Walker Stu­dio (2016) RRP $29.99

Cosmos - - Spectrum - A World of In­for­ma­tion by JAMES BROWN and RICHARD PLATT — BILL CONDIE

IT MIGHT NOT con­tain ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing you need to know but what this el­e­gantly pro­duced book lacks in com­pre­hen­sive­ness, it make up for with style and di­ver­sity.

From the de­scrip­tion of the var­i­ous shapes of artists’ brushes and their uses to the or­gans of the body and a ta­ble of Ro­man nu­mer­als there are 30 sub­jects to pe­ruse in this volume of facts and fig­ures.

It’s de­sign led and vis­ually stun­ning, so even top­ics that may not be of spe­cial in­ter­est come alive on the page.

Wide-rang­ing Bri­tish au­thor Richard Platt wrote the words in col­lab­o­ra­tion with il­lus­tra­tor James Brown. Platt’s writ­ing is clear and to the point while Brown’s lin­eage as a skilled print and linocut maker shines through in the il­lus­tra­tion and de­sign.

While there’s some­thing for all the fam­ily here, it is the per­fect volume to sat­isfy the cu­ri­ous younger mind.

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