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See for Yourself Signed by Rob Forbes

Signed by Rob Forbes, See for Yourself is comprised of over 500 images from walks and bike rides in cities around the world.


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See for Yourself is available now at PUBLIC in signed editions. The book is comprised of over 500 images that I have taken during the last ten years from walks and bike rides in cities around the world. It's in these everyday settings where I seek out quirky and unusual objects not found in tourist guides; benches in Milan, bike locks in Amsterdam, fire hoses in Maine, house numbers in Charleston, and hundreds of other pedestrian works of design. I wrote it with the same intent I had in founding PUBLIC Bikes: to encourage us to become more engaged and connected with our cities, and to put a smile on our faces.

The book is divided into 16 chapters on aesthetic topics that are of personal interest to me, like pattern, texture, color, contrast, and a dozen more. There is also accompanying text, my attempt to explain my own visual thinking. It is highly personal, idiosyncratic, and very approachable.

My hope is that this book will encourage you to look more closely at the world around you, to see for yourself, and to take amusement in that. I think the book would make a great gift to anyone who is interested in forming their own opinions about the visual world in which we live and to be more curious and amused by things that might be hanging around just outside your door.

Eric Heiman and his team at Volume Inc. in San Francisco designed the book. Its a super piece of design and visual thinking on its own and well worth the price. See For Yourself is only available at PUBLIC right now, i.e. its not yet out on Amazon. I would encourage you to buy it from us as any proceeds go to support our PUBLIC mission of getting more people out of their cars and onto their feet and bikes.

To the left are a number of flattering comments from people who have seen or read the book. The caveat here is these people are all friends of mine, so take these with a grain of salt!
  • 7 1/4 x 10 in, 176 pp, paperback
  • Published: May 2015
  • ISBN: 9781452117140

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