As a DJ, producer and equipment designer, I was looking forward to getting my hands on this book. Over the years, I have designed a number of different products, but most have been lighting controls or industrial process control equipment. I was curious to get another fresh perspective on design. This book did not disappoint.
The graphical design and layout is stunning with a great balance between the images and the font selections. The content is beautifully presented and gracefully formatted. It is a very comfortable read.
The content spans decades of development, though it doesn't get bogged down in trying to present a historical reference of the development of the equipment, rather, it offers an opportunity to explore the various ways that the original equipment designers chose to let the user interface with the instruments. All sort and sundry of methods are looked at including the various mechanical, electrical, graphical, physical and visual. What an exceptional compilation of design information and the processes that go on behind the scenes.
Back in the 70s, I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Moog at his original facility in Trumansburg, NY. This was during the early days of the company and they were just starting to roll out some of their early products. It was a fascinating visit and I will never forget how energized the place was with all of the excitement surrounding the creation of the products. In the following days, I was treated to a performance of Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company, one of the first groups to utilize some of these early synthesizers.
The book is amazing, and I am sure I will pore through the pages again and again to fuel my creative juices. Kudos to the author and the entire development team.