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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





Observed | April 22

Where can a teen get a poster in 2019? How does a teenager turn their bedroom into a shrine? A wonderful history of the poster and it’s meaning past, current, and future. [BV]

In honor of Earth Day, three galleries that remind us of the beauty and power of nature: the power of storms from Mitch Dobrowner, amazing landscapes from Leah Kennedy, and Earth from space by Astronaut Scott Kelly. [BV]


Observed | April 19

Spam musubi (a Hawaiian snack of canned meat served on rice and wrapped in nori) and other unintended consequences of cultural exchange. [BV]

Despite their seeming environmental unfriendliness, logos with factories and smokestacks have made a comeback in the US. [BV]


Observed | April 18

Post Typography created an unconventional participatory campaign to support the Baltimore Museum of Art‘s conversation series on art, race, social justice, and imagining the future(s) we want. [BV]

Where do you stand on the “Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale”? Why your brain hates slowpokes. [BV]


Observed | April 17

An in-depth look at how the Second World War warped the way United States mapped the world. [BV]


Observed | April 16

Joshua Dudley Greer logged 100,000 miles between 2011 and 2017, a period defined by the financial crisis and election, documenting what he saw along the U.S. Interstate Highway System. [BV]

Pete Buttigieg may be the first candidate to anticipate (and provide for!) graphic design considerations. [JH]


Observed | April 11

The toxic disinformation of social media has rendered traditional forms of humor—like satire—quaint and futile. [BV]

In a study of 26,000 people from over 100 countries, dark blue is the world’s most relaxing color, orange is the happiest, and pink is the sexiest. [BV]


Observed | April 10

Ever wondered what a black hole looks like? Scientists reveal the first picture of a black hole. [BV]

Business Insider wrote about a Twitter thread where the Vignelli Center, Michael Bierut, Jesse Reed, and Alexandra Lange chatted about the difficulty of identifying Helvetica. [BV]


Observed | April 09

Nikil Saval in The New Yorker on how “good design” failed us. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | April 05

Some Friday fun: “A log flume winds its way around a watery course and slowly climbs the lift hill. Reaching the top, it then hurtles down the slope...Splash!” But what if no one is riding? [BV]

The quest to acquire the oldest, most expensive book on the planet: unwrapping the most beautiful Gutenberg of them all. [BV]


Observed | April 04

“All submission to authority humiliates. All exercise of authority perverts.” Roger Perry‘s photos of London graffiti in a time of recession, poor housing, and urban decay. [BV]

Patagonia will no longer emblazon its products with other companies’ logos unless they commit to using their profits for the greater good. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | April 03

Lydian was created by designer and children’s book illustrator Warren Chappell in 1938, but didn’t really find its groove until after World War II when it was the font for Nancy Drew. [BV]

“When I visited for lunch, a few days ago, I found a tawny sea of tight jawlines and Goyard totes, women with blowouts as pristine as their natty Gucci loafers.” A delicious review by Helen Rosner of “the one place in Hudson Yards that feels like New York”. [MB]


Observed | April 02

The MITX DesignTech Summit is coming up next Wednesday, April 10th at the Innovation & Design Building in Boston. Join leaders from JPMorgan Chase, Automattic, Fidelity, athenahealth, Walmart & others as they discuss the business of design. (Check our twitter feed for a discount code.) [BV]

The New Yorker asked five designers, Na Kim, Alex Merto, Paul Sahre, Janet Hansen, and our very own Michael Bierut, to imagine a cover for the Mueller report when it‘s released as a book. [BV]


Observed | April 01

A young paleontologist may have discovered a record of the most significant event in the history of life on Earth: the day the dinosaurs died. [BV]

As we begin to judge the current 50 Covers entries, this collection of 100 brilliant rejected book covers caught our attention. [BV]


Observed | March 28

Hilma af Klint is celebrated as an inventor of abstract art. But she didn’t think of her work as abstract. [BV]


Observed | March 27

A new video about IDEO from Dress Code features over 30+ interviews and is a look behind the curtain at the global design firm, who for 40 years (and counting) has changed the way we think about design. [BV]


Observed | March 26

A stock photo library< created in response to much needed imagery to accompany stories about trans and non-binary people. [BV]


Observed | March 25

John Maeda’s newest design in tech report focuses less on proving design’s value and more on how design’s “seat at the table” has left designers wedged between corporate cultures, ever-changing skill sets, and constant self-reinvention. [BV]


Observed | March 20

From Tristram Shandy to black holes, from Coco Chanel to Johnny Cash, from Francisco Goya to Mark Rothko: Ten ways to look at the color black. [BV]

With storage spaces filled with works that may never be shown, some museums are rethinking the way they collect art, and at least one is ranking what it owns. [BV]



Jobs | April 22