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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)



The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | January 22

Eye-watering amounts of money pour into Artificial Intelligence, and new technology empires are being forged before our eyes, but AI is a house divided by a decades-old rivalry. [BV]


Observed | January 19

“Our lives should be marked not by “comps” and metrics and filters and proofs of concept and virality but by tight circles and improvisation and adventure and lots and lots of creative waste. And not just to save ourselves, but to save each other.” [JH]


Observed | January 18

How architects write fictional architecture. [JH]

Beautiful weather rendering from Will MacNeil. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | January 14

A New European Bauhaus? [JH]


Observed | January 13

Though it was later determined to be troll-driven, design twitter went bananas this week over the new CIA rebrand. [JH]

Women either decide or strongly influence 70% of all automotive purchases yet are 73% more likely to suffer injury in a car crash, and 17% more likely to die than the average man. A design problem? [JH]


Observed | January 12

Joy, disillusion, success, failure, hiring, finances, office space—just some of the topics in All in a Day’s Work, a new animated series about being an entrepreneur from our friends at Mailchimp in collaboration with It’s Nice That. [BV]


Observed | January 11

When Pac-Man arrived in 1980, it revolutionized gaming. The original game is at the root of a rich design tradition, one that goes well beyond detailed graphics and fluid controls. [BV]

Can the story of a pandemic be told in a single headline every day? David Rainbird collected headlines about the pandemic as a way of making sense of the infodemic that was 2020. [BV]


Observed | January 05

Paul Klee’s notebooks—nearly 4,000 pages of them—are now online. [JH]


Observed | December 30

“On cream-laid paper there is no “forward” button.” New York Times book critic Dwight Garner on the lost art of paper correspondence. [JH]


Observed | December 29

Job of the week: Yale’s British Art Center is looking for a new Design Director. [JH]


Observed | December 21

Renowned Swiss Designer Armin Hoffman dies at 100. [JH]

Screw mediocrity: Scottish industrial designer Neil Ferrier weighs in on a typographic mistake that turned out to benefit his career. [JH]

“That the cover of a book — something produced with a finite shelf life — could grip us throughout such a bitter, caustic year is either a triumph of artistry or a sign that our collective alarm bells are still not ringing loudly enough.” Matt Dorfman, Art Director for the New York Times Book Review, selects his favorite covers of 2020. [JH]


Observed | December 17

How custom fonts became the ultimate corporate flex. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

First world problem of the week, or, why graphic design matters on your wine list. Behold: vinography! [JH]

Italian architect Stefano Boeri introduces prefabricated timber and fabric pavilions as Covid-19 vaccination stations in public piazzas across Italy beginning in January. (H/T Adina Karp.) [JH]


Observed | December 14

Pantone names its colors of the year for 2021. [JH]

Apparently not all architects declare. [JH]


Observed | December 11

“Royalty Now” is an ongoing art project by graphic designer Becca Saladin that reimagines queens, kings, emperors, statesmen, nobles, (and a few famous musicians, scientists and artists) as contemporary people. Follow her on Instagram. [JH]

Forest Young, Vivianne Castillo, Kelly Walters, and Dori Tunstall—among others—on the new design rules and why they matter. [JH]


Observed | December 10

Currently streaming: What Next? A virtual symposium discussing luxury as a concept and the ethical and moral questions surrounding it. [BV]


Observed | December 07

One week left to help support St. Bride’s magnificent library—and contribute to their efforts to digitize it for the rest of us. [JH]

Typography. Esports. Discuss! [JH]

Everything you ever wanted to know about a rejected Paul Rand logo for Ford Motor Company—from 1966—but were afraid to ask. (With apologies for the term “fancy-schmancy design trends” which would make Mr. Rand spin in his grave.) [JH]


Observed | December 03

Help our friends at Class Action fund their next campaign, a series of billboards in the hotly-contested state of Georgia. [JH]

Kern in hell! Announcing: Hell Vetica (via Victoria Brown). [JH]


Observed | November 30

Help our friends at Unit Editions produce a long-overdue monograph on the work of artist and designer Ed Fella. [JH]



Jobs | January 23