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Things Organized Neatly: The Art of Arranging the Everyday

Written by Austin Radcliffe, Foreword by Tom Sachs

  • March 15, 2016
  • Hardcover
  • Design - Decorative Arts
  • Universe
  • 7-1/2 x 9-3/4
  • $24.95
  • $24.95
  • 978-0-7893-3113-7

About This Book

Based on the Webby Award–winning Tumblr site, Things Organized Neatly is thoughtfully composed of everyday objects, all displayed beautifully for the neat freak. Things Organized Neatly takes the messiness of the everyday world and recasts it in neat and appealing designs. On one page a massive collection of cellphones from the past twenty years is laid out on the floor and photographed from above; on the next, a collection of candy is pleasingly arranged by color. Things Organized Neatly capitalizes on our current obsession with photographing and cataloguing all the objects that we interact with on a daily basis. It has many images of food laid out in visually appealing, often humorous designs, as well as images of GI Joes standing at attention and old Nintendo cartridges arranged in the colors of the rainbow. Whether you’re a design aficionado, an obsessive cleaner and straightener, a social media maven constantly documenting your day, or someone just looking to be swept away for an afternoon in a book full of beautiful images, Things Organized Neatly offers every reader a chance to revel in the beauty of everyday life.

About the Author

Austin Radcliffe is the author of the well-known Tumblr on which this book is based, Things Organized Neatly. He attended the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis and now works as a freelance curator.

Tom Sachs is a renowned sculptor, probably best known for his elaborate re-creations of various modern icons, including re-creating Knoll furniture out of phone books and building a McDonald’s franchise entirely out of plywood, glue, and assorted kitchen appliances.

Reviews

  • "The Things Organized Neatly Blog, which celebrates the kentucky art of knolling, is now a gorgeous, essential book filled with photos of meticulously arranged wonders of all description."
    -BOING BOING

    "If you’re obsessive when it comes to arranging items on a table in a particular order (with everything sitting in perfect right angles, perhaps) but live with a toddler who can’t help himself from turning your home into disorganized chaos, then [Things Organized Neatly] may help calm your nerves."
    -STIMULANT ONLINE

    "If you're a neat freak - and I'm convinced almost everybody has a little bit of neat freak inside them - then Things Organized Neatly: The Art of Arranging the Everday may be the most satisfying photo book you could possibly purchase. . . In short, it's like a warm bath for your brain: no item out of place, everything arranged perfectly by size, color, shape, type, or all of the above."
    -PetaPixel
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