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"In Dialogue," Pratt GradComD Book
AUTHOR: Pratt Graduate Communications Design
PUBLISHER: Pratt Institute
ART DIRECTOR: Jennifer Bernstein, Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt GradComD / Principal, Level Design Group
DESIGNER: Jennifer Bernstein, Sarah Bradford, Kristen Myers, Eduardo Palma, Eva Surany, Robert Wilson
DESIGN FIRM: Level Design Group


All My Puny Sorrows
All My Puny Sorrows
AUTHOR: Miriam Toews
PUBLISHER: McSweeney's
ART DIRECTOR: Dan McKinley
DESIGNER: Sunra Thompson


All Our Names
All Our Names
AUTHOR: Dinaw Mengestu
PUBLISHER: Knopf
ART DIRECTOR: Peter Mendelsund
DESIGNER: Isabel Urbina Peña


Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy
AUTHOR: Jeff VanderMeer
PUBLISHER: FSG Originals
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral


Brave New World
Brave New World
AUTHOR: Aldous Huxley
PUBLISHER: Vintage UK
ART DIRECTOR: Suzanne Dean
DESIGNER: Scot Bendall, Richard Carey
DESIGN FIRM: La Boca


Can't and Won't
Can't and Won't
AUTHOR: Lydia Davis
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Charlotte Strick


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
AUTHOR: Haruki Murakami
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf
ART DIRECTOR: Chip Kidd
DESIGNER: Maggie Hinders and Chip Kidd


Décio Pignatari Collection
Décio Pignatari Collection
AUTHOR: Décio Pignatari
PUBLISHER: Ateliê Editorial
ART DIRECTOR: Gustavo Piqueira
DESIGNER: Gustavo Piqueira, Samia Jacintho
DESIGN FIRM: Casa Rex


Fifty Mice
Fifty Mice
AUTHOR: Daniel Pyne
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press | Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: Alex Merto


Friendship
Friendship
AUTHOR: Emily Gould
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Jennifer Carrow


Hiding in Plain Sight
Hiding in Plain Sight
AUTHOR: Nuruddin Farah
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Janet Hansen


HRC
HRC
AUTHOR: Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
PUBLISHER: Crown
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Christopher Brand


Infinitesimal
Infinitesimal
AUTHOR: Amir Alexander
PUBLISHER: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral
DESIGNER: Mark Melnick
DESIGN FIRM: Mark Melnick Graphic Design


Into the Grey
Into the Grey
AUTHOR: Celine Kiernan
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press
ART DIRECTOR: Chris Paul
DESIGNER: Matt Roeser


Invisible Streets
Invisible Streets
AUTHOR: Toby Ball
PUBLISHER: Overlook Press
ART DIRECTOR: Anthony Morais
DESIGNER: Anthony Morais


Little Failure
Little Failure
AUTHOR: Gary Shteyngart
PUBLISHER: Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Paolo Pepe
DESIGNER: Rodrigo Corral Design


Lost for Words
Lost for Words
AUTHOR: Edward St.Aubyn
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Jennifer Carrow


Love Me Back
Love Me Back
AUTHOR: Merritt Tierce
PUBLISHER: Doubleday
ART DIRECTOR: Emily Mahon
DESIGNER: Emily Mahon


Meno Celes (Vilniaus daiės akademija/Vilnius Academy of Arts)
Meno Celes (Vilniaus daiės akademija/Vilnius Academy of Arts)
AUTHOR: Compiled by Laima Spelskiene
PUBLISHER: Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts Publishing House
ART DIRECTOR: Ausra Lisauskiene
DESIGNER: Ausra Lisauskiene, Rima Blazyte


Morgan Fisher: Conversations
Morgan Fisher: Conversations
PUBLISHER: Aspen Art Press (Aspen Art Museum)
DESIGNER: Rob Matthews and Grace Robinson-Leo


My Life in Middlemarch
My Life in Middlemarch
AUTHOR: Rebecca Mead
PUBLISHER: Crown
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Elena Giavaldi


New Orleans Review 39.2
New Orleans Review 39.2
AUTHOR: Edited by Mark Yakich
PUBLISHER: Loyola University New Orleans
ART DIRECTOR: Nancy Bernardo
DESIGNER: Nancy Bernardo
DESIGN FIRM: Decorative Debris


No Country
No Country
AUTHOR: Kalyan Ray
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Accordino
DESIGNER: Christopher Lin


O cão do sul [The Dog of the South]
O cão do sul [The Dog of the South]
AUTHOR: Charles Portis
PUBLISHER: Alfaguara
ART DIRECTOR:
DESIGNER: Mateus Valadares
DESIGN FIRM: Mateus Valadares


Odd Volumes<br />Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection
Odd Volumes
Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection

AUTHOR: Jock Reynolds, Pamela Franks
PUBLISHER: Yale University Art Gallery
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Sleboda
DESIGNER: Christopher Sleboda
DESIGN FIRM: Yale University Art Gallery


On Such A Full Sea
On Such A Full Sea
AUTHOR: Chang-Rae Lee
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House, Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Helen Yentus


On Such A Full Sea Limited Edition
On Such A Full Sea Limited Edition
AUTHOR: Chang-Rae Lee
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House, Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Helen Yentus and MakerBot Studios


Players First
Players First
AUTHOR: John Calipari
PUBLISHER: The Penguin Press
ART DIRECTOR: Darren Haggar
DESIGNER: Janet Hansen


Pressed for Time
Pressed for Time
AUTHOR: Judy Wajcman
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Isaac Tobin
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


Ruby
Ruby
AUTHOR: Cynthia Bond
PUBLISHER: Hogarth
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Anna Kochman


Strange Bodies
Strange Bodies
AUTHOR: Marcel Theroux
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Nayon Cho


Summer House with Swimming Pool
Summer House with Swimming Pool
AUTHOR: Herman Koch
PUBLISHER: Hogarth
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Christopher Brand


Teresa, My Love
Teresa, My Love
AUTHOR: Julia Kristeva, translated by Lorna Scott Fox
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky
DESIGNER: Jennifer Heuer


The Blazing World
The Blazing World
AUTHOR: Siri Hustvedt
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ART DIRECTOR: Jackie Seow
DESIGNER: Christopher Lin


The Emerald Light in the Air
The Emerald Light in the Air
AUTHOR: Donald Antrim
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Rodrigo Corral


The Island—Novella
The Island—Novella
AUTHOR: Josiah Titus
PUBLISHER: Self-published
ART DIRECTOR: Karl Engebretson
DESIGNER: Karl Engebretson, Nate Christopherson
DESIGN FIRM: Not Swords


The Last Book
The Last Book
AUTHOR: Reinier Gerritsen
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: René Put


The Martian
The Martian
AUTHOR: Andy Weir
PUBLISHER: Crown
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Eric White


The Miniaturist
The Miniaturist
AUTHOR: Jessie Burton
PUBLISHER: Ecco
ART DIRECTOR: Allison Saltzman
DESIGNER: Allison Saltzman


The Photographer's Playbook
The Photographer's Playbook
AUTHOR: Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: Jason Fulford


The Rise & Fall of Great Powers
The Rise & Fall of Great Powers
AUTHOR: Tom Rachman
PUBLISHER: Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Robbin Schiff
DESIGNER: Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
DESIGN FIRM: de Vicq design


The Vacationers
The Vacationers
AUTHOR: Emma Straub
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Janet Hansen


The Wall
The Wall
AUTHOR: H. G. Adler; Translated by Peter Filkins
PUBLISHER: Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Robbin Schiff
DESIGNER: Gabrielle Bordwin


Traces and Vestiges: Inquiries into the present
Traces and Vestiges: Inquiries into the present
AUTHOR: Tatiana Cuevas, Eduardo Abaroa, Néstor García Canclini, Susan Hiller, etc.
PUBLISHER: CIAC, A.C.
ART DIRECTOR: David Kimura and Gabriela Varela
DESIGNER: David Kimura and Gabriela Varela
DESIGN FIRM: Varela + Kimura


Type Plus
Type Plus
AUTHOR: Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook
PUBLISHER: Unit Editions
ART DIRECTOR: Tony Brook, Claudia Klat
DESIGNER: Tony Brook, Claudia Klat, Jack Grafton, Dominik Langloh
DESIGN FIRM: Spin


War postdigital besser? (Was postdigital better?)
War postdigital besser? (Was postdigital better?)
AUTHOR: Martin Conrads, Franziska Morlok
PUBLISHER: Revolver Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Martin Conrads, Franziska Morlok
DESIGNER: Martin Conrads, Franziska Morlok


Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers
Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers
AUTHOR: José Roca and Alejandro Martín, editors
PUBLISHER: Bard Graduate Center
ART DIRECTOR: Irma Boom
DESIGN FIRM: Irma Boom Office


Wolf in White Van
Wolf in White Van
AUTHOR: John Darnielle
PUBLISHER: FSG Books
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral
DESIGNER: Timothy Goodman
DESIGN FIRM: Timothy Goodman Design


Young God
Young God
AUTHOR: Katherine Faw Morris
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Rodrigo Corral


Your Face in Mine
Your Face in Mine
AUTHOR: Jess Row
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House, Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Oliver Munday





Observed | January 20

Five months after becoming director of the Museum of Arts and Design, Jorge Daniel Veneciano is stepping down on Jan. 31 to turn his attention to the cultural sector. [JH]

From Portland-based designer Ilisha Helfman, a color palette tool for fountain pens with a custom-cut Canson paper top so you can make notes for each pen or sample ink vial. [JH]

On this historic day in America, as we struggle to honor truth, tolerance, and a deeply uncertain future, let us remember that inclusiveness is not only a matter of race and gender and nationality, but also a question of mutual respect and cross-disciplinary freedom. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: doctors who create! [JH]

The day has come. Here’s a reading list for designers in Trump‘s America. [MPL]

“Taking cues from the Girl Scouts, Soviet-era Constructivism, the WPA, and Kara Walker…” Behind the branding of the Women’s March on Washington. [MB]


Observed | January 19

Design as a proactive response to disaster, and the challenges for climate change. [JH]

In a design exploration that has taken nearly two years and six significant iterations of the prototype—during which the app’s usage has grown eightfold to 4 million daily active users—Slack introduces threaded conversations. Meanwhile, Mozilla (remember them, before Netscape?) introduces a revamped design identity. [JH]

In the US, nuclear plant design goes modular. [JH]

The lost signs of Montreal. [MB]

Paula Scher, Christoph Niemann and more visionary designers: coming soon on Netflix. Watch the trailer here! [JH]

Apple vs.Samsung: it‘s not over! [JH]

Design, detente—and defiance. [JH]

“Trump sits for hours with architects and designers, instinctively pointing to what he likes and doesn’t like.” The President-elect as design client. Sad! [JH]


Observed | January 18

“They’re the spiritual successors to the visual metaphors of early graphical user interfaces, but there’s a big difference between an icon shaped like a trash can and the tilt of a robotic eyebrow.” Visualizing AI—and why it may not be as ‘user-friendly’ as you’d think. [JH]

Trump, His Gilded Taste, and Me, a strange and prescient piece by the late Herbert Muschamp (via Paul Goldberger). [MB]

From the Department of Thespian Schadenfreude: when good actors have bad auditions. (Spoiler alert: they’re still pretty good.) [JH]

From The Amplifier Foundation—an extraordinary initiative that needs to be funded, now—before it’s too late. [JH]

From our friends at Continuum, a cogent, level-headed argument explaining why so many corporate-level design thinking initiatives are inevitably doomed to failure. [JH]

Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal, and Ernesto Yerena launch a campaign to fund public art to protest the inauguration and beyond. [MB]


Observed | January 17

Extraordinary motion graphics from the French motion graphics genius Maxime Causeret, with music by Max Cooper. [JH]

The long lost connection between and Marilyn Monroe’s most famous scene and Design Observer’s own Bonnie Siegler. [MB]

Juventus—an Italian soccer team— reveals its pared down, minimalist new logo. You know what happens next. [JH]

“I want to create new things.” A New York Times profile of legendary book designer Irma Boom. [MB]

Peter Mendelsund on family, memory, and W.G. Sebald. [MB]

The suit is dead. Long live the suit! [JH]


Observed | January 16

V&A Head Designer Annabel Judd is taking on science. And here’s what’s happening Stateside. [JH]

Wells Fargo rejects a Black Lives Matter debit card. [JH]

Richard Prince disavows his appropriated Instagram portrait of Ivanka Trump and returns the money they paid him for it. [MB]


Observed | January 13

Yves Béhar designs a robot for the elderly he’s calling a “companion”. [JH]

Mr. Poopie explores the uncanny visual relationship between poop and ice cream. (Via Modes of Criticism.) [MB]



Jobs | January 22