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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 | December 14

In 1976 John Foster bought fiberboard art boards for an art class he taught in a school in St. Louis. In 2018 he returned to the school to find the art boards still in use—a visual palimpsest of 40+ years of aspiring artists.
[BV]


Observed | December 13

The third edition of In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day, The Met‘s take on the best architecture, art, technology, photography and design projects of the year will take place on 19th January, 2019. [BV]

#TBT: Spot the ashtray in these groovy pics of mid-sixties interior décor [BV]


Observed | December 12

Gossip,” the newest issue of AIGA Eye on Design magazine, gives us the inside scoop on all the need-to-know design deets of the past year—designer feuds, workplace woes, and more—and it’s out now. [LS]

On fifteen years of reading Design Observer and helping Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand make a new book. [BV]


Observed | December 10

What a new retrospective reveals about Andy Warhol, and about our swerve away from humanism. [BV]

The 1st printing of the Bolted Book sold out so fast that it’s going into a second printing in January 2019. Sign up now to receive a free custom-designed book display stand. [BV]


Observed | December 07

The boozy and violent story behind America‘s Eggnog Riot. [BV]


Observed | December 06

#TBT: Vintage tech: the ballpoint pen. [BV]

#TBT: The beauty of a well-designed knob. [BV]


Observed | December 05

The competitive book sorters who spread knowledge around New York. [BV]

What do Dick Bruna’s covers have to do with Japanese matchboxes? This exhibition finally answers that question. [BV]


Observed | December 04

During World War I, in the ensnarled disputes about wartime deception and the equal rights of women, conspicuous “dazzle-painted” ships were condemned as “painted women.” Social Repercussions of World War I Ship Camouflage. [BV]

Rumsey Taylor, from the New York Times, on All of It from WNYC, about his story “The Mystery Font That Took Over New York.” Joined by Steven Heller about the history of storefront signs in NYC. (17.00 mins or thereabouts) [BV]


Observed | December 03

Mourned by many: Glamour magazine is gone. [BV]

The new font Berthe, from Abyme, is featured in the new online publication of Caractères ordinaires. [BV]


Observed | November 30

Beautifully-designed Bauhaus books and journals by Gropius, Klee, Kandinsky, Moholy-Nagy and more, now available for free download. [MB]


Observed | November 29

We live at the end of an era characterized by relentless anxiety around the self as a product: what it means, who owns it, what it costs, what it’s worth. [BV]

Three innovations that started out as inclusive design solutions. [BV]


Observed | November 28

A new model for social design? The NYC Democratic Socialists of America offers an interesting example for systematizing volunteer political design work. [BV]


Observed | November 27

Likely the United States’ first woman employee, Mary Katharine Goddard signed the Declaration of Independence and was a key figure in promoting the ideas that fomented the Revolution. [BV]

Fighting an outlaw biker gang by...seizing the rights to its logo? [MB]


Observed | November 26

A working guide to the repair of rust, dust, cracks, and corrupted code in our cities, our homes, and our social relations. [BV]

In this age of data and its manipulation, it’s important to remember algorithms are opinions, not truth machines, and demand the application of ethics. Don’t believe us? Watch this short animated video. [BV]


Observed | November 23

With 26 million TONS of plastic ending up in the ocean every year, we’re thankful for entrepreneurs like this who can turn a plastic bottle into a fashion statement. [BV]

Ever wondered where Hogwarts is located? Or the Castle of Aaagggghhhh? Check out Fake Britain: a map of fictional locations in England, Scotland and Wales. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | November 21

Glenn Gould’s heavily marked-up score for the Goldberg variations surfaces, letting us look inside his creative process. [BV]

A visual indulgence: Brassaï, the outsider who photographed Paris after dark. [BV]


Observed | November 20

Prolific title designer Pablo Ferro is recognized for introducing narrative and nonlinear dimensions to films spanning from Dr. Strangelove to Men in Black. Ferro passed on Saturday. His legacy lives on. [BV]

Because bullshit is almost everywhere, we assume we know how to recognize it and thus what it is. Subjectivity and its discontents. [BV]



Jobs | December 14