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It changed everything in terms of smartphones. It wasn't the first, but Apple did its magic and created something that was truly transformative. Now, we can't imagine life without it and the many competitors it spawned. And they great thing is they just get better with every iteration.
New social networks are 10 a-penny these days, but CircleMe and its' iPhone app are a bit of a standout. Based around the idea of creating networks of people who have similar tastes, it's an excellent way of discovering new stuff to try, whether it's books, movies, bands, food etc.
A paean to comics, and a warning against the dark side of creativity, Hicksville is the enthralling story of a journalist and his quest to write the biography of a famous cartoonist. What he finds, however, is a twisted tale of plagiarism, secrets and a library that contains treasures that he could never have imagined.
The first in McCloud's trilogy of comics theory disguised as a comic itself, Understanding Comics is something of a milestone in the field of comics studies. Taking the reader on a journey of discovery about how comics actually work, McCloud has done that most remarkable thing: made an analysis of the workings of an art form accessible to all, and kicked off a dialogue that continues to this day.
It's hard to describe this book other than to say that it's a tour-de-force from the late, lamented British Graphic Design icon Alan Fletcher. A massive, freewheeling tome about everything and anything, it deserves to be on the desk of every person who calls themselves 'creative'. It's one of the most inspirational books I own, and I can't recommend it enough.