“Traumgedanken” by Maria Fischer | conception and design of a book on the topic of “dream”

February 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

It’s unbelievable how lazy living in the Caribbean can make you. The sun, the sand and the lazy breeze – it’d make an insomniac fall asleep in a jiffy. Being the heavy sleeper that I am already, I’ve been racking in at least 10 hours of sleep in the past few days. I feel so incredibly lazy and slightly relieved (but mostly sad) that I’m not staying in Belize for an extended period of time.

Lots of sleep means lots of dreams. Lots of long, weird, random-ass dreams. But mostly I’m just impressed with my imagination and how real my dreams have been. Inception was such an awesome movie to me because they got all the aspects of dreams and dreaming correct. It’s so easy to watch and relate to all the different things in that movie, from the ‘kick’ to the compound passage of time. Dreams are fascinating.

I stumbled on Maria Fischer’s “Traumgedanken”, a book that contains a collection of  literary, philosophical, psychological and scientifical texts which provide an insight into different dream theories.[1] What makes the book unique though, is the design. The whole book is woven and tied together by a web of different color threads. Each color connects to a specific key word and touches each page that deals with that topic. There are several pages that sports beautiful thread illustrations. The design is a model of the nature of dreams; its complexity and fragileness.

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幾米 Jimmy: 微笑的魚 A Fish With A Smile

January 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been feeling pretty homesick for Taiwan recently.  In the past, I would go back every summer to get my fix but since I decided to stay in the States to look for a job, I couldn’t really leave.

One of my favorite books growing up in Taiwan was called Xei Xiao Der Yu or  “A Fish With A Smile”.  It’s written and illustrated by renowned Taiwanese illustrated Jimmy Liao. The premise is simple; a lonely man finds solace and comfort with his pet fish, who is always smiling at him. The illustrations are charming and warm and the story is heart-warming.

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