The Art of Looking Sideways is a visual feast of a design book by the late Alan Fletcher. It’s more than 1,000 pages, not ideal for reading on the bus. More of an inspiration catalogue that you can open at any page. No need to thumb in order.
It contains different spreads about different subjects, brought together from throughout the ages. In the words of Alan Fletcher, “It’s a cross between a collage and a box of goodies.”
“This book attempts to open windows to glimpse views rather than dissect the pictures on wall. To look at things from unlikely angles. References to sources are occasionally provided to keep you going. The book has no thesis, is neither a whodunnit nor a how to do it, has no beginning, middle or end.”
Here’s a 10 minute interview with Alan where he talks about the launch of his book.
The Art of Looking Sideways is available from Phaidon or: