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AIGA Archives
3001: A Lunar Odyssey
Mike Uphoff
(Lulu)

A Man of Parts
David Lodge
(Viking)

A Relíquia (Relic); A Queda de um Anjo (The Fall of an Angel); De Profundis (De Profundis); ; Coração (Heart)
Célia Pessegueiro
(Nova Delphi)

Adam and Evelyn
Ingo Schulze
(Alfred A. Knopf)

Adventures in the Orgasmatron
Christopher Turner
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Bed
David Whitehouse
(Scribner)

Better By Mistake
Alina Tugend
(Riverhead Books)

Black Boy White School
Brian F. Walker
(HarperCollins Children's Books)

C
Tom McCarthy
(Vintage Books)

Checking In/Checking Out
Chris Schaberg/Mark Yakich
(NO Books)

Contradance
John Peck
(The University of Chicago Press)

Darwin's Finches
Edited, with Commentary, by Kathleen Donohue
(The University of Chicago Press)

Death and the Penguin
Andrey Kurkov
(Melville House)

Debt
David Graeber
(Melville House)

Do the Movies Have a Future
David Denby
(Simon & Schuster)

Fever
Sonia Shah
(Picador)

He Died with His Eyes Open
Derek Raymond
(Melville House)

I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!
Laura Clawson
(The University of Chicago Press)

I Know I Am But What Are You?
Samantha Bee
(Gallery Books)

In Trouble
Ellen Levine
(Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Lerner Publishing group)

Influencing Machine
Author: Brooke Gladstone / Josh Neufeld; Editor: Tom Mayer
(W. W. Norton & Company)

IQ84
Haruki Murakami
(Random House)

Kerouac Series (2011 REPACKAGE)
Jack Kerouac
(Penguin Group (USA))

Kwadraat Bladen A series of graphic experiments 1955—74
Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook
(Unit Editions)

Linguagem e Comunicação (Language and Communication) from the book series Celga.
Paula Valente
(Almedina)

Londoners
Craig Taylor
(Granta)

Mensagem de Fernando Pessoa (The Message of Fernando Pessoa)
Paula Valente
(Almedina)

My Dyslexia
Philip Schultz
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Nom de Plume
Carmela Ciuraru
(Harper Collins)

Oliver Sacks paperback repackage (Migrane; Awakenings; The Island of the Colorblind; Uncle Tugnsten; An Anthropologist on Mars; Seeing Voices)
Oliver Sacks
(Vintage)

Operation Bonnet: A Novel
Kimberly Stuart
(David C. Cook)

Orientation and Other Stories
Daniel Orozco
(Faber and Faber)

Poetry After 9/11
Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians
(Melville House)

Red Autobiographies
Igal Halfin
(University of Washington Press)

Seeing Double
Françoise Meltzer
(The University of Chicago Press)

Snowdrops
A.D. Miller
(Doubleday)

Tell the Wolves I’m Home
Carol Rifka Brunt
(Random House)

The Bauhaus Group
Nicholas Fox Weber
(Yale University Press)

The Enigma of the Aerofoil
David Bloor
(The University of Chicago Press)

The Information: A History, A Theory, A FLood
James Gleick
(Pantheon)

The Meaning of Disgust
Colin McGinn
(Oxford University Press)

The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050
Joel Kotkin
(Penguin)

The Old Romantic
Louise Dean
(Riverhead Books)

The Pale King
David Foster Wallace
(Hamish Hamilton)

The Pint Man
Steve Rushin
(Vintage Books)

The Real Holden Caulfield
Michael Moats
(Fiction Advocate)

The Works of Franz Kafka
F. Kafka
(Schocken Books)

Tourquai
Tim Davys
(Harper Collins)

Vault
David Rose
(Salt Publishing)

Works of Clarice Lispector
Clarice Lispector
(New Directions)




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