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A Manual for Cleaning Women
A Manual for Cleaning Women
AUTHOR: Lucia Berlin
PUBLISHER: Picador - Pan Macmillan
ART DIRECTOR: James Annal
DESIGNER: Justine Anweiler
DESIGN FIRM: Picador Art Department


A nakonec Vánoce
A nakonec Vánoce
AUTHOR: Petr Šabach
PUBLISHER: Paseka
ART DIRECTOR: Jan Šabach
DESIGNER: Jan Šabach
DESIGN FIRM: Code Switch


Act of God
Act of God
AUTHOR: Jill Ciment
PUBLISHER: Pantheon Books
ART DIRECTOR: Kelly Blair
DESIGNER: Janet Hansen


All the Bright Places
All the Bright Places
AUTHOR: Jennifer Niven
PUBLISHER: Random House Children's Books | Knopf
DESIGNER: Alison Impey and Lucy Kim


Anthropology's Politics
Anthropology's Politics
AUTHOR: Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein


Ball
Ball
AUTHOR: Tara Ison
PUBLISHER: Soft Skull Press
ART DIRECTOR: Kelly Winton
DESIGNER: Kelly Winton


Barbara the Slut and Other People
Barbara the Slut and Other People
AUTHOR: Lauren Holmes
PUBLISHER: Riverhead | Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Rachel Willey


Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
AUTHOR: Ellen Lupton and Andrea Lipps
PUBLISHER: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella and Pamela Horn
DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object Design Studio


Becoming a Marihuana User
Becoming a Marihuana User
AUTHOR: Howard S. Becker
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


Beneath the Surface of White Supremacy
Beneath the Surface of White Supremacy
AUTHOR: Moon-Kie Jung
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein


Between You & Me
Between You & Me
AUTHOR: Mary Norris
PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton and Company
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu
DESIGNER: Darren Haggar
DESIGN FIRM: Darren Haggar Design


Cassandre. Specimens.
Cassandre. Specimens.
AUTHOR: Pascal Béjean
PUBLISHER: Art Book Magazine Éditions
ART DIRECTOR: Pascal Béjean
DESIGNER: Pascal Béjean
DESIGN FIRM: ABM Studio


Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture
Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture
AUTHOR: Charles Waldheim, and Andrea Hansen, editors
PUBLISHER: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Hatje Cantz
DESIGNER: Siena Scarff, Cover
DESIGN FIRM: Siena Scarff Design


Conviction
Conviction
AUTHOR: Kelly Loy Gilbert
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion
ART DIRECTOR: Maria Elias
DESIGNER: Maria Elias


Debate
Debate
AUTHOR: MAS Context
PUBLISHER: MAS Context
ART DIRECTOR: Alisa Wolfson
DESIGNER: Peter Ty, Eavan Wallner, and Alisa Wolfson.
DESIGN FIRM: Leo Burnett Department of Design


Drinking In America
Drinking In America
AUTHOR: Susan Cheever
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Catherine Casalino
DESIGNER: Rex Bonomelli


F*ck Feelings
F*ck Feelings
AUTHOR: Michael I. Bennett & Sarah Bennett
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ART DIRECTOR: Jackie Seow
DESIGNER: Jason Heuer
DESIGN FIRM: Jason Heuer Design


Flaubert Postsecular
Flaubert Postsecular
AUTHOR: Barbara Vinken
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein


Gorse No. 3 & Gorse No. 4
Gorse No. 3 & Gorse No. 4
AUTHOR: Susan Tomaselli (ed)
PUBLISHER: Gorse
ART DIRECTOR: Niall McCormack
DESIGNER: Niall McCormack
DESIGN FIRM: Hi Tone Design


Graphic Designers Surveyed
Graphic Designers Surveyed
AUTHOR: Editors: Lucienne Roberts, Rebecca Wright, Jessie Price
PUBLISHER: GraphicDesign&
ART DIRECTOR: Lucienne Roberts
DESIGNER: Lucienne Roberts, John McGill, Sarah Schrauwen
DESIGN FIRM: LucienneRoberts+


Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana
Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana
AUTHOR: Dan Michaels
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books
ART DIRECTOR: Eddie Opara and Neil Egan
DESIGNER: Eddie Opara, Brankica Harvey, and Yo-E Ryou
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation
LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation
AUTHOR: Edited by Mariana Amatullo with Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico and Andrew Shea
PUBLISHER: Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design
ART DIRECTOR: Lupi Asensio & Martin Lorenz
DESIGNER: Lupi Asensio & Martin Lorenz
DESIGN FIRM: TwoPoints.Net — Hamburg, Berlin, Barcelona


Making Marie Curie
Making Marie Curie
AUTHOR: Eva Hemmungs Wirtén
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Lauren Michelle Smith
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


Mário Pedrosa
Mário Pedrosa
AUTHOR: Mário Pedrosa
PUBLISHER: Cosac Naify
ART DIRECTOR: Elaine Ramos
DESIGNER: Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Cosac Naify


Off the Radar
Off the Radar
AUTHOR: Cyrus Copeland
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press | Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: AJ Dimarucot


Once in a House on Fire
Once in a House on Fire
AUTHOR: Andrea Ashworth
PUBLISHER: Picador - Pan Macmillan
ART DIRECTOR: James Annal
DESIGNER: Justine Anweiler
DESIGN FIRM: Picador Art Department


One Day in the Life of the English Language: A Microcosmic Usage Handbook
One Day in the Life of the English Language: A Microcosmic Usage Handbook
AUTHOR: Frank L. Cioffi
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press
DESIGNER: Chris Ferrante


Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts
Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts
AUTHOR: Chip Kidd
PUBLISHER: Abrams
ART DIRECTOR: Chip Kidd
DESIGNER: Chip Kidd
DESIGN FIRM: Chip Kidddesign


Oreo
Oreo
AUTHOR: Fran Ross
PUBLISHER: New Directions
ART DIRECTOR: Erik Rieselbach
DESIGNER: Erik Carter
DESIGN FIRM: Erik Carter


Patternalia
Patternalia
AUTHOR: Jude Stewart
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA
ART DIRECTOR: Patti Ratchford
DESIGNER: Oliver Munday
DESIGN FIRM: Bloomsbury


Plays by Albert Camus Series
Plays by Albert Camus Series
AUTHOR: Albert Camus
PUBLISHER: Can
DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: LOM Creative


Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric & Civic Action
Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric & Civic Action
AUTHOR: Thomas W. Benson
PUBLISHER: Penn State University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jennifer Norton, Brad D. Norr
DESIGNER: Brad D. Norr
DESIGN FIRM: Brad Norr Design


Puddn'head Wilson | The Prince and the Pauper
Puddn'head Wilson | The Prince and the Pauper
AUTHOR: Mark Twain
PUBLISHER: Vintage
ART DIRECTOR: Megan Wilson
DESIGNER: Isabel Urbina Peña


Seline Baumgartner
Seline Baumgartner
AUTHOR: Claudia La Rocco
PUBLISHER: Edizioni Periferia
ART DIRECTOR: Philipp Hubert, Sebastian Fischer
DESIGNER: Philipp Hubert, Sebastian Fischer
DESIGN FIRM: Hubert & Fischer


Shinkichi Tajiri Universal Paradoxes
Shinkichi Tajiri Universal Paradoxes
AUTHOR: Helen Westgeest, Giotta and Ryu Tajiri
PUBLISHER: Leiden University press
ART DIRECTOR: Willem Henri Lucas
DESIGNER: Willem henri Lucas


Spring Chicken
Spring Chicken
AUTHOR: Bill Gifford
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Connor
DESIGNER: Oliver Munday


Ten Children Ms. Ming Never Had (Bayan Ming'in Hiç Olmayan 10 Çocuğu
Ten Children Ms. Ming Never Had (Bayan Ming'in Hiç Olmayan 10 Çocuğu
AUTHOR: Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
PUBLISHER: Doğan Egmont Publishing
DESIGNER: Geray Gencer
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Geray Gencer


The Asylum
The Asylum
AUTHOR: Simon Doonan
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press | Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: Spencer Kimble


The Last Word
The Last Word
AUTHOR: Hanif Kureishi
PUBLISHER: Scribner
ART DIRECTOR: Jaya Miceli
DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli


The Life and Death of Sophie Stark
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark
AUTHOR: Anna North
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press | Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: Spencer Kimble


The Race for Paris
The Race for Paris
AUTHOR: Meg Waite Clayton
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
ART DIRECTOR: Gregg Kulick
DESIGNER: Alison Forner
DESIGN FIRM: HarperCollins


The Reader / Momentum 8 Tunnel Vision / Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art
The Reader / Momentum 8 Tunnel Vision / Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art
AUTHOR: Jonatan Habib Engquist, Birta Gudjonsdottir, Stefanie Hessler, Toke Lykkeberg
PUBLISHER: Mousse Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Ariane Spanier
DESIGNER: Ariane Spanier
DESIGN FIRM: Ariane Spanier Design


The Sage of Waterloo
The Sage of Waterloo
AUTHOR: Leona Francombe
PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton and Company
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu
DESIGNER: Charlotte Strick
DESIGN FIRM: Strick & Williams


The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine
The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine
AUTHOR: Janine Vangool
PUBLISHER: UPPERCASE publishing inc
ART DIRECTOR: Janine Vangool
DESIGNER: Janine Vangool


The Woman Who Read Too Much
The Woman Who Read Too Much
AUTHOR: Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein


Uma História do Mundo (A History of the World)
Uma História do Mundo (A History of the World)
AUTHOR: Andrew Marr
PUBLISHER: Intrínseca
DESIGNER: Angelo Allevato Bottino


Unbecoming
Unbecoming
AUTHOR: Rebecca Scherm
PUBLISHER: Viking | Penguin Random House
DESIGNER: Paul Buckley


Voices in the Night
Voices in the Night
AUTHOR: Steven Millhauser
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf
ART DIRECTOR: Carol Carson
DESIGNER: Janet Hansen


What is This
What is This
AUTHOR: Tamara Shopsin
PUBLISHER: The Ice Plant
ART DIRECTOR: Tamara Shopsin
DESIGNER: Tamara Shopsin
DESIGN FIRM: Tamara Shopsin


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AUTHOR: Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press
ART DIRECTOR: Chris Paul
DESIGNER: Matt Roeser





Observed | February 23

Five designers (including our co-founder Michael Bierut) illustrate global children‘s health stories you should know about. [BV]

Ending this Sunday, By the People: Designing a Better America at the Cooper Hewitt. [BV]

Curbed has an in-depth look at race and architecture, and the profession’s diversity problem. [BV]

Front Page News! NYT Since 1852, Under A Minute. [MPL]


Observed | February 22

Symbols of hate, and why they endure. (Via Christopher Simmons.) [JH]

The depressingly rapid decay of a neglected piece of ambitious modern architecture. [MB]

“One badly kept secret is that hardly any art school graduates go on to become professional artists. If you have decided to be one of them, give yourself a pat on the back. Next, develop a reputation as a team player.” Artists on pain, struggle, and eventual success. Also, um, stamina! [JH]

Iconic furniture = timeless investments? The Evening Standard thinks so! [JH]


Observed | February 21

The alienating personal technology device of the Victorian age: umbrellas. [MB]

Dutch author and illustrator Dickl Bruna, creator of the exquisite series of Miffy books, has died. [JH]

Students in Norway consider the future of prison design. [JH]

Are the decorative arts making a comeback because of 3D printing? [JH]

“Instead of asking what the design should look like, I wish we’d asked, ‘What can we do for you?’” What Robert Hammond learned from the High Line. [MB]

"Design is not an object or thing. Design is not taste.” An interview with Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic. [MB]


Observed | February 20

The Batbot Xtreme takes toy design to another level. [MPL]

Gerald Haltom‘s original 1958 sketches for the peace symbol. [MB]

Ugly buildings always photograph better at night (and other confessions of a former design magazine editor). [MB]

How Steven Heller redefined the design world. [MB]

Happy President‘s Day...? Ten times that Trump stirred up the design and architecture world. (And counting.) [MPL]


Observed | February 17

As the White House aims to stifle climate science, cities cooperate globally and plan locally, standing up to climate change. [BV]

The crude, vulgar, and celebrated art of Jean Dubuffet. [MPL]

Donald Judd on the relationship of artists and politics, 1970. [MB]

The most despised piece of furniture in the world has a name: Peggy. [MB]


Observed | February 16

The Statue of Liberty was modeled after an Arab woman. [MB]

Pratt Institute President Tom Schutte is the recipient of the 21st Rowena Reed Kostellow Award. [JH]

Why symbols matter. [MB]

Detroit, Design and the Future of Work—Detroit’s first exhibition as a UNESCO City of Design  [BV]

A Bug‘s Life meets Mulan and takes the form of this chair. [MPL]

Why do we have Wingdings and Dingbats? This short video explains all! [MB]


Observed | February 15

In the New Yorker this week, Design Observer contributor Rob Walker reviews the new Netflix series on design. [JH]



Jobs | February 23