303.gif A beautiful little book from Paul Mijksenaar. It’s unfortunately sold out. But luckily you can still view it in its entirety at books.google.com

Visual Function is a lively overview of the emerging field of information design and its impact on the world around us. Paul Mijksenaar, professor at Delft University of Technology, provides an opinionated survey of a variety of disciplines including graphic design, mapmaking, industrial design, and architecture, in this plea for clarity and good sense in the design of the products we encounter in everyday life. Mijksenaar analyzes numerous illustrations of the best and worst in design throughout history, from the Titanic to the Bauhaus to the Swatch, and proposes methodes for today’s designers to discover their own creative solutions to the challenges of transmitting information. From: 010 Publishers