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Third Book Club: Screen

It’s official, the next book will be Screen by Jessica Helfand. And Kiran has agreed to be Editor coming up with questions and monitoring that all of you stay on track. It is priced at $13.97 so it doesn’t get any cheaper than that. We will allow for a two week period where you can purchase the book and get it delivered to you. With that said, you should have the book by the weekend of August 22-24 or so so you can participate fully and unconditionally. You can start reading it on Monday the 25th — you can obviously start reading now, but chances are you will forget what the book is about by the time we get to the discussion.

Will update this once most of us have the book and have a better feel of how long before we post the questions. Cool?

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PUBLISHED ON Aug.12.2003 BY Armin
Amanda’s comment is:

sounds like fun. I won't be able to participate in the discussion because I am travelling Europe in the fall, but I will certainly read the book.

On Aug.12.2003 at 11:33 AM
brook’s comment is:


are you going to set up an amazon referral button thingy?

On Aug.12.2003 at 01:15 PM
Armin’s comment is:

If you click on the link on the original post it uses the amazon assciate account.

On Aug.12.2003 at 01:19 PM
Sarah B’s comment is:

SOund fun, will order this evening....or hit B & N!!! :)

On Aug.12.2003 at 01:59 PM
sarah b’s comment is:

got it, so excited!!! Started reading last night!

On Aug.19.2003 at 03:05 PM
brook’s comment is:

i got my book at the beginning of the week. also bought citizen designer. i'll let you know how that one is later.

looking at screen, i'm thinking that maybe discussing chapters as we go would be a good idea. since most of us who will participate in the discussion will probably end up rereading those columns if we were to read a large section first. there are a broad range of topics in the book, and all are very interesting. i wish i was rich enough to have subscribed to eye for the last few years so i could have read the columns as they were issued.

On Aug.24.2003 at 07:52 PM
Sam’s comment is:

When does the discussion start, Kiran?

On Aug.24.2003 at 10:19 PM
Armin’s comment is:

>When does the discussion start, Kiran?

The original plan was for everybody to have the book by end of last week. I ordered mine week and a half ago and got some bogus email that my order was late. Whatever. I think some people already have it, should we give the rest of this week for people (like me) to get it? Or just screw those people (like me) and start reading this week?

On Aug.25.2003 at 08:15 AM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

When does the discussion start, Kiran?

should we give the rest of this week for people (like me) to get it?

I say give it another week. Start reading on the 1st or the 2nd, after Labor Day. What do y'all think?

On Aug.25.2003 at 08:31 AM
Sam’s comment is:

Because I am a dumbass, I bought 2 copies of "Screen" from Amazon. Anyone who would like to buy my extra copy, it's only $12.00. It is supposedly used, but seems new--no markings at all. The cover seems a little dusty, that's all. first come, first serve.



On Aug.29.2003 at 03:18 PM
Armin’s comment is:

I just got my copy too, and it was also dusty. I do have some ranting to do on the cover. Wasn't Jessica H., herself, ranting in Emigre 64 about faux information graphics and how designers place table of contents in the covers of books to appear as if more important? And if I remember correctly, the tone was very condescending to those lowering themselves to such, cheap manipulating tactics of graphical elements to imply seriousness.

Aw yeah, bring it on!

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:25 PM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

Aw yeah, bring it on!

Oh shit...

So reading begins this weekend? What do you all think about a start date and are we agreed on breaking it into sections as mentioned above?

It'll get more specific, just want a show of hands.

On Aug.29.2003 at 04:12 PM
Armin’s comment is:

>So reading begins this weekend?

I think next week is still cool. I was just getting warmed up and exercising those ranting vocals.

On Aug.29.2003 at 04:25 PM
Matt Wright’s comment is:

You are all in for a good read...sure to stir up some comments around this neck of the woods.

On Aug.29.2003 at 06:54 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Ok, by now everybody (who's interested) should have their copy by now. Kiran is hard at work coming up with questions. How does this sound: split the book into two sessions as suggested above, and we'll start the first one in... say, two weeks? Voice your opinion if it's too little or too much time to read half the book.

On Sep.03.2003 at 06:39 PM
Andrew Shurtz’s comment is:

This is a very good book! Two weeks sounds like enough time for everyone to get their thoughts straight, and breaking it into sections is a must. We might need more than two though, maybe break it down into the 4 or 5 sections of the book? We wouldn't want this to drag on too long, but there's a great deal to talk about in this little thing. Anyway, I'm sure the discussion will be great, regardless. Can't wait for this one...

concerning Armin's pre-rant:

I just got my copy too, and it was also dusty.

So was mine. That's most likely the matte laminate / black cover combination, scratches and scuffs and stuff tend to show up really easily.

faux information graphics; table of contents in covers

I think Mr. Keedy said the specific bit about contents on covers, and I think his was the one with the more condescending tone. Helfand / Drenttel's rant was mostly about designers who co-opt the form/appearence of scientific modernism ('Damien Hirst-ization'), but I guess her cover counts as 'good modernism.' :)

On Sep.04.2003 at 09:48 AM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

Quick update y'all, I'm getting some questions/thoughts to Armin later today for posting. Been quite sick, please bear with me! Thanks.

On Sep.21.2003 at 11:28 AM