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A Death in Summer
A Death in Summer
AUTHOR: Benjamin Black
PUBLISHER: Picador
ART DIRECTOR: Keith Hayes
DESIGNER: Keith Hayes


A Hologram for the King
A Hologram for the King
AUTHOR: Dave Eggers
PUBLISHER: McSweeney's
ART DIRECTOR: Dave Eggers
DESIGNER: Jessica Hische
DESIGN FIRM: McSweeney's


A Topology of Everyday Constellatons
A Topology of Everyday Constellatons
AUTHOR: Georges Teyssot
PUBLISHER: MIT Press


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


After Freud Left
After Freud Left
AUTHOR: John Burnham
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Isaac Tobin
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


Aggie Zed: Keeper's Keep
Aggie Zed: Keeper's Keep
AUTHOR: Mark Sloan
PUBLISHER: Halsey Institute of contemporary Art
ART DIRECTOR: Gil Shuler
DESIGNER: Gil Shuler
DESIGN FIRM: gil shuler graphic design, inc.


Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without Reason
Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without Reason
AUTHOR: Anne Roiphe
ART DIRECTOR: John Gall
DESIGNER: Rachel Willey


Art without Artists
Art without Artists
AUTHOR: Authors: John Foster, Roger Manley; Editor: Chris Vitiello
PUBLISHER: Gregg Museum of Art & Design, North Carolina State University
ART DIRECTOR: Katy Fischer
DESIGNER: Mary Kunnath
DESIGN FIRM: TOKY Branding + Design


At Last
At Last
AUTHOR: Edward St. Aubyn
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral
DESIGNER: Jennifer Carrow


Bloodland
Bloodland
AUTHOR: Alan Glynn
PUBLISHER: Picador
ART DIRECTOR: Henry Sene Yee
DESIGNER: Keith Hayes
DESIGN FIRM: Picador


Butterfly in the Typewriter
Butterfly in the Typewriter
AUTHOR: Maclauchlin
ART DIRECTOR: Jonathan Sainsbury
DESIGNER: Paul Sahre
DESIGN FIRM: O.O.P.S.


By Blood
By Blood
AUTHOR: Ellen Ullman
DESIGNER: Rodrigo Corral


Cascade
Cascade
AUTHOR: Maryanne O'Hara
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGNER: Emily Mahon


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


Evelyn Waugh series
Evelyn Waugh series
AUTHOR: Evelyn Waugh
PUBLISHER: Little Brown / Back Bay
ART DIRECTOR: Keith Hayes
DESIGNER: Keith Hayes


Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life Of David Foster Wallace
Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life Of David Foster Wallace
AUTHOR: D.T. Max
PUBLISHER: Granta
DESIGNER: Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell
DESIGN FIRM: Murray & Sorrell FUEL


Girl Land
Girl Land
AUTHOR: Caitlan Flanagan
ART DIRECTOR: Mario Pulice
DESIGNER: Lindsey Andrews


Girlchild
Girlchild
AUTHOR: Tupelo Hassman
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral
DESIGNER: Jennifer Carrow


Hecho In Minnesota - Posters Designed By UNO Branding
Hecho In Minnesota - Posters Designed By UNO Branding
AUTHOR: Luis Fitch (Author, Editor, Illustrator) Carolina Ornelas (Author)
ART DIRECTOR: Luis Fitch
DESIGNER: Luis Fitch and Timothée Redkitten
DESIGN FIRM: UNO Branding - A cross-cultural design agency


Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove
AUTHOR: Brian McGreevy
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral
DESIGNER: Rodrigo Corral


Hope: A Tragedy
Hope: A Tragedy
AUTHOR: Shalom Auslander
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: John Gall


How Music Works
How Music Works
AUTHOR: David Byrne
PUBLISHER: McSweeney's
ART DIRECTOR: Dave Eggers
DESIGNER: Dave Eggers and David Byrne
DESIGN FIRM: McSweeney's


Kapow!
Kapow!
AUTHOR: Adam Thirlwell
PUBLISHER: Visual Editions
DESIGNER: Studio Firth


Kino
Kino
AUTHOR: Jürgen Fauth
PUBLISHER: Atticus Books
DESIGNER: Jamie Keenan
DESIGN FIRM: Keenan


May We Be Forgiven
May We Be Forgiven
AUTHOR: A. M. Homes
PUBLISHER: Viking/Penguin
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGNER: Alison Forner


Me Before You
Me Before You
AUTHOR: Jojo Moyes
ART DIRECTOR: Roseanne Serra
DESIGNER: Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
DESIGN FIRM: de Vicq design


Modern Library Classics Series
Modern Library Classics Series
AUTHOR: Various
PUBLISHER: Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Robbin Schiff
DESIGNER: Emily Mahon


Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke, During a Captivity of More Than Twenty-Five Years, among the Algerines of Kentucky, One of the So Called Christian States of North America
Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke, During a Captivity of More Than Twenty-Five Years, among the Algerines of Kentucky, One of the So Called Christian States of North America
AUTHOR: Lewis Clarke
PUBLISHER: University of Washington Press
DESIGNER: Thomas Eykemans


Neversink Library
Neversink Library
AUTHOR: Rudolph Erich Raspe, Odön von Horváth, Raymond Radiguet, Ameen Rihani, Harry Houdini, Maurice DeKobra, William Gerhardie, John Reed, Cheikh Hamidou Kane
PUBLISHER: Melville House
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher King
DESIGNER: Christopher King


OBLIVION
OBLIVION
AUTHOR: Héctor Abad
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral
DESIGNER: Nayon Cho
DESIGN FIRM: Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Paris I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
Paris I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
AUTHOR: Rosecrans Baldwin
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral


Penguin Civic Classics
Penguin Civic Classics
AUTHOR: Edited by Richard Beeman
PUBLISHER: Penguin books
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGNER: Gregg Kulick


Penguin Drop Caps Series
Penguin Drop Caps Series
AUTHOR: Various Authors
PUBLISHER: Penguin
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGNER: Cover Design by Paul Buckley and Jessica Hische


Romeo Spikes
Romeo Spikes
AUTHOR: Joanne Reay
PUBLISHER: Gallery Books
ART DIRECTOR: Lisa Litwack
DESIGNER: Christopher Sergio
DESIGN FIRM: Christopher Sergio Design


Shape of the Final Dog
Shape of the Final Dog
AUTHOR: Hampton Fancher
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press
ART DIRECTOR: Gregg Kulick
DESIGNER: Mario Hugo


Shoplifting from American Apparel
Shoplifting from American Apparel
AUTHOR: Tao Lin
PUBLISHER: Melville House
DESIGNER: Christopher King


Stripped (Sixty-Six Sunsets Stripped)
Stripped (Sixty-Six Sunsets Stripped)
AUTHOR: Paul Soulellis
PUBLISHER: self-published
DESIGNER: Paul Soulellis


Summer Lies (Yaz Yalanları)
Summer Lies (Yaz Yalanları)
AUTHOR: Bernhard Schlink
PUBLISHER: Dogan Egmont Publishing - İstanbul
ART DIRECTOR: Geray Gencer
DESIGNER: Geray Gencer


The Bug
The Bug
AUTHOR: Ellen Ullman
PUBLISHER: Picador
ART DIRECTOR: Henry Sene Yee
DESIGNER: Jamie Keenan
DESIGN FIRM: Keenan


The Day The World Ends
The Day The World Ends
AUTHOR: Ethan Coen
ART DIRECTOR: Jim Massey
DESIGNER: Steve Attardo


The Flame Alphabet
The Flame Alphabet
AUTHOR: Ben Marcus
DESIGNER: Peter Mendelsund


The Investigation
The Investigation
AUTHOR: Philippe Claudel
PUBLISHER: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
ART DIRECTOR: John Fontana
DESIGNER: Emily Mahon


The Lake
The Lake
AUTHOR: Banana Yoshimoto
PUBLISHER: Melville House
DESIGNER: Christopher King


The Prophecies (Penguin Classics Hardcover)
The Prophecies (Penguin Classics Hardcover)
AUTHOR: Nostradamus
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGNER: Eric White


The Sardinians
The Sardinians
AUTHOR: Michael Dawkes
PUBLISHER: Bowvine Publications
DESIGNER: Paul Wolterink


The Sniper's Log: An Architectural Perspective of Generation-X
The Sniper's Log: An Architectural Perspective of Generation-X
AUTHOR: Alejandro Zaera-Polo
PUBLISHER: Actar
ART DIRECTOR: ActarPro
DESIGNER: ActarPro
DESIGN FIRM: ActarPro


The Teleportation Accident
The Teleportation Accident
AUTHOR: Ned Beauman
PUBLISHER: Sceptre
ART DIRECTOR: Scot Bendall
DESIGNER: Scot Bendall, Richard Carey, Jon Lyen
DESIGN FIRM: La Boca Ltd


The Vanishers
The Vanishers
AUTHOR: Heidi Julavits
ART DIRECTOR: Emily Mahon
DESIGNER: Emily Mahon


True Believers
True Believers
AUTHOR: Kurt Andersen
PUBLISHER: Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Bonnie Siegler
DESIGNER: Andrew James Capelli
DESIGN FIRM: Eight and a Half, New York


What to Look for in Winter
What to Look for in Winter
AUTHOR: Candia McWilliam
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers
ART DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGNER: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGN FIRM: HarperCollins Publishers





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 28