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AIGA Archives
31 Years: Gifts from Martin Weinstein
31 Years: Gifts from Martin Weinstein
AUTHOR: David E. Little
PUBLISHER: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
DESIGNER: Matthew Rezac
DESIGN FIRM: Matthew Rezac Graphic Design


9 Artists
9 Artists
AUTHOR: Bartholomew Ryan
PUBLISHER: Walker Art Center
ART DIRECTOR: Emmet Byrne
DESIGNER: Andrea Hyde
DESIGN FIRM: Walker Art Center design studio


Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites
Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites
AUTHOR: Clara Kim
PUBLISHER: Walker Art Center
ART DIRECTOR: Emmet Byrne
DESIGNER: Dante Carlos
DESIGN FIRM: Walker Art Center design studio


Ametsuchi
Ametsuchi
AUTHOR: Rinko Kawauchi
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: Hans Gremmen


Area 1983-1987
Area 1983-1987
AUTHOR: Eric Goode and Jennifer Goode
PUBLISHER: Abrams
ART DIRECTOR: John Gall
DESIGNER: David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler
DESIGN FIRM: Triboro Design


Arnold Newman: At Work
Arnold Newman: At Work
AUTHOR: Roy Flukinger, Marianne Fulton
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press
DESIGNER: Derek George


Aslı Çavuşoğlu, The Stones Talk
Aslı Çavuşoğlu, The Stones Talk
AUTHOR: İlkay Baliç, editor
PUBLISHER: Arter, space for art
ART DIRECTOR: Esen Karol
DESIGNER: Esen Karol
DESIGN FIRM: Esen Karol Tasarım Ltd.


Brian Eno: Visual Music
Brian Eno: Visual Music
AUTHOR: Christopher Scoates
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books
DESIGNER: Andrew Blauvelt, Matthew Rezac
DESIGN FIRM: Matthew Rezac Graphic Design


Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
AUTHOR: Editors: Stephanie Barron and Lisa Gabrielle Mark
PUBLISHER: Los Angeles County Museum of Art/DelMonico Books~Prestel
ART DIRECTOR: Stuart Smith


Chihuly
Chihuly
AUTHOR: Edited by Diane Charbonneau, with texts by Dale Chihuly, Nathalie Bondil, Timothy Anglin Burgard, Gerald W. R. Ward, and Davira S. Taragin
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing / DelMonico Books / The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
DESIGNER: Louis Gagnon, Emanuel Cohen, and Jean Doyon
DESIGN FIRM: Paprika, Montreal


Cliches Brasileiros (Brazilian Cliches)
Cliches Brasileiros (Brazilian Cliches)
AUTHOR: Gustavo Piqueira
PUBLISHER: Ateliê Editorial
ART DIRECTOR: Gustavo Piqueira
DESIGNER: Gustavo Piqueira
DESIGN FIRM: Casa Rex


Dixonary
Dixonary
AUTHOR: By Tom Dixon. Edited by Camilla Belton and Robert Violette
PUBLISHER: Violette Editions
ART DIRECTOR: Matt Willey
DESIGNER: Matt Willey


Double: Storefront for Art and Architecture Manifesto Series 2
Double: Storefront for Art and Architecture Manifesto Series 2
AUTHOR: Serkan Ozkaya
PUBLISHER: Lars Muller Publishers
ART DIRECTOR: Natasha Jen
DESIGNER: Natasha Jen, Yen-Wei Liu
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


El cazador y la fábrica/The Hunter and the Factory
El cazador y la fábrica/The Hunter and the Factory
AUTHOR: Magalí Arriola, Juan A. Gaitán, Valeria Luiselli, Ignacio Perales
PUBLISHER: Fundación/Colección Jumex
ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
DESIGNER: Maricris Herrera


Flora and the Flamingo
Flora and the Flamingo
AUTHOR: Molly Idle
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books
ART DIRECTOR: Amy Achaibou
DESIGNER: Amy Achaibou


Formica Forever
Formica Forever
AUTHOR: Mark Adamson, Alexandra Lange
PUBLISHER: Metropolis Books/Formica
ART DIRECTOR: Abbott Miller
DESIGNER: Abbott Miller, Kim Walker
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


Formless: Storefront for Art and Architecture Manifesto Series 1
Formless: Storefront for Art and Architecture Manifesto Series 1
AUTHOR: Garrett Ricciardi (Editor) , Julian Rose (Editor)
PUBLISHER: Lars Muller
ART DIRECTOR: Natasha Jen
DESIGNER: Natasha Jen, Yen-Wei Liu
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


Gretchen Bender: Tracking the Thrill
Gretchen Bender: Tracking the Thrill
AUTHOR: Philip Vanderhyden, Michelle Grabner
PUBLISHER: Poor Farm Press
DESIGNER: Matthew Rezac
DESIGN FIRM: Matthew Rezac Graphic Design


Gutai: Splendid Playground
Gutai: Splendid Playground
AUTHOR: Edited by Alexandra Munroe and Ming Tiampo with contributions by Munroe, Tiampo, Pedro Erber, Lyn Hsieh, Nakajima Izumi, Katō Mizuho, Judith Rodenbeck, Hirai Shōichi, Reiko Tomii, and Midori Yoshimoto
PUBLISHER: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
DESIGNER: Miko McGinty and Rita Jules
DESIGN FIRM: Miko McGinty


Guy de Cointet Tempo Rubato
Guy de Cointet Tempo Rubato
AUTHOR: Magalí Arriola, Marie de Brugerolle, Jay Sanders
PUBLISHER: Fundación/Colección Jumex
ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
DESIGNER: Maricris Herrera


Index
Index
AUTHOR: Pedro Falcão; Julião Sarmento
PUBLISHER: Câmara Municipal de Elvas
ART DIRECTOR: Pedro Falcão
DESIGNER: Pedro Falcão
DESIGN FIRM: Atelier Pedro Falcão


Inside Outside
Inside Outside
AUTHOR: Lizi Boyd
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books
ART DIRECTOR: Sara Gillingham
DESIGNER: Lizi Boyd and Sara Gillingham
DESIGN FIRM: Sara Gillingham Studio


James Turrell
James Turrell
AUTHOR: Contributions by Carmen Giménez, Nat Trotman, and Arthur Zajonc
PUBLISHER: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
DESIGNER: Susan Sellers, David Yun, and Liliana Palau Balada
DESIGN FIRM: 2x4


Juan Sordo Madaleno (1916-1985)
Juan Sordo Madaleno (1916-1985)
AUTHOR: Miquel Adrià
PUBLISHER: Arquine
ART DIRECTOR: Miquel Adrià
DESIGNER: Samuel Morales


Life's a Beach
Life's a Beach
AUTHOR: Martin Parr
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: Emily Lessard and Sara Duell


On continuous and systematic nutrition improvement
On continuous and systematic nutrition improvement
AUTHOR: Indre Klimaite
PUBLISHER: Jan van Eyck Academie
ART DIRECTOR: Indre Klimaite
DESIGNER: Indre Klimaite
DESIGN FIRM: www.ilegal.nl


On Seeing Only Totally New Things
On Seeing Only Totally New Things
AUTHOR: Gavin Murphy (Editor & Author) Chris Fite-Wassilak, James Merrigan, Dr. Ellen Rowley, Catherine Croft, Patrick T. Murphy (Contributors)
PUBLISHER: an Atelier Project published by Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
ART DIRECTOR: David Smith
DESIGNER: David Smith and Oran Day
DESIGN FIRM: Atelier David Smith


ReMaking America
ReMaking America
AUTHOR: Editor, Richard McCormick
PUBLISHER: Alliance for American Manufacturing
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Braley
DESIGNER: Michael Braley, Cody Chatham
DESIGN FIRM: Shatterbox


Roger Ballen: Die Antwoord: I Fink U Freeky
Roger Ballen: Die Antwoord: I Fink U Freeky
AUTHOR: Roger Ballen
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing
DESIGNER: Benjamin Wolbergs


Sarah Sze: Triple Point
Sarah Sze: Triple Point
AUTHOR: Johanna Burton (Author), Holly Block (Introduction), Carey Lovelace (Introduction), Sarah Sze (Artist)
PUBLISHER: Gregory R. Miller & Co./The Bronx Museum of the Arts
ART DIRECTOR: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGNER: Takaaki Matsumoto, Robin Brunelle
DESIGN FIRM: Matsumoto Incorporated


See the Light: Photography, Perception, Cognition
See the Light: Photography, Perception, Cognition
AUTHOR: Britt Salvesen
PUBLISHER: Los Angeles County Museum of Art/DelMonico Books~Prestel
ART DIRECTOR: Creative Director, Lorraine Wild.
DESIGNER: Xiaoqing Wang


Site Specific
Site Specific
AUTHOR: Olivo Barbieri
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: SMITH, Alice Austin, Maria Juelisch, Justine Schuster


Stephen Dupont: Piksa Niugini Portraits & Diaries
Stephen Dupont: Piksa Niugini Portraits & Diaries
AUTHOR: Stephen Dupont. Foreword by Robert Gardner. Essay by Bob Connolly.
PUBLISHER: Radius Books, co-published with the Peabody Museum Press
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey
DESIGNER: David Chickey
DESIGN FIRM: Radius Books


SVA Senior Library 2012
SVA Senior Library 2012
AUTHOR: SVA
PUBLISHER: School of Visual Arts
ART DIRECTOR: Joe Marianek, Julia Hoffman
DESIGNER: Joe Marianek, Julia Hoffman
DESIGN FIRM: School of Visual Arts


Tahiti: Faery Lands
Tahiti: Faery Lands
AUTHOR: François Nars
PUBLISHER: Rizzoli
ART DIRECTOR: Giovanni Bianco
DESIGNER: Lauren Goldblum
DESIGN FIRM: Giovanni Bianco GB65


Tartine Book No. 3: Modern Ancient Classic Whole
Tartine Book No. 3: Modern Ancient Classic Whole
AUTHOR: Chad Robertson
PUBLISHER: Chronicle
ART DIRECTOR: Juliette Cezzar
DESIGNER: Juliette Cezzar


Tell Me Something
Tell Me Something
AUTHOR: Jessica Edwards
PUBLISHER: Film First
ART DIRECTOR: Philipp Hubert
DESIGNER: Philipp Hubert
DESIGN FIRM: Hubert & Fischer


The Great War
The Great War
AUTHOR: Joe Sacco
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton & Company
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu
DESIGNER: Chin-Yee Lai
DESIGN FIRM: Chin-Yee Lai Design


The Human Snapshot
The Human Snapshot
AUTHOR: Thomas Keenan and Tirdad Zolghadr, eds.
PUBLISHER: LUMA Foundation; Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Sternberg Press
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group


The Impossible Book
The Impossible Book
AUTHOR: Patrick McKiernan
PUBLISHER: Facebook
ART DIRECTOR: -
DESIGNER: Tim Belonax
DESIGN FIRM: Facebook Analog Research Lab


The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art
The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art
AUTHOR: John Wilmerding
PUBLISHER: Acquavella Galleries; Rizzoli
ART DIRECTOR: Henk van Assen
DESIGNER: Henk van Assen, Loide Marwanga
DESIGN FIRM: HvADesign, NYC


The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus
The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus
AUTHOR: Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: Kummer & Herrman


The Waiting Game
The Waiting Game
AUTHOR: Txema Salvans
PUBLISHER: RM Publishers
ART DIRECTOR: Astrid Stavro
DESIGNER: Astrid Stavro, Elin Mejergren
DESIGN FIRM: Design by Atlas


The Wes Anderson Collection
The Wes Anderson Collection
AUTHOR: Matt Zoller Seitz
PUBLISHER: Abrams
DESIGNER: Martin Venezky
DESIGN FIRM: Appetite Engineers


The World We Made
The World We Made
AUTHOR: Jonathon Porritt
PUBLISHER: Phaidon
ART DIRECTOR: Astrid Stavro
DESIGNER: Astrid Stavro, Maggy Villarroel
DESIGN FIRM: Design by Atlas


This is How You Lose Her Deluxe Edition
This is How You Lose Her Deluxe Edition
AUTHOR: Junot Diaz
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Helen Yentus and Claire Vacarro


To Make as Perfectly as Possible
To Make as Perfectly as Possible
AUTHOR: André-Jacob Roubo. Edited by Donald C. Williams and Christopher Schwarz
PUBLISHER: Lost Art Press
ART DIRECTOR: Wesley B. Tanner
DESIGNER: Wesley B. Tanner
DESIGN FIRM: Passim Editions


un/common objects: lynn aldrich
un/common objects: lynn aldrich
AUTHOR: Writers: Stephen Nowlin, G. James Daichendt, Christina Valentine, Howard N. Fox / Editor: Karen Jacobson
PUBLISHER: Art Center College of Design
ART DIRECTOR: Winnie Li
DESIGNER: Winnie Li and Eliana Dominguez
DESIGN FIRM: Art Center College of Design – in house


Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age
Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age
AUTHOR: Graydon Carter
PUBLISHER: Harry N. Abrams
ART DIRECTOR: Luke Hayman
DESIGNER: Luke Hayman, Regan Fred Johnson
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


What is Zoning?
What is Zoning?
AUTHOR: Christine Gaspar, Mark Torrey, John Mangin
PUBLISHER: the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
ART DIRECTOR: the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
DESIGNER: Jeff Lai, Andrew Sloat





Observed | October 19

How Design Observer contributor Steve Heller spends his weekends. [BV]

The crisis of intimacy in the age of digital connectivity or the spread of narcissism and the disappearance of empathy. [BV]


Observed | October 17

Gallery: stunning photos of ordinary life in Ukraine‘s conflict zone. [BV]


Observed | October 16

Can the Instagram novel really get more people to read books? (Should it?) [BV]

How do you turn fear into creative fuel? Good Company Magazine is answering that question during a live podcast next Thursday at the New School. [BV]


Observed | October 15

Why is a receipt for cough drops the height of a small child? The long, long history of long, long CVS receipts. [LS]

A new info graphic tool allows users to explore the outlook for upward mobility in their home county (and others’). [LS]


Observed | October 12

A brief memoir of growing up in the library. [BV]

A geyser erupted in Yellowstone and 80 years of human trash poured out. (via Kottke) [BV]


Observed | October 11

AI tech is now good enough to trick us, and the only way we’ll know we’re talking to a bot is because the bot’s creators told it to announce itself.” [BV]


Observed | October 09

In 2018, art, media, and culture are being evaluated for moral correctness more than for quality. The Morality Wars. [BV]

The artist Malevich takes a walk in Vitebsk... [BV]


Observed | October 08

A wonderful new show from WTTW looks into the history of art and design in Chicago. [BV]

Opening tonight: The Reach and Richness of Design, at the Kamerick Art Building University of Northern Iowa featuring Jessica Helfand‘s volvelles, wood type, Ad Reinhardt‘s editorial illustration + more. [BV]


Observed | October 05

Powerful portraits of indigenous women of Siberia aging alone. In the new series Forgotten Like Last Year’s Snow from photographer Oded Wagenstein. [BV]


Observed | October 04

Is “Sans Forgetica” the font of all knowledge? Researchers develop a typeface they say can boost memory. [BV]

Before the end of the year, Apple will open a new store in the Carnegie Library in D.C. Can Apple stores be public spaces? [BV]


Observed | October 03

The life and times of a Japanese candy artist. [BV]

“Art is history.” Netflix reboots Kenneth Clark’s 1969 “Civilisation” series and explores the art of cultures around the world. [BV]


Observed | October 02

In today’s political climate, using satire to record and respond to the current state of affairs is an act of survival. Art as Witness: Political Graphics 2016 – 2018 opens Saturday. [BV]


Observed | October 01

Do we really still need Banned Books Week? (Hint: The answer is, sadly, yes.) [BV]

The existential void of the pop-up ‘experience’: “I went to as many Instagramable “museums,” “factories” and “mansions” as I could. They nearly broke me.” [BV]


Observed | September 28

With the onset of technology, we’re reguarly grappling with how to define a book. But this is nothing new, the question of what sort of object might count as a book remains very much up for debate. [BV]


Observed | September 27

Change everything you hate about meetings with one single word. [BV]

David Hockney + iPad = stained-glass window in Westminster Abbey. “The Queen’s Window”, celebrates Elizabeth II’s reign. [BV]


Observed | September 26

A marvelous sound machine inspired by a Soviet deep drilling project. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]

Of course you know Gutenberg invented movable type, but what else do you know about the history of printing? [BV]


Observed | September 25

Our present era could easily be described as one of fear. In these times, horror has been experiencing what critics feel obliged to label a ‘golden age’. [BV]


Observed | September 24

The future of humanity depends on design ethics. [BV]

“No logo, no liftoff”: Why NASA needs a new logo. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]



Jobs | October 21