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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 | 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