‘Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry’ is One of the Most Beautiful Books About a Designer, Ever


…And you should get in your imaginary Dymaxion Car right now and head over to Kickstarter to help make it a reality. Illustrator Cole Gerst of Portland, Oregon was blessed by the Buckmister Fuller estate to pursue the project, which features over 200 full-color, beautifully illustrated pages. Move your white Dieter Rams book over and make room on your coffee table for this color-explosion bad boy.

Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry

“We are on a spaceship; a beautiful one. It took billions of years to develop. We’re not going to get another. Now, how do we make this spaceship work?”
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s approach to creativity and his dedication to humankind, Cole Gerst read every book and source he could get his hands on to soak up as much info as he could about the iconic designer, including hours of old video interviews and speeches. What resulted is a wildly-colorful book that contrasts the existing older black and white books on the designer in an easy-to-digest manner: “I wanted to make a beautiful book honoring this man that could be enjoyed by everyone from kids to adults.”


The full color book about the life, work, and times of Buckminster Fuller features over 15,000 words and hundreds of illustrations. Starting with the birth of Fuller, the book covers the most important events in his life including all of his significant design contributions from the “Jitterbug Transformation” to the Geodesic Dome. The book also contains a look into the friendships and collaborations with Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Einstein, Charles Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi:






But the fun doesn’t end with the book itself. Gerst has some great rewards at all levels of pledging, including a Buckminster Fuller coloring book, original art prints, and a unique Buckminster Fuller tshirt design.




Head on over to the Kickstarter campaign to get yours!


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1485710349 Katrina Howard Fairley

    The Climatron is a geodesic dome designed by Thomas C. Howard of Synergetics, Inc in 1959. Buckminster Fuller had no input into the design of this or any other Synergetics, Inc dome. TC Howard is both a licensed architect and a licensed engineer. Bucky was neither. TC Howard was Bucky’s architect. Most of the development and design of the geodesic dome came out of the Raleigh, NC office of Synergetics, Inc. Bucky patented the geometry for geodesic domes: he did not invent the geodesic dome and his original patent had mathematical flaws. Synergetics, Inc chief owner, architect, designer, and engineer was TC Howard, not Bucky. – TC Howard’s daughter

  • amkalenak@gmail.com

    Ken Snelson says the same thing about tensegrity.
    If anything Bucky was a promoter, a collaborator and a big picture thinker.
    He had a voice and a definite unique point of view.
    Poet of Geometry is a apt description of the man.

    BTW: you rarely, if ever, see a professional engineer or architect give credit to all the staff that support them. Generally they keep all the accolades for themselves. Perhaps your dad was different.