Design Observer is edited by Michael Bierut, Jessica Helfand and Eugenia Bell with assistance from Betsy Vardell, Elizabeth Devereaux and Joanna Radin.


The Editors
Announcing The Observatory
10.15.14

A new monthly podcast with Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand


The Editors
50 Books/50 Covers 2013 Winners Announced
09.18.14

2013's submissions ranged from the conventional to the radical.


The Editors
Celebrating Labor Day

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Everything We’ve Written About Paul Rand*

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Paul Rand : Observer Emeritus
08.11.14

Celebrating the centennial of a one of our most beloved American design icons.


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Parametric Posters from MuirMcNeil

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The New Design Observer

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A Mother’s Work is Never Done
05.11.14

This year, for Mother's Day, Design Observer collected photos of women designers and their offspring in varying forms: we received entries in the form of then-and-now contemporary photos, of generational divides, of mothers as children (next to their children, as — no surprise —children) and even, because we're impatient and couldn't wait, one father and his lovely brood.


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Records for Life: Rethinking the Immunization Card
04.21.14

In conjunction with World Immunization Week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation challenged the global health and design communities to reconsider the immunization card, classically one of the principal barriers to vaccination.


The Editors
Announcing Adam Harrison Levy
03.13.14

We are pleased to welcome Adam Harrison Levy as a contributing writer.


The Editors
Remembering Bill
02.05.14

Please join us on Saturday, March 1, from 4 to 6pm, when we will be remembering our founder and publisher, dear friend and design leader William Drenttel.


The Editors
Most Popular Change Observer Posts of 2013
12.27.13

Reader's favorite posts on design and social change in 2013.


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The Ten Most Popular Essays of 2013
12.26.13

Our most popular essays of 2013 range in topic from design criticim to punctuation, surrealism to fast food restaurant design, Rem Koolhaas to South African towns, and of course, the heated debate on the future of the AIGA.


The Editors
In Memory of William Drenttel
12.21.13



The Editors
50 Books/50 Covers: Call For Entries
12.20.13

Enter a book for consideration into 50 Books/50 Covers.


The Editors
We're Thankful
11.28.13

Thank you to all our Design Observer readers.


The Editors
Design Observer Turns 10

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Ten Most Popular Accidental Mysteries of 2012

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Ten Most Popular Essays of 2012
12.24.12

Our ten most popular posts of 2012.


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50 Books/50 Covers Competition: Enter Today
07.15.12

Since 1924, the 50 Books/50 Covers book design competition has been a yearly mainstay of the AIGA. We are pleased to announce that this important design competition is now being hosted by Design Observer. Enter today.


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Our Mothers, Our Selves
05.13.12

“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world,” wrote James Joyce, “a mother's love is not.” Herewith, a Mother’s Day celebration of designers and their mothers.


The Editors
Unusual Suspects: A New Series
05.09.12

Edited by Andrew Blauvelt and William Drenttel, Design Observer is beginning new design history series titled Unusual Suspects.


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New Season of Design Matters with Debbie Millman
01.27.12

Announcing the newest season of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, premiering with a video of Design Matters Live filmed by Hillman Curtis. Debbie Millman discusses the launch of Malcolm Gladwell's illustrated collection of The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers. Guests included artist and illustrator Brian Rea, and designers Paul Sahre, Josh Liberson and DeeDee Gordon.


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Designing an Educational Breakthrough
12.08.11

A new initiative recruits young adults to create ways to promote adolescent literacy


The Editors
10 Things Acumen Fund Has Learned About Tackling Global Poverty
09.19.11

A new website, with a clear framing of principles, marks Acumen Fund's first decade.


The Editors
Season Seven of Design Matters with Debbie Millman
09.15.11

We are pleased to announce that Season Seven of Design Matters with Debbie Millman will premiere on Observer Media this Friday with special guest Michael Arad.


The Editors
Yves Béhar Wins Second INDEX Award
09.02.11

Yves Béhar Wins Second INDEX Award for VerBien (See Better to Learn Better).


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New Comment Registration
08.27.11

Due to the unfortunate growing sophistication of spammers, Design Observer is now requiring that users register in order to comment.


The Editors
Sappi Ideas That Matter
06.22.11

Trio of 2010 Sappi Ideas That Matter grant recipients


The Editors
Announcement: Rob Walker Joins Design Observer
06.08.11

We are pleased to announce that Rob Walker is joining Design Observer as a contributing writer — and as the newest blogger in our Observers Room.


The Editors
Cause/Affect Competition
05.27.11

AIGA announces its next Cause/Affect competition celebrating design for social change.


The Editors
Name That Design Person!
04.08.11

We’ve invited a number of designers to share with us a long-lost kiddie pic on the 8th of every month leading up to Mother's Day. Guess the designer!


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Design for the Real World Redux
04.05.11

To mark the acquisition of Papanek’s archives by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the school’s Victor J. Papanek Foundation, in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Museum of Arts and Design, has announced a prize for a concept, prototype or product “that upholds Papanek’s vision of environmental and/or social responsibility.”


The Editors
Name That Design Person!
03.08.11

We’ve invited a number of designers to share with us a long-lost kiddie pic: On the 8th of every month leading up to Mother's Day. We’re asking our readers to guess the identity.


The Editors
Like the Word or Not, the Era of "Sustainism" Is Here

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Name That Design Person!
02.08.11

We’ve invited a number of designers to share with us a long-lost kiddie pic: On the 8th of every month leading up to Mother's Day.


The Editors
Name That Design Person!
01.08.11

We’ve invited a number of designers to share with us a long-lost kiddie pic: beginning today, and on the 8th of every month leading up to Mother's Day.


The Editors
Happy New Year from Change Observer
12.31.10



The Editors
Holiday Books 2010
11.29.10

Recommended books by Design Observer writers for the 2009 holiday season.


The Editors
Happy Thanksgiving from Design Observer
11.25.10

Thanksgiving greetings from Design Observer.


The Editors
Announcing A New Channel: Observers Room

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Sexy Sanitation
10.18.10

Competition brief for Acumen Fund challenge to improve access to sanitation.


The Editors
Design Observer Launches iPhone App
10.18.10

The Design Observer iPhone App, now available for FREE to all users on the App Store, offers a quick way to survey what's new every day at the world's leading online design journal.


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New Season of Design Matters with Debbie Millman
09.16.10

Announcing Season Six of Design Matters with Debbie Millman will premiere on Observer Media this Friday at 3pm with a legendary guest — Massimo Vignelli.


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Lella and Massimo Vignelli: A Celebration
09.12.10

Vignelli Celebration: The opening and dedication of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, set to open September 16, 2010 at Rochester Institute of Technology.


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Today: The End
08.21.10

Today, our weekly smorgasbord of images curated by Eric Baker, concludes with this final post.


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Neville Brody Wants You
07.22.10

Call for submissions to the Anti Design Festival, September 18-26, London, England.


The Editors
Humanitarian Design vs. Design Imperialism: Debate Summary
07.16.10

Bruce Nussbaum started a firestorm with the question "Is humanitarian design the new imperialism?" — and the conversation has spread through the blogosphere. Here, a digest of essays and related posts on this subject.


The Editors
Change Observer Project Reports: A Summary
05.02.10

Change Observer has been publishing Project Reports as an editorial zone to write about distinct projects at the intersection of design and social innovation. This post summarizes the 73 Project Reports we have published to date.


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Holiday Books 2009
11.19.09

Recommended books by Design Observer writers for the 2009 holiday season.


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And Speaking of Sustainability...
10.01.09

Proceedings of a 2003 seminar about Timeship, a visionary project designed by Stephen Valentine for storing the frozen remains of people awaiting reanimation.


The Editors
Where's the Beef?
09.22.09

Excerpt from May 1936 Fortune magazine article, "The Wonders of Diet"


The Editors
Design Observer Party: Memphis, October 9
08.13.09

This year's Design Observer party at "Make Think: AIGA Design Biennial Conference" in Memphis is at The New Daisy Theatre. Friday, October 9 from 9:00pm to 2:00am.


The Editors
Change Observer: How, and Why Now
07.30.09

Change Observer's mission as a website devoted to design and social innovation


The Editors
Desperate Times/Desperate Measures
07.30.09

Invitation for social activists to participate in viral marketing campaign for Ford Fiesta. Unedited email as received at Winterhouse...


The Editors
On Comments
07.29.09

Reader comments are an important part of our site, with many visitors enjoying them as much as the original articles. So keeping the discussion as interesting as possible is to everyone's advantage. Here are the rules for comments at Design Observer.


The Editors
Design Observer 3.0
07.28.09

Today we begin a new chapter in the story and evolution of Design Observer: a vastly reconceived site encompassing new channels (Observatory, Change Observer, Places and Observer Media), new partners, and expanded archives.


The Editors
Books Received: July 2009
06.02.09

The Design Observer Fall book list is here.


The Editors
Design Observer Audience Survey
05.14.09



The Editors
13th Annual Webby Awards
04.14.09

We are pleased to announce that Design Observer has been nominated for Webby Awards for Best Culture Blog and Best Writing.


The Editors
Books Received: Summer 2009
04.13.09

The Design Observer Summer book list is here.


The Editors
Julie Lasky & Ernest Beck Join Design Observer
02.02.09

Design Observer announces that Julie Lasky and Ernest Beck will be joining the Design Observer team as our website makes a major editorial expansion to incorporate new content under the banner of Change Observer.


The Editors
Books Received: Winter 2009
12.16.08

The Design Observer Winter 2008 book list is here.


The Editors
10 Reasons to Buy a Design Observer T-Shirt
12.07.08

Buy the Design Observer T-Shirt for a holiday gift.


The Editors
Design Observer T-Shirt
10.15.08

Design Observer offers a T-shirt through Artefacture.


The Editors
Books Received: Holiday List 2008
10.06.08

The Design Observer holiday book list is here.


The Editors
People's Design Awards
10.06.08

The People's Design Awards are happening as we speak — with public voting open until October 21st. Design Observer welcomes the support of our readers: VOTE TODAY.


The Editors
Winners of the Chicago Poster Biennial
09.23.08

Design Observer is pleased to be an official sponsor of the Chicago International Poster Biennial, and to publish a slide show of 31 of the winners of the 2008 competition.


The Editors
Design Observer's Aniversary Party: 11.05
09.21.08

Design Observer 5th Anniversary Party. NYC. 11.05.08.


The Editors
Books Received: Fall 2008
09.15.08



The Editors
Slide Shows on Design Observer
08.06.08



The Editors
Books Received: Summer 2008
06.30.08

New books have been piling up here at Design Observer. We thought we'd share some of the many recently published titles we have received over the past couple of months...


The Editors
Books Received: Spring 2009
06.16.08

Design Observer Spring 2009 list of 50+ books received.


The Editors
National Design Awards
05.08.08

The National Design Awards were announced today, and Michael Bierut is the recipient of the Design Mind award. We can think of no more suitable award for this writer, critic and working designer.


The Editors
Chicago International Poster Biennial
05.06.08

Contemporary posters published within the last two years are eligible for the Chicago International Poster Biennial and may be submitted by any poster designer in the world with no entry fee. Physical entries must be received in Chicago no later than May 27, 2008.


The Editors
Slide Shows on Design Observer
04.30.08



The Editors
The Next Page: Thirty Tables of Contents
04.15.08

Last year, on the occasion of "Next," the AIGA's Biennial National Design Conference in Denver, Design Observer published a little book, The Next Page: Thirty Tables of Contents. We are sharing it here as a slide show...


The Editors
Marc Rabinowitz: Prostitution Facts
03.12.08

In spite of the tawdry glamour of "high-priced call girls," let's remember that this supposedly victimless crime takes a vast human toll that goes far beyond the embarrassment of powerful men. Marc Rabinowitz’s project invites us to imagine prostitution’s stark statistics...


The Editors
Design Observer Job Board
03.09.08



The Editors
Books Received: Winter 2008
02.27.08



The Editors
Fifteen Minutes of Fame
02.01.08

If graphic design's become so edgy as a profession that we're getting name-dropped in hit movies, maybe it's time to get serious about how we're really being portrayed.


The Editors
Two New Contributing Writers
12.12.07

We are delighted to introduce two new contributing writers to our line-up: Andrew Blauvelt and Rick Poynor will be posting regularly from now on.


The Editors
Design Observer Party: Denver, October 12
10.11.07

It is now a Design Observer tradition to host the best party at the AIGA Biennal Conference. This year's event is in Denver at The Milk Bar @ The Shelter. Friday, October 12 from 9:00pm to 2:00am. 1037 Broadway, "South of Colfax Nightlife District."


The Editors
Two New Contributing Writers
07.16.07

We are delighted to introduce two new contributing writers to our line-up: Steven Heller and Alice Twemlow will be posting regularly from now on.


The Editors
2006 Holiday Reading List
11.29.06

The holidays are always a great time to catch up with reading, and to make gifts to friends and relatives. We've put together a list of some of our favorite books...


The Editors
Dwell Conference: Special Offer
09.20.06

Any Design Observer reader who registers for "Dwell on Design—Palm Springs" will receive a $75 discount off of the full conference ticket price simply by using the discount code, OBSERVER.


The Editors
Redesign of Design Observer
06.10.06

We are pleased to present a new design for Design Observer.


The Editors
Design Observer @ 10,000,000 Party
05.31.06

Design Observer began in October 2003, and thirty-two months and over four hundred posts later, we are fortunate to have an ever-growing audience of readers and participants. This week we have reached a new traffic plateau — 10,000,000 cumulative site visits. Come celebrate Design Observer @ 10,000,000 on Tuesday, June 13. Party from 7:00pm - 10:00pm at The Delancey Bar & Nightclub: 168 Delancey (between Clinton and Attorney streets), Lower East Side, New York City. Rooftop open-air views. Cash bar and $5.00 BBQ.


The Editors
2005 Holiday Reading List
12.03.05

The Holidays are always a great time to catch up with reading, and to make gifts to friends and relatives. We've put together a list of some of our favorite books — recent and not so recent. We hope you enjoy them.


The Editors
Notice To Our Readers
08.05.05



The Editors
Understanding and Action
01.02.05



The Editors
2004 Book Recommendations
12.31.04



The Editors
Introducing Three New Writers
12.04.04



The Editors
Late Summer Reading: August 2004
08.25.04

Summer vacations are always a great time to catch up with reading, so we've put together a list of some of our favourite books — recent and not so recent — by Asimov, Auster, Ballard, Berliner, Brooks, Caine, Coetzee, Colwin, Coupland, Diamond, Dreyfuss, Dyer, Frank, Galison, Gibson, Hochuli, Hopkins, Houellebecq, Johns, Jullien, Krichevski, Norman, Oates, Orwell, Pessoa, Peyré, Pollan, Powers, Schwartz, Sebald, Sedaris, Slater, Sterling, Stilgoe, Truitt, Vonnegut, Warshow, and Weschler. We hope you enjoy them.



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