Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry
April 24, 2013
- Cole Gerst
WHAT: A full color book about the life and work of one of the greatest minds of our times, Buckminster Fuller. Features hundreds of illustrations and contains over 15,000 words. The book covers important events of Fuller’s life from the day he was born. All of his important designs, inventions and contributions are covered from the “jitterbug transformation” to his most famous invention, the geodesic dome. The book also contains a look into friendships and collaborations with such people as Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Einstein, Charles Eames, George Nelson & Isamu Noguchi.
WHY: Buckminster Fuller has been a huge inspiration to me, not only because of his designs and inventions, but also for his approach to creativity and his dedication to humankind. I have read every book I could get my hands on by and about Buckminster Fuller, I’ve watched hours of old video interviews and speeches and have scoured the internet and archives for any other information I can get a hold of. Fuller’s ideas and work can be complex and a little bit out there for many to digest. Many of the books on him are older and mostly in black and white. I felt that bringing in my style of colorful illustration would help introduce some people to this important person in a much more digestible way. I wanted to make a beautiful book honoring this man that could be enjoyed by everyone from kids to adults.
I approached The Estate of Buckminster Fuller & The Buckminster Fuller Institute with my idea for this book. They hold all the copyrights and patents to Bucky’s work and even have the copyright on his quotes. The estate includes Fuller’s daughter and grandson. They loved the idea of my book and gave me their blessing. I have been consulting them throughout the process for about a year now. They will give the final approval before the book goes to print.
WHEN: I started working on this book in early 2012 and I hope to have it finished, printed and available by late 2013.