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The Editors
The New Design Observer
07.01.14

Welcome to the New Design Observer.

Warren Lehrer
The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley
Andrew Howard
A Manifesto for Higher Learning
John Bertram
Lolita — The Story of a Cover Girl
08.14.13

Excerpt from Lolita — The Story of a Cover Girl.

Rob Walker
Looking Better, All The Time
Leonard Koren
Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing
11.12.12

An except from Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing by Leonard Koren.

Louise Fili
A Life in Letters
Rick Poynor
What Does Critical Writing Look Like?
06.28.12

A report on work by the first graduates from the Royal College of Art’s Critical Writing in Art & Design MA.

Rick Poynor
The Closed Shop of Design Academia
William Drenttel, and Jessica Helfand
Late Summer Reading
08.26.11

In the late summer, we share a reading list first published in Frieze magazine, April 2011.

Carl Schoonover
Portraits of the Mind
12.13.10

The book, Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century (Abrams) documents this overlooked dimension over two millennia of obsession with the brain.

Michael Bierut
Eight-and-a-Half by Eleven
05.19.06

An installation of over 10,000 tiled pieces 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper redeems what has often been dismissed as a banal graphic format.

Jessica Helfand
An Instrument of Sufficiently Lucid Cogitation
08.05.04

The legendary French photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson, who died on Tuesday at his home in the South of France, always carried a sketchbook with him. Today's obituary in The New York Times alleges that he described drawing as meditative, while photography was intuitive: though certainly both activities might have been informed by a relentless need to observe and in a sense, preserve the world around him.

Rick Poynor
Critics and Their Purpose
04.23.04

Pulling a 1960s art magazine from the shelf, I opened it at random to find a long list of thoughts about art criticism assembled in 1966 by students at the Royal College of Art in London. Many of these ideas apply to design.


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