Cheryl Heller | Opinions

Dear Jeff Bezos, Have You Ever Been to the Amazon?






| Books

Finding Marguerita

With her designs, Marguerita Mergentime was stirring up conversation, provoking human interaction, and providing a visually compelling backdrop to socializing long before today’s concept of user experience had evolved....
Doug Powell | Interviews

The Future of Design (Education)

Doug Powell sat down on the porch of Austin Center for Design with it’s founder, Jon Kolko to talk about design education, design for good, and how job titles are poor definitions....
Debbie Millman | Audio

Design Matters from the Archive: Alain de Botton

Debbie talks to Alain de Botton about love and sex....
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays

Literary Alchemy and Graphic Design

Should graphic designers take a lead from Joycean lyricism?...
Kenneth FitzGerald | Essays

Learn by Numbers: Eleven Lessons Taught Only in Design School

With two decades of design education experience behind me (and a reader of the popular design press for even longer), I’ve picked through the bulging bin of designers’ opinions about school to compile my own list of advice....
Steven Heller | Essays

Victims of the Image: Vintage Jewish Stereotypes

Racial, ethnic and gender stereotypes did not materialize from the miasma. They were, and continue to be, made by people, designers and illustrators for whom visual language is reduced to a tweet-like image short-hand....
Brian LaRossa | Opinions

Empathy in Book Publishing

On The intersection of customer empathy and book publishing....
Brian LaRossa | Opinions

Privilege-Centered Design

“The reader you construct in your imagination changes the way you write almost without your noticing it.”...


Observed | June 21

This year’s Serpentine Pavillion, designed by the extraordinary Frances Kere. [MB]

How Comic Sans became the world’s most notorious font. (Thanks to Karen Day.) [MB]

Fold your way through Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous buildings. [BV]

A 257-Year-Old coloring book was discovered in St. Louis. [BV]


Observed | June 20

Accidental Wes Anderson locations, a very colorful and surreal subreddit. [BV]

Robots in art class. [MPL]

The internet is for circles. [MB]

Subtle ways to signal wealth: not designer bags anymore. [MPL]

A sociology of the smartphone. [MB]


Observed | June 19

Rob Walker‘s insightful (and beautifully written) assessment of the importance of the logo. [JH]

“In the visual clamor of a bookstore, the important thing is to be different.” From 2005, John Updike on book cover design. [MB]

IKEA’s posters help you cook dinner. (But what about a soup?) [MPL]

Great assessment by Rick Poynor of the enduring relevance of Emigre magazine. [MB]

Animations that reveal the differences between subway maps and their actual geography. [MB]


Observed | June 16

Anti-Tiger mother strategy (helps) lead to brilliant creative student accepted everywhere! [JH]

Was the design of One World Trade Center a rip-off? [JH]


Observed | June 15

Our very own Jessica Helfand want to start conversations—meaningful ones—with you. Listen! [JH]

I personally disagree with most of the visual suggestions here, but the topic itself is fascinating. What does your email signature say about you? [JH]

The Post Office has released a new series of tactile stamps celebrating sports. Better title: “This Takes Balls”. [JH]

“You don’t need to be a scientist to use machine learning as design material.” Design in the age of the algorithm. [MB]


Observed | June 14

On the topic of the future of classroom design, teachers really do know best. [JH]

Etsy find of the week: “Explosive Contemplation” office chair. [JH]

"In a thriving democracy, the need for protest shapes our public realm and vice versa.” [MB]

The concept of “additive” design in manufacturing, given the rise of 3D printing. [JH]

One of the original designers credited with pioneering the birth the personal computers, Charles P. Thacker, dies at 74. [JH]


Observed | June 13

How science and architecture can work together to create living, breathing buildings. [JH]

Vacation planning alert: design and ... Buenos Aires! Or for a smaller budget: design and ... the nightclub! [JH]

When art schools were art schools. (Thanks to Adrian Shaughnessy.) [JH]

Philatelic protest, one President Trump stamp at a time. [JH]

Good design is marketable business. [JH]



Jobs | June 22