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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 | 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