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Observed | March 30

Your afternoon distraction: How TV opening titles got to be so damn good. [BV]

A rabbit hole worth falling down: Archivo Grafica Italiana showcases Italy’s graphic design legacy. More here. [BV]

Congrats to the first ever Latvian design award winners! [BV]


Observed | March 29

Over on Curbed one writer dives into the belly of the assembly-required beast: How 12 hours in the biggest Ikea in the U.S. destroyed my soul. [BV]

How America‘s obsession with hula girls almost wrecked Hawai‘i. [BV]

What author uses the most exclamation points? Or, literature by the numbers. [MB]

Trying to save you from yourself a Dutch town installs traffic lights on the ground for texting pedestrians. “They were looking down there anyway.” [BV]


Observed | March 28

Hungarian government could ban Heineken‘s red star logo over communism concerns. [MPL]

Annals of material culture: the Bodlean Library at Oxford mounts an exhibit of ledgers revealing what famous people once paid for shoes. [JH]

New one-pound coin in Britain is designed by a 17-year-old! [JH]

Design as tourism : Sweden edition. [JH]


Observed | March 27

The smartphone with a mission to be used less often. [MPL]

Mike Monteiro: Ethics can‘t be a side hustle. (Thanks to Ashleigh Axios.) [MB]

Target is redesigning to take on Amazon. [MPL]


Observed | March 24

A history of the zipper. [MPL]

Designer vs Developer: Google‘s YouTube and podcast series aims to help bridge understanding. [MPL]

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on the early days of design at Apple. [JH]


Observed | March 23

Norway has redesigned its banknotes: here’s a preview. (Via Kevin Hicks.) [JH]

Gurafiku founder Ryan Hageman on Japanese graphic design. [MPL]

How a photo of a tour van became a “lovely graphic tool” in the hands of Harry Pearce. [JH]

The US Supreme Court rules that design elements can be copyrighted ... if you’re a cheerleader, that is. [JH]


Observed | March 22

10 notebooks for designers. (And they‘re not all Moleskines.) [MPL]

All of Frida Kahlo‘s anguish, beauty, and pain in, what else, 160 FridaMoji. [BV]

A collection of East German beer and drink labels. [MB]

"The standards of good design don’t change when designing for doing good.” Why the Resistance doesn’t need another logo. [MB]

“So now is a good moment to think about how protest works and what it can achieve.” An exhibition on the visual history of protest opens tomorrow at the Imperial War Museum in London. [JH]


Observed | March 21

Why Christopher Gray was the witty architectural historian everybody loved. [BV]

The Resistance has a logo. [MB]

Chicago gang business cards from the 70s and 80s. [MB]

Roman Mars ranks government logos. [MPL]



Jobs | March 30