Poetry

Observed
Happy Holidays from Robert Frost
A brief history of the collaboration between Robert Frost and Joseph Blumenthal as well as many top woodcut and engraving artists of the day.



Debbie Millman
Eileen Myles
Debbie talks to poet Eileen Myles about poetry, fame, and politics.



John Foster
The Thin Line
Mann(ish)



Carrie Olivia Adams
When Your Body is Another Stranger: A Poem
When Your Body is Another Stranger: A Poem


Adam Plunkett
On Sylvia Plath’s Drawings
The drawings of Sylvia Plath cause our poetry editor, Adam Plunkett, to revisit her poetry.


Rick Poynor
Rediscovering the Lost Art of the Typewriter
Typewriters are making a comeback and, as a wide-ranging new survey book shows, so is typewriter art.


Adam Plunkett
How to Visualize Poetry — And How Not to
Design Observer's poetry editor, Adam Plunkett, gives us a primer on visual poetry.


Jess
An Aposiopesis of Black Honey: or Variations on Dürer’s Melancholia I
A visual poem from Jess.


Philip Schultz
Why
A poem by Philip Schultz.


Tarpley Hitt
Speaking Typography: Letter as Image as Sound
Just as a poet weaves the intent of his poem into its sound and craft, so did Lissitzky, as designer, hope to marry intent with the typography and the design of the book itself. But did he?



Daisy Fried
Women’s Poetry
A poem by Dairy Fried.



Debbie Millman
Card Shark (a Poem)
A visual poem from Debbie Millman's new book Self Portrait as Your Traitor.


Stephen Dunn
Promiscuity
A poem by Stephen Dunn.


J.D. McClatchy
J. D. McClatchy on Relationships
J. D. McClatchy is the author of six books of poetry and many texts for musical settings, including eight opera libretti.


Roshanak Keyghobadi
Composing in Space: Tactile Poetry of Farhad Fozouni
A review of work by Iranian graphic designer Farhad Fozouni.


Karen Green
Bough Down
An excerpt from Bough Down, Karen Green's transcendent book about surviving her husband's suicide.


Observed
A Nearly Perfect Book
The poetry critic, the publisher, and the art of bookmaking in a digital era.


Kwame Dawes
Coffee Break
A poem by Kwame Dawes.


Dennis O’Driscoll
Memoir
A poem by Dennis O'Driscoll.



Bob Hicok
Life
A poem by Bob Hicok.


Joshua Weiner
At the Next Hospital
A poem by Joshua Weiner.


Ben Lerner
Didactic Elegy
A poem by Ben Lerner.


James Arthur
Poem from Behind a Gorilla Mask
Poem from Behind a Gorilla Mask by James Arthur.



Observed
National Poetry Month Poster
The 2013 National Poetry Month Poster, designed by Jessica Helfand.


Rick Poynor
Dom Sylvester Houédard’s Cosmic Typewriter
Dom Sylvester Houédard: Benedictine monk, champion of concrete poetry, and master of the “typestract.”



Jack Gilbert
Summer at Blue Creek, North Carolina
A poem by Jack Gilbert.


William Butler Yeats
Memory
A poem by William Butler Yeats.


Fernando Aguiar
Ecologic Sonnet
'Ecologic Sonnet', a visual poem by Fernando Aguiar.


Claudia Rankine + John Lucas
“Situation 5”
A poem on film by Claudia Rankine and John Lucas.






Michael McGriff
When the Spirit Comes to Him as the Voice of Morning Light
A poem by Michael McGriff.


Rick Poynor
J.G. Ballard’s Terminal Documents
A speculative visual interpretation of one of the surreal image lists in J.G. Ballard’s experimental novel The Atrocity Exhibition.



Debbie Millman
The Art of Poetry
Debbie Millman interview Poetry magazine editor Christian Wiman, plus a slideshow of 67 Poetry covers.



J.D. McClatchy
"A View of the Sea"
A poem by J.D. McClatchy.



James Merrill
"b o d y"
A poem by James Merrill.



Christian Wiman
"Five Houses Down"
Five Houses Down, a poem by Christian Wiman.



Sharon Olds
"Q"
Q, a poem by Sharon Olds.



Chase Twichell
"Negligent Worldicide"
Negligent Worldicide, a poem by Chase Twichell.



Franz Wright
"Visiting the Library in a Strange City"
A poem by Franz Wright.



Debbie Millman
Spoken Word Broadcast
All spoken word show featuring poems, prose and a short story.



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