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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 15

Scientists haven’t tamed volcanoes but it’s wild and fun to watch them try. [BV]

Visualizing the astonishing effects of the longest government shutdown in history in 8 charts. [BV]


Observed | January 14

I almost missed this lovely explainer by Estelle Caswell on how Coltrane constructed “Giant Steps” on the circle of fifths to create “the most feared song in jazz” (feat. a cameo appearance by L. Bernstein from his 1972 Norton Lectures at Harvard) [MB]


Observed | January 11

British artist Clive Head captures the often dizzying urban environment in his multilayered oil paintings that visualize movements through space and time. [BV]

A year of United States weather. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | January 10

#TBT: Separate areas with sofas, vanities, and even writing tables used to put the “rest” in women’s restrooms. Why were these spaces built, and why did they vanish? [BV]

#TBT: The foods of provincial New Jersey in vintage postcards. [BV]


Observed | January 09

Whose peace of mind benefits when we meditate at the art museum? [BV]

This artist is making massive mosaics from to anatomical medical illustrations, stone by stone. [BV]


Observed | January 08

Already dreaming of your next vacation? From Massachusetts to Tunisia, eight famous artists‘ favorite vacation spots. [BV]

Congo Tales: A new book and collaboration that offers an opportunity to grapple with what an ethical approach to storytelling might look like. [BV]

Shipping this month: A fanzine that visualizes the history of Fugazi through their own data, created by Carni Klirs. [BV]


Observed | January 07

The periodic table is 150 – but it could have looked very different. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]

Bunkitsu: the new bookstore in Tokyo that has a cover charge (h/t Joe Freedman) [BV]


Observed | January 03

#TBT: A gallery of posters designed for Braniff airlines. [BV]


Observed | December 27

#TBT: Videographer Guy Jones edited Lumière brother’s film footage from 1890’s Paris to explore some of the everyday thrills of late 19th-century life. [BV]


Observed | December 26

WOSU’s All Sides Weekend’s Clare Roth discusses art as self-expression and curative made during and after the Holocaust; Arthur Szyk with Steven Heller. [BV]

Ah, the shimmer of aluminum metalized polyethylene terephthalate (aka glitter). [BV]


Observed | December 20

The Shanghai Soup Dumpling Index is a scientific investigation into the quality of soup dumplings in Shanghai. It applies a quantitative framework to the existing qualitative descriptors of the Shanghai soup dumpling: thin skin, plentiful soup, abundant filling, fresh meat. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]

A Christmas #TBT: aluminum Christmas trees in mid-century photographs! (via John Foster) [BV]


Observed | December 19

News you can use: Nose-breathing boosts memory, study finds. So stop and smell the roses. [BV]

A household is a miniature ecosystem with inputs, outputs and flows: one that can, and should, be designed. [BV]


Observed | December 18

Check out these rather ordinary looking portraits. They’re all fake. They weren‘t Photoshopped, but rather completely generated by artificial intelligence. None of these people actually exist. (via Steven Heller) [BV]

The Portland Trail Blazers commission local artists to design posters for each of the team’s home games. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | December 17

The Lake Victoria Challenge wants to transform mobility in Africa’s Lake Victoria region using innovative drone design to connect 30 million people. [BV]


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]



Jobs | January 16