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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




The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | January 14

A New European Bauhaus? [JH]


Observed | January 13

Though it was later determined to be troll-driven, design twitter went bananas this week over the new CIA rebrand. [JH]

Women either decide or strongly influence 70% of all automotive purchases yet are 73% more likely to suffer injury in a car crash, and 17% more likely to die than the average man. A design problem? [JH]


Observed | January 12

Joy, disillusion, success, failure, hiring, finances, office space—just some of the topics in All in a Day’s Work, a new animated series about being an entrepreneur from our friends at Mailchimp in collaboration with It’s Nice That. [BV]


Observed | January 11

When Pac-Man arrived in 1980, it revolutionized gaming. The original game is at the root of a rich design tradition, one that goes well beyond detailed graphics and fluid controls. [BV]

Can the story of a pandemic be told in a single headline every day? David Rainbird collected headlines about the pandemic as a way of making sense of the infodemic that was 2020. [BV]


Observed | January 05

Paul Klee’s notebooks—nearly 4,000 pages of them—are now online. [JH]


Observed | December 30

“On cream-laid paper there is no “forward” button.” New York Times book critic Dwight Garner on the lost art of paper correspondence. [JH]


Observed | December 29

Job of the week: Yale’s British Art Center is looking for a new Design Director. [JH]


Observed | December 21

Renowned Swiss Designer Armin Hoffman dies at 100. [JH]

Screw mediocrity: Scottish industrial designer Neil Ferrier weighs in on a typographic mistake that turned out to benefit his career. [JH]

“That the cover of a book — something produced with a finite shelf life — could grip us throughout such a bitter, caustic year is either a triumph of artistry or a sign that our collective alarm bells are still not ringing loudly enough.” Matt Dorfman, Art Director for the New York Times Book Review, selects his favorite covers of 2020. [JH]


Observed | December 17

How custom fonts became the ultimate corporate flex. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

First world problem of the week, or, why graphic design matters on your wine list. Behold: vinography! [JH]

Italian architect Stefano Boeri introduces prefabricated timber and fabric pavilions as Covid-19 vaccination stations in public piazzas across Italy beginning in January. (H/T Adina Karp.) [JH]


Observed | December 14

Pantone names its colors of the year for 2021. [JH]

Apparently not all architects declare. [JH]


Observed | December 11

“Royalty Now” is an ongoing art project by graphic designer Becca Saladin that reimagines queens, kings, emperors, statesmen, nobles, (and a few famous musicians, scientists and artists) as contemporary people. Follow her on Instagram. [JH]

Forest Young, Vivianne Castillo, Kelly Walters, and Dori Tunstall—among others—on the new design rules and why they matter. [JH]


Observed | December 10

Currently streaming: What Next? A virtual symposium discussing luxury as a concept and the ethical and moral questions surrounding it. [BV]


Observed | December 07

One week left to help support St. Bride’s magnificent library—and contribute to their efforts to digitize it for the rest of us. [JH]

Typography. Esports. Discuss! [JH]

Everything you ever wanted to know about a rejected Paul Rand logo for Ford Motor Company—from 1966—but were afraid to ask. (With apologies for the term “fancy-schmancy design trends” which would make Mr. Rand spin in his grave.) [JH]


Observed | December 03

Help our friends at Class Action fund their next campaign, a series of billboards in the hotly-contested state of Georgia. [JH]

Kern in hell! Announcing: Hell Vetica (via Victoria Brown). [JH]


Observed | November 30

Help our friends at Unit Editions produce a long-overdue monograph on the work of artist and designer Ed Fella. [JH]


Observed | November 18

You may congratulate yourself for being a good listener, but often it’s the powerful who get to listen and decide what to hear. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]

Why the Google Workspace rebrand isn’t as bad as the Internet would have you believe. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | November 17

Aaaaaannnnnnd—that’s a lawsuit. Banana Republic gets sued over an Ampersand. [JH]


Observed | November 16

Architects designing for sea changes—as in, sea LEVEL changes. [JH]



Jobs | January 17