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A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches
A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches
AUTHOR: Tyler Kord
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter
ART DIRECTOR: Marysarah Quinn, Stephanie Huntwork
DESIGNER: Ian Dingman


Anri Sala – O momento presente (The present moment)
Anri Sala – O momento presente (The present moment)
AUTHOR: Heloisa Espada
PUBLISHER: Instituto Moreira Salles
DESIGNER: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico


Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World
Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World
AUTHOR: Nina Stritzler-Levine with Timo Riekko
PUBLISHER: Bard Graduate Center
ART DIRECTOR: Irma Boom
DESIGNER: Irma Boom and Julia Neller
DESIGN FIRM: Irma Boom Office


Avedon‘s France: Old World, New Look
Avedon‘s France: Old World, New Look
AUTHOR: Robert M. Rubin and Marianne Le Galliard
PUBLISHER: Abrams Books
ART DIRECTOR: Cornelia Blatter and Marcel Hermans
DESIGNER: Cornelia Blatter and Marcel Hermans
DESIGN FIRM: COMA Amsterdam / New York


BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago
BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago
AUTHOR: Iker Gil
PUBLISHER: MAS Context
ART DIRECTOR: Renata Graw
DESIGNER: Renata Graw, Alexa Viscius, Ansgar Kleem, and Rafael Barontini.
DESIGN FIRM: Normal


Border Cantos
Border Cantos
AUTHOR: Guillermo Galindo + Richard Misrach
PUBLISHER: Aperture Foundation
DESIGNER: Masumi Shibata


By the People: Designing a Better America
By the People: Designing a Better America
AUTHOR: Cynthia E. Smith
PUBLISHER: Cooper Hewitt
DESIGNER: Other Means
DESIGN FIRM: Other Means


Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series
Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series
AUTHOR: Carrie Mae Weems, Sarah Lewis and Adrienne Edwards
PUBLISHER: Damiani
ART DIRECTOR: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGNER: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGN FIRM: Matsumoto Incorporated


Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions
Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions
AUTHOR: Jean-Philippe Garric, editor
PUBLISHER: Bard Graduate Center and Yale University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Barbara Glauber
DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber, Kellie Konapelsky
DESIGN FIRM: Heavy Meta


Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover
Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover
AUTHOR: Edited with an Introduction by Paul Buckley, Preface by Elda Rotor
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books
DESIGNER: Paul Buckley and Matt Vee


Design for People
Design for People
AUTHOR: Scott Stowell
PUBLISHER: Metropolis Books
ART DIRECTOR: Scott Stowell
DESIGNER: Scott Stowell, Martha Kang McGill, Ryan Thacker
DESIGN FIRM: Open


Design: The Invention of Desire
Design: The Invention of Desire
AUTHOR: Jessica Helfand
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jessica Helfand
DESIGNER: Sara Jamshidi


Donald Judd Writings
Donald Judd Writings
AUTHOR: Flavin Judd and Caitlin Murray
PUBLISHER: Judd Foundation / David Zwirner Books
DESIGNER: Michael Dyer, Remake


Draplin Design Co. Pretty Much Everything
Draplin Design Co. Pretty Much Everything
AUTHOR: By Aaron James Draplin, Edited by John Gall and Sarah Massey
PUBLISHER: Abrams Books
ART DIRECTOR: John Gall
DESIGNER: Aaron James Draplin


Elephant Child
Elephant Child
AUTHOR: Camille Henrot
PUBLISHER: Inventory Press
ART DIRECTOR: Adam Michaels
DESIGNER: Project Projects
DESIGN FIRM: Project Projects


Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia
Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia
AUTHOR: Edited by Stephen Gilchrist; With essays by Stephen Gilchrist, Henry F. Skerritt, Hetti Perkins, Fred Myers, Shawn C. Rowlands, Narayan Khandekar, Georgina Rayner, and Daniel P. Kirby
PUBLISHER: Harvard Art Museums (Distributed by Yale University Press)
ART DIRECTOR: Steven Waldron
DESIGNER: Zak Jensen, Adam Sherkanowski, Becky Hunt
DESIGN FIRM: Harvard Art Museums Design Department


Explorations in Typography (2nd edition)
Explorations in Typography (2nd edition)
AUTHOR: Carolina de Bartolo with Stephen Coles and Erik Spiekermann
PUBLISHER: 101 Editions, LLC
ART DIRECTOR: Carolina de Bartolo
DESIGNER: Carolina de Bartolo
DESIGN FIRM: 101 Editions, LLC


Hamilton
Hamilton
AUTHOR: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Anne Twomey, Grand Central Publishing
DESIGN FIRM: Melcher Media / Headcase Design


House is a House is a House is a House is a House: Architectures and Collaborations of Johnston Marklee
House is a House is a House is a House is a House: Architectures and Collaborations of Johnston Marklee
AUTHOR: Reto Geiser
PUBLISHER: Birkhäuser, Basel, Switzerland
DESIGNER: Noëmi Mollet, Reto Geiser
DESIGN FIRM: MG&Co., Houston


Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venezia, OMA. Il restauro e il riuso di un monumento veneziano (Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice, OMA. Renovation and Reuse of a Landmark Building)
Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venezia, OMA. Il restauro e il riuso di un monumento veneziano (Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice, OMA. Renovation and Reuse of a Landmark Building)
AUTHOR: Francesco Dal Co, Elisabetta Molteni. With a text by Rem Koolhaas + Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli
PUBLISHER: Mondadori Electa S.p.a.
ART DIRECTOR: Paolo Tassinari
DESIGNER: Fabio Furlanis
DESIGN FIRM: Tassinari/Vetta


In the line of fire: the history of firefighting in Porec
In the line of fire: the history of firefighting in Porec
AUTHOR: Author: Elena Poropat Pustijanac; Editor: Elena Uljancic-Vekic
PUBLISHER: Publisher: Native Museum of the Porec Territory, For the Publisher: Elena Uljancic Vekic; Co-Publisher: Public Fire Brigade of the City of Poreč, For the Co-publisher: Adrijano Jugovac
ART DIRECTOR: Jelena Fiskus, Sean Poropat, Martina Sirotic
DESIGNER: Martina Sirotic, Eugen Slavik, Rajko Ban
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Sonda


Invisible Adversaries
Invisible Adversaries
AUTHOR: Lauren Cornell and Tom Eccles
PUBLISHER: Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
ART DIRECTOR: Grégory Ambos, Zak Kyes
DESIGNER: Rémi Brandon, Robin Scholz
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group


Käthe Kollwitz and the Women of the War
Käthe Kollwitz and the Women of the War
AUTHOR: Claire C. Whitner
PUBLISHER: Davis Museum at Wellesley College
ART DIRECTOR: Clif Stoltze
DESIGNER: Katherine Hugesh
DESIGN FIRM: Stoltze Design


Koya Bound
Koya Bound
AUTHOR: Craig Mod and Dan Rubin
PUBLISHER: PRE/POST
ART DIRECTOR: Craig Mod
DESIGNER: Craig Mod & Dan Rubin


Lloyd Ziff   New York/Los Angeles   Photographs: 1967-2015
Lloyd Ziff New York/Los Angeles Photographs: 1967-2015
AUTHOR: Lloyd Ziff, Introductions by Sir Harold Evans (New York), Paul Ruscha (Los Angeles)
PUBLISHER: KMW studio publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Lloyd Ziff, Kiersten Armstrong, Mike Warlow
DESIGNER: Kiersten Armstrong, Lloyd Ziff
DESIGN FIRM: Lloyd Ziff / KMW studio publishing


Lo Nunca Visto: de la pintura informalista al fotolibro de postguerra (1945-1965) [The Unseen: from Informalist Painting to the Postwar Photobook (1945-1965)]
Lo Nunca Visto: de la pintura informalista al fotolibro de postguerra (1945-1965) [The Unseen: from Informalist Painting to the Postwar Photobook (1945-1965)]
AUTHOR: Manuel Fontán and Inés Vallejo, eds.
PUBLISHER: Fundación Juan March. Editorial Arte y Ciencia
ART DIRECTOR: Guillermo Nagore
DESIGNER: Guillermo Nagore


Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun‘s habit
Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun‘s habit
AUTHOR: GraphicDesign&, Veronica Bennett and Jessie Price
PUBLISHER: GraphicDesign&
ART DIRECTOR: Lucienne Roberts
DESIGNER: Lucienne Roberts, Sarah Schrauwen, John McGill
DESIGN FIRM: LucienneRoberts+


Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only
Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only
AUTHOR: Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker
PUBLISHER: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
DESIGNER: Joseph Logan and Rachel Hudson
DESIGN FIRM: Joseph Logan Design


Me: A Compendium
Me: A Compendium
AUTHOR: Wee Society
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Robertson, Rob Alexander
DESIGNER: Rob Alexander
DESIGN FIRM: Office (visitoffice.com)


METAPHORIA II
METAPHORIA II
AUTHOR: Michael Staab, Silvia Guerra
PUBLISHER: Lab‘Bel Artistic laboratory of the Bel Group, Director Laurent Fiévet
ART DIRECTOR: Jelena Fiskus, Sean Poropat
DESIGN FIRM: Sonda


Mexico: Essays on a Myth
Mexico: Essays on a Myth
AUTHOR: María Virginia Jaua, Guillermo Paneque
PUBLISHER: Iberdrola
ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
DESIGNER: Santiago Martínez Alberú
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Herrera


Moowon Book of Stories: Vanishing Arts. Hidden Places. Singular People
Moowon Book of Stories: Vanishing Arts. Hidden Places. Singular People
AUTHOR: Mona Kim
PUBLISHER: Mona Kim Projects LLC
ART DIRECTOR: Mona Kim
DESIGN FIRM: Mona Kim Projects


Other Literature by Jorge Méndez Blake
Other Literature by Jorge Méndez Blake
AUTHOR: Ekaterina Alvarez, Sarah Demuse, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Luis Felipe Fabre, Geovana Ibarra, Brenda Lozano, Humberto Moro, Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio, Daniela Pérez, Matthew Reynolds.
PUBLISHER: Ediciones MP
ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Herrera


Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, Vol. I of V
Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, Vol. I of V
AUTHOR: Shubigi Rao
PUBLISHER: Studio Swell / Rock Paper Fire
ART DIRECTOR: Benson Chong and Felix Sng
DESIGNER: Benson Chong and Felix Sng
DESIGN FIRM: SWELL


Rauschenberg in China
Rauschenberg in China
AUTHOR: Julia Blaut, Susan Davidson, David White, Philip Tinari, Helen Hsu, Hiroko Ikegami, Felicia Chen
PUBLISHER: Koenig Books
DESIGNER: Philipp Hubert, Sebastian Fischer
DESIGN FIRM: Hubert & Fischer


Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus
Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus
AUTHOR: Foreword by Dirk Luckow and Sabine Breitwieser. Editors‘ Introduction by Ulrich Loock and Harald Falckenberg. ​Texts by Ulrich Loock, Raymond Pettibon, and Lucas Zwirner
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books / Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg
DESIGNER: Sarah Lamparter, Büro Otto Sauhaus


Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015
Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015
AUTHOR: Sharon Sadako Takeda, Kaye Durland Spilker, and Clarissa M. Esguerra
PUBLISHER: Lisa Gabrielle Mark/Los Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Books/Prestel Publishing
DESIGNER: Lorraine Wild and Xiaoqing Wang for Green Dragon Office


Seeing Things: A Kid’s Guide to Looking at Photographs
Seeing Things: A Kid’s Guide to Looking at Photographs
AUTHOR: Joel Meyerowitz
PUBLISHER: Aperture Foundation
DESIGNER: Atelier Dyakova, London


somethingtofoodabout
somethingtofoodabout
AUTHOR: Questlove and Ben Greenman
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter
ART DIRECTOR: Marysarah Quinn, Alexis Rosenzweig
DESIGNER: Rational Beauty: Jeanette Abbink, Mike Abbink Design intern: Yerang Choi
DESIGN FIRM: Rational Beauty


Sophie Calle: And So Forth
Sophie Calle: And So Forth
AUTHOR: Sophie Calle
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing
DESIGNER: Xavier Barral, Coline Aguettaz


Tea Ceremony Manual
Tea Ceremony Manual
AUTHOR: Tom Sachs, Dakin Hart
PUBLISHER: The Noguchi Museum
ART DIRECTOR: Yeju Choi
DESIGNER: Yeju Choi, Olivia Vander Tuig


The Creative Architect
The Creative Architect
AUTHOR: Pierluigi Serraino
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press
ART DIRECTOR: Brett MacFadden / Geoff Kaplan
DESIGNER: Brett MacFadden / Geoff Kaplan
DESIGN FIRM: MacFadden & Thorpe with Geoff Kaplan/General Working Group


The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer
The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer
AUTHOR: Michael Maizels and Patrick Jagoda
PUBLISHER: MIT Press
ART DIRECTOR: Clif Stoltze, Sara Williams
DESIGNER: Prin Limphongpand, Katherine Hughes
DESIGN FIRM: Stoltze Design


The Last Stop: Vanishing Rest Stops of the American Roadside
The Last Stop: Vanishing Rest Stops of the American Roadside
AUTHOR: Ryann Ford
PUBLISHER: powerHouse Books
ART DIRECTOR: DJ Stout
DESIGNER: Barrett Fry
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


The Natural Flow of Things
The Natural Flow of Things
AUTHOR: José Duarte/La Casa Encendida
PUBLISHER: La Casa Encendida
ART DIRECTOR: José Duarte
DESIGNER: José Duarte
DESIGN FIRM: José Duarte


The Wall Of The Abysm / La Pared Del Abismo. Nuria Fuster
The Wall Of The Abysm / La Pared Del Abismo. Nuria Fuster
AUTHOR: Nuria Fuster
PUBLISHER: FUNDACIÓN BOTÍN
DESIGNER: Ena Cardenal De La Nuez
DESIGN FIRM: Ena Cardenal De La Nuez


Theatre under Construction. Travelogue
Theatre under Construction. Travelogue
AUTHOR: Bolesław Stelmach
PUBLISHER: „Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre, Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin
ART DIRECTOR: Idalia Smyczyńska, Robert Zając
DESIGNER: Idalia Smyczyńska, Robert Zając, Paweł Szarzyński
DESIGN FIRM: kilku.com collective


Uptake
Uptake
AUTHOR: Uptake
PUBLISHER: Uptake
ART DIRECTOR: Eddie Opara
DESIGNER: Eddie Opara, Brankica Harvey, Pedro Mendes
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram


We Must Become Idealists or Die, Gustav Metzger
We Must Become Idealists or Die, Gustav Metzger
AUTHOR: Daniela Pérez, Gustav Metzger, Andrew Wilson, Leanne Dmyterko, Ula Dajerling, Samuel Dangel, Sören Schmeling
PUBLISHER: Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo
ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
DESIGNER: Emilio Pérez
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Herrera


William N. Copley
William N. Copley
AUTHOR: Ed. Germano Celant
PUBLISHER: Fondazione Prada with The Menil Collection
DESIGNER: Irma Boom





Observed | July 20

Been enjoying GLOW? Check out the gorgeous ladies of Japanese wrestling. [BV]

Looking back at the design of the African Writers Series. [JH]


Observed | July 19

Let children play outside. Let them make mud pies and get dirty. [BV]


Observed | July 18

15 of the best illustrations of the 2018 World Cup. [BV]

Looking for a place to visit this summer? Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum looks amazing. [BV]


Observed | July 17

Interesting: Open offices result in less collaboration among employees. [BV]

Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the world wide web, has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it. [BV]


Observed | July 13

Traveling this summer? 22 ambassadors recommend the one book to read before visiting their country. [BV]

Can cottage cheese follow Chobani’s lead and rebrand>a? to achieve the unthinkable—some curb appeal? [LS]


Observed | July 12

What’s Eating the World? The fifth issue of
Weapons of Reason, a publication with a limited run of eight issues, explores the effects of the food industry on our planet with saturated colors and infographics that any designer would appreciate. [LS]

Congratulations to Karen Hofmann, the new Provost of ArtCenter College of Design. She‘s the first woman to hold the position in the 88-year history of the College. [BV]


Observed | July 11

What is the meaning behind the Thin Blue Line flag? (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | July 09

One full hour of 1980‘s video game ads! [BV]

Women running for office are changing the campaign design landscape. [BV]


Observed | July 06

The U.S. Navy once had a concrete ice cream barge that sustained sailors on the high seas. [BV]


Observed | July 05

Addiction + rehab instilled in photographer Nan Goldin a passion for truth and desperate determination to expose the world’s underbelly in all its flawed beauty and harsh realities. [BV]

Illustrator Jean Jullien may change the definition of “dog days of summer” with her new game Dodgy Dogs. [BV]


Observed | July 03

McMansion Hell goes to Texas and you‘re invited to play along! [BV]

How design is helping people with dementia find their way around. [BV]


Observed | July 02

A belated Happy Canada Day to our Canadian readers. Celebrate with Design Canada, a new documentary film, looks at how graphic design has helped to shape Canada’s national identity. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | June 28

City Identities, a new exhibition in London, examines the process of branding cities. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | June 26

Martin Amis on many things, including why complex, long reads can‘t find an audience today. Does design play a role? Does how we read matter? [BV]

Tired of those boring UPC codes on everything? Turn them into art. [BV]


Observed | June 22

In partnership with over 30 museums and institutions from around the world, Google Arts & Culture has launched Faces of Frida, a massive collection of art, letters, essays, videos, and other artifacts about the life and work of Frida Kahlo. (via Kottke.org) [BV]


Observed | June 21

Can design help New York City go zero waste? [BV]

Despite modernism being recognised as an important architectural movement in the UK, many examples have been demolished. Here‘s an illustrated tribute to lost modernist buildings. [BV]

Today’s rainbow-colored logos reflect the joy and optimism inherent in the rainbow in a multitude of new expressions. [BV]


Observed | June 19

How punk rock changed the course of design history. [BV]

Adobe is releasing five fonts based on designs by Bauhaus figures, “lost to history”, which have been revived by German typographer Erik Spiekermann and a group of students. [BV]


Observed | June 14

The history of the 1940 Emeco 10-06 Navy Chair, made of bent aluminum, and strong enough to withstand an 8-story drop from a Chicago window. [BV]



Jobs | July 21