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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 | September 10

The blobification of the American restaurant. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | September 04

Beginning with the Dada and Surrealist movements, Paris nurtured a tradition of artists, including Ernst, Tanguy, Arp, and Léger, illustrating imaginative and important books. Designers and Books explores Paris and the Artist’s Book in the 1920s and ’30s. [BV]

What‘s the point of album covers in the post-album era? Jon Caramanica and Teddy Blanks discuss. [MB]


Observed | September 03

The history of the Roman Empire, which spans hundreds of years and multiple continents, is chronicled in statues and monuments its citizens left behind. Artsy has a list of seven ancient Roman sculptures you need to know. [BV]

Over the summer, Hyperallergic interviewed dozens of art handlers about the variable conditions of their workplaces. This week, their stories of accident and injury come to light. [BV]


Observed | September 02

KCET is back with a new season of Masters of Modern Design. Season 10 kicks off with the influence of Japanese American artists and designers—Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita and Gyo Obata—in postwar American art and design. (h/t Steven Heller) [LY]


Observed | August 30

We use hurricane forecast graphics to warn people. Why do we misinterpret them so often? A marvelous explanation of misreading hurricane graphics. [BV]


Observed | August 29

When your brain won’t let you recognize people, how do you navigate the world? [BV]

Pedro Bell, the artist who created Funkadelic’s cosmic album covers, died Tuesday at 69. [BV]


Observed | August 26

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe. [BV]

Sonic branding has appliances and devices singing new tunes. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | August 23

Don‘t miss the next MITX InsideDesign event featuring Google Nest‘s Director of Design, Kate Freebairn. The event is on September 25, 8-9:30AM at Mad*Pow‘s Boston office. Get the MITX member rate on tickets using code OBSERVER. Register now [BV]


Observed | August 22

Ikea has swapped its brand typeface to Noto, a collaborative type family from Monotype and Google, after a decade of using Verdana across its visual identity. [BV]

“I’ve always had a studio in my house. I raised both of my children in my studio. I see my studio as a daily practice the way some people see yoga: it’s a sanctuary.” Jessica Helfand talks to Madame Architect. [BV]


Observed | August 19

Visual identity for Re:publica rebels against digital culture with reams of text. Fertig Design has created a visual identity for the Re:publica conference that uses lengthy passages of text and typography instead of conventional graphics to pay “homage to the written word”. [LY]

This is the world’s worst UI—and it speaks volumes about design today. The Antwerp design agency Bagaar built an impossible form for you to fill out—and it puts all your design assumptions to the test. [LY]


Observed | August 15

Roger Ballen revisits his never-before-published Woodstock photos. The internationally renowned artist was just 19 when he took his trusty Nikon to the festival. Only one was ever published—till now. [LY]

Google has a secret design library. The company’s industrial design team shares a handful of titles from its studio library, which is curated by team members. Here are 35 of its best books. [LY]

Morphosis is designing LA’s Korean American National Museum. The museum will incorporate elements of traditional Korean houses and lots of greenery. [LY]


Observed | August 14

Be water’ The Hong Kong protest mantra encourages fluidity and adaptability to any situation influences how art is designed and distributed. [LY]

London design agency OMSE has created an augmented reality campaign for cultural venue Printworks London that transforms static typography into immersive three-dimensional animations. [LY]


Observed | August 12

Why are all recreational vehicles covered in swirls and swooshes? (via James I. Bowie) [LY]


Observed | August 08

New York knows its arts organizations have a diversity problem. The city asked cultural institutions, including museums and performing arts centers, to draw up plans to make their staff and board members more diverse. [LY]

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to make circular design “the new normal” by persuading 20 million designers to help transform the global economy from a linear to a circular model. [LY]


Observed | August 07

Domino’s Pizza is locked in a legal battle over the future of web design. The pizza company has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear a three-year-old case that deals with whether Domino’s is legally required to make its websites and apps accessible to all users. [LY]


Observed | August 06

Zeyu Cai and Sibei Li win The Peoples Notre-Dame Design Competition. The competition aimed to create a new vision for the future of the iconic cathedral after the Notre Dame fire in April this year. Called Paris Heartbeat, the winning design creates a literal heartbeat for the city. [LY]

Imran Chaudhri, one of six designers who created the interface of the very first iPhone, left Apple to start his own company Humane. He now wants to use A.I., machine learning, and computer vision technology to improve our relationships with our devices. [LY]


Observed | August 05

To mark 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the United States, Baltimore Museum of Art has announced its whole year of exhibitions will be dedicated to artists who identify as female. [BV]

The Aspen Institute center devoted to Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer will open in 2022 and will have galleries and educational programs and study Bayer’s work. [BV]

“We may not have designed the systems or the community, but I do believe we have a responsibility to redesign them.” — Hugh Webber on talking to design communities all over the country. [BV]



Jobs | September 17