles “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the songs that would propel them to international supersta...
Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson
by Lady Gaga (Nov 22, 2011)
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In this book of original, behind-the-scenes photographs, acclaimed photographer Terry Richardson follows superstar Lady Gaga during one year of her life, from Lollapalooza through the final show of her Monster Ball tour. During the time period he followed Gaga, Richardson took over 100,000 images and attended more than 30 Monster Ball dates around ...
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Color and Light
A Guide for the Realist Painter (Volume 2) (James Gurney Art)
by James Gurney (Nov 30, 2010)
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From New York Times best-selling author of the Dinotopia series, James Gurney, comes a carefully crafted and researched study on color and light in paintings. This art instruction book will accompany the acclaimed Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist.James Gurney, New York Times best-selling author and artist of the Dinotopia series...
Face Paint
The Story of Makeup
by Lisa Eldridge (Oct 13, 2015)
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(Librarian's note: The EPUB edition [585 pages] to this ISBN is provided here) (Librarian's note: The PDF edition [464 pages] to this ISBN is provided here) Makeup, as we know it, has only been commercially available in the last 100 years, but applying decoration to the face and body may be one of the oldest global social practices. In Face Paint,...
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Look, I Made a Hat
Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany
by Stephen Sondheim (Nov 22, 2011)
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After his acclaimed and best-selling Finishing the Hat (named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010), Stephen Sondheim returns with the second volume of his collected lyrics, Look, I Made a Hat, giving us another remarkable glimpse into the brilliant mind of this living legend, and his lifes work.   Picking up where he left off in Finish...
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The Design of Everyday Things
Revised and Expanded Edition
by Don Norman (Nov 05, 2013)
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Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious—even liberating—book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range...
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How Buildings Learn
What Happens After They're Built
by Stewart Brand (Sep 30, 1995)
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Buildings have often been studied whole in space, but never before have they been studied whole in time. How Buildings Learn is a masterful new synthesis that proposes that buildings adapt best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants, and that architects can mature from being artists of space to becoming artists of time. From the co...
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The Atlas of Beauty
Women of the World in 500 Portraits
by Mihaela Noroc (Sep 26, 2017)
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Photographs and stories of 500 women from around the world, based on the author's hugely popular website.Since 2013 Mihaela Noroc has travelled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity and beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs that celebrates women from f...
Our Band Could Be Your Life
Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991
by Michael Azerrad (Jul 02, 2002)
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This is the never-before-told story of the musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties--when a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives reenergized American rock with punk rock's do-it-yourself credo and created music that was deeply personal, often brilliant, alw...
Dapper Dan
Made in Harlem
by Daniel R. Day (Jul 09, 2019)
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The story of a legendary designer who pioneered high-end streetwear, from a storefront in Harlem to the red carpet in Hollywood, dressing everyone from Salt-N-Pepa and Eric B. & Rakim to Beyoncé and Jay-Z along the way.With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the early 1980s, remixing class...
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by Andrea Kettenmann (Aug 01, 1999)
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Un retrato de una artista, sobre todo una artista.(Portrait of an artist, always an artist, above all an artist.)...
Ninth Street Women
Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler
by Mary Gabriel (Sep 24, 2019)
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Five women revolutionize the modern art world in postwar America in this "gratifying, generous, and lush" true story from a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Jennifer Szalai, New York Times). Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always...
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The Wes Anderson Collection
by Matt Zoller Seitz (Oct 08, 2013)
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Wes Anderson is one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. A true auteur, Anderson is known for the visual artistry, inimitable tone, and idiosyncratic characterizations that make each of his films—Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantast...
Underwater Dogs
by Seth Casteel (Oct 23, 2012)
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The exuberant, exhilarating photographs of dogs underwater that have become a sensation. From the water's surface, it's a simple exercise: a dog's leap, a splash, and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant. But beneath the water is a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the currents. From l...
Sabine's Notebook
In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Continues
by Nick Bantock (Sep 01, 1992)
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Griffin Foolish man. You cannot turn me into a phantom because you are frightened. You do not dismiss a muse at a whim. If you will not join me--then I will come to you. Sabine Sabine was supposed to be imaginary, a friend and lover that Griffin had created to soothe his loneliness. But she threatens to become embodied--to appear on his doorstep, i...
Please Kill Me
The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
by Legs McNeil (Aug 09, 2016)
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A Time Out and Daily News Top Ten Book of the Year upon its initial release, Please Kill Me is the first oral history of the most nihilist of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Danny Fields, Dee Dee and Joey Ramone, Malcom McLaren, Jim Carroll, and scores of other famous and infamous punk figures lend their voices to this definitive account of that outra...
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The Autobiography
by Miles Davis (Sep 15, 1990)
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For more than forty years Miles Davis has been in the front rank of American music. Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles is one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. The subject of several biographies, now Miles speaks out himself about his extraordinary life.Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds no...
Careless Love
The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
by Peter Guralnick (Jan 01, 2000)
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Careless Love is the full, true, and mesmerizing story of Elvis Presley's last two decades, in the long-awaited second volume of Peter Guralnick's masterful two-part biography.Last Train to Memphis, the first part of Guralnick's two-volume life of Elvis Presley, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "a triumph of biographical art." This concluding...
In the Blink of an Eye
A Perspective on Film Editing, 2nd Edition
by Walter Murch (Jul 31, 2001)
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In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought-provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question - Why do cuts work? - Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique...
Best. Movie. Year. Ever.
How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen
by Brian Raftery (Mar 31, 2020)
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From a veteran culture writer and modern movie expert, a celebration and analysis of the movies of 1999a terrifically fun snapshot of American film culture on the brink of the Millennium.An absolute must for any movie-lover or pop-culture nut (Gillian Flynn).In 1999, Hollywood as we know it exploded: Fight Club. The Matrix. Office Space. Election. ...
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The Dirt
Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
by Tommy Lee (Jul 09, 2002)
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Whiskey and porn stars, hot reds and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of Mötley Crüe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable exploits are the stuff of rock 'n' roll legend. They nailed the hottest chicks, started the bloodiest fights,...
The Complete David Bowie
by Nicholas Pegg (Dec 06, 2016)
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The biggest edition yet expanded and updated with 35,000 words of new material Critically acclaimed in its previous editions, "The Complete David Bowie" is widely recognized as the foremost source of analysis and information on every facet of Bowie s career. The A-Z of songs and the day-by-day dateline are the most complete ever published. From th...
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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
by Peter Biskind (Apr 04, 1999)
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This down-and-dirty romp through Hollywood in the 1970s introduces the young filmmakers--Coppola, Scorsese, Lucas, Spielberg, Altman, and Beatty--and recreates an era that transformed American culture forever....
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Cradle to Cradle
Remaking the Way We Make Things
by Michael Braungart (Apr 22, 2002)
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"Reduce, reuse, recycle," urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. But as architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart point out in this provocative, visionary book, such an approach only perpetuates the one-way, "cradle to grave" manufacturing model, dating to the Industrial Revolution, th...
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Making Movies
by Sidney Lumet (Mar 19, 1996)
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From one of America's most acclaimed directors comes a book that is both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on 40 years of experience on movies ranging from Long Day's Journey Into Night to The Verdict, Lumet explains the painstaking labor that results in two hours of screen m...
The Gashlycrumb Tinies
by Edward Gorey (Oct 15, 1997)
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The Gashlycrumb Tinies: or, After the Outing is an abecedarian book written by Edward Gorey that was first published in 1963. Gorey tells the tale of 26 children (each representing a letter of the alphabet) and their untimely deaths in rhyming dactylic couplets, accompanied by the author's distinctive black and white illustrations. It is one of Edw...
The Art Of Dramatic Writing
Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
by Lajos Egri (Feb 15, 1972)
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Among the many "how-to" playwriting books that have appeared over the years, there have been few that attempt to analyze the mysteries of play construction. Lajos Egri's classic, The Art of Dramatic Writing, does just that, with instruction that can be applied equally well to a short story, novel, or screenplay. Examining a play from the inside out...
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Sing Backwards and Weep
A Memoir
by Mark Lanegan (Apr 28, 2020)
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A gritty, gripping memoir by the singer Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Soulsavers), chronicling his years as a singer and drug addict in Seattle in the '80s and '90s "Mark Lanegan-primitive, brutal, and apocalyptic. What's not to love?" -Nick Cave, author of The Sick Bag Song and The Death of Bunny Munro When Mark Lanegan ...
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The Jerry Lee Lewis Story
by Nick Tosches (Apr 22, 1998)
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The life of Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the most dramatic and tormented in rock 'n' roll history. Hellfire is a wild, riveting, and beautifully written biography that received universal acclaim on its original publication and remains one of the most remarkable biographies ever written.Born in Louisiana to a family legacy of great courage and greater ...
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Show Your Work!
by Austin Kleon (Mar 06, 2014)
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In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known. Show Your Work! is about why gener...
The Poetics of Space
by Gaston Bachelard (Apr 01, 1994)
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Since its first publication in English in 1964, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space remains one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams."A magical book. . . . The...
Bound for Glory
The Hard-Driving, Truth-Telling, Autobiography of America's Great Poet-Folk Singer (Plume)
by Woody Guthrie (Sep 15, 1983)
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First published in 1943, this autobiography is also a superb portrait of America's Depression years, by the folk singer, activist, and man who saw it all.Woody Guthrie was born in Oklahoma and traveled this whole country overnot by jet or motorcycle, but by boxcar, thumb, and foot. During the journey of discovery that was his life, he composed and ...
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What Are You Looking At?
The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art
by Will Gompertz (Sep 24, 2013)
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In the tradition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, art history with a sense of humorEvery year, millions of museum and gallery visitors ponder the modern art on display and secretly ask themselves, "Is this art?" A former director at London's Tate Gallery and now the BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz made it his mission to bring modern art's exciting history ...
Queen of Fashion
What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
by Caroline Weber (Oct 02, 2007)
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A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the YearWhen her carriage first crossed over from her native Austria into France, fourteen-year-old Marie Antoinette was taken out, stripped naked before an entourage, and dressed in French attire to please the court of her new king. For a short while, the young girl played the part.But by the time she took...
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Being an Account in Words and Artwork of the 2358 A.D. Voyage to Darwin IV
by Wayne Douglas Barlowe (Jan 12, 1990)
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In 2358, wildlife artist Wayne Douglas Barlowe joined the first manned flight to Darwin IV, fourth planet in the newly discovered F-Class binary system 6.5 light years from Earth. Now his long-awaited account of that historic journey has been published. More vivid than the holos and more interpretive than the videos, these extraordinary paintings, ...
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BoJack Horseman
The Art Before the Horse
by Chris McDonnell (Sep 04, 2018)
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Netflixs BoJack Horseman has quickly become one of the most critically acclaimed animated comedy series in recent memory. Set in an off-kilter, cynically spun rendering of modern-day Hollywood, the show follows washed-up horse actor BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) as he attempts to turn his life around. BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the H...
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Revolution in the Head
The Beatles' Records and the Sixties
by Ian MacDonald (Dec 01, 1994)
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'No book has taken us closer to the music of the Beatles' Tony Parsons 'Consistently brilliant' SUNDAY TIMES 'Essential' Q The Beatles achievement was so dazzling, so extraordinary, that few have questioned it. Agreement that they were far and away the best pop group ever is all but universal. And nowhere is the spirit of the Sixties - both in its ...
Herzog on Herzog
Conversations with Paul Cronin
by Paul Cronin (Jul 09, 2003)
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An invaluable set of career-length interviews with the German genius hailed by François Truffaut as "the most important film director alive"Most of what we've heard about Werner Herzog is untrue. The sheer number of false rumors and downright lies disseminated about the man and his films is truly astonishing. Yet Herzog's body of work is one of the...
Bass Culture
When Reggae Was King
by Lloyd Bradley (Sep 04, 2001)
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'Jamaican music at last has the book it deserves' Prince Buster, from his Foreword'The first comprehensive history of every aspect of reggae (and) it could be the last that talked to those who were there at stage one...Bradley leaves no stone unturned in a coruscating rollercoaster ride through murder, major label gripes, ganja paranoia and racism,...
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Rookie Yearbook Four
by Tavi Gevinson (Oct 20, 2015)
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"Stories and inspiring visuals for girls with old souls." --Entertainment Weekly is a website created by and for young women to make the best of the beauty, pain and awkwardness of being a teenager. When it becomes tough to appreciate such things, we have good plain fun and visual pleasure. When youre sick of having to be happy all th...
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The Jaws Log
Expanded Edition (Shooting Script)
by Carl Gottlieb (Aug 07, 2012)
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Winner of three Oscars and the highest-grossing film of its time, Jaws was a phenomenon, and this is the only book on how twenty-six-year-old Steven Spielberg transformed Peter Benchley's number-one bestselling novel into the classic film it became.Hired by Spielberg as a screenwriter to work with him on the set while the movie was being made, Carl...
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The Americans
by Robert Frank (Mar 19, 1973)
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Introduction by Jack Kerouac. There is no question that Robert Frank's The Americans is the most famous and influential photography book ever published. It was 1959 when the book first came out: a series of deceptively simple photographs that Frank took on a trip through America in '55 and '56, pictures of normal people, everyday scenes: lunch coun...
Rocket Surgery Made Easy
The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems
by Steve Krug (Dec 17, 2009)
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It's been known for years that usability testing can dramatically improve products. But with a typical price tag of $5,000 to $10,000 for a usability consultant to conduct each round of tests, it rarely happens. In this how-to companion to Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug spells out an approach to usability ...
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Lauren Greenfield
Generation Wealth
by Lauren Greenfield (May 15, 2017)
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A highly anticipated monograph from the internationally acclaimed documentary photographer and filmmakerLauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth is both a retrospective and an investigation into the subject of wealth over the last twenty-five years. Greenfield has traveled the world - from Los Angeles to Moscow, Dubai to China - bearing witness to the ...
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Collections and Creations
by Daniele Bott (Jan 01, 2007)
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Chanel's combination of tradition, originality, and style has always made it the most seductive of fashion labels. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from 1920 onwards. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models, and timeless design leave no doubt as to ...
How to Build Habit-Forming Products
by Nir Eyal (Nov 04, 2014)
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How do successful companies create products people cant put down?Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us?Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) by explaining the Hook Modela four-step process e...
The Secret Life Of Salvador Dali
by Salvador Dali (Sep 10, 2010)
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This early autobiography, which takes Dalí through his late thirties, is as startling and unpredictable as his art. On its first publication, the reviewer of Books observed: "It is impossible not to admire this painter as writer ... (Dalí) succeeds in doing exactly what he sets out to do ... communicates the snobbishness, self-adoration, comedy, se...
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