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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




The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | January 14

A New European Bauhaus? [JH]


Observed | January 13

Though it was later determined to be troll-driven, design twitter went bananas this week over the new CIA rebrand. [JH]

Women either decide or strongly influence 70% of all automotive purchases yet are 73% more likely to suffer injury in a car crash, and 17% more likely to die than the average man. A design problem? [JH]


Observed | January 12

Joy, disillusion, success, failure, hiring, finances, office space—just some of the topics in All in a Day’s Work, a new animated series about being an entrepreneur from our friends at Mailchimp in collaboration with It’s Nice That. [BV]


Observed | January 11

When Pac-Man arrived in 1980, it revolutionized gaming. The original game is at the root of a rich design tradition, one that goes well beyond detailed graphics and fluid controls. [BV]

Can the story of a pandemic be told in a single headline every day? David Rainbird collected headlines about the pandemic as a way of making sense of the infodemic that was 2020. [BV]


Observed | January 05

Paul Klee’s notebooks—nearly 4,000 pages of them—are now online. [JH]


Observed | December 30

“On cream-laid paper there is no “forward” button.” New York Times book critic Dwight Garner on the lost art of paper correspondence. [JH]


Observed | December 29

Job of the week: Yale’s British Art Center is looking for a new Design Director. [JH]


Observed | December 21

Renowned Swiss Designer Armin Hoffman dies at 100. [JH]

Screw mediocrity: Scottish industrial designer Neil Ferrier weighs in on a typographic mistake that turned out to benefit his career. [JH]

“That the cover of a book — something produced with a finite shelf life — could grip us throughout such a bitter, caustic year is either a triumph of artistry or a sign that our collective alarm bells are still not ringing loudly enough.” Matt Dorfman, Art Director for the New York Times Book Review, selects his favorite covers of 2020. [JH]


Observed | December 17

How custom fonts became the ultimate corporate flex. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

First world problem of the week, or, why graphic design matters on your wine list. Behold: vinography! [JH]

Italian architect Stefano Boeri introduces prefabricated timber and fabric pavilions as Covid-19 vaccination stations in public piazzas across Italy beginning in January. (H/T Adina Karp.) [JH]


Observed | December 14

Pantone names its colors of the year for 2021. [JH]

Apparently not all architects declare. [JH]


Observed | December 11

“Royalty Now” is an ongoing art project by graphic designer Becca Saladin that reimagines queens, kings, emperors, statesmen, nobles, (and a few famous musicians, scientists and artists) as contemporary people. Follow her on Instagram. [JH]

Forest Young, Vivianne Castillo, Kelly Walters, and Dori Tunstall—among others—on the new design rules and why they matter. [JH]


Observed | December 10

Currently streaming: What Next? A virtual symposium discussing luxury as a concept and the ethical and moral questions surrounding it. [BV]


Observed | December 07

One week left to help support St. Bride’s magnificent library—and contribute to their efforts to digitize it for the rest of us. [JH]

Typography. Esports. Discuss! [JH]

Everything you ever wanted to know about a rejected Paul Rand logo for Ford Motor Company—from 1966—but were afraid to ask. (With apologies for the term “fancy-schmancy design trends” which would make Mr. Rand spin in his grave.) [JH]


Observed | December 03

Help our friends at Class Action fund their next campaign, a series of billboards in the hotly-contested state of Georgia. [JH]

Kern in hell! Announcing: Hell Vetica (via Victoria Brown). [JH]


Observed | November 30

Help our friends at Unit Editions produce a long-overdue monograph on the work of artist and designer Ed Fella. [JH]


Observed | November 18

You may congratulate yourself for being a good listener, but often it’s the powerful who get to listen and decide what to hear. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]

Why the Google Workspace rebrand isn’t as bad as the Internet would have you believe. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | November 17

Aaaaaannnnnnd—that’s a lawsuit. Banana Republic gets sued over an Ampersand. [JH]


Observed | November 16

Architects designing for sea changes—as in, sea LEVEL changes. [JH]



Jobs | January 17