The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

A guidebook to the unnoticed yet essential elements of our cities, from the creators of the 99% Invisible podcast .

Have you ever wondered what those bright, squiggly graffiti marks on the sidewalk mean? Or stopped to consider why you don't see metal fire escapes on new buildings? Or pondered the story behind those dancing inflatable figures in car dealerships? 99% Invisible is a big-ideas podcast about small-seeming things, revealing stories baked into the buildings we inhabit, the streets we drive, and the sidewalks we traverse. Roman Mars and coauthor Kurt Kohlstedt zoom in on the various elements that make our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs.

Title:The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780358126607
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  • Pop Bop

    Fascinating Text; Frustrating Lack of IllustrationsThis book is loaded with odds and ends that run the gamut from well organized long form essays to factoids and bits of trivia. The structure is a tou...

  • Randal White

    I found this book to be fascinating! So many little tidbits to be discovered. From subjects as different as the meanings of those little colored paint markings you find on your road, to big things lik...

  • Carolyn Townsend

    I am already a plaque reader, but this book opened my eyes to the unseen wonders of the city....

  • Alicia Bayer

    This is an interesting book about city design that is mostly unknown, but the lack of photos is really frustrating. There are graphic illustrations at times, but as another reviewer mentioned, you rea...

  • Claire N

    I absolutely loved everything about this book - the illustrations, the subject, the style. It was so clearly written, yet well researched. My favorite chapter was the one on the raccoons and ths squir...

  • Lily

    As a Beautiful Nerd, I'm beyond excited to hold this wonderful book in my hands. 99 Percent Invisible is a treasure trove of design-based trivia, of which is both eye opening and endlessly amusing....

  • Nox Voortella

    Great read about (mostly) unknown city design. The graphic illustrations are an interesting design choice, too! ...

  • Simms

    As a longtime listener to (who is still not yet caught up with) the podcast 99% Invisible I was excited for this book, perhaps because I didn't realize how much of it was just ... the podcast. I've li...

  • Jonathan Mckay

    DNF. 2 pages isn't enough space to get into these topics with enough depth to find much beyond what could be surmised by looking at these objects in the wild. Essentially a book full of anecdotes, ano...

  • Erin

    Design is one of those things that one struggles to define, even though its one of the most prominent things around us. I did an internship at a design museum a few years ago, and while I have a bette...