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AIGA Archives
"In Dialogue," Pratt GradComD Book
AUTHOR: Pratt Graduate Communications Design
PUBLISHER: Pratt Institute
ART DIRECTOR: Jennifer Bernstein, Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt GradComD / Principal, Level Design Group
DESIGNER: Jennifer Bernstein, Sarah Bradford, Kristen Myers, Eduardo Palma, Eva Surany, Robert Wilson
DESIGN FIRM: Level Design Group


All My Puny Sorrows
All My Puny Sorrows
AUTHOR: Miriam Toews
PUBLISHER: McSweeney's
ART DIRECTOR: Dan McKinley
DESIGNER: Sunra Thompson


All Our Names
All Our Names
AUTHOR: Dinaw Mengestu
PUBLISHER: Knopf
ART DIRECTOR: Peter Mendelsund
DESIGNER: Isabel Urbina Peña


Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy
AUTHOR: Jeff VanderMeer
PUBLISHER: FSG Originals
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral


Brave New World
Brave New World
AUTHOR: Aldous Huxley
PUBLISHER: Vintage UK
ART DIRECTOR: Suzanne Dean
DESIGNER: Scot Bendall, Richard Carey
DESIGN FIRM: La Boca


Can't and Won't
Can't and Won't
AUTHOR: Lydia Davis
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Charlotte Strick


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
AUTHOR: Haruki Murakami
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf
ART DIRECTOR: Chip Kidd
DESIGNER: Maggie Hinders and Chip Kidd


Décio Pignatari Collection
Décio Pignatari Collection
AUTHOR: Décio Pignatari
PUBLISHER: Ateliê Editorial
ART DIRECTOR: Gustavo Piqueira
DESIGNER: Gustavo Piqueira, Samia Jacintho
DESIGN FIRM: Casa Rex


Fifty Mice
Fifty Mice
AUTHOR: Daniel Pyne
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press | Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: Alex Merto


Friendship
Friendship
AUTHOR: Emily Gould
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Jennifer Carrow


Hiding in Plain Sight
Hiding in Plain Sight
AUTHOR: Nuruddin Farah
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Janet Hansen


HRC
HRC
AUTHOR: Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
PUBLISHER: Crown
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Christopher Brand


Infinitesimal
Infinitesimal
AUTHOR: Amir Alexander
PUBLISHER: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral
DESIGNER: Mark Melnick
DESIGN FIRM: Mark Melnick Graphic Design


Into the Grey
Into the Grey
AUTHOR: Celine Kiernan
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press
ART DIRECTOR: Chris Paul
DESIGNER: Matt Roeser


Invisible Streets
Invisible Streets
AUTHOR: Toby Ball
PUBLISHER: Overlook Press
ART DIRECTOR: Anthony Morais
DESIGNER: Anthony Morais


Little Failure
Little Failure
AUTHOR: Gary Shteyngart
PUBLISHER: Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Paolo Pepe
DESIGNER: Rodrigo Corral Design


Lost for Words
Lost for Words
AUTHOR: Edward St.Aubyn
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Jennifer Carrow


Love Me Back
Love Me Back
AUTHOR: Merritt Tierce
PUBLISHER: Doubleday
ART DIRECTOR: Emily Mahon
DESIGNER: Emily Mahon


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


Morgan Fisher: Conversations
Morgan Fisher: Conversations
PUBLISHER: Aspen Art Press (Aspen Art Museum)
DESIGNER: Rob Matthews and Grace Robinson-Leo


My Life in Middlemarch
My Life in Middlemarch
AUTHOR: Rebecca Mead
PUBLISHER: Crown
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Elena Giavaldi


New Orleans Review 39.2
New Orleans Review 39.2
AUTHOR: Edited by Mark Yakich
PUBLISHER: Loyola University New Orleans
ART DIRECTOR: Nancy Bernardo
DESIGNER: Nancy Bernardo
DESIGN FIRM: Decorative Debris


No Country
No Country
AUTHOR: Kalyan Ray
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Accordino
DESIGNER: Christopher Lin


O cão do sul [The Dog of the South]
O cão do sul [The Dog of the South]
AUTHOR: Charles Portis
PUBLISHER: Alfaguara
ART DIRECTOR:
DESIGNER: Mateus Valadares
DESIGN FIRM: Mateus Valadares


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


On Such A Full Sea
On Such A Full Sea
AUTHOR: Chang-Rae Lee
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House, Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Helen Yentus


On Such A Full Sea Limited Edition
On Such A Full Sea Limited Edition
AUTHOR: Chang-Rae Lee
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House, Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Helen Yentus and MakerBot Studios


Players First
Players First
AUTHOR: John Calipari
PUBLISHER: The Penguin Press
ART DIRECTOR: Darren Haggar
DESIGNER: Janet Hansen


Pressed for Time
Pressed for Time
AUTHOR: Judy Wajcman
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Isaac Tobin
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


Ruby
Ruby
AUTHOR: Cynthia Bond
PUBLISHER: Hogarth
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Anna Kochman


Strange Bodies
Strange Bodies
AUTHOR: Marcel Theroux
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Nayon Cho


Summer House with Swimming Pool
Summer House with Swimming Pool
AUTHOR: Herman Koch
PUBLISHER: Hogarth
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Christopher Brand


Teresa, My Love
Teresa, My Love
AUTHOR: Julia Kristeva, translated by Lorna Scott Fox
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky
DESIGNER: Jennifer Heuer


The Blazing World
The Blazing World
AUTHOR: Siri Hustvedt
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ART DIRECTOR: Jackie Seow
DESIGNER: Christopher Lin


The Emerald Light in the Air
The Emerald Light in the Air
AUTHOR: Donald Antrim
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Rodrigo Corral


The Island—Novella
The Island—Novella
AUTHOR: Josiah Titus
PUBLISHER: Self-published
ART DIRECTOR: Karl Engebretson
DESIGNER: Karl Engebretson, Nate Christopherson
DESIGN FIRM: Not Swords


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


The Martian
The Martian
AUTHOR: Andy Weir
PUBLISHER: Crown
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Brand
DESIGNER: Eric White


The Miniaturist
The Miniaturist
AUTHOR: Jessie Burton
PUBLISHER: Ecco
ART DIRECTOR: Allison Saltzman
DESIGNER: Allison Saltzman


The Photographer's Playbook
The Photographer's Playbook
AUTHOR: Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern
PUBLISHER: Aperture
DESIGNER: Jason Fulford


The Rise & Fall of Great Powers
The Rise & Fall of Great Powers
AUTHOR: Tom Rachman
PUBLISHER: Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Robbin Schiff
DESIGNER: Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
DESIGN FIRM: de Vicq design


The Vacationers
The Vacationers
AUTHOR: Emma Straub
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Janet Hansen


The Wall
The Wall
AUTHOR: H. G. Adler; Translated by Peter Filkins
PUBLISHER: Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Robbin Schiff
DESIGNER: Gabrielle Bordwin


Traces and Vestiges: Inquiries into the present
Traces and Vestiges: Inquiries into the present
AUTHOR: Tatiana Cuevas, Eduardo Abaroa, Néstor García Canclini, Susan Hiller, etc.
PUBLISHER: CIAC, A.C.
ART DIRECTOR: David Kimura and Gabriela Varela
DESIGNER: David Kimura and Gabriela Varela
DESIGN FIRM: Varela + Kimura


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


War postdigital besser? (Was postdigital better?)
War postdigital besser? (Was postdigital better?)
AUTHOR: Martin Conrads, Franziska Morlok
PUBLISHER: Revolver Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Martin Conrads, Franziska Morlok
DESIGNER: Martin Conrads, Franziska Morlok


Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers
Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers
AUTHOR: José Roca and Alejandro Martín, editors
PUBLISHER: Bard Graduate Center
ART DIRECTOR: Irma Boom
DESIGN FIRM: Irma Boom Office


Wolf in White Van
Wolf in White Van
AUTHOR: John Darnielle
PUBLISHER: FSG Books
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral
DESIGNER: Timothy Goodman
DESIGN FIRM: Timothy Goodman Design


Young God
Young God
AUTHOR: Katherine Faw Morris
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DESIGNER: Rodrigo Corral


Your Face in Mine
Your Face in Mine
AUTHOR: Jess Row
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House, Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Oliver Munday




The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | September 22

City Monitor is part of New Statesman Media Group’s innovative new data journalism division, which will provide essential business intelligence across topics such as energy, cities, banking, media, and technology, among others. Follow them here. [JH]

Nicolas Heller is helping save New York City, one Instagram post at a time. [BV]


Observed | September 21

Help support this monumental public messaging campaign promoting the patriotism of science, religion and voting from Class Action Collective. [BV]


Observed | September 17

The strange, uninspired history of Spotify’s bland logo. [BV]


Observed | September 16

Behold: Calamityware! (Via Kim Baer.) [JH]


Observed | September 01

Got a Very Serious Book to sell about the dangers of radical right-wing overreach? In book publishing, this is the summer of the Sith Lord design palette. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | August 20

Design criticism is everywhere. Why are we still looking for it? A must-read essay from Jarrett Fuller. [MB]

Goodbye mosh pits, hello “personal platforms.” A new music venue in the UK was designed for socially distant concerts. [BV]


Observed | August 18

Contactless filming: design for never leaving home. [JH]


Observed | August 17

No books were harmed in the testing of these animals. [JH]


Observed | August 14

How do activism slideshows go viral on Instagram? By co-opting popular design aesthetics from brands. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | August 13

Can you identify the city in which each picture was taken? A visual quiz. [JH]


Observed | August 06

On the power (and ephemerality) of street art. [JH]

The UX of LEGO interface panels. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | August 03

Antica is a new type family designed by Ale Paul & the Sudtipos team. [JH]


Observed | July 31

Branding a pandemic. (via Kim Baer.) [JH]


Observed | July 28

Why do these Apple ads, from a company that takes such pride in design, feature four people who are clearly not trained designers, designing? [BV]


Observed | July 27

Communicative efficiency is not the same as communicative empathy, and one of the truly gut-punching limits of social media is how poorly it corresponds to the individual experience of human grief. A primer by Jason Fields. [JH]


Observed | July 22

Futurefeed is an online space where writers, artists, and thinkers are invited to experiment + explore ideas that are important to them over an extended period of time. [JH]


Observed | July 21

Open a new window somewhere in the world. [BV]

The X-Prize Mask Challenge is looking for a face mask that is attractive, innovative, and achieves the filtration efficacy on par with a surgical mask. PS: You also have to be under 25 years old to enter. (Via Kim Baer.) [JH]


Observed | July 16

How Mexico City crowdsourced a map of its riotous informal bus system. [BV]

The atlas of surveillance. (Yes, you read that right.) [JH]


Observed | July 15

Social Matter, Social Design challenges the way we look at, think of, and interact with the social world by emphasizing the role of materiality. [JH]

When governors are graphic designers: a continuing story. [JH]


Observed | July 14

Design For America, the World Design Organization, and IBM team up to launch the COVID Design Challenge. [JH]

A national reckoning: why It is falling to individuals to become their own interim museums and archives. [JH]


Observed | July 10

Together again for the very first time, Microsoft ditches backgrounds for foregrounds—like simulated office desks. [JH]

A new, coronavirus-inspired concoction at Alinea, one of the world’s most famous restaurants, is spurring backlash online. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | July 08

A look inside the typography of the Biden campaign, by Hoefler & Co. [JH]



Jobs | September 27