The Art of Looking Sideways. A visual feast of a design book by the late, great, Alan Fletcher — who left this world back in 2006. It’s over 1,000 pages long, so not ideal for reading on the bus. More of an inspiration catalogue than anything, The Art of Looking Sideways can be opened at any page. No need to thumb in order.
What’s it about? Alan Fletcher offers a brief answer to this question using the jacket of the book (which must be read sideways).
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.”
Below is a YouTube video showing a 10 minute interview with Alan, about the launch of his book. If you can’t see the video, visit YouTube here.
The Art of Looking Sideways is available to buy from Amazon.com for around £17 (GBP) or $26 (USD).
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