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AIGA Archives
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


A Guide for the Perplexed
A Guide for the Perplexed
AUTHOR: Dara Horn
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton & Company
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu
DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli


A Map of Tulsa
A Map of Tulsa
AUTHOR: Benjamin Lytal
PUBLISHER: Penguin
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley, Roseanne Serra
DESIGNER: Jason Ramirez


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


All Souls
All Souls
AUTHOR: Javier Marías
PUBLISHER: Vintage
ART DIRECTOR: John Gall
DESIGNER: Katya Mezhibovskaya


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


Apology
Apology
AUTHOR: Jon Pineda
PUBLISHER: Milkweed Editions
ART DIRECTOR: Brad D. Norr
DESIGNER: Brad D. Norr
DESIGN FIRM: Brad Norr Design


Aristotle and Black Drama
Aristotle and Black Drama
AUTHOR: Patrice D. Rankine
PUBLISHER: Baylor University Press
DESIGNER: Tim Green
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio


Beatles VS. Stones
Beatles VS. Stones
AUTHOR: John McMillian
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ART DIRECTOR: Jackie Seow
DESIGNER: Jason Heuer


Berlin Alexanderplatz
Berlin Alexanderplatz
AUTHOR: Alfred Doblin
PUBLISHER: Everest
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu


Blind Field
Blind Field
AUTHOR: Edited by Tumelo Mosaka and Irene V. Small; with contributions by Luiza Interlenghi, Sérgio Bruno Martins, and Cristiana Tejo
PUBLISHER: Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ART DIRECTOR: Cheryl Towler Weese
DESIGNER: Silja Hillmann, J. Brad Sturm
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Blue


Brave Genius
Brave Genius
AUTHOR: Sean B. Carroll
PUBLISHER: Crown Publishing Group, Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Elena Giavaldi
DESIGN FIRM: Crown Publishing Group


Buck
Buck
AUTHOR: MK Asante
PUBLISHER: Spiegel and Grau (Random House)
ART DIRECTOR: Greg Mollica
DESIGNER: Kevin Brainard


DOCTOR SLEEP
DOCTOR SLEEP
AUTHOR: KING, STEPHEN
PUBLISHER: Scribner
ART DIRECTOR: Tal Goretsky
DESIGNER: Tal Goretsky


Elders (hardcover)
Elders (hardcover)
AUTHOR: Ryan McIlvain
PUBLISHER: Crown Publishing Group, Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Ben Wiseman
DESIGN FIRM: Crown Publishing Group


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AUTHOR: Franz Wright
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf
ART DIRECTOR: Peter A. Andersen
DESIGNER: Betty Lew


Fahrenheit 451, 60th Anniversary
Fahrenheit 451, 60th Anniversary
AUTHOR: Ray Bradbury
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ART DIRECTOR: Jackie Seow
DESIGNER: Matt Owen


Interracial Couples, Intimacy, and Therapy
Interracial Couples, Intimacy, and Therapy
AUTHOR: Kyle D. Killian
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky
DESIGNER: Jordan Wannemacher


Janelle Lynch: Barcelona
Janelle Lynch: Barcelona
AUTHOR: Janelle Lynch
PUBLISHER: Radius Books
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey
DESIGNER: David Chickey
DESIGN FIRM: Radius Books


Night Film
Night Film
AUTHOR: Marisha
PUBLISHER: Pessl
ART DIRECTOR: Paolo Pepe
DESIGNER: John Gall
DESIGN FIRM: John Gall Design


Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-Four
AUTHOR: George Orwell
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books
ART DIRECTOR: Jim Stoddart
DESIGNER: David Pearson
DESIGN FIRM: Type as Image


No One Here But All Of Us
No One Here But All Of Us
AUTHOR: Ramona Ausubel
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Jon Gray
DESIGN FIRM: gray318


Penguin Drop Caps Series
Penguin Drop Caps Series
AUTHOR: Herman Melville; E. Nesbit; John O'Hara
PUBLISHER: Penguin
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGNER: Jessica Hische and Paul Buckley


Personae
Personae
AUTHOR: Sergio De La Pava
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Isaac Tobin
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


Powers of time
Powers of time
AUTHOR: David Lapoujade
PUBLISHER: n-1 edições
ART DIRECTOR: Ricardo Muniz Fernandes
DESIGNER: Érico Peretta
DESIGN FIRM: n-1 edições


Psycho-Sexual
Psycho-Sexual
AUTHOR: David Greven
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press
DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr


Salinger
Salinger
AUTHOR: David Shields and Shane Salerno
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ART DIRECTOR: Jackie Seow
DESIGNER: Christopher Lin


Shady Characters
Shady Characters
AUTHOR: Keith Houston
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton & Company
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu
DESIGNER: Jason Booher


Simpler
Simpler
AUTHOR: Cass R. Sunstein
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Heuer
DESIGNER: Jason Heuer


Solution 247–261: Love
Solution 247–261: Love
AUTHOR: Ingo Niermann, ed.
PUBLISHER: Sternberg Press
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group


The Aesthetic Brain
The Aesthetic Brain
AUTHOR: Anjan Chatterjee M.D.
PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Brady McNamara
DESIGNER: Thomas Ng
DESIGN FIRM: Thomas Ng, Inc.


The Art of Lying Down
The Art of Lying Down
AUTHOR: Bernd Brunner
PUBLISHER: Melville House
DESIGNER: Christopher King


The Beatles Solo
The Beatles Solo
AUTHOR: Mat Snow
PUBLISHER: Race Point Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Brad D. Norr
DESIGNER: Brad D. Norr
DESIGN FIRM: Brad Norr Design


The Black Cat
The Black Cat
AUTHOR: J.M. Geever
PUBLISHER: Fiction Advocate
DESIGNER: Matt Tanner
DESIGN FIRM: www.matt-tanner.com


The Book of Heaven
The Book of Heaven
AUTHOR: Patricia Storace
PUBLISHER: Pantheon Books
ART DIRECTOR: Peter Mendelsund
DESIGNER: Linda Huang
DESIGN FIRM: Pantheon Books


The Dinner
The Dinner
AUTHOR: Herman Koch
PUBLISHER: Crown Publishing Group, Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Christopher Brand
DESIGN FIRM: Crown Publishing Group


The Empty Chair
The Empty Chair
AUTHOR: Bruce Wagner
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press
DESIGNER: Gregg Kulick


The Feel Good Factor (iyi hisset)
The Feel Good Factor (iyi hisset)
AUTHOR: Patrick Holford
PUBLISHER: Dogan Egmont
DESIGNER: Geray Gencer
DESIGN FIRM: Geray Gencer


The Last Winter of Dani Lancing
The Last Winter of Dani Lancing
AUTHOR: P. D. Viner
PUBLISHER: Crown Publishing Group, Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Oliver Munday
DESIGN FIRM: Crown Publishing Group


The Narrow Circle
The Narrow Circle
AUTHOR: Nathan Hoks
PUBLISHER: Penguin
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGNER: Alison Forner


The Return
The Return
AUTHOR: Michael Gruber
PUBLISHER: Henry Holt
ART DIRECTOR: Rick Pracher
DESIGNER: Christopher Sergio
DESIGN FIRM: Christopher Sergio Design


The Story of My Purity
The Story of My Purity
AUTHOR: Francesco Pacifico
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ART DIRECTOR: Charlotte Strick
DESIGNER: Jason Ramirez
DESIGN FIRM: That and This


The United States of Paranoia
The United States of Paranoia
AUTHOR: Jesse Walker
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
DESIGNER: Jarrod Taylor


The Waste Land
The Waste Land
AUTHOR: T. S. Eliot
PUBLISHER: Liveright Publishing Company
ART DIRECTOR: Albert Tang
DESIGNER: Jamie Keenan


This and Other Plays
This and Other Plays
AUTHOR: Melissa Gibson
PUBLISHER: Theatre Communications Group
DESIGNER: Helen Yentus and Jason Booher
DESIGN FIRM: Yentus & Booher


This Close
This Close
AUTHOR: Jessica Francis Kane
PUBLISHER: Graywolf Press
ART DIRECTOR: Katie Dublinski
DESIGNER: Kyle G. Hunter


Truman Capote Series: In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Complete Stories, Portraits and Observations
Truman Capote Series: In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Complete Stories, Portraits and Observations
AUTHOR: Truman Capote
PUBLISHER: Modern Library (Random House)
ART DIRECTOR: Greg Mollica
DESIGNER: Eric White


Unknown Pleasures
Unknown Pleasures
AUTHOR: Peter Hook
PUBLISHER: It Books / HarperCollins Publishers
ART DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGN FIRM: HarperCollins Publishers


What The Family Needed
What The Family Needed
AUTHOR: Steven Amsterdam
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Lynn Buckley and Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Jennifer Heuer
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Jennifer Heuer


Word-Gate
Word-Gate
AUTHOR: Poems by Edwin Thumboo
PUBLISHER: Self-published (500+ copies)
ART DIRECTOR: Mark D'Oliveira
DESIGNER: Mark D'Oliveira
DESIGN FIRM: Mark D'Oliveira





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