Dick Bruna’s Miffy

Review: Dick Bruna’s Miffy

A gift for an abroad living grandchild My grandson is Spanish (and at the moment I write this he is 4 days old!). He is going to be raised bilingual. Spanish of course, since his mother is Spanish. And I thought his second language was going to be Dutch because of my Dutch son. But … Read more

There are good signs and there are bad signs

Review: There are good signs and there are bad signs

One of my favorite topics: good signage A well-designed item helps the user. It doesn’t matter whether that design is a brochure, a coffeepot or a road sign. If it’s designed properly it doesn’t thwart the user. Whenever I am abroad the first thing I notice are the signs. The signs on the airport if … Read more

Annoying Design Doesn’t Serve the Reader nor the Writer

Annoying Design Doesn't Serve the Reader nor the Writer

I’m reading a book with a really annoying design! The content isn’t bothering me; I can’t judge that yet, because I’m not beyond page 25 at the moment.

No, I find “De ultieme kudde“, which is a Dutch translation of the book “Herd” an annoying book because of the cover with a rear flap folded too tight, leaving part of the interior open and exposed.

This looks like the nowadays visible underpants of the youth because of their sagging jeans. (Ah, and this book is right about phenomenons like sagging pants!).

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