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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 | April 22

Where can a teen get a poster in 2019? How does a teenager turn their bedroom into a shrine? A wonderful history of the poster and it’s meaning past, current, and future. [BV]

In honor of Earth Day, three galleries that remind us of the beauty and power of nature: the power of storms from Mitch Dobrowner, amazing landscapes from Leah Kennedy, and Earth from space by Astronaut Scott Kelly. [BV]


Observed | April 19

Spam musubi (a Hawaiian snack of canned meat served on rice and wrapped in nori) and other unintended consequences of cultural exchange. [BV]

Despite their seeming environmental unfriendliness, logos with factories and smokestacks have made a comeback in the US. [BV]


Observed | April 18

Post Typography created an unconventional participatory campaign to support the Baltimore Museum of Art‘s conversation series on art, race, social justice, and imagining the future(s) we want. [BV]

Where do you stand on the “Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale”? Why your brain hates slowpokes. [BV]


Observed | April 17

An in-depth look at how the Second World War warped the way United States mapped the world. [BV]


Observed | April 16

Joshua Dudley Greer logged 100,000 miles between 2011 and 2017, a period defined by the financial crisis and election, documenting what he saw along the U.S. Interstate Highway System. [BV]

Pete Buttigieg may be the first candidate to anticipate (and provide for!) graphic design considerations. [JH]


Observed | April 11

The toxic disinformation of social media has rendered traditional forms of humor—like satire—quaint and futile. [BV]

In a study of 26,000 people from over 100 countries, dark blue is the world’s most relaxing color, orange is the happiest, and pink is the sexiest. [BV]


Observed | April 10

Ever wondered what a black hole looks like? Scientists reveal the first picture of a black hole. [BV]

Business Insider wrote about a Twitter thread where the Vignelli Center, Michael Bierut, Jesse Reed, and Alexandra Lange chatted about the difficulty of identifying Helvetica. [BV]


Observed | April 09

Nikil Saval in The New Yorker on how “good design” failed us. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | April 05

Some Friday fun: “A log flume winds its way around a watery course and slowly climbs the lift hill. Reaching the top, it then hurtles down the slope...Splash!” But what if no one is riding? [BV]

The quest to acquire the oldest, most expensive book on the planet: unwrapping the most beautiful Gutenberg of them all. [BV]


Observed | April 04

“All submission to authority humiliates. All exercise of authority perverts.” Roger Perry‘s photos of London graffiti in a time of recession, poor housing, and urban decay. [BV]

Patagonia will no longer emblazon its products with other companies’ logos unless they commit to using their profits for the greater good. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | April 03

Lydian was created by designer and children’s book illustrator Warren Chappell in 1938, but didn’t really find its groove until after World War II when it was the font for Nancy Drew. [BV]

“When I visited for lunch, a few days ago, I found a tawny sea of tight jawlines and Goyard totes, women with blowouts as pristine as their natty Gucci loafers.” A delicious review by Helen Rosner of “the one place in Hudson Yards that feels like New York”. [MB]


Observed | April 02

The MITX DesignTech Summit is coming up next Wednesday, April 10th at the Innovation & Design Building in Boston. Join leaders from JPMorgan Chase, Automattic, Fidelity, athenahealth, Walmart & others as they discuss the business of design. (Check our twitter feed for a discount code.) [BV]

The New Yorker asked five designers, Na Kim, Alex Merto, Paul Sahre, Janet Hansen, and our very own Michael Bierut, to imagine a cover for the Mueller report when it‘s released as a book. [BV]


Observed | April 01

A young paleontologist may have discovered a record of the most significant event in the history of life on Earth: the day the dinosaurs died. [BV]

As we begin to judge the current 50 Covers entries, this collection of 100 brilliant rejected book covers caught our attention. [BV]


Observed | March 28

Hilma af Klint is celebrated as an inventor of abstract art. But she didn’t think of her work as abstract. [BV]


Observed | March 27

A new video about IDEO from Dress Code features over 30+ interviews and is a look behind the curtain at the global design firm, who for 40 years (and counting) has changed the way we think about design. [BV]


Observed | March 26

A stock photo library< created in response to much needed imagery to accompany stories about trans and non-binary people. [BV]


Observed | March 25

John Maeda’s newest design in tech report focuses less on proving design’s value and more on how design’s “seat at the table” has left designers wedged between corporate cultures, ever-changing skill sets, and constant self-reinvention. [BV]


Observed | March 20

From Tristram Shandy to black holes, from Coco Chanel to Johnny Cash, from Francisco Goya to Mark Rothko: Ten ways to look at the color black. [BV]

With storage spaces filled with works that may never be shown, some museums are rethinking the way they collect art, and at least one is ranking what it owns. [BV]



Jobs | April 22