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AIGA Archives
344 Questions: The Creative Person's Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment
Stefan G. Bucher
(Peachpit / New Riders)

A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping
Robert & Hannah Litt
(Ten Speed Press)

A Meditation in Rome
Paul Gehl
(Swan & Hoop / Russell Maret)

Allora & Calzadilla: Gloria
Lisa Freiman
(Prestel)

American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans
The Vilcek Foundation, editor
(The Vilcek Foundation Press)

Ashley Bickerton
Kara Vander Weg
(Other Criteria, London)

Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention
Zoë Ryan
(The Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press)

CODE(X) + 1: Monograph Series 1-6
Robert Bringurst, Peter Koch, Alan Loney, Ulrike Stoltz & Uta Schneider, Russel Maret, and Diidier Mutel
(The Codex Foundation)

Columbia Abstract 2010/2011
Scott Marble
(Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning)

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, President's Edition
Church of England
(Church of England)

Dot
Patricia Intriago
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)/Margaret Ferguson Books)

Drawing Restraint Vol. VI
Matthew Barney
(Schaulager)

Explorations in Typography
Carolina de Bartolo with Erik Spiekermann
(101 Editions)

From Uncertain to Blue
Keith Carter
(UT Press)

Gordon Monahan - Seeing Sound: Sound Art, Performance and Music 1978-2011
Edited by Linda Jansma and Carsten Seiffarth
(Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario Canada)

Graphic Design: Now In Production
Andrew Blauvelt and Ellen Lupton, editors
(Walker Art Center)

Hokusai Manga
Kazuya Takaoka
(PIE International)

Jac Leirner in Conversation with Adele Nelson
Adele Nelson, Jac Leirner
(Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros)

Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010
Earl Martin (Editor), Angela Volker (Contributor), Paul Makovsky (Contributor), Susan Ward (Contributor), Bobbye Tigerman (Contributor)
(Yale University Press)

Landform Building – Architecture's New Terrain
Stan Allen, Marc McQuade, School of Architecture, Princeton University
(Lars Müller Publishers)

Let's Make Some Great Art
Marion Deuchars
(Laurence King Publishing)

Mutants and Mystics
Jeffrey J. Kripal
(The University of Chicago Press)

Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color
Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker
(Chronicle Books)

Paula Scher: MAPS
Paula Scher
(Princeton Architectural Press)

Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography
Verna Curtis
(Aperture and Library of Congress)

Portrait of Murdock Pemberton: The New Yorker's First Art Critic
Sally Pemberton (Author), Douglas Brenner (Editor)
(Picture Book Press)

Power
Platon with Introduction by David Remnick
(Chronicle Books)

Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective
Edited by Gary Garrels, Bernice Rose, and Michelle White. With contributions by Lizzie Borden, Magdalena Dabrowski, Gary Garrels, Bernice Rose, Richard Serra, Richard Shiff, and Michelle White
(The Menil Collection, Houston)

Sanja Ivekovic: Sweet Violence
Roxana Marcoci
(The Museum of Modern Art)

Seeing Is Believing: Rebecca Campbell + Angela Ellsworth
Sara Cochran, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Phoenix Art Museum
(Phoenix Art Museum)

SVA Undergraduate Catalog 2012/2013
School of Visual Arts
(Visual Arts Press, Ltd.)

Swarm
Lukas Felzmann
(Lars Müller Publishers)

Tartine: The Boxed Set
Elisabeth Pruiett and Chad Robertson
(Chronicle Books)

The Atlas of Economic Complexity
Ricardo Hausmann, Cesar Hidalgo et all
(Center for International Development at Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School + MIT Media Labs, MIT MacroConnections)

The Buell Hypothesis
Reinhold Martin, Anna Kenoff, Leah Meisterlin
(The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture)

The Doogwood Theives
John Currin
(Acadia Summer Arts Program)

The Language of Less (Then and Now)
Michael Darling
(Museum of Contermporary Art Chicago)

The MAD Fold-In Collection
Al Jaffee
(Chronicle Books)

The Story of Paper-cut
Zhao Xigang
(People's Fine Arts Publising House)

The Toaster Project
Thomas Thwaites
(Princeton Architectural Press)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Le Carre
(Hatchette)

Twenty-Six Characters, An Alphabetical Book about Nokia Pure
Aapo Bovellan, Chris Merrick
(Gestalten)

Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1980
PAUL SCHIMMEL (EDITOR), LISA GABRIELLE MARK (EDITOR)
(DelMonico Books - Prestel - MOCA)

Utilité
Ellen Korth
(Ellen Korth, Deventer, 2011)

Victor Halfwit: A Winter's Tale
Thomas Bernhard
(Seagull Books)

Visual Complexity
Manuel Lima
(Princeton Architectural Press)

Waterlife
Rambharos Jha
(Tara Books)

Whole Beast Butchery
Ryan Farr with Brigit Binns
(Chronicle Books)

Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad 1941–1945
Peter Kort Zegers and Douglas Druick
(The Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press)

Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick
(Scholastic Press)




Observed | June 17

The School of Visual Arts has donated nearly 100 of its beloved Subway Series posters from the past three decades to the brand new Poster Museum, opening Thursday, June 20. These, as well as all new posters created in the future, will live in the Museum’s permanent archival collection. [BV]

Can a small Italian village point the way to more livable modern cities? A conference of urbanists aims to find out. [BV]


Observed | June 14

The late William Helfand had an incredible collection of medical prints, posters, and advertising emphasized "quack" pills, potions, and snake oil cure-alls. Hear his daughter, and our co-founder Jessica Helfand pay tribute to his "quackery” obsession. [BV]


Observed | June 11

“Beer cans are officially the new record sleeve.” The rise in craft brewing has spurred a beer aisle design renaissance. [BV]


Observed | June 10

Seeking 1000 people who eat. ZOE‘s experts are marrying nutritional science with machine learning to perform the world‘s largest study of individuals‘ unique nutritional responses. Visit joinzoe.com to sign up. Read this NYTimes article to see why. [BV]

A new exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum celebrates amateur photography from 1890–1970 through the recent gift of 150 amateur photographs from St. Louis collectors John and Teenuh Foster. John Foster assembled this collection of anonymous found images over the past 20 years, some of which can be seen in his Design Observer column. [BV]


Observed | June 06

An in-depth look at an urban mall designed to revive downtown San Diego that is set to be destroyed, from Alissa Walker. [BV]


Observed | June 05

Congratulations to Susan Kare, Patricia Moore, MIT D-Lab, Tom Phifer, Tobias Frere-Jones, Tobias Frere-Jones, Derek Lam, Ivan Poupyrev, Open Style Lab and all the winners of the 2019 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards! [BV]


Observed | June 03

The first in a series of articles about the early days of the space age, in celebration of this summer’s 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing:
How NASA selected the first astronauts (and why no convicts have walked on the Moon). [BV]


Observed | May 30

Felice Frankel has donated hundreds of images taken during her early career as a landscape architecture photographer—Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute, Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Richard Haag’s Bloedel Reserve, and Dan Kiley’s Miller Garden—to MIT libraries to create a learning resource. [BV]

As a kid, I had no idea that Peter Max was so derivative (Heinz Edelmann, Andy Warhol, Push Pin). I just knew his work was everywhere, and he got to sign it. To me he was the most famous artist in the world. That makes this story so depressing. [MB]


Observed | May 29

London Street Photographer Nick Turpin highlights five photographers making candid public photographs on the fringes of street photography. [BV]


Observed | May 28

An essay from Rob Walker on the tension inherent in what we do with the time we have, and how we try to make more. [BV]

NBA players are no longer waiting for shoe companies to give them personal logos — they are creating their own. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | May 24

Congratulations to Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand! The Observatory made dezeen’s list of 14 of the best architecture and design podcasts to subscribe to. [BV]


Observed | May 23

From Atlas Obscura: 18 of the world’s most wondrous public transportation options. [BV]

Iceland’s environmental ministry says Justin and his Belibers have nearly ruined Fjadrárgljúfur canyon. But even for the non-famous, selfies are ruining national parks and the great outdoors around the world. Go outside but leave your phones at home. [BV]


Observed | May 22

How do you create a logo for a presidential candidate? On this week‘s The West Wing Weekly: West Wing & fonts. The guests are our co-founder Michael Bierut, who designed Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 logo, and Leslie Wah, who made the campaign logos in Season 6 of the West Wing. [BV]


Observed | May 21

Wanna play with some Brutalist buildings? Skyline chess has a new offering of London’s most-notable architecture from the Brutalist movement including the Trellick Tower, Petty France, Centrepoint and Cromwell Tower. [BV]

Design Observer co-founder @jessicahelfand is heading to Malta this week as an external critic working with Professor Vince Briffa, recipient of the Tribute to Art and Innovation award at this year’s Venice Biennale. [BV]


Observed | May 20

Book lovers will want to pay close attention to a new collaboration between Designers & Books and Peter Kraus’s Ursus Books & Gallery in New York. This installment: A Flowering of Creativity: Ladislav Sutnar and F. T. Marinetti. [BV]


Observed | May 15

We can‘t wait to explore Boston this fall when we host The Design of Business | The Business of Design conference at MIT. Bike-commuting, T-riding, and monorail-tweeting around Boston with transit-oriented 20-something NUMTOT founder Juliet Eldred. [BV]


Observed | May 14

What year is it? Why does it matter? While chronology and dating might not be exciting, they are the stuff that history is made on, for dates do two things: they allow things to happen only once, and they insist on the ordering and interrelation of all happenings. [BV]

“We should not be excessively interested in books”, wrote Roy Gold, biblio-graffiti outsider artist, and a bookish man. [BV]


Observed | May 13

You may not love sports, but it’s hard not to enjoy sports photography, especially for it’s innovativeness. Case in point: Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer hit a grand slam when he set out to capture a double play on film. [BV]


Observed | May 10

In the 1950s and 1960s artists from the Soviet Union looked to the skies and foresaw a Utopia in space. [BV]


Observed | May 09

Early cinema is often remembered as an exclusively black-and-white affair—the bold and often fantastical colors that flickered across the earliest film reels are frequently left out of our greater cinematic history. More neglected still are the women responsible for those dazzling hues. [BV]


Observed | May 08

We’re addicted to likes, retweets, and reshares, and our addiction makes us distracted and depressed. Tristan Harris believes that tech is ‘downgrading humans’ and that the words we use to describe the problem are tepid and insufficient. It’s time to fight back. [BV]

Created for animators aiming to perfect their rendering of animal gaits, this video combines illustration, biology, and physics, and is a joy to watch! [BV]

The compelling history and impressive prints of the earliest printing press in the Uruguayan territory. [BV]



Jobs | June 17