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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





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