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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 | January 22

A new book explores the cold heart of Frank Lloyd Wright. [BV]


Observed | January 20

A facial recognition app with what appear to be endless weaponization possibilities. Truly. [JH]


Observed | January 15

A beautiful remembrance by Melissa Harris about Mercy Cunningham, in the New York Review of Books this week. [JH]


Observed | January 14

Are typefaces political? Researchers find "serif and bold is rated as more conservative, while sans serif and italics is rated as more liberal" [MB]

Congratulations to the entire AIGA community on their wonderful new executive director, Bennie F. Johnson! Here’s to bright futures. [BV]


Observed | January 13

Anyone interested in a “book about the future of human beings, as viewed by some of today‘s most creative minds working at the intersection of biology and technology...Think of it as a guide to your future self.”? Because we are! #FundThis [BV]


Observed | January 10

Donald Norman says we have to change the way we educate designers. [JH]


Observed | January 09

This is a very specific genre and Andrew Cushing is nailing it with Veronica Gent-level skills: “Name a fake startup and I’ll write an ad for it in the style of an NYC subway campaign.” [MB]

Take 2 minutes and ride shotgun through mid-century LA with Ed Ruscha’s photos and Jack Kerouac’s words. [BV]


Observed | January 08

“The short answer is that the intersection of art + science is in my blood... my favorite kind of artist residency is one where I get to work with scientists.” Our very own Jessica Helfand joins Caltech as a Winter 2020 artist-in-residence. [BV]

Royal Mail has released a set of stamps celebrating a golden era of British video game design from the 1980s and 90s. [BV]


Observed | January 07

Los Angeles’ favorite logos. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | January 02

Brand New‘s Armin Vit ranks the top twelve clickbait-iest design stories of 2019. [MB]


Observed | December 30

New research finds that typefaces are perceived as having political characteristics, with sans serif fonts seen as more liberal, and serif fonts as more conservative. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | December 29

Desperately sad to announce that Vaughan Oliver died peacefully today, with his partner Lee by his side. Great loss of friend and design hero. Vaughan Oliver (1957—2019). [AS]


Observed | December 27

Continuing the blessed holiday tradition that began at Design Observer, now at Curbed, Alexandra Lange + Mark Lamster review the year in design (with a special look back over the decade‘s greatest hits & misses). [MB]


Observed | December 17

A photographer captures the sculptural landscapes of California skateparks. [BV]


Observed | December 11

Matisse felt an intense love for books, and the care and attention he lavished on them included not just his illustrations, but also the selection of paper, typeface, and layout. [BV]


Observed | December 10

Stanford’s d.school attempts to move beyond Post-its on whiteboards. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | December 06

“I simply wanted to explore the interiority of both myself and others. I wanted to focus on what connected us rather than what separated us.” Painting friends in mid-conversation, Alex Bradley Cohen hides as much as he reveals. [BV]

Yello is a great new newsletter from journalist Hunter Schwarz “about the culture, branding, and visual rhetoric of politics in America.” Here are his 101 picks for visual moments that defined politics in the 2010s, including Edel Rodriguez’s melting Trump. [MB]


Observed | December 04

How do you bring an 18th-century Agateware teapot to life? Crafting it calls for an intricate process of moulding and layering clay materials, to mimic the agate stone. [BV]

Check out French artist
Paul Sougy’s stunning mid-century scientific illustrations of plants, animals, and the human body. [BV]


Observed | November 29

London-based studio Dorothy has developed a map of the United Kingdom using the titles of more than 1,400 pop songs. #CartographyRules [BV]


Observed | November 21

The icons of our popular culture depicted as ancient ruins. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | November 14

“Other bad films fascinate because they define an area of heroic obsession, horrifically misapplied. The heroism and the misapplication are inseparable. Anyone can commit himself body and soul to a clearly formulated project of obvious importance or quality, but to throw your last dollar, your last scrap of energy, into something ill-conceived and absurd from the beginning: That takes a human being.” Phil Christman on the reasons we watch bad movies. [BV]

Congratulations to Côte d’Ivoire-based artist Joana Choumali on being the first photographer from the African continent to be awarded one of the world’s most prestigious photography prizes, the Prix Pictet. [BV]


Observed | November 13

We are very excited for the next chapter of The Great Discontent and send all our congratulations to Hugh Weber and the TGD community: we look forward to new stories and new journeys. [BV]


Observed | November 12

Gorgeous redesign of The Atlantic by Peter Mendelsund and Oliver Munday. [MB]


Observed | November 11

Out TODAY, Jessica Helfand’s FACE: A VISUAL ODYSSEY from MIT Press. From Chuck Close, it’s “Everything you ever wanted to know about the face, plus lots you never knew you would want to know—and a few things you wish you didn’t. A must-read as well as a treasury of images.” [BV]



Jobs | January 26