Like a lot of designers, we collect things. One of our favorite collections isn't very large. It can be broadly described as "how-to books". But what sets these apart is they detail hobbies that you really shouldn't learn from a book.
Both aspirational and informational, the diagrams clearly demonstrate very specialized tasks. The drawings are easy to follow and simple to understand. But is it a good idea for just anyone to really try them?
Tree felling, taxidermy, construction and even veterinary medicine can be learned by following simple diagrams.
These books not only show individual steps, but also simplify entire processes.
Their over-simplification can also make them confounding to understand and decipher what they are trying to communicate.
They demonstrate the elegance of learning a process, encourage embracing risk and allow the reader to ignore their better judgement.
Through their honesty, readers can chase an ambition as well appreciate the value of expertise and craft.