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AIGA Archives
(in matters of) Karl
(in matters of) Karl
AUTHOR: Annette Behrens
PUBLISHER: Fw:Books
DESIGNER: Hans Gremmen


A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War
A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War
AUTHOR: Written and edited by Jennifer A. Watts with contributions by Barret Oliver and Steve Roden.
PUBLISHER: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object Design Studio


Alfred A. Knopf 1915–2015
Alfred A. Knopf 1915–2015
AUTHOR: Charles McGrath (Introduction), Sonny Mehta (Foreword)
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf
ART DIRECTOR: Peter Andersen
DESIGNER: Peter Andersen
DESIGN FIRM: Alfred A. Knopf


Alintaglio. Krzysztof Tomalski
Alintaglio. Krzysztof Tomalski
AUTHOR: Aleksandra Toborowicz, Krzysztof Tomalski
PUBLISHER: Faculty of Graphic Arts, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kracow
ART DIRECTOR: Aleksandra Toborowicz
DESIGNER: Aleksandra Toborowicz, Krzysztof Tomalski


Architecture Papers Vol.3: MAKE ROOM: Afterlives of Theses
Architecture Papers Vol.3: MAKE ROOM: Afterlives of Theses
AUTHOR: HKU Architecture Papers Vol.3 Team (ed.)
PUBLISHER: MCCM Creations
ART DIRECTOR: Sam Cheng, Lam Lai Shun
DESIGNER: Serena Tse, Chen Lok Yan, Reyan Li, Cherry Fung
DESIGN FIRM: HKU Architecture Papers Vol.3 Team


Bats of the Republic
Bats of the Republic
AUTHOR: Zachary Thomas Dodson
PUBLISHER: Doubleday
ART DIRECTOR: Zachary Thomas Dodson
DESIGNER: Zachary Thomas Dodson
DESIGN FIRM: Doubleday


Blue Boy & Co.: European Art at the Huntington
Blue Boy & Co.: European Art at the Huntington
AUTHOR: Catherine Hess and Melinda McCurdy
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books • Prestel / The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
DESIGNER: Abbott Miller, Yoon-Young Chai, Jesse Kidwell, Clara Scruggs
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram, New York


Charles Atlas
Charles Atlas
AUTHOR: Stuart Comer, Douglas Crimp, Lia Gangitano, Johanna Fateman
PUBLISHER: Prestel
DESIGNER: Alice Chung
DESIGN FIRM: Omnivore, New York


Connective Tissue
Connective Tissue
AUTHOR: Alex Carswell, Sean Adams
PUBLISHER: Designmatters
ART DIRECTOR: Sean Adams
DESIGNER: Sean Adams
DESIGN FIRM: Burning Settlers Cabin


Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta
Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta
AUTHOR: Howard Oransky
PUBLISHER: Katherine E. Nash Gallery and University of California Press
ART DIRECTOR: Matthew Rezac
DESIGNER: Matthew Rezac
DESIGN FIRM: Matthew Rezac (Graphic Design)


David Leventi: Opera
David Leventi: Opera
AUTHOR: Marvin Heiferman
PUBLISHER: Damiani
ART DIRECTOR: Luke Hayman
DESIGNER: Luke Hayman, Lucia Kim, and Craig Mangum
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination
Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination
AUTHOR: Edited by Lynne Cooke and Lisa Gabrielle Mark; with Christine Y. Kim
PUBLISHER: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Books/Prestel Publishing
DESIGNER: Lorraine Wild and Xiaoqing Wang for Green Dragon Office


Don Quixote
Don Quixote
AUTHOR: Miguel de Cervantes
PUBLISHER: Visual Editions
DESIGN FIRM: Fraser Muggeridge Studio


Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns
Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns
AUTHOR: Stacey Sell and Hugo Chapman, eds.
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art and Princeton University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Wendy Schleicher
DESIGNER: Brad Ireland
DESIGN FIRM: National Gallery of Art


Eating with the eyes
Eating with the eyes
AUTHOR: Harry Pearce
PUBLISHER: Unit editions
ART DIRECTOR: Harry Pearce
DESIGNER: Harry Pearce
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram Design


Edges of the Experiment - The Making of the American Landscape
Edges of the Experiment - The Making of the American Landscape
AUTHOR: Marie-José Jongerius
PUBLISHER: Fw:Books
ART DIRECTOR: -
DESIGNER: Hans Gremmen


El Anatsui: New Worlds
El Anatsui: New Worlds
AUTHOR: Amanda Gilvin & John Stomberg, editors
PUBLISHER: Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
ART DIRECTOR: Barbara Glauber
DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber
DESIGN FIRM: Heavy Meta


Gabriel Kuri: with personal thanks to their contractual thingness
Gabriel Kuri: with personal thanks to their contractual thingness
PUBLISHER: Aspen Art Press (Aspen Art Museum)
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Aberman
DESIGNER: Michael Aberman
DESIGN FIRM: Aspen Art Museum Design


Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana
Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana
AUTHOR: Dan Michaels
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books
ART DIRECTOR: Eddie Opara and Neil Egan
DESIGNER: Eddie Opara, Brankica Harvey, and Yo-E Ryou
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


High Yield, Future Tense: Cracking the Code of Speculative Debt
High Yield, Future Tense: Cracking the Code of Speculative Debt
AUTHOR: Martin S. Fridson, CFA and Karen Sterling, Ph.D. (Editors)
PUBLISHER: New York Society of Security Analysts
ART DIRECTOR: Eddie Opara
DESIGNER: Eddie Opara, Brankica Harvey, and Yo-E Ryou
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia
Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia
AUTHOR: Andrew Blauvelt
PUBLISHER: Walker Art Center
ART DIRECTOR: Emmet Byrne
DESIGNER: Emmet Byrne, Andrew Blauvelt, Nani Albornoz, Logan Myers
DESIGN FIRM: Walker Art Center design studio


Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Long Never
Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Long Never
AUTHOR: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jonathan Safran Foer
PUBLISHER: Damiani/Matsumoto Editions
ART DIRECTOR: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGNER: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGN FIRM: Matsumoto Incorporated


International Pop
International Pop
AUTHOR: Darsie Alexander, Bartholomew Ryan, et al.
PUBLISHER: Walker Art Center
ART DIRECTOR: Emmet Byrne
DESIGNER: Andrea Hyde
DESIGN FIRM: Walker Art Center design studio


Jennifer Bartlett: Epic Systems
Jennifer Bartlett: Epic Systems
AUTHOR: Jennifer Bartlett, Barry Schwabsky
PUBLISHER: Damiani/Matsumoto Editions
ART DIRECTOR: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGNER: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGN FIRM: Matsumoto Incorporated


Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
AUTHOR: Eugenie Tsai, editor
PUBLISHER: Brooklyn Museum, DelMonico Books • Prestel
ART DIRECTOR: Barbara Glauber
DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber
DESIGN FIRM: Heavy Meta


Laying Foundations for Change: Capital Investments of The Atlantic Philanthropies
Laying Foundations for Change: Capital Investments of The Atlantic Philanthropies
AUTHOR: The Atlantic Philanthropies
PUBLISHER: The Magnum Foundation/The Atlantic Philanthropies
ART DIRECTOR: Luke Hayman
DESIGNER: Luke Hayman and Shigeto Akiyama
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation
LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation
AUTHOR: Edited by Mariana Amatullo with Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico and Andrew Shea
PUBLISHER: Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design
ART DIRECTOR: Lupi Asensio & Martin Lorenz
DESIGNER: Lupi Asensio & Martin Lorenz
DESIGN FIRM: TwoPoints.Net — Hamburg, Berlin, Barcelona


Legacy
Legacy
AUTHOR: MAS Context
PUBLISHER: MAS Context
ART DIRECTOR: Rick Valicenti and Bud Rodecker
DESIGNER: Bud Rodecker and Iker Gil
DESIGN FIRM: Thirst


Mark Garry – A New Quiet
Mark Garry – A New Quiet
AUTHOR: Mark Garry
PUBLISHER: Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
ART DIRECTOR: David Smith
DESIGNER: David Smith
DESIGN FIRM: Atelier David Smith


Matisse in the Barnes Foundation
Matisse in the Barnes Foundation
AUTHOR: Karen Butler, Claudine Grammont, Barbara A. Buckley, Jennifer Mass, and Thomas Primeau
PUBLISHER: Thames & Hudson
ART DIRECTOR: Abbott Miller
DESIGNER: Abbott Miller and Kim Walker
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


Mongrel Rapture: The Architecture of Ashton Raggatt McDougall
Mongrel Rapture: The Architecture of Ashton Raggatt McDougall
AUTHOR: Mark Raggatt, Maitiú Ward (editors)
PUBLISHER: Uro Publications
DESIGNER: Stuart Geddes and ARM Architecture
DESIGN FIRM: Stuart Geddes and ARM Architecture


Observing
Observing
AUTHOR: Liu Ming
PUBLISHER: Da Yuan Circle
ART DIRECTOR: Carolina de Bartolo
DESIGNER: Carolina de Bartolo
DESIGN FIRM: 101 Editions


On Kawara: Silence
On Kawara: Silence
AUTHOR: Jeffrey Weiss et al.
PUBLISHER: Guggenheim Museum
ART DIRECTOR: Joseph Cho & Stefanie Lew
DESIGNER: Joseph Cho & Stefanie Lew
DESIGN FIRM: Binocular Design Ltd


Phaidon Classics
Phaidon Classics
AUTHOR: VVAA
PUBLISHER: Phaidon
ART DIRECTOR: Astrid Stavro
DESIGNER: Astrid Stavro and Mark Neil Balson
DESIGN FIRM: Atlas


Platform 8: An Index of Design and Research, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Platform 8: An Index of Design and Research, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
AUTHOR: Zaneta Hong
PUBLISHER: ActarD
ART DIRECTOR: Laura Grey + Zak Jensen
DESIGNER: Alexander Louis Cassini, Mikhail Thomas Grinwald, Vi Vu


Rain,Gravity, Heat, Cold
Rain,Gravity, Heat, Cold
PUBLISHER: superkül
ART DIRECTOR: Creative Director: Vanessa Eckstein / Marta Cutler
DESIGNER: Vanessa Eckstein / Monica Herrera
DESIGN FIRM: Blok Design


Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed
Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed
PUBLISHER: Cantor Arts Center & Stanford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Barbara Glauber
DESIGNER: Kellie Konapelsky
DESIGN FIRM: Heavy Meta


Roman Vishniac Rediscovered
Roman Vishniac Rediscovered
AUTHOR: Maya Benton
PUBLISHER: ICP / Delmonico Prestel
ART DIRECTOR: Lorraine Wild
DESIGNER: Amy Fortunato
DESIGN FIRM: Green Dragon Office


Scorched Earth: Mark Bradford
Scorched Earth: Mark Bradford
AUTHOR: Connie Butler
PUBLISHER: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; distributed by DelMonico Books, an imprint of Prestel Publishing
DESIGNER: Michael Worthington
DESIGN FIRM: Counterspace, Los Angeles


The Archives of Tony Oursler
The Archives of Tony Oursler
AUTHOR: Author(s) Jordan Bear, Karen Beckman, Noam Elcott, Tom Gunning, Branden W. Joseph, Peter Lamont, Fred Nadis, Stephanie O'Rourke, Jim Steinmeyer, Christopher Turner. Edited by Tom Eccles, Maja Hoffmann, Beatrix Ruf
PUBLISHER: JRP | Ringier
ART DIRECTOR: Zak Group
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group


The Encyclopedia of Kurt Caviezel
The Encyclopedia of Kurt Caviezel
AUTHOR: Kurt Caviezel
PUBLISHER: Rorhof
ART DIRECTOR: Nicoló Degiorgis
DESIGNER: Nicoló Degiorgis, Walter Hutton


The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Museum
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Museum
AUTHOR: Kate Jarboe
PUBLISHER: AK/OK
DESIGNER: M. Wright
DESIGN FIRM: Index


The Meadow
The Meadow
AUTHOR: Barbara Bosworth
PUBLISHER: Radius Books
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey
DESIGNER: David Chickey
DESIGN FIRM: Radius Books


The Walking Society
The Walking Society
AUTHOR: VVAA
PUBLISHER: Lars Müller Publishers
ART DIRECTOR: Astrid Stavro and Pablo Martín
DESIGNER: Dani Rubio, Astrid Stavro, Pablo Martín, Maggie Adrover, Nuria Cabrera
DESIGN FIRM: Atlas


Theodore Roosevelt in the Field
Theodore Roosevelt in the Field
AUTHOR: Michael R. Canfield
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


Transart
Transart
AUTHOR: Nicoló Degiorgis and Lisa Mazza
PUBLISHER: Rorhof
ART DIRECTOR: Nicoló Degiorgis
DESIGNER: Nicoló Degiorgis


Typo 9010
Typo 9010
AUTHOR: Tomas Brousil, Petra Docekalova
PUBLISHER: BiggBoss
ART DIRECTOR: Tomas Brousil, Petra Docekalova, Zuzana Lednicka, Radek Sidun
DESIGNER: Zuzana Lednicka, Radek Sidun


Volez Voguez Voyagez
Volez Voguez Voyagez
AUTHOR: Louis Vuitton
PUBLISHER: Rizzoli
DESIGN FIRM: SpMillot, Paris


Walid Raad
Walid Raad
AUTHOR: Edited by Eva Respini
PUBLISHER: The Museum of Modern Art
DESIGNER: Adam Michaels and Grace Robinson-Leo
DESIGN FIRM: Project Projects


Wim Crouwel Modernist
Wim Crouwel Modernist
AUTHOR: Frederike Huygen
PUBLISHER: Lecturis
ART DIRECTOR: Lex Reitsma
DESIGNER: Lex Reitsma





Observed | September 10

The blobification of the American restaurant. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | September 04

Beginning with the Dada and Surrealist movements, Paris nurtured a tradition of artists, including Ernst, Tanguy, Arp, and Léger, illustrating imaginative and important books. Designers and Books explores Paris and the Artist’s Book in the 1920s and ’30s. [BV]

What‘s the point of album covers in the post-album era? Jon Caramanica and Teddy Blanks discuss. [MB]


Observed | September 03

The history of the Roman Empire, which spans hundreds of years and multiple continents, is chronicled in statues and monuments its citizens left behind. Artsy has a list of seven ancient Roman sculptures you need to know. [BV]

Over the summer, Hyperallergic interviewed dozens of art handlers about the variable conditions of their workplaces. This week, their stories of accident and injury come to light. [BV]


Observed | September 02

KCET is back with a new season of Masters of Modern Design. Season 10 kicks off with the influence of Japanese American artists and designers—Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita and Gyo Obata—in postwar American art and design. (h/t Steven Heller) [LY]


Observed | August 30

We use hurricane forecast graphics to warn people. Why do we misinterpret them so often? A marvelous explanation of misreading hurricane graphics. [BV]


Observed | August 29

When your brain won’t let you recognize people, how do you navigate the world? [BV]

Pedro Bell, the artist who created Funkadelic’s cosmic album covers, died Tuesday at 69. [BV]


Observed | August 26

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe. [BV]

Sonic branding has appliances and devices singing new tunes. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | August 23

Don‘t miss the next MITX InsideDesign event featuring Google Nest‘s Director of Design, Kate Freebairn. The event is on September 25, 8-9:30AM at Mad*Pow‘s Boston office. Get the MITX member rate on tickets using code OBSERVER. Register now [BV]


Observed | August 22

Ikea has swapped its brand typeface to Noto, a collaborative type family from Monotype and Google, after a decade of using Verdana across its visual identity. [BV]

“I’ve always had a studio in my house. I raised both of my children in my studio. I see my studio as a daily practice the way some people see yoga: it’s a sanctuary.” Jessica Helfand talks to Madame Architect. [BV]


Observed | August 19

Visual identity for Re:publica rebels against digital culture with reams of text. Fertig Design has created a visual identity for the Re:publica conference that uses lengthy passages of text and typography instead of conventional graphics to pay “homage to the written word”. [LY]

This is the world’s worst UI—and it speaks volumes about design today. The Antwerp design agency Bagaar built an impossible form for you to fill out—and it puts all your design assumptions to the test. [LY]


Observed | August 15

Roger Ballen revisits his never-before-published Woodstock photos. The internationally renowned artist was just 19 when he took his trusty Nikon to the festival. Only one was ever published—till now. [LY]

Google has a secret design library. The company’s industrial design team shares a handful of titles from its studio library, which is curated by team members. Here are 35 of its best books. [LY]

Morphosis is designing LA’s Korean American National Museum. The museum will incorporate elements of traditional Korean houses and lots of greenery. [LY]


Observed | August 14

Be water’ The Hong Kong protest mantra encourages fluidity and adaptability to any situation influences how art is designed and distributed. [LY]

London design agency OMSE has created an augmented reality campaign for cultural venue Printworks London that transforms static typography into immersive three-dimensional animations. [LY]


Observed | August 12

Why are all recreational vehicles covered in swirls and swooshes? (via James I. Bowie) [LY]


Observed | August 08

New York knows its arts organizations have a diversity problem. The city asked cultural institutions, including museums and performing arts centers, to draw up plans to make their staff and board members more diverse. [LY]

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to make circular design “the new normal” by persuading 20 million designers to help transform the global economy from a linear to a circular model. [LY]


Observed | August 07

Domino’s Pizza is locked in a legal battle over the future of web design. The pizza company has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear a three-year-old case that deals with whether Domino’s is legally required to make its websites and apps accessible to all users. [LY]


Observed | August 06

Zeyu Cai and Sibei Li win The Peoples Notre-Dame Design Competition. The competition aimed to create a new vision for the future of the iconic cathedral after the Notre Dame fire in April this year. Called Paris Heartbeat, the winning design creates a literal heartbeat for the city. [LY]

Imran Chaudhri, one of six designers who created the interface of the very first iPhone, left Apple to start his own company Humane. He now wants to use A.I., machine learning, and computer vision technology to improve our relationships with our devices. [LY]


Observed | August 05

To mark 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the United States, Baltimore Museum of Art has announced its whole year of exhibitions will be dedicated to artists who identify as female. [BV]

The Aspen Institute center devoted to Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer will open in 2022 and will have galleries and educational programs and study Bayer’s work. [BV]

“We may not have designed the systems or the community, but I do believe we have a responsibility to redesign them.” — Hugh Webber on talking to design communities all over the country. [BV]



Jobs | September 17