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4.0 out of 5 stars Here's why it's for "artists and designers", December 27, 2001
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This review is from: Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers (Paperback)
As a graphic designer, I was very intrigued by the title of this book, and the philosophies contained inside, so I decided to give the book a shot. This is the type of book you blaze through in about 30 minutes, but will most likely want to keep for a lifetime as inspiration. Reason? Because there simply isn't another book of it's tone or mission.
The essence of Wabi-Sabi is that true beauty, whether it comes from an object, architecture or visual art, doesn't reveal itself until the winds of time have had their say. A cracked pot, for example, has an essence that a perfectly round pot is lacking. Beauty is in the cracks, the worn spots, and the imperfect lines.
As a graphic designer, Wabi-Sabi is the antithesis of what I pursue every day -- perfection in my typography, layout, tight invisible Swiss inspired gridlines, etc. Mathematical symmetry is an unshakeable mission for many in my profession, and the ancient philosophies of Wabi-Sabi rip a hole in the side of it.
I enjoy owning the book as a reminder that nothing in life, or design, is perfect. The very essence of life, work, art and nature is free of right angles, and chaos reigns supreme.
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Initial post: Aug 31, 2008 5:34:18 PM PDT
linlip says:
"The very essence of life, work, art and nature is free of right angles, and chaos reigns supreme." Well, this is a very good sentence my friend, just wanted to let you know.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 10:50:40 PM PST
Atom Yang says:
I enjoyed the wabi sabi of your review!

I'm a therapist and I think this aesthetic is what I perceive in the work and my clients.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 10:38:54 AM PST
Dr. Android says:
Beautifully written review. Thw Wabi Sabi is strong with this one.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 7:41:47 PM PST
cd623 says:
Years ago a book called The Perfect Thing:... about Apple's newly introduced iPod talked about its brilliance in being able to hold so much music in such a tiny space. Hundreds of thousands flew off the shelves despite our not being able to read the playlist because the glass was so scratched! Still, it was "perfection." That's the modern-day Wabi-Sabi.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 1:16:33 PM PST
Tina says:
Wonderfully written review.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 12:08:26 PM PDT
Are you a graphics designer?
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