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A Man Lies Dreaming
A Man Lies Dreaming
AUTHOR: Lavie Tidhar
PUBLISHER: Melville House
ART DIRECTOR: Marina Drukman
DESIGNER: Marina Drukman
DESIGN FIRM: Melville House Publishing


Accidence Will Happen
Accidence Will Happen
AUTHOR: Oliver Kamm
PUBLISHER: Pegasus Books
DESIGNER: Derek Thornton
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio


All the Birds in the Sky
All the Birds in the Sky
AUTHOR: Charlie Jane Anders
PUBLISHER: Tor
ART DIRECTOR: Irene Gallo
DESIGNER: Will Staehle


Angelus Trilogy
Angelus Trilogy
AUTHOR: Jon Steele
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press
DESIGNER: Jason Booher


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


Boy Erased
Boy Erased
AUTHOR: Garrard Conley
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Rachel Willey


Brevity
Brevity
AUTHOR: David Galef
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky
DESIGNER: Vin Dang


BSK 50
BSK 50
AUTHOR: Mark Isitt
PUBLISHER: Frank Architecture & Design
ART DIRECTOR: Igor Kazakov
DESIGNER: Igor Kazakov
DESIGN FIRM: Kazakoff Design


But What If We‘re Wrong
But What If We‘re Wrong
AUTHOR: Chuck Klosterman
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: Office of Paul Sahre


Chris Cran, Sincerely Yours
Chris Cran, Sincerely Yours
AUTHOR: Josee Drouin-Brisebois, Ryan Doherty, Bruce McCulloch, Nancy Tousley, William Wood
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Canada
DESIGNER: Stefan Canuel
DESIGN FIRM: National Gallery of Canada


Dada Presentism: An Essay on Art and History
Dada Presentism: An Essay on Art and History
AUTHOR: Maria Stavrinaki
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein


Database of Dreams
Database of Dreams
AUTHOR: Rebecca Lemov
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Nancy Ovedovitz
DESIGNER: Thomas Starr
DESIGN FIRM: The Cultural Construction Co.


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


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


Flamingos
Flamingos
AUTHOR: Grant Maierhofer
PUBLISHER: ITNA Press
ART DIRECTOR: Mario Dzurila
DESIGNER: Mario Dzurila
DESIGN FIRM: dzurila.com


Girl in Pieces
Girl in Pieces
AUTHOR: Kathleen Glasgow / Krista Marino
PUBLISHER: Random House Children‘s Books | Delacorte
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Impey
DESIGNER: Jen Heuer


Herb Lubalin: Typographer
Herb Lubalin: Typographer
AUTHOR: Editors: Adrian Shaughnessy & Tony Brook, Consultant Editor: Alexander Tochilovsky
PUBLISHER: Unit Editions
ART DIRECTOR: Tony Brook
DESIGNER: Rachel Dalton
DESIGN FIRM: Spin


História da Teoria da Arquitetura
História da Teoria da Arquitetura
AUTHOR: Hanno-Walter Kruft
PUBLISHER: EDUSP
ART DIRECTOR: Gustavo Piqueira
DESIGNER: Gustavo Piqueira / Samia Jacintho
DESIGN FIRM: Casa Rex


How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything
How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything
AUTHOR: Rosa Brooks
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Forner
DESIGNER: Darren Haggar


How to Ruin Everything
How to Ruin Everything
AUTHOR: George Watsky
PUBLISHER: Plume
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: Ben Denzer


Ifigênia – Diário de uma jovem que escreveu porque estava entediada
Ifigênia – Diário de uma jovem que escreveu porque estava entediada
AUTHOR: Teresa de la Parra
PUBLISHER: Editora Carambaia
DESIGNER: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico


Impact 1.0: Design magazines, journals and periodicals [1922–73]/Impact 2.0: Design magazines, journals and periodicals [1974–2016]
Impact 1.0: Design magazines, journals and periodicals [1922–73]/Impact 2.0: Design magazines, journals and periodicals [1974–2016]
AUTHOR: Editors: Tony Brook & Adrian Shaughnessy
PUBLISHER: Unit Editions
ART DIRECTOR: Tony Brook
DESIGNER: Callin Mackintosh & Tommy Spitters
DESIGN FIRM: Spin


Impossible Modernism
Impossible Modernism
AUTHOR: Robert S. Lehman
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein


Incoming: Veteran Writers on Returning Home
Incoming: Veteran Writers on Returning Home
AUTHOR: Justin Hudnall, Julia Evans, and Rolf Yngve
PUBLISHER: So Say We All
DESIGNER: Adam Vieyra


Lance Wyman: The Monograph
Lance Wyman: The Monograph
AUTHOR: Adrian Shaughnessy
PUBLISHER: Unit Editions
ART DIRECTOR: Tony Brook
DESIGNER: Callin Mackintosh
DESIGN FIRM: Spin / Unit Editions


L‘Heure Bleue or The Judy Poems
L‘Heure Bleue or The Judy Poems
AUTHOR: Elisa Gabbert
PUBLISHER: Black Ocean
DESIGNER: Abby Haddican
DESIGN FIRM: Abby Haddican Design


Manly Health and Training
Manly Health and Training
AUTHOR: Walt Whitman (author), Zachary Turpin (introduction), Kathy Huck (editor)
PUBLISHER: Regan Arts
ART DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGNER: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGN FIRM: Regan Arts


Measuring Shadows
Measuring Shadows
AUTHOR: Raz Chen-Morris
PUBLISHER: Penn State University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jennifer Norton
DESIGNER: Regina Starace
DESIGN FIRM: Penn State University Press


My Father, The Pornographer
My Father, The Pornographer
AUTHOR: Chris Offutt
PUBLISHER: Atria Books
ART DIRECTOR: Albert Tang
DESIGNER: Jamie Keenan


Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition
Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition
AUTHOR: Edmund Clark and Crofton Black
PUBLISHER: Aperture Foundation and Magnum Foundation
DESIGNER: Ben Weaver


Old Records Never Die
Old Records Never Die
AUTHOR: Eric Spitznagel
PUBLISHER: Plume
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: John Gall


On Directing Film
On Directing Film
AUTHOR: David Mamet
PUBLISHER: Penguin USA
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley, Roseanne Serra
DESIGNER: Christopher Sergio
DESIGN FIRM: Christopher Sergio Design


Penguin Galaxy Series (Dune, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Neuromancer, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Once and Future King)
Penguin Galaxy Series (Dune, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Neuromancer, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Once and Future King)
AUTHOR: Frank Herbert, Arthur C. Clarke, William Gibson, Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, T. H. White
PUBLISHER: Penguin Classics
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGNER: Alex Trochut


Penguin Orange (Twelve Years a Slave, The Broom of the System, East of Eden, White Noise, The Joy Luck Club, The Snow Leopard, One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest, The Crucible, On the Road, Ceremony, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Call of Cthulhu)
Penguin Orange (Twelve Years a Slave, The Broom of the System, East of Eden, White Noise, The Joy Luck Club, The Snow Leopard, One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest, The Crucible, On the Road, Ceremony, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Call of Cthulhu)
AUTHOR: Solonom Northup, David Foster Wallace, John Steinbeck, Don DeLillo, Amy Tan, Peter Matthiessen, Ken Kesey, Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, Leslie Marmon Silko, Shirley Jackson, H.P. Lovecraft
PUBLISHER: Penguin Classics | Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGNER: Paul Buckley, Illustrations by Eric Nyquist


Political Theatre
Political Theatre
AUTHOR: Mark Peterson
PUBLISHER: Steidl
ART DIRECTOR: Mark Peterson, Gerhard Steidl
DESIGNER: Mark Peterson, Gerhard Steidl, Bernard Fischer, David Shields
DESIGN FIRM: Steidl and R-N-R Showprint


Redskins
Redskins
AUTHOR: C. Richard King
PUBLISHER: University of Nebraska Press
ART DIRECTOR: Nathan Putens
DESIGNER: Gregg Deal


Selva Cosmopolítica
Selva Cosmopolítica
AUTHOR: María Belén Sáez de Ibarra
PUBLISHER: Universidad Nacional de Colombia
ART DIRECTOR: Nicolás Consuegra, Margarita García, Mónica Páez
DESIGNER: Nicolás Consuegra
DESIGN FIRM: Tangrama


Some Rain Must Fall and other stories
Some Rain Must Fall and other stories
AUTHOR: Michel Faber
PUBLISHER: Canongate Books
ART DIRECTOR: Rafaela Romaya


Summer House with Swimming Pool
Summer House with Swimming Pool
AUTHOR: Herman Koch
PUBLISHER: Dogan Egmont Publishing
DESIGNER: Geray Gencer
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Geray Gencer


Teenage Suicide Notes
Teenage Suicide Notes
AUTHOR: Terry Williams
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky
DESIGNER: James Victore


The Bed Moved
The Bed Moved
AUTHOR: Rebecca Schiff/Diana Miller
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf
ART DIRECTOR: Carol Devine Carson
DESIGNER: Janet Hansen


The Children‘s Home
The Children‘s Home
AUTHOR: Charles Lambert
PUBLISHER: Scribner
ART DIRECTOR: Jaya Miceli
DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli


The Essential Goethe
The Essential Goethe
AUTHOR: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Edited by Matthew Bell
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Maria Lindenfeldar
DESIGNER: Chris Ferrante


The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare
The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare
AUTHOR: Theodore Leinwand
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGNER: Matt Avery
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press


The Passion of Mademoiselle S.
The Passion of Mademoiselle S.
AUTHOR: Jean Yves Berthault
PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; SPIEGEL & GRAU
ART DIRECTOR: Paolo Pepe, Greg Mollica
DESIGNER: Gabriele Wilson


The Pelican Shakespeare (King Lear, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night‘s Dream, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night,  Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth)
The Pelican Shakespeare (King Lear, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night‘s Dream, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth)
AUTHOR: William Shakespeare
PUBLISHER: Penguin Classics
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGNER: Manuja Waldia


The Poser
The Poser
AUTHOR: Jacob Rubin
PUBLISHER: PenguinRandomHouse
DESIGNER: Will Staehle


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


What is Subjectivity?
What is Subjectivity?
AUTHOR: Jean-Paul Sartre
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom creative


Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future
Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future
AUTHOR: Joi Ito, Jeff Howe
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Anne Twomey, Grand Central Publishing
DESIGNER: Cover and book interior designed by Michael Bierut and Aron Fay, Pentagram
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram





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