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"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





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