When Steven Heller comes a knockin’, you let him in, give him a beer, make sure he’s comfortable, pull out the best silver, whip up a five-course meal, toast him as the guest of honor, give him all money in your wallet and stick your first born child in his backpack when he leaves. And after that, when Steven Heller, author of eleventy-bajillion books about design, asks you to be in the eleventy-bajillion and first one, you drop everything else you’re doing and write an essay.
Design Disasters: Great Designers, Fabulous Failure, and Lessons Learned is the latest book edited by Steve and features the “flip side of success, bringing insight, solace, and energy to the act of failure.” I’m so honored that the moment he knew this book would be about failure, he immediately thought of me.
And he also thought of a bunch of other awesome peeps, who I’m thrilled to be in the company of: Henry Petroski • Alissa Walker • David Barringer • Allan Chochinov • Peter Blegvad • Ross MacDonald • Robert Grossman • Ina Saltz • Warren Lehrer • Rob Trostle • Ralph Caplan • Richard Saul Wurman • Marian Bantjes • Rick Meyerowitz • Amanda Bowers • David Jury • Veronique Vienne • Francis Levy • Colin Berry • Nick Curry • Debbie Millman
The book hasn’t hit shelves yet but you can pre-order it now and have it by Halloween, adding these design disasters to your repertoire of scary stories told with a flashlight held under your face.