On arranging books by color

Michael NolanSeptember 20th, 2006
by Michael Nolan
When you’ve been working in publishing as long as I have, you accumulate a lot of books. Every time one of my authors completes a title, a copy arrives in the mail for me. And of course I want to keep it; there’s part of me wrapped up in it. So the shelves in my office are filled to the brim.

Lately I was doing some massive office overhaul and decided to reorganize the books, which had taken on a fairly haphazard arrangement over our last couple of moves. I puzzled over the categories. Web books here? Photoshop ones there? Did I need a shelf of “obsolete” for books like Live Picture Revealed? My indecisiveness caused me to delay the project for days.

colorbooks1.jpgThen I came across an article by Rob Giampietro on the Design Observer blog. It introduced me to an idea that should have been obvious to a visual thinker like me: organize them by color! Now I can easily find my Chicago Manual of Style. It’s right next to Search Engine Visibility in the bright orange section. Makes perfect sense to me.


One Response to “On arranging books by color”

  1. admin Says:

    I love this. A used bookstore here in the Bay Area briefly organized its books this way a few years ago.