Lana Rigsby | Essay

Remembering Jack Summerford




Steven Heller | Essays

Happiness Is The Little Things

"Happiness is missing meetings and blaming it on a Zoom error" and 14 other little things Steven Heller is finding joy in....
Debbie Millman | Audio

Design Matters from the Archive: Tea Uglow

Debbie talks with Tea Uglow about experimental digital projects that are pushing the boundaries of tech and art....
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 127: Fear and Longing

Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters; Hrishi Hirway and Mike Errico; The Quiz Broadcast; Shakespeare and Co. Project...
Steven Heller | Essays

Life of Pi(e)

An homage to pie!...
Debbie Millman | Audio

Design Matters from the Archive: Lisa Taddeo

Debbie talks with writer Lisa Taddeo about sex and desire....
Brian LaRossa | Essays

The Role of Letterforms in Reading Instruction

As a father I see clearly now just how steep the climb to literacy can be. The frustrating illogicalities of English are enough to reduce any child into a puddle of doubt....
Steven Heller | Essays

Spitting Images

Spit is not a pleasant word nor is spitting good manners....
The Editors | Watch This Space

Design Observer Studio Sessions May 16

The Design Observer Studio Sessions continue our long-term commitment to hosting intimate and influential gatherings where we look together at the impact that design has on our lives and on the world around us....
Anna Talley | Essays

Pandemic Design: What Tuberculosis Posters Can Teach Us About Community

The 1918 flu pandemic has become the choice historical marker many are using to orient themselves within our new, turbulent reality. However, from the standpoint of design history, the fight against tuberculosis may be a better parallel—particularly in terms of how global, collective action is necessary to overcome disease....
Jessica Helfand | The Self-Reliance Project

Remembering

Visual memories sear themselves into the unconscious, bearing down and not letting go....

The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | May 28

The new book from Scott Berkun, How Design Makes the World, “will help you see design everywhere and question why it works—or why it fails.”—Ellen Lupton. Watch the trailer. [BV]


Observed | May 27

Kate Wagner at McMansionHell on the rise of Coronagrifting: “cheap mockups of COVID-related design ‘solutions’ filling the endlessly scrollable feeds of PR-beholden design websites” [MB]


Observed | May 21

Former Design of Business | Business of Design podcast guest David Rockwell creates a kit for instant outdoor restaurant dining. [MB]


Observed | May 20

Floodwaters threaten Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. [MB]


Observed | May 19

A map featuring the 222 typefaces named for American places. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | May 15

Matteo Zallio, a design research scholar from Stanford, has developed a multipurpose tool as an open source response to COVID-19 outbreaks.. [BV]


Observed | May 14

Seven artists on how creating during the quarantine is helping them find solace and meaning in this period of uncertainty and paralyzing anxiety. [BV]


Observed | May 06

On the Detroit City of Design Podcast, Jessica Helfand points to curiosity and agile thinking as a resource for creativity. [BV]


Observed | May 04

How poster artist Randy Tuten inducted Led Zeppelin into the Avocado Club. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | April 27

Is the NYC subway system being unfairly blamed for spreading COVID-19? [MB]


Observed | April 24

Is minimalism the punch line to some joke we haven‘t heard yet, but are about to? [JH]


Observed | April 21

The Great Pottery Throw Down is the feel-good home and design show we need right now. It‘s chill, creative, and educational (with a tiny side of drama). [BV]


Observed | April 20

Shepard Fairey collaborates with Adobe to make a new series of posters celebrating the medical first-responders on the front lines during Covid-19. [JH]


Observed | April 17

How tape is remaking the urban landscape in Singapore. (via Daniel Benneworth-Gray) [BE]


Observed | April 16

The #BestNYAccent challenge on Instagram from Nicolas Heller, answers the question: How does a New Yawker tawk? (via Steven Heller) [BV]


Observed | April 15

The New York City underground punk scene is alive and well and living in color. [BV]

An interview with Farrar, Straus and Giroux Art Director, Na Kim. (Via Mike Errico.) [JH]


Observed | April 14

A beautiful and hypnotic social distancing commercial for the Ohio Department of Heath, directed by Andy Nick of Dayton‘s Real Art agency [MB]

On the occasion of its 50th birthday, The New York Times traces the history of the Rolling Stones’ logo. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | April 08

When Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick suggested sacrificing Texans to the pandemic in order to save the economy, Alex Rich, a data scientist, teamed up with a data visualization friend to create a tool that maps your location to locally confirmed cases. [JH]


Observed | April 07

A college student—with help from her mom—makes masks made for the deaf and hard of hearing community. [JH]

The UN and World Health Organization are looking for designs that informs the public about coronavirus. [JH]


Observed | April 03

Can computer chips design themselves? [JH]

From Frasier to Veep: Imagining your favorite television characters in a pandemic. [JH]


Observed | April 02

NASA’s “Worm” logo has returned! But the sad old “Meatball” remains the primary mark. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

Annals of virus visualization: Center for Disease Control designers create branding coordinated to work with the now-iconic illustration. [JH]


Observed | April 01

Mad Max meets Little House on the Prairie: how to make your own face mask. [JH]


Observed | March 31

Michael Sorkin’s list of two hundred fifty things every architect should know. [BV]

Well, it took four years…but the Library of Congress solved another Mystery Photo Contest entry! [BV]


Observed | March 27

When the SXSW Film Festival was cancelled, many filmmakers were left without a way to debut their work—so our friends at Mailchimp stepped in. Watch them all now. [JH]



Jobs | May 28