The Curious Diary of Mr Jam: Official humorist for repressive regimes

Nury Vittachi, Lecturer of PolyU Design, recently published his new book “The Curious Diary of Mr Jam: Official humorist for repressive regimes“ about a humorist in Asia refusing to believe that his audiences of conservative Muslims, Communist officials, religious police and Asian citizens in general have no sense of humor.

Nury teaches students how to write stories and how to create content for novels and movies. He is a successful author himself, with more than 20 books in print, many of which were published by major publishing houses around the world. He is PolyU Design’s favourite MC who hosted for many major events like Annual Show.

About the book:

Sam Jam’s whole life had been a tragic mistake.

As a humorist in Asia he had repeatedly been sacked, blacklisted and chased out of buildings.

But he refuses to believe that his audiences of conservative Muslims, Communist officials, religious police and Asian citizens in general have no sense of humor.

This funny, poignant tale, which the author describes as “a novel for legal reasons”, is more than just laugh-out-loud entertainment. It shines an essential light on what global culture will look like as eastern ways of thinking start to dominate.

Available in Dymocks, Bookazine and other bookshops, or online shop at http://www.blacksmithbooks.com/9789881613929.htm

A Kindle version is available at Amazon, and other e-book reader version found at Omnilit.

“DesignDirect: How to start your own microbrand”, new book by Roger Ball


Roger Ball, Associate Professor of PolyU Design and the Leader of SizeChina project, announced the publication of his new book DesignDirect: How to start your own microbrand. Written with Heidi Overhill, with an introduction by design historian John Heskett, this book assembles thoughts on small-scale design entrepreneurship, and the new era of personal opportunity that is opening up in an age of Asian sourcing, 3D printing, and ‘long tail’ marketing on the Internet.

DesignDirect is a subject taught by Roger and Dr Ernesto Spicciolato for our BA(Hons) in Design and Master of Design students.

Visit www.designdirect.com.hk — the first chapter can be downloaded there.

79 Short Essays on Design

Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design By Michael Bierut
Princeton Architectural Press, 2007

This book is a must-read for any design enthusiast or anyone working in the design industry whether you’re practicing or collaborating.

Mr Bierut writes with wit and delight while Abbott Miller reflects that in the design. He illustrates each essay with a new typeface that plays off the content of each piece. The book will bring you new insight into design and… read more

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