Robin Benson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (333 of 352)
In My Own Words:
I've been retired for a few years from a career in magazine publishing as an Art Director so many of my reviews are for books dealing with visual culture. I've spent years handling images and type on the page so I'm naturally interested in book design and how well they work for the reader (we buy them after all) and my reviews will usually have some comments on the quality of design, photos, grap… Read more

My Listmania collection will give you a good idea of my interests.

I have a passion for books with about 1500 on my shelves covering Streamline design, FSA photos of the Depression, Art Deco architecture, contemporary Americana photography, forties… Read more


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Libraries (Roads Publishing) by Bjarne Hammer
Libraries (Roads Publishing) by Bjarne Hammer
5.0 out of 5 stars The public home of books, April 8 2014
Forty-four of the world's leading libraries are revealed in this lavish photographic celebration of books in their public homes. Considering that all these buildings hold the same thing the range of architectural styles is quite amazing, even those built in the last decade. Just compare the sweep of the atrium in the 2012 built Sir Duncan Rice Library at the Uni of Aberdeen with atrium of the Library of the Faculty of Law, Uni of Zurich, built in 2004. Both have a fresh take on a similar idea. Perhaps the common element in most of the libraries in the book is a central huge space with shelving round the walls and reading facilities on the floor.

The majority of buildings are… Read more
Railway Posters by Thierry Favre
Railway Posters by Thierry Favre
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling stock, April 2 2014
One of the specialities of the Victorian era poster was cramming in as much type as possible, the playbill is a classic example but European rail companies took it to extremes judging by the posters in the first few pages of this book. Not only large type for a heading, a main picture and maybe two more but also a route map and amazingly a comprehensive timetables. All this on a four foot deep poster and frequently the route map was as large as the main scenic picture.

By the early years of the twentieth century this very busy poster format had changed to a much more graphic approach with a big picture, headline type and no timetable. The route map though was a constant idea… Read more
Dual Head Rotary Shaver by Remington
This little compact shaver seems to be the next model along from the R91. That had a sixteen hour charge time, this one is down to eight hours. Both had up to thirty minutes usage (or as Remington put it: ''ve got plenty of time to perfect your grooming regime'). These small compacts are usually referred to as travel shavers but I see it as on office shaver, to be kept in your desk drawer and used to reduce that five o'clock shadow when the boss calls you to the top floor for a strategy meeting or the when that nice lady in HR has finally agreed to have a drink with you after work. Appearances count guys.

The shaver fits the hand easily and does what it's supposed to… Read more

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