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A Manual for Cleaning Women
A Manual for Cleaning Women
AUTHOR: Lucia Berlin
PUBLISHER: Picador - Pan Macmillan
ART DIRECTOR: James Annal
DESIGNER: Justine Anweiler
DESIGN FIRM: Picador Art Department


A nakonec Vánoce
A nakonec Vánoce
AUTHOR: Petr Šabach
PUBLISHER: Paseka
ART DIRECTOR: Jan Šabach
DESIGNER: Jan Šabach
DESIGN FIRM: Code Switch


Act of God
Act of God
AUTHOR: Jill Ciment
PUBLISHER: Pantheon Books
ART DIRECTOR: Kelly Blair
DESIGNER: Janet Hansen


All the Bright Places
All the Bright Places
AUTHOR: Jennifer Niven
PUBLISHER: Random House Children's Books | Knopf
DESIGNER: Alison Impey and Lucy Kim


Anthropology's Politics
Anthropology's Politics
AUTHOR: Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein


Ball
Ball
AUTHOR: Tara Ison
PUBLISHER: Soft Skull Press
ART DIRECTOR: Kelly Winton
DESIGNER: Kelly Winton


Barbara the Slut and Other People
Barbara the Slut and Other People
AUTHOR: Lauren Holmes
PUBLISHER: Riverhead | Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Rachel Willey


Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
AUTHOR: Ellen Lupton and Andrea Lipps
PUBLISHER: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella and Pamela Horn
DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object Design Studio


Becoming a Marihuana User
Becoming a Marihuana User
AUTHOR: Howard S. Becker
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


Beneath the Surface of White Supremacy
Beneath the Surface of White Supremacy
AUTHOR: Moon-Kie Jung
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein


Between You & Me
Between You & Me
AUTHOR: Mary Norris
PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton and Company
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu
DESIGNER: Darren Haggar
DESIGN FIRM: Darren Haggar Design


Cassandre. Specimens.
Cassandre. Specimens.
AUTHOR: Pascal Béjean
PUBLISHER: Art Book Magazine Éditions
ART DIRECTOR: Pascal Béjean
DESIGNER: Pascal Béjean
DESIGN FIRM: ABM Studio


Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture
Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture
AUTHOR: Charles Waldheim, and Andrea Hansen, editors
PUBLISHER: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Hatje Cantz
DESIGNER: Siena Scarff, Cover
DESIGN FIRM: Siena Scarff Design


Conviction
Conviction
AUTHOR: Kelly Loy Gilbert
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion
ART DIRECTOR: Maria Elias
DESIGNER: Maria Elias


Debate
Debate
AUTHOR: MAS Context
PUBLISHER: MAS Context
ART DIRECTOR: Alisa Wolfson
DESIGNER: Peter Ty, Eavan Wallner, and Alisa Wolfson.
DESIGN FIRM: Leo Burnett Department of Design


Drinking In America
Drinking In America
AUTHOR: Susan Cheever
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Catherine Casalino
DESIGNER: Rex Bonomelli


F*ck Feelings
F*ck Feelings
AUTHOR: Michael I. Bennett & Sarah Bennett
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ART DIRECTOR: Jackie Seow
DESIGNER: Jason Heuer
DESIGN FIRM: Jason Heuer Design


Flaubert Postsecular
Flaubert Postsecular
AUTHOR: Barbara Vinken
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein


Gorse No. 3 & Gorse No. 4
Gorse No. 3 & Gorse No. 4
AUTHOR: Susan Tomaselli (ed)
PUBLISHER: Gorse
ART DIRECTOR: Niall McCormack
DESIGNER: Niall McCormack
DESIGN FIRM: Hi Tone Design


Graphic Designers Surveyed
Graphic Designers Surveyed
AUTHOR: Editors: Lucienne Roberts, Rebecca Wright, Jessie Price
PUBLISHER: GraphicDesign&
ART DIRECTOR: Lucienne Roberts
DESIGNER: Lucienne Roberts, John McGill, Sarah Schrauwen
DESIGN FIRM: LucienneRoberts+


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


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


Making Marie Curie
Making Marie Curie
AUTHOR: Eva Hemmungs Wirtén
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Lauren Michelle Smith
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


Mário Pedrosa
Mário Pedrosa
AUTHOR: Mário Pedrosa
PUBLISHER: Cosac Naify
ART DIRECTOR: Elaine Ramos
DESIGNER: Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Cosac Naify


Off the Radar
Off the Radar
AUTHOR: Cyrus Copeland
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press | Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: AJ Dimarucot


Once in a House on Fire
Once in a House on Fire
AUTHOR: Andrea Ashworth
PUBLISHER: Picador - Pan Macmillan
ART DIRECTOR: James Annal
DESIGNER: Justine Anweiler
DESIGN FIRM: Picador Art Department


One Day in the Life of the English Language: A Microcosmic Usage Handbook
One Day in the Life of the English Language: A Microcosmic Usage Handbook
AUTHOR: Frank L. Cioffi
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press
DESIGNER: Chris Ferrante


Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts
Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts
AUTHOR: Chip Kidd
PUBLISHER: Abrams
ART DIRECTOR: Chip Kidd
DESIGNER: Chip Kidd
DESIGN FIRM: Chip Kidddesign


Oreo
Oreo
AUTHOR: Fran Ross
PUBLISHER: New Directions
ART DIRECTOR: Erik Rieselbach
DESIGNER: Erik Carter
DESIGN FIRM: Erik Carter


Patternalia
Patternalia
AUTHOR: Jude Stewart
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA
ART DIRECTOR: Patti Ratchford
DESIGNER: Oliver Munday
DESIGN FIRM: Bloomsbury


Plays by Albert Camus Series
Plays by Albert Camus Series
AUTHOR: Albert Camus
PUBLISHER: Can
DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: LOM Creative


Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric & Civic Action
Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric & Civic Action
AUTHOR: Thomas W. Benson
PUBLISHER: Penn State University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jennifer Norton, Brad D. Norr
DESIGNER: Brad D. Norr
DESIGN FIRM: Brad Norr Design


Puddn'head Wilson | The Prince and the Pauper
Puddn'head Wilson | The Prince and the Pauper
AUTHOR: Mark Twain
PUBLISHER: Vintage
ART DIRECTOR: Megan Wilson
DESIGNER: Isabel Urbina Peña


Seline Baumgartner
Seline Baumgartner
AUTHOR: Claudia La Rocco
PUBLISHER: Edizioni Periferia
ART DIRECTOR: Philipp Hubert, Sebastian Fischer
DESIGNER: Philipp Hubert, Sebastian Fischer
DESIGN FIRM: Hubert & Fischer


Shinkichi Tajiri Universal Paradoxes
Shinkichi Tajiri Universal Paradoxes
AUTHOR: Helen Westgeest, Giotta and Ryu Tajiri
PUBLISHER: Leiden University press
ART DIRECTOR: Willem Henri Lucas
DESIGNER: Willem henri Lucas


Spring Chicken
Spring Chicken
AUTHOR: Bill Gifford
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Connor
DESIGNER: Oliver Munday


Ten Children Ms. Ming Never Had (Bayan Ming'in Hiç Olmayan 10 Çocuğu
Ten Children Ms. Ming Never Had (Bayan Ming'in Hiç Olmayan 10 Çocuğu
AUTHOR: Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
PUBLISHER: Doğan Egmont Publishing
DESIGNER: Geray Gencer
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Geray Gencer


The Asylum
The Asylum
AUTHOR: Simon Doonan
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press | Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: Spencer Kimble


The Last Word
The Last Word
AUTHOR: Hanif Kureishi
PUBLISHER: Scribner
ART DIRECTOR: Jaya Miceli
DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli


The Life and Death of Sophie Stark
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark
AUTHOR: Anna North
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press | Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: Spencer Kimble


The Race for Paris
The Race for Paris
AUTHOR: Meg Waite Clayton
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
ART DIRECTOR: Gregg Kulick
DESIGNER: Alison Forner
DESIGN FIRM: HarperCollins


The Reader / Momentum 8 Tunnel Vision / Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art
The Reader / Momentum 8 Tunnel Vision / Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art
AUTHOR: Jonatan Habib Engquist, Birta Gudjonsdottir, Stefanie Hessler, Toke Lykkeberg
PUBLISHER: Mousse Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Ariane Spanier
DESIGNER: Ariane Spanier
DESIGN FIRM: Ariane Spanier Design


The Sage of Waterloo
The Sage of Waterloo
AUTHOR: Leona Francombe
PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton and Company
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu
DESIGNER: Charlotte Strick
DESIGN FIRM: Strick & Williams


The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine
The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine
AUTHOR: Janine Vangool
PUBLISHER: UPPERCASE publishing inc
ART DIRECTOR: Janine Vangool
DESIGNER: Janine Vangool


The Woman Who Read Too Much
The Woman Who Read Too Much
AUTHOR: Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein


Uma História do Mundo (A History of the World)
Uma História do Mundo (A History of the World)
AUTHOR: Andrew Marr
PUBLISHER: Intrínseca
DESIGNER: Angelo Allevato Bottino


Unbecoming
Unbecoming
AUTHOR: Rebecca Scherm
PUBLISHER: Viking | Penguin Random House
DESIGNER: Paul Buckley


Voices in the Night
Voices in the Night
AUTHOR: Steven Millhauser
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf
ART DIRECTOR: Carol Carson
DESIGNER: Janet Hansen


What is This
What is This
AUTHOR: Tamara Shopsin
PUBLISHER: The Ice Plant
ART DIRECTOR: Tamara Shopsin
DESIGNER: Tamara Shopsin
DESIGN FIRM: Tamara Shopsin


X
X
AUTHOR: Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press
ART DIRECTOR: Chris Paul
DESIGNER: Matt Roeser




The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | January 22

Eye-watering amounts of money pour into Artificial Intelligence, and new technology empires are being forged before our eyes, but AI is a house divided by a decades-old rivalry. [BV]


Observed | January 19

“Our lives should be marked not by “comps” and metrics and filters and proofs of concept and virality but by tight circles and improvisation and adventure and lots and lots of creative waste. And not just to save ourselves, but to save each other.” [JH]


Observed | January 18

How architects write fictional architecture. [JH]

Beautiful weather rendering from Will MacNeil. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | January 14

A New European Bauhaus? [JH]


Observed | January 13

Though it was later determined to be troll-driven, design twitter went bananas this week over the new CIA rebrand. [JH]

Women either decide or strongly influence 70% of all automotive purchases yet are 73% more likely to suffer injury in a car crash, and 17% more likely to die than the average man. A design problem? [JH]


Observed | January 12

Joy, disillusion, success, failure, hiring, finances, office space—just some of the topics in All in a Day’s Work, a new animated series about being an entrepreneur from our friends at Mailchimp in collaboration with It’s Nice That. [BV]


Observed | January 11

When Pac-Man arrived in 1980, it revolutionized gaming. The original game is at the root of a rich design tradition, one that goes well beyond detailed graphics and fluid controls. [BV]

Can the story of a pandemic be told in a single headline every day? David Rainbird collected headlines about the pandemic as a way of making sense of the infodemic that was 2020. [BV]


Observed | January 05

Paul Klee’s notebooks—nearly 4,000 pages of them—are now online. [JH]


Observed | December 30

“On cream-laid paper there is no “forward” button.” New York Times book critic Dwight Garner on the lost art of paper correspondence. [JH]


Observed | December 29

Job of the week: Yale’s British Art Center is looking for a new Design Director. [JH]


Observed | December 21

Renowned Swiss Designer Armin Hoffman dies at 100. [JH]

Screw mediocrity: Scottish industrial designer Neil Ferrier weighs in on a typographic mistake that turned out to benefit his career. [JH]

“That the cover of a book — something produced with a finite shelf life — could grip us throughout such a bitter, caustic year is either a triumph of artistry or a sign that our collective alarm bells are still not ringing loudly enough.” Matt Dorfman, Art Director for the New York Times Book Review, selects his favorite covers of 2020. [JH]


Observed | December 17

How custom fonts became the ultimate corporate flex. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

First world problem of the week, or, why graphic design matters on your wine list. Behold: vinography! [JH]

Italian architect Stefano Boeri introduces prefabricated timber and fabric pavilions as Covid-19 vaccination stations in public piazzas across Italy beginning in January. (H/T Adina Karp.) [JH]


Observed | December 14

Pantone names its colors of the year for 2021. [JH]

Apparently not all architects declare. [JH]


Observed | December 11

“Royalty Now” is an ongoing art project by graphic designer Becca Saladin that reimagines queens, kings, emperors, statesmen, nobles, (and a few famous musicians, scientists and artists) as contemporary people. Follow her on Instagram. [JH]

Forest Young, Vivianne Castillo, Kelly Walters, and Dori Tunstall—among others—on the new design rules and why they matter. [JH]


Observed | December 10

Currently streaming: What Next? A virtual symposium discussing luxury as a concept and the ethical and moral questions surrounding it. [BV]


Observed | December 07

One week left to help support St. Bride’s magnificent library—and contribute to their efforts to digitize it for the rest of us. [JH]

Typography. Esports. Discuss! [JH]

Everything you ever wanted to know about a rejected Paul Rand logo for Ford Motor Company—from 1966—but were afraid to ask. (With apologies for the term “fancy-schmancy design trends” which would make Mr. Rand spin in his grave.) [JH]


Observed | December 03

Help our friends at Class Action fund their next campaign, a series of billboards in the hotly-contested state of Georgia. [JH]

Kern in hell! Announcing: Hell Vetica (via Victoria Brown). [JH]


Observed | November 30

Help our friends at Unit Editions produce a long-overdue monograph on the work of artist and designer Ed Fella. [JH]



Jobs | January 23