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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 | February 20

The Sunset Strip occupies a short stretch of Sunset Boulevard, but its reputation as a stomping ground of gangsters, glamour girls, rock stars and hell-raisers has held an oversized fascination for decades. Curbed LA dives deep. Part One. Part Two. [BV]

Should historic logos be protected in the same way as historic buildings? (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | February 19

My new favourite part of Twitter is Josh Lipnik’s tours of the modern architecture of the US midwest. Here he looks at the modern architecture of Columbus, Ohio—houses, schools, churches, banks, and even a cool Space Age horse racing track. [MB]

The authoritative, totally not subjective, incontrovertibly definitive and 100% correct L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings. [BV]


Observed | February 14

Welcome to 2019. If you value your privacy, don’t get your Valentine an internet-connected sex toy. [BV]


Observed | February 13

Places Journal’s ongoing series “Future Archive” republishes significant 20th-century texts introduced by a prominent scholar. This installment features J.B. Jackson’s 1976 essay on the American garage from Landscape. [BV]

Can multigenerational home-sharing solve LA’s affordability crisis? Alissa Walker explores what it might mean to age in place in LA. [BV]


Observed | February 12

Cubicles are back, and we have open plan offices to thank. [BV]

As emoji become more detailed in their design, they become less useful for communication. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | February 11

#Longread: The Five Families of Feces—the porta-potty business is as dirty as you’d think. [BV]

The world’s watersheds, mapped in gorgeous detail by Hungarian cartographer Robert Szucs. [BV]

Photography writes with light, but not everything wants to be seen. [JH]


Observed | February 07

Are we heading towards extreme overpopulation or a decline in humans? Questioning the UN population model. [BV]


Observed | February 06

What if everything you knew about the history of pizza in America was false? [BV]

A special class of vivid, textural words defy linguistic theory: could ‘ideophones’ unlock the secrets of humans’ first utterances? [BV]

Social media has spawned a generation of un-Strunk-and-White-ified people who appear to believe that punctuation is optional, that grammar is for the elderly, and that ending a sentence with a period is a deliberate act of aggression. The guardian of grammar, Benjamin Dreyer, wants that to change. [BV]


Observed | February 05

Innovative interaction design helps Chinese families stay emotionally connected through the Chinese New Year while being geographically scattered. [BV]


Observed | February 04

Was architecture better under socialism? [BV]

Ganbreeder is an experiment using breeding and sharing to explore complex visual spaces. Or, Ganbreeder is a crazy app where you can merge things like a parakeet with a bubble. 17024009+ images and counting. [BV]


Observed | January 31

Saturday Night Live’s cue cards are still created by hand. And they pay attention to whitespace to make sure the cards are readable from a distance! [BV]

In 2014, microbiologists began a 500-year-long science experiment assuming that science—or some version of it—will still exist in 2514. [BV]


Observed | January 30

The World’s Writing Systems allows you to interact with the 292 currently-known writing systems as they are encoded in the Unicode standard. [BV]

A growing crowd-sourced gallery of crazy mass transit fabric patterns. [BV]


Observed | January 29

For six amazing years—from 2006 to 2012—I led the design advisory group on the Citizen‘s Stamp Advisory Committee, with a terrific group of people from all across the country. What a delight to talk about it! [JH]

The 52-year history of the Yale Building project: pushing architecture students out of their studios and into communities they can positively affect. (Support The Yale Herald‘s Kickstarter!) [BV]

Emily Gosling on the magical, imperfect grids of Anni Albers. [MB]


Observed | January 28

The Letterform Archive opened it’s doors in 2015. In 2019 they are opening their virtual doors to a curated collection of over 50,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design, spanning thousands of years of history. [BV]

How does one judge the historic 50 Books | 50 Covers competition? Our jury chair, and Design Observer co-founder, Jessica Helfand talks to The Monocle Weekly. [BV]


Observed | January 24

A talk with Olivier Kugler about his most recent book, “Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters With Syrian Refugees”: a first hand record of the tragic souls who have been forced to leave their homeland and the disappointments, frustrations, and deprivations they’ve experienced as they attempt to make new lives. [BV]

Who owns collusion? In a case that’s a “Russian nesting doll of stupidity,” EFF’s Daniel Nazer defends against an unlikely trademark claim. [MB]



Jobs | February 20