Rick Poynor
Exposure: Butlin’s holiday camp by Edmund Nägele

A sixties vacation in glowing color

The Editors
The New Design Observer

Welcome to the New Design Observer.

Warren Lehrer
The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley

An excerpt and slideshow from Warren Lehrer’s A Life in Books.

Andrew Howard
A Manifesto for Higher Learning

Andrew Howard, MA course director in Communication Design at ESAD — Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Matosinhos, Portugal — shares this with his incoming graduate students each year.

John Bertram
Lolita — The Story of a Cover Girl
Rob Walker
Looking Better, All The Time

Alexandra Horowitz' book On Looking offers a framework, and specific tactics, for smarter seeing.

Leonard Koren
Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing

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

Louise Fili
A Life in Letters

An excerpt from Louise Fili's Elegantissima.

Rick Poynor
What Does Critical Writing Look Like?
Rick Poynor
The Closed Shop of Design Academia
William Drenttel, and Jessica Helfand
Late Summer Reading

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

Carl Schoonover
Portraits of the Mind

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

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

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

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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