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101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides
101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides
AUTHOR: Denise Wolff
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: Emily Lessard


A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald
A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald
AUTHOR: Errol Morris
PUBLISHER: Penguin Press
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Bierut
DESIGNER: Yve Ludwig
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram Design


Advertising for People Who Don't Like Advertising
Advertising for People Who Don't Like Advertising
AUTHOR: Kesselskramer
PUBLISHER: Laurence King Publishers
DESIGNER: KesselsKramer


America's Other Audubon
America's Other Audubon
AUTHOR: Joy M. Kiser
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press
ART DIRECTOR: Deb Wood
DESIGNER: Bree Anne Apperlery


Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind
Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind
AUTHOR: Jeffrey Kastner (Author), Boris Groys (Author), Anton Ginzburg (Author)
PUBLISHER: Hatje Cantz
ART DIRECTOR: Project Projects
DESIGNER: Project Projects
DESIGN FIRM: Project Projects


Aperture Magazine Anthology: The Minor White Years, 1952–1976
Aperture Magazine Anthology: The Minor White Years, 1952–1976
AUTHOR: Peter C. Bunnell, Lesley A. Martin, Diana C. Stoll
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: Andrew Sloat


Architectural composition
Architectural composition
AUTHOR: Marius Saliamoras
PUBLISHER: Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts Publishing House
ART DIRECTOR: Ausra Lisauskiene
DESIGNER: Ausra Lisauskiene
DESIGN FIRM: Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts


Caravaggio and His Legacy
Caravaggio and His Legacy
AUTHOR: Edited by J. Patrice Marandel with contributions by J. Patrice Marandel, Gianni Papi and Benjamin Couilleaux, Axel Hemery, Michel Hilaire,Dominique Jacquot, Judith Mann,Lynn Orr, Amy Walsh, Eric Zafran,Olivier Zeder
PUBLISHER: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Books/Prestel
DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber


Conversations from the Print Studio: A Master Printer in Collaboration with Ten Artists
Conversations from the Print Studio: A Master Printer in Collaboration with Ten Artists
AUTHOR: Craig Zammiello and Elisabeth Hodermarsky
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press
DESIGNER: Christopher Sleboda


Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine
Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine
AUTHOR: Sina Najafi
PUBLISHER: Cabinet Books
DESIGNER: Everything Studio


Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp
Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp
AUTHOR: Carlos Basualdo, Erica F. Battle, Reinaldo Laddaga, Paul Franklin, Calvin Tomkins, Amy Wilkins
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGNER: Takaaki Matsumoto, Robin Brunelle
DESIGN FIRM: Matsumoto Incorporated


Daniel Brush
Daniel Brush
AUTHOR: Oliver Sacks, David Revere McFadden, Amy Wilkins
PUBLISHER: Museum of Arts and Design
ART DIRECTOR: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGNER: Takaaki Matsumoto, Robin Brunelle
DESIGN FIRM: Matsumoto Incorporated


Doris Duke's Shangri-La
Doris Duke's Shangri-La
AUTHOR: Donald Albrecht, Thomas Mellins, Tim Street-Porter and Deborah Pope
PUBLISHER: Skira Rizzoli
ART DIRECTOR: Abbott Miller
DESIGNER: Kim Walker
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram Design


Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili
Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili
AUTHOR: Louise Fili
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press
ART DIRECTOR: Louise Fili
DESIGNER: Louise Fili, John Passafiume, Dana Tanamachi
DESIGN FIRM: Louise Fili Ltd


Encyclopedia of Flowers – Flower Works by Makoto Azuma Photographed by Shunsuke Shiinoki
Encyclopedia of Flowers – Flower Works by Makoto Azuma Photographed by Shunsuke Shiinoki
AUTHOR: Kyoko Wada
PUBLISHER: Lars Müller Publishers
ART DIRECTOR: Kenya Hara
DESIGNER: Kenya Hara, Kaoru Matsuno, and Chen Fangju
DESIGN FIRM: Nippon Design Center


Enviroment and Object: Recent African Art
Enviroment and Object: Recent African Art
AUTHOR: Lisa Aronson & John S. Weber
ART DIRECTOR: Barbara Glauber
DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber, Azusa Kobayashi, Gregory Skiano
DESIGN FIRM: Heavy Meta


Felipe Cohen, Recent Works
Felipe Cohen, Recent Works
AUTHOR: Felipe Cohen, Daniel Trench
PUBLISHER: Galeria Marília Razuk
ART DIRECTOR: Daniel Trench
DESIGNER: Daniel Trench
DESIGN FIRM: Daniel Trench


Fred Sandback
Fred Sandback
AUTHOR: Fred Sandback
PUBLISHER: Radius Books and David Zwirner
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey
DESIGNER: David Chickey
DESIGN FIRM: Skolkin & Chickey


FUSE 1–20
FUSE 1–20
AUTHOR: Neville Brody, Jon Wozencroft
PUBLISHER: TASCHEN
ART DIRECTOR: Josh Baker
DESIGNER: Various


Herb Lubalin
Herb Lubalin
AUTHOR: Adrian Shaughnessy
PUBLISHER: Unit Editions
ART DIRECTOR: Tony Brook
DESIGNER: Claudia Clat and Elena Carl
DESIGN FIRM: Spin


In the Life of Cities
In the Life of Cities
AUTHOR: Mohsen Mostafavi in Cooperation with Harvard University Graduate School of Design
PUBLISHER: Lars Müller Publishers
ART DIRECTOR: Lars Müller
DESIGNER: Integral Lars Müller
DESIGN FIRM: Integral Lars Müller


Information Graphics
Information Graphics
AUTHOR: Sandra Rendgen, Julius Wiedemann
PUBLISHER: TASCHEN
ART DIRECTOR: Praline, Al Rodger and David Tanguy
DESIGNER: Cover design by Josh Baker


Japanese American Photography: Commemorative Edition
Japanese American Photography: Commemorative Edition
AUTHOR: Cody Westerbeck and Dennis Reed
PUBLISHER: One Cat Press
ART DIRECTOR: N/A
DESIGNER: Dennis Reed
DESIGN FIRM: One Cat Press


Ken Garland: Structure and Substance
Ken Garland: Structure and Substance
AUTHOR: Adrian Shaughnessy
PUBLISHER: Unit Editions London
ART DIRECTOR: Tony Brook
DESIGNER: Elena Carl, Adrian Shaghunnesy


Mark & the Jellybeen Monster
Mark & the Jellybeen Monster
AUTHOR: Author - Ariel Lee; Editors - Alex Carswell, Nancey Greystone
PUBLISHER: Designmatters at Art Center College of Design
ART DIRECTOR: David Tillinghast
DESIGNER: Ariel Lee
DESIGN FIRM: Designmatters at Art Center College of Design


Mastering the Iron
Mastering the Iron
AUTHOR: Anne Kelly Knowles
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Ryan Li
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


Meme Wars
Meme Wars
AUTHOR: Kalle Lasn and Adbusters
PUBLISHER: Seven Stories Press
ART DIRECTOR: Will Brown
DESIGNER: AdBusters


Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography, New and Revised Edition
Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography, New and Revised Edition
AUTHOR: Franz Schulze and Edward Windhorst
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Matt Avery
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


Notes from a Revolution: Com/Co, The Diggers & The Haight
Notes from a Revolution: Com/Co, The Diggers & The Haight
AUTHOR: Kristine McKenna and David Hollander
PUBLISHER: Foggy Notion Books in association with Fulton Ryder, Inc.
ART DIRECTOR: Lorraine Wild
DESIGNER: Lorraine Wild and Haruna Madono
DESIGN FIRM: Green Dragon Office


Open This Little Book
Open This Little Book
AUTHOR: Jesse Klausmeier, Illustrated by Suzy Lee
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books
ART DIRECTOR: Sara Gillingham
DESIGNER: Sara Gillingham
DESIGN FIRM: Sara Gillingham Studio


Page 1: Great Expectations / Seventy graphic solutions
Page 1: Great Expectations / Seventy graphic solutions
AUTHOR: Lucienne Roberts / Rebecca Wright
PUBLISHER: GraphicDesign&
ART DIRECTOR: Lucienne Roberts / Rebecca Wright
DESIGNER: Lucienne Roberts / John McGill
DESIGN FIRM: LucienneRoberts+


Paul Strand: The Garden at Orgeval
Paul Strand: The Garden at Orgeval
AUTHOR: Denise Wolff
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: Daniel Baer


Petrochemical America, Photographs by Richard Misrach, Ecological Atlas by Kate Orff
Petrochemical America, Photographs by Richard Misrach, Ecological Atlas by Kate Orff
AUTHOR: Melissa Harris
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: Bob Aufuldish
DESIGN FIRM: Aufuldish & Warinner


Philosophy of Design
Philosophy of Design
AUTHOR: Ove Arup
PUBLISHER: Prestel


Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection
Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection
AUTHOR: Kathryn H. Selig Brown, Ph.D., Richard A. Pegg
PUBLISHER: MacLean Collection & Prestel Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Lorraine Wild
DESIGNER: Lorraine Wild and Xiaoqing Wang with Joe Potts
DESIGN FIRM: Green Dragon Office


Rashid Johnson: Message To Our Folks
Rashid Johnson: Message To Our Folks
AUTHOR: Julie Rodrigues Widholm (Curator), Kate Steinmann, Sarah Kramer, Molly Zimmerman-Feeley (Editors)
PUBLISHER: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
DESIGNER: James Goggin, Alfredo Ruiz
DESIGN FIRM: Design, Publishing, and New Media department, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
AUTHOR: Contributions by Jennifer Blessing, Sandra S. Phillips, Chelsea Spengemann, and Jan van Adrichem
PUBLISHER: Guggenheim Museum
DESIGN FIRM: Mevis & van Deursen


Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations
Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations
AUTHOR: Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda
PUBLISHER: Metropolitan Museum of Art
ART DIRECTOR: Abott Miller
DESIGNER: Kim Walker, Kristen Spilman and Krista Reeder
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram Design


Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park, Detroit
Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park, Detroit
AUTHOR: Placement (Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar, Natasha Chandani)
PUBLISHER: Metropolis Books
ART DIRECTOR: Placement (Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar, Natasha Chandani)
DESIGNER: Placement (Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar, Natasha Chandani)


The American Circus
The American Circus
AUTHOR: Susan Weber, Kenneth L. Ames, Matthew Wittmann
PUBLISHER: Bard Graduate Center and Yale University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Barbara Glauber
DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber, Florian Brozek, Azusa Kobayashi, Greg Skiano
DESIGN FIRM: Heavy Meta


The Democratic Lecture
The Democratic Lecture
AUTHOR: Craig Oldham
PUBLISHER: Unified Theory Of Everything
DESIGNER: Craig Oldham
DESIGN FIRM: Music


The English Cathedral
The English Cathedral
AUTHOR: Peter Marlow
PUBLISHER: Merrell
ART DIRECTOR: Nicola Bailey
DESIGNER: Justine Schuster and Ana Rocha
DESIGN FIRM: SMITH


The Hugo Boss Prize 2012
The Hugo Boss Prize 2012
AUTHOR: Contributions by Katherine Brinson, Suzanne Cotter, Dominic Eichler, Kate Fowle, Beatrix Ruf, Adam Szymczyk, and Julie Rodrigues Widholm
PUBLISHER: Guggenheim Museum
DESIGNER: Sara De Bondt, Mark El-khatib
DESIGN FIRM: Sara De Bondt studio


The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories
The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories
AUTHOR: Ivan Vladislavic
PUBLISHER: Seagull Books
ART DIRECTOR: Seagull Books
DESIGNER: Jacket design by Sunandini Banerjee


The Tobacco Atlas
The Tobacco Atlas
AUTHOR: Michael Eriksen, Judith Mackay, Hana Ross
PUBLISHER: American Cancer Society
DESIGNER: Language Department
DESIGN FIRM: Language Department


This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s
This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s
AUTHOR: Helen Molesworth (Curator), Sarah Kramer, Kate Steinmann (Editors)
PUBLISHER: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Yale University Press
DESIGNER: James Goggin, Scott Reinhard
DESIGN FIRM: Design, Publishing, and New Media department, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


Torre David
Torre David
AUTHOR: Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, Urban–Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zürich
PUBLISHER: Lars Müller Publishers
ART DIRECTOR: Lars Müller
DESIGNER: Integral Lars Müller
DESIGN FIRM: Integral Lars Müller


Typography 33
Typography 33
AUTHOR: Type Directors Club
PUBLISHER: Harper Design
ART DIRECTOR: Paula Scher
DESIGNER: Kayla Jang, Ludwig Janoff
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram Design


Uncle Charlie
Uncle Charlie
AUTHOR: Marc Asnin
PUBLISHER: Contrasto
ART DIRECTOR: Giorgio Baravalle
DESIGNER: Giorgio Baravalle
DESIGN FIRM: de.MO Design


Woodcut
Woodcut
AUTHOR: Bryan Nash Gill
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press
DESIGNER: Deb Wood and Paul Wagner




The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | September 22

City Monitor is part of New Statesman Media Group’s innovative new data journalism division, which will provide essential business intelligence across topics such as energy, cities, banking, media, and technology, among others. Follow them here. [JH]

Nicolas Heller is helping save New York City, one Instagram post at a time. [BV]


Observed | September 21

Help support this monumental public messaging campaign promoting the patriotism of science, religion and voting from Class Action Collective. [BV]


Observed | September 17

The strange, uninspired history of Spotify’s bland logo. [BV]


Observed | September 16

Behold: Calamityware! (Via Kim Baer.) [JH]


Observed | September 01

Got a Very Serious Book to sell about the dangers of radical right-wing overreach? In book publishing, this is the summer of the Sith Lord design palette. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | August 20

Design criticism is everywhere. Why are we still looking for it? A must-read essay from Jarrett Fuller. [MB]

Goodbye mosh pits, hello “personal platforms.” A new music venue in the UK was designed for socially distant concerts. [BV]


Observed | August 18

Contactless filming: design for never leaving home. [JH]


Observed | August 17

No books were harmed in the testing of these animals. [JH]


Observed | August 14

How do activism slideshows go viral on Instagram? By co-opting popular design aesthetics from brands. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | August 13

Can you identify the city in which each picture was taken? A visual quiz. [JH]


Observed | August 06

On the power (and ephemerality) of street art. [JH]

The UX of LEGO interface panels. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | August 03

Antica is a new type family designed by Ale Paul & the Sudtipos team. [JH]


Observed | July 31

Branding a pandemic. (via Kim Baer.) [JH]


Observed | July 28

Why do these Apple ads, from a company that takes such pride in design, feature four people who are clearly not trained designers, designing? [BV]


Observed | July 27

Communicative efficiency is not the same as communicative empathy, and one of the truly gut-punching limits of social media is how poorly it corresponds to the individual experience of human grief. A primer by Jason Fields. [JH]


Observed | July 22

Futurefeed is an online space where writers, artists, and thinkers are invited to experiment + explore ideas that are important to them over an extended period of time. [JH]


Observed | July 21

Open a new window somewhere in the world. [BV]

The X-Prize Mask Challenge is looking for a face mask that is attractive, innovative, and achieves the filtration efficacy on par with a surgical mask. PS: You also have to be under 25 years old to enter. (Via Kim Baer.) [JH]


Observed | July 16

How Mexico City crowdsourced a map of its riotous informal bus system. [BV]

The atlas of surveillance. (Yes, you read that right.) [JH]


Observed | July 15

Social Matter, Social Design challenges the way we look at, think of, and interact with the social world by emphasizing the role of materiality. [JH]

When governors are graphic designers: a continuing story. [JH]


Observed | July 14

Design For America, the World Design Organization, and IBM team up to launch the COVID Design Challenge. [JH]

A national reckoning: why It is falling to individuals to become their own interim museums and archives. [JH]


Observed | July 10

Together again for the very first time, Microsoft ditches backgrounds for foregrounds—like simulated office desks. [JH]

A new, coronavirus-inspired concoction at Alinea, one of the world’s most famous restaurants, is spurring backlash online. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | July 08

A look inside the typography of the Biden campaign, by Hoefler & Co. [JH]



Jobs | September 27