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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 | March 20

From Tristram Shandy to black holes, from Coco Chanel to Johnny Cash, from Francisco Goya to Mark Rothko: Ten ways to look at the color black. [BV]

With storage spaces filled with works that may never be shown, some museums are rethinking the way they collect art, and at least one is ranking what it owns. [BV]


Observed | March 19

In response to last week’s Christcurch mosque shootings, Meena Kadri teamed up with her former Māori language teacher Te Ataahia Castorina to compile a set of Māori words + English translations celebrating unity. If you learn and share 10 Māori words this week, make it these. [BV]


Observed | March 18

Journey back to a time when serifs were Antique, sans serifs were Grotesque, and extra bold faces were Fat. [BV]

“A six-year-old could have drawn that logo!” Well, in this case, he did. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | March 15

Street art used to be the voice of the people. Now it’s the voice of advertisers. [BV]

Scientists have not kept pace with the work of discovering new species. Now, a growing number of committed hobbyists – ranging from a Belgian bus driver to a California cybersecurity expert – are out in the field, igniting a boom in documenting the world’s biodiversity. [BV]


Observed | March 14

In a week where the transportation department is facing some of its most pointed criticism, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao wants to speed the commercial adoption of untested technologies like driverless vehicles and hyperloops—without addressing the dramatic, necessary changes needed today. [BV]

In 1927, the Italian Futurist artist and designer Fortunato Depero created a monograph of his work unlike any book that had been seen before. Called Depero Futurista, or “Depero the Futurist,” it is also known as The Bolted Book, because it is famously bound together by two large industrial aluminum bolts. And you can have an exact replica! [BV]


Observed | March 13

Olympic Games sport pictograms were first introduced at the Tokyo 1964 Games, and have been a part of the games ever since. The Tokyo 2020 pictograms were designed by Masaaki Hiromura who “tried to express the dynamic beauty of the athletes through these pictograms, while respecting the legacy bequeathed by the pioneers of the Japanese design industry in their designs for the Tokyo 1964 Games.” [BV]


Observed | March 12

Our collective wisdom is perhaps one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments ... this is because people—no matter where they are, no matter from where they come—possess intrinsic curiosity, creative souls and inquiring minds. [JH]


Observed | March 11

Art powered by disability: ‘I fear being trapped in the statue of my own body, whilst my mind gazes out.’ [BV]

A grand collection of the tiniest of books — 950 of them — is now on display at the Grolier Club in New York City. [BV]


Observed | March 08

Neighborhood Golf Association, a new film from Nicolas Heller, highlights “Tiger Hood”, a NYC photographer who created a street version of golf to help pass the time while he sold his work. [BV]


Observed | March 07

Reckoning with design’s role in the production of more and more objects and more and more waste. [BV]

Net neutrality gets a power-up! [BV]


Observed | March 06

The Architecture & Design Film Festival returns to DTLA next Wednesday at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. 24 outstanding films are on the schedule. [BV]

‘A Sense of Place’ is a graphic art project that reveals how places can develop deeply felt strong identities and culture and includes an interview with the lovely Debbie Millman. [BV]


Observed | March 05

Out today from Penguin Random House: Follow This Thread. A twisting journey through the world of mazes, real and imagined, unraveling our ancient, abiding relationship with them and exploring why they continue to fascinate us. [BV]

A wildly popular mobile game allows users to decorate virtual spaces with real-life (and easily purchasable) furniture. It’s the future of advertising—but what does ‘Design Home’ say about the future of the people who play it? [BV]


Observed | March 04

The scion of a storied Amsterdam family rediscovered Rembrandt paintings that lead to an art-world feud. [BV]

Artist Katie Holten has created a New York City Tree Alphabet. (A is for Ash, B for Birch...) She’s encouraging people to download the free font and create tree messages that will be planted with live trees this spring. [BV]


Observed | February 28

A flip through Playboy France reveals experimental layouts, an innovative use of typefaces, and, a design direction that can absolutely be described as “tasteful.” It’s more about typography than titties. [BV]


Observed | February 27

Underwater photographer of the year awards announced. The winners don’t disappoint! [BV]


Observed | February 26

Saint Louis designers celebrate America’s 60th National Park through typographic focused posters. Type Hike, started by designers James Walker and David Rygiol, continue their type-focused collaborative nonprofit with their 5th installment, ARCH. Vote for your favorite poster here through March 24. (via John Foster) [BV]


Observed | February 25

An argument against modern architecture. [BV]

When the %$#@! did we start to use obscenicons? Belive it or not, as early as 1901. [BV]


Observed | February 21

Science answers the age old question: Why does a grape turns into a fireball in a microwave? [BV]


Observed | February 20

The Sunset Strip occupies a short stretch of Sunset Boulevard, but its reputation as a stomping ground of gangsters, glamour girls, rock stars and hell-raisers has held an oversized fascination for decades. Curbed LA dives deep. Part One. Part Two. [BV]

Should historic logos be protected in the same way as historic buildings? (via James I. Bowie) [BV]



Jobs | March 22