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AIGA Archives
A Human Document<br />Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete
A Human Document
Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete

AUTHOR: René Morales
PUBLISHER: Pérez Art Museum Miami
DESIGNER: Beverly Joel


A Muse and a Maze<br />Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic
A Muse and a Maze
Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic

AUTHOR: Peter Turchi
PUBLISHER: Trinity University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jenny Volvovski
DESIGNER: Jenny Volvovski
DESIGN FIRM: ALSO Design


Abbott Miller: Design and Content
Abbott Miller: Design and Content
AUTHOR: Abbott Miller
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press
ART DIRECTOR: Abbott Miller
DESIGNER: Abbott Miller and Kim Walker
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


Andy Warhol<br />The Complete Commissioned Magazine Work
Andy Warhol
The Complete Commissioned Magazine Work

AUTHOR: Paul Maréchal
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing
DESIGNER: Roy Brooks
DESIGN FIRM: Fold Four, Inc.


Annaïk Lou Pitteloud. Esercizio sullo stato attuale. Exercise in the Present State
Annaïk Lou Pitteloud. Esercizio sullo stato attuale. Exercise in the Present State
AUTHOR: Elio Schenini
PUBLISHER: Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano
ART DIRECTOR: Sidi Vanetti
DESIGNER: Sidi Vanetti
DESIGN FIRM: Sidi Vanetti


Carl Andre<br />Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010
Carl Andre
Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010

AUTHOR: Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond
PUBLISHER: Dia Art Foundation, New York, in association with Yale University Press, New Haven and London
DESIGN FIRM: Purtill Family Business


Chewing Gum and Chocolate
Chewing Gum and Chocolate
AUTHOR: Shomei Tomatsu
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: Andrew Sloat


Christopher Williams<br />The Production Line of Happiness
Christopher Williams
The Production Line of Happiness

AUTHOR: Matthew S. Witkovsky; Mark Godfrey; Roxana Marcoci; Christopher Williams
PUBLISHER: The Art Institute of Chicago
DESIGNER: Petra Hollenbach


COVERT OPERATIONS<br />INVESTIGATING THE KNOWN UNKNOWNS
COVERT OPERATIONS
INVESTIGATING THE KNOWN UNKNOWNS

AUTHOR: Timothy R. Rodgers, Claire C. Carter, Sandra S. Phillips and Dana Priest
PUBLISHER: Radius Books & Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey
DESIGNER: David Chickey
DESIGN FIRM: Radius Books


Criterion Designs
Criterion Designs
AUTHOR: The Criterion Collection / Eric Skillman
PUBLISHER: The Criterion Collection
ART DIRECTOR: Eric Skillman, Sarah Habibi
DESIGNER: Eric Skillman
DESIGN FIRM: The Criterion Collection


Dodo
Dodo
AUTHOR: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
PUBLISHER: Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo & Editorial RM
ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
DESIGNER: Maricris Herrera


Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots<br />California and Graphic Design 1936–1986
Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots
California and Graphic Design 1936–1986

AUTHOR: Louise Sandhaus, with essays by Denise Gonzales Crisp, Lorraine Wild, and Michael Worthington
PUBLISHER: Metropolis Books
ART DIRECTOR: Louise Sandhaus
DESIGNER: Louise Sandhaus with Kat Catmur, Jens Gehlhaar, Thomas Kracauer, Kaoru Matsushita, Christopher Morabito, Derrick Schultz, Hayden Smith, Ben Woodlock
DESIGN FIRM: LSD (Louise Sandhaus Design)


Fictitious Dishes<br />An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals
Fictitious Dishes
An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals

AUTHOR: Dinah Fried
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
ART DIRECTOR: Dinah Fried
DESIGNER: Dinah Fried
DESIGN FIRM: Small Stuff


Fred Tomaselli<br />The Times
Fred Tomaselli
The Times

AUTHOR: Lawrence Weschler
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing
DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber and Azusa Kobayashi
DESIGN FIRM: Heavy Meta


Grafika ASP Kraków / Graphic Arts Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow
Grafika ASP Kraków / Graphic Arts Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow
AUTHOR: Aleksandra Toborowicz
PUBLISHER: Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland
ART DIRECTOR: Aleksandra Toborowicz
DESIGNER: Aleksandra Toborowicz


Hair
Hair
AUTHOR: Guido Palau
PUBLISHER: Rizzoli
ART DIRECTOR: Abbott Miller
DESIGNER: Abbott Miller and Yoon-Young Chai
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


Hans Richter. Il ritmo dell'avanguardia
Hans Richter. Il ritmo dell'avanguardia
AUTHOR: Elio Schenini, Timothy Benson
PUBLISHER: Edizioni Casagrande
ART DIRECTOR: Sidi Vanetti, Marco Züercher
DESIGNER: Sidi Vanetti, Marco Züercher
DESIGN FIRM: CCRZ and Sidi Vanetti


Hello I am Erik
Hello I am Erik
AUTHOR: By Johannes Erler (translated from German by Dylan Spiekermann)
With contributions by friends and colleagues
PUBLISHER: Gestalten
ART DIRECTOR: Johannes Erler
DESIGNER: Inga Albers


Here
Here
AUTHOR: Richard McGuire
PUBLISHER: Pantheon Books
ART DIRECTOR: Richard McGuire
DESIGNER: Richard McGuire


In the Land of Punctuation
In the Land of Punctuation
AUTHOR: Christian Morgenstern
PUBLISHER: Tara Books
ART DIRECTOR: Rathna Ramanathan
DESIGNER: Rathna Ramanathan
DESIGN FIRM: M9Design


James Drake: 1242
James Drake: 1242
AUTHOR: Kathryn Kanjo and David Krakauer
PUBLISHER: Radius Books & Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey
DESIGNER: David Chickey
DESIGN FIRM: Radius Books


James Lee Byars 1/2 an Autobiography
James Lee Byars 1/2 an Autobiography
AUTHOR: Magali Arriola & Peter Eleey
PUBLISHER: Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, MoMA PS1 & Koenig Books
ART DIRECTOR: Kloepfer-Ramsey
DESIGNER: Maricris Herrera


Las Torres de Ciudad Satélite
Las Torres de Ciudad Satélite
AUTHOR: Fernando González Gortázar, Federica Zanco
PUBLISHER: Arquine
DESIGNER: Gabriela Varela and David Kimura
DESIGN FIRM: Gabriela Varela + David Kimura


Lita Albuquerque: Stellar Axis
Lita Albuquerque: Stellar Axis
AUTHOR: William L. Fox, Selma Holo, Roger F. Malina, Ann M. Wolfe
PUBLISHER: Skira Rizzoli / Nevada Museum of Art
ART DIRECTOR: Brad Bartlett
DESIGNER: Brad Bartlett, Elaine Suh Bartlett
DESIGN FIRM: Brad Bartlett Design, Los Angeles


Made in L.A. 2014
Made in L.A. 2014
AUTHOR: Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books/Prestel Publishing and Hammer Museum
DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella and Tanya Rubbak
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object Design Studio


Make It New<br />Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975
Make It New
Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975

AUTHOR: Harry Cooper, with contributions by David Breslin and Matt Jolly
PUBLISHER: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and Yale University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Cheryl Towler Weese
DESIGNER: Silja Hillmann, Tuan Pham
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Blue


Making Design
Making Design
AUTHOR: Cooper Hewitt
PUBLISHER: Cooper Hewitt
ART DIRECTOR: Pamela Horn and Irma Boom
DESIGNER: Irma Boom
DESIGN FIRM: Irma Boom


Mateus, Marcos, Lucas & João
Mateus, Marcos, Lucas & João
AUTHOR: Gustavo Piqueira
PUBLISHER: EDUSP
ART DIRECTOR: Gustavo Piqueira
DESIGNER: Gustavo Piqueira, Samia Jacintho
DESIGN FIRM: Casa Rex


Meno Celes (Vilniaus daiės akademija/Vilnius Academy of Arts)
Meno Celes (Vilniaus daiės akademija/Vilnius Academy of Arts)
AUTHOR: Compiled by Laima Spelskiene
PUBLISHER: Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts Publishing House
ART DIRECTOR: Ausra Lisauskiene
DESIGNER: Ausra Lisauskiene, Rima Blazyte


Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line
Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line
AUTHOR: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press
ART DIRECTOR: Derek George
DESIGNER: Derek George
DESIGN FIRM: University of Texas Press


Modern Monsters — Death and Life of Fiction
Modern Monsters — Death and Life of Fiction
AUTHOR: Anselm Franke and Brian Kuan Wood, eds.
PUBLISHER: Taipei Fine Arts Museum and Spector Books
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group


Modern Originals: At Home with MidCentury European Designers
Modern Originals: At Home with MidCentury European Designers
AUTHOR: Leslie Williamson
PUBLISHER: Rizzoli
ART DIRECTOR: Adam Brodsley / Eric Heiman
DESIGNER: Adam Brodsley / Daniel Surgeon
DESIGN FIRM: Volume Inc.


Odd Volumes<br />Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection
Odd Volumes
Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection

AUTHOR: Jock Reynolds, Pamela Franks
PUBLISHER: Yale University Art Gallery
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Sleboda
DESIGNER: Christopher Sleboda
DESIGN FIRM: Yale University Art Gallery


OfficeUS Agenda
OfficeUS Agenda
AUTHOR: Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljacki, Ashley Schafer, Michael Kubo and Amanda Reeser Lawrence
PUBLISHER: Lars Müller Publishers
ART DIRECTOR: Natasha Jen
DESIGNER: Natasha Jen, Jeffrey Waldman, Justin Chen and Oeun Kwon
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


Open
Open
AUTHOR: Jennifer Magee Stenger (Writer), Micah Buis (Managing Editor), Cheryl Pappas (Editor)
PUBLISHER: Harvard Art Museums
ART DIRECTOR: Steven Waldron
DESIGNER: Zak Jensen
DESIGN FIRM: Harvard Art Museums Design Department


PAIN
PAIN
AUTHOR: Toni Amengual
PUBLISHER: Self-published
ART DIRECTOR: Astrid Stavro and Pablo Martín
DESIGNER: Astrid Stavro and Pablo Martín
DESIGN FIRM: Atlas


Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson
Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson
AUTHOR: Daniel Yezbick
PUBLISHER: Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
DESIGNER: Tony Ong


Repetition
Repetition
AUTHOR: MAS Context
PUBLISHER: MAS Context
ART DIRECTOR: Rick Valicenti and Bud Rodecker from Thirst
DESIGNER: Nick Adam, Lauren Ayers, Jeremiah Chiu, Ross Floyd, Renata Graw, Jinhwan Kim, Jennifer Mahanay, Dan Marsden, Jason Pickleman, Scott Reinhard, Michael Renaud, Bud Rodecker, Isaac Tobin, Rick Valicenti, Katherine Walker, Beth Weaver, and Magdalena Wistuba
DESIGN FIRM: Thirst


Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art
Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art
AUTHOR: Lauren Haynes
PUBLISHER: The Studio Museum of Harlem
ART DIRECTOR: Jennifer Kinon, Bobby C. Martin Jr.
DESIGNER: Jennifer Kinon, Bobby C. Martin Jr., Michael McCaughley
DESIGN FIRM: OCD | The Original Champions of Design


Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals
Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals
AUTHOR: Linda Benedict-Jones, with contributions by Allen Ellenzweig, Marah Gubar, Adam Ryan, and Aaron Schuman
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books/Prestel Publishing and Carnegie Museum of Art
DESIGNER: Brett Yasko


The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
AUTHOR: Dan Santat
PUBLISHER: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
ART DIRECTOR: David Caplan


The Designer's Cookbook: 12 Colors, 12 Menus
The Designer's Cookbook: 12 Colors, 12 Menus
AUTHOR: Tatjana Reimann, Caro Mantke, and Tim Schober
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing
DESIGNER: Caro Mantke
DESIGN FIRM: MS Mantober


The Haas Brothers
The Haas Brothers
AUTHOR: Laura Dern, The Haas Brothers
PUBLISHER: Damiani
ART DIRECTOR: Philipp Hubert
DESIGNER: Philipp Hubert
DESIGN FIRM: Hubert & Fischer


The Last Book
The Last Book
AUTHOR: Reinier Gerritsen
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: René Put


The Open Road
The Open Road
AUTHOR: David Campany
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGN FIRM: Atelier Dyakova


The Permanent Revolution, An Ideological Screwball Comedy
The Permanent Revolution, An Ideological Screwball Comedy
AUTHOR: Pedro Reyes, Ruben Gallo, Claudio Lomnitz, Chus Martínez
PUBLISHER: Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, MoMA PS1 & Koenig Books
ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
DESIGNER: Maricris Herrera


The Thing The Book
The Thing The Book
AUTHOR: Jonn Herschend & Will Rogan
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books
ART DIRECTOR: Brett MacFadden & Scott Thorpe
DESIGNER: Brett MacFadden & Scott Thorpe
DESIGN FIRM: MacFadden & Thorpe


This = That
This = That
AUTHOR: Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin


Through the Looking Glass - Füsun Onur
Through the Looking Glass - Füsun Onur
AUTHOR: Emre Baykal
PUBLISHER: Arter, space for art
ART DIRECTOR: Esen Karol
DESIGNER: Esen Karol
DESIGN FIRM: Esen Karol Tasarım Ltd.


Type Plus
Type Plus
AUTHOR: Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook
PUBLISHER: Unit Editions
ART DIRECTOR: Tony Brook, Claudia Klat
DESIGNER: Tony Brook, Claudia Klat, Jack Grafton, Dominik Langloh
DESIGN FIRM: Spin


Una Szeemann/Bohdan Stehlik. Dann immer erst, immer erst dann.
Una Szeemann/Bohdan Stehlik. Dann immer erst, immer erst dann.
AUTHOR: Elio Schenini
PUBLISHER: Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano
ART DIRECTOR: Sidi Vanetti
DESIGNER: Sidi Vanetti
DESIGN FIRM: Sidi Vanetti





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