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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 | January 22

A new book explores the cold heart of Frank Lloyd Wright. [BV]


Observed | January 20

A facial recognition app with what appear to be endless weaponization possibilities. Truly. [JH]


Observed | January 15

A beautiful remembrance by Melissa Harris about Mercy Cunningham, in the New York Review of Books this week. [JH]


Observed | January 14

Are typefaces political? Researchers find "serif and bold is rated as more conservative, while sans serif and italics is rated as more liberal" [MB]

Congratulations to the entire AIGA community on their wonderful new executive director, Bennie F. Johnson! Here’s to bright futures. [BV]


Observed | January 13

Anyone interested in a “book about the future of human beings, as viewed by some of today‘s most creative minds working at the intersection of biology and technology...Think of it as a guide to your future self.”? Because we are! #FundThis [BV]


Observed | January 10

Donald Norman says we have to change the way we educate designers. [JH]


Observed | January 09

This is a very specific genre and Andrew Cushing is nailing it with Veronica Gent-level skills: “Name a fake startup and I’ll write an ad for it in the style of an NYC subway campaign.” [MB]

Take 2 minutes and ride shotgun through mid-century LA with Ed Ruscha’s photos and Jack Kerouac’s words. [BV]


Observed | January 08

“The short answer is that the intersection of art + science is in my blood... my favorite kind of artist residency is one where I get to work with scientists.” Our very own Jessica Helfand joins Caltech as a Winter 2020 artist-in-residence. [BV]

Royal Mail has released a set of stamps celebrating a golden era of British video game design from the 1980s and 90s. [BV]


Observed | January 07

Los Angeles’ favorite logos. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | January 02

Brand New‘s Armin Vit ranks the top twelve clickbait-iest design stories of 2019. [MB]


Observed | December 30

New research finds that typefaces are perceived as having political characteristics, with sans serif fonts seen as more liberal, and serif fonts as more conservative. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | December 29

Desperately sad to announce that Vaughan Oliver died peacefully today, with his partner Lee by his side. Great loss of friend and design hero. Vaughan Oliver (1957—2019). [AS]


Observed | December 27

Continuing the blessed holiday tradition that began at Design Observer, now at Curbed, Alexandra Lange + Mark Lamster review the year in design (with a special look back over the decade‘s greatest hits & misses). [MB]


Observed | December 17

A photographer captures the sculptural landscapes of California skateparks. [BV]


Observed | December 11

Matisse felt an intense love for books, and the care and attention he lavished on them included not just his illustrations, but also the selection of paper, typeface, and layout. [BV]


Observed | December 10

Stanford’s d.school attempts to move beyond Post-its on whiteboards. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | December 06

“I simply wanted to explore the interiority of both myself and others. I wanted to focus on what connected us rather than what separated us.” Painting friends in mid-conversation, Alex Bradley Cohen hides as much as he reveals. [BV]

Yello is a great new newsletter from journalist Hunter Schwarz “about the culture, branding, and visual rhetoric of politics in America.” Here are his 101 picks for visual moments that defined politics in the 2010s, including Edel Rodriguez’s melting Trump. [MB]


Observed | December 04

How do you bring an 18th-century Agateware teapot to life? Crafting it calls for an intricate process of moulding and layering clay materials, to mimic the agate stone. [BV]

Check out French artist
Paul Sougy’s stunning mid-century scientific illustrations of plants, animals, and the human body. [BV]


Observed | November 29

London-based studio Dorothy has developed a map of the United Kingdom using the titles of more than 1,400 pop songs. #CartographyRules [BV]


Observed | November 21

The icons of our popular culture depicted as ancient ruins. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | November 14

“Other bad films fascinate because they define an area of heroic obsession, horrifically misapplied. The heroism and the misapplication are inseparable. Anyone can commit himself body and soul to a clearly formulated project of obvious importance or quality, but to throw your last dollar, your last scrap of energy, into something ill-conceived and absurd from the beginning: That takes a human being.” Phil Christman on the reasons we watch bad movies. [BV]

Congratulations to Côte d’Ivoire-based artist Joana Choumali on being the first photographer from the African continent to be awarded one of the world’s most prestigious photography prizes, the Prix Pictet. [BV]


Observed | November 13

We are very excited for the next chapter of The Great Discontent and send all our congratulations to Hugh Weber and the TGD community: we look forward to new stories and new journeys. [BV]


Observed | November 12

Gorgeous redesign of The Atlantic by Peter Mendelsund and Oliver Munday. [MB]


Observed | November 11

Out TODAY, Jessica Helfand’s FACE: A VISUAL ODYSSEY from MIT Press. From Chuck Close, it’s “Everything you ever wanted to know about the face, plus lots you never knew you would want to know—and a few things you wish you didn’t. A must-read as well as a treasury of images.” [BV]



Jobs | January 28