Unflattening - Nick Sousanis

This book is amazing. It's Nick Sousanis dissertation on visuals thinking using comics (and a lot more). Three people had to help me to find the book in the book store, but there is was on the small shelf ‘Aesthetics’.
It starts with our one dimensional flat world on a flat page with beautifull graphics of a 3D world where we live in predefined boxes. Reading and viewing the first pages gave me the same feeling when I read the first pages of the book ‘Design Anarchy’ by Kalle Last. Dark, empty, growing, different and full of promise.
Unflattening means looking from mores points of view at the same time like Eratosthenes (look: the earth is round) or change your viewpoint like Copernicus (look: the sun is the centre). But when people like these started viewing deeper and specialising the result was fragmentation. Sousanis helps us understand that we need to combining these different views so we can make a integrated landscape for a more comprehensive understanding.
"It is our vision, and not what we are viewing, that is limited" (James Carse)
Traditionally words are seen as THE tool for thought, but also language has boundaries. But even from the start, by the early philosophers, images were not seen a equal partner . 
Sousanis claims:
- While image is, text is always about.
- What stands outside the linear structure of text is dismissed.
- The visual provides expression where words fail.
The hybrid form for sharing knowledge for Sousanis is comics! These are both tree-like, hierarchical and rhizomatic, interwoven in a single form.
"We draw not to transcribe ideas from our heads but to generate them in search of greater understanding." And to expand our thinking there is the fifth dimension: imagination.
What is said in the book about comics is true for infographics as well:
- Sequential and simulataneous. While the left brain is directed inward on matters immediately at hand the right brain remains open, outwardly directed and broadly alert. Each informs and enriches the other to achieve a meaning.
- Gives information outside the linear text structure
- Visuals do not give meaning only by what is drawn but also but through structure, the size, shape, placement and relationship of components.
Personal lessons learned for my design research:
- I need to share my work and talk about it as often as possible with different people to gather different views on the subject.

Plastic Panda's - Bas Haring
Bas Haring claims that it's not so bad if species dissapear. This made some of his readers, including me, shiver. But I get the point. Climate change, food supply and bio industry are bigger concerns for him.
After reading this book you realize that nature is complex, beautifull and meaningfull, but also that is just 'is', without a plan or destination. Just a lot of processes going about in a way that works best for most of the participants in the ecosystem.

Handlettering doe je zo - Karin Luttenberg
Reading is not the right word, but I have been practising with this book. You can tell Karin is very enthousiastic about lettering, she makes you want to do it all day long. There are some great examples in the book I would not have thought about myself. I learned a lot, so it's not just for hobbyists.