We're superexcited to announce that Show Me How has won an editorial merit award from one of our favorite design inspiration mags, How Magazine! Pick up a copy of the 2009 International Design Annual and check it out.
"500 illustrated need-to-know activities that will improve your home and life," says O at Home Magazine's Winter 2008 issue! Case in point? Our "fold flawless hospital corners" how-toâ€”which they reprint!
"Not every picture needs to say 1,000 words. In Show Me How, Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith teach the absurd (breathe fire), the hip (mix a classic martini), and the useful (fix a running toilet), with clear, often cheeky illustrations that don't waste a syllable."
"One of the season's best books," raves Readymade Magazine's 2008 Holidaze Issue!
Hey, look: it's Show Me How in BoingBoing's Book Stack!
"My 5-year-old daughter and I quickly paged through this entire book filled with cartoon-like project ideas and made a list of things to do: grow an avocado from a seed, invent clay oddities, assemble a super slingshot, tell time with a potato clock, blow a humongous bubble, make a delicious s'more . . ."
The Show Me How authors show us how all over againâ€”this time by demonstrating #20, "bind an accordion-style book," as guest bloggers on the most-excellent Design*Sponge. Check it out!
"My respect to the team who took on the crazy task of illustrating this entire book. Hat tip. Some of the illustrations sure made me laugh! A fantastic holiday gift!"
The Sydney Morning Herald sure did love #205 in Show Me How, "have a memorable first kiss"â€”so much that they reprinted it! Here's what else they had to say:
"The advice in the step-by-step, illustrated Show Me How . . . is certainly sufficient, should you desire to read batik patterns, spin a basketball on your finger, mix sangria, sew on a button, strip-peel paint, or learn how to kiss."
The stylistas over at StyleList gave Show Me How a glowing review!
"You know how in the movies there is always that one brilliant but overlooked woman (aka the "Heroine") who is like a female MacGuyver? ... For everyone who has ever wished to be that woman, we found the perfect guidebook for you: Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know ... With topics ranging from food to crafts, to survival to style, this book has something for everyone, and makes a great gift for that person on your list who has everything. Knowledge is always the right size!"
Lots o' love from Notcot!
"This book is definitely on my no-fail list for gifting for all occasion! Maybe the best coffee table book I've found yet."
Praise for Show Me How from the Sacramento Book Review:
"There are lots of books that give you helpful advice, but how many of them do it with no words? Each skill, from using chopsticks to opening champagne with a sword, are shown, usually with no accompanying text. Sure . . . you probably already know how to ollie like a pro, but can you wrestle an alligator? Make crop circles? Mount an elephant? Now you can."