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3NÓS3 – Intervenções urbanas
3NÓS3 – Intervenções urbanas
AUTHOR: Mario Ramiro
PUBLISHER: Ubu Editora


A New Reality: Human Values and World Population
A New Reality: Human Values and World Population
AUTHOR: Jonas Salk and Jonathan Salk
PUBLISHER: Self Published
ART DIRECTOR: Courtney Garvin
DESIGN FIRM: Son&Sons


Alison Rossiter: Expired Paper
Alison Rossiter: Expired Paper
AUTHOR: Leah Ollman
PUBLISHER: Radius Books
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey


An Album of Artists' Drawings from Qajar Iran
An Album of Artists' Drawings from Qajar Iran
AUTHOR: David J. Roxburg
PUBLISHER: Harvard Art Museums
DESIGN FIRM: Harvard Art Museums Design Department


Analogue Photography
Analogue Photography
AUTHOR: Andrew Bellamy / John Z. Komurki
PUBLISHER: Ars-Imago / Vetro Editions
ART DIRECTOR: Andrew Bellamy
DESIGN FIRM: ILOTT Vintage


Ann Hamilton: habitus
Ann Hamilton: habitus
AUTHOR: Ann Hamilton, Patricia C. Phillips‎, Susan Lubowsky Talbott
PUBLISHER: The Fabric Workshop and Museum and DelMonico Books-Prestel
DESIGN FIRM: Matsumoto Incorporated


Anne Imhof: Faust
Anne Imhof: Faust
AUTHOR: Anne Imhof/Susanne Pfeffer, German Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia
PUBLISHER: Koenig Books
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group


Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.
AUTHOR: Texts by C. Ondine Chavoya, David Evans Frantz, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Leticia Alvarado, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Simon Doonan, Colin Gunckle, Joshua Javier Gúzman, Iván A. Ramos and Richard T. Rodríguez. Edited by C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz with Macarena Gómez-Barris.
PUBLISHER: USC Libraries and DelMonico Books • Prestel
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object


Barbara Hammer Truant: Photographs, 1970 - 1979
Barbara Hammer Truant: Photographs, 1970 - 1979
AUTHOR: Barbara Hammer
PUBLISHER: Capricious
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
DESIGN FIRM: Studio LIn


Bicycle Landscape
Bicycle Landscape
AUTHOR: Yorit Kluitman / Yvonne Rijpers / Pieter Vos
PUBLISHER: nai010 publishers
DESIGN FIRM: 75B


Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?
Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?
AUTHOR: Sarah Schrauwen, Lucienne Roberts, Rebecca Wright
PUBLISHER: GraphicDesign&
DESIGN FIRM: LucienneRoberts+


Claus Porto – 130 years
Claus Porto – 130 years
AUTHOR: Andrew Howard
PUBLISHER: Ach Brito & Ca. S.A.
ART DIRECTOR: Andrew Howard
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Andrew Howard


Corpo a corpo – A disputa das imagens, da fotografia à transmissão ao vivo
Corpo a corpo – A disputa das imagens, da fotografia à transmissão ao vivo
AUTHOR: Thyago Nogueira (org.)
PUBLISHER: IMS – Instituto Moreira Salles


De best verzorgde boeken / The best Dutch book designs 2016
De best verzorgde boeken / The best Dutch book designs 2016
AUTHOR: Carolien Glazenburg (report of the judges), Vincent Bijlo (column), Marjo Janssen (text of the designers)
PUBLISHER: Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken
ART DIRECTOR: Haico Beukers and Marga Scholma
DESIGN FIRM: Beukers Scholma


Espírito de tudo
Espírito de tudo
AUTHOR: Rosângela Rennó
PUBLISHER: Cobogó
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico


Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: 50 Years of New York
Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: 50 Years of New York
AUTHOR: Editors of New York Magazine
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster
DESIGN FIRM: New York Magazine Art Department


I am nothing
I am nothing
AUTHOR: Rodrigo Hernández
PUBLISHER: BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE
ART DIRECTOR: Santiago da Silva
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Santiago da Silva


Insatiability of the Gaze
Insatiability of the Gaze
AUTHOR: Anna Królica
PUBLISHER: Centrum Sztuki Moscice / Instytut Muzyki i Tanca
ART DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert


Inventar lo posible. Manifiestos mexicanos contemporáneos
Inventar lo posible. Manifiestos mexicanos contemporáneos
AUTHOR: Luciano Concheiro (ed.)
PUBLISHER: Taurus / Pinguin Random House Grupo Editorial
ART DIRECTOR: Santiago da Silva
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Santiago da Silva


Jungjin Lee: Desert
Jungjin Lee: Desert
AUTHOR: Jungjin Lee, Robert Frank
PUBLISHER: Radius Books
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey


Lady in the Mirror. Female Art Strategies in the 1970s
Lady in the Mirror. Female Art Strategies in the 1970s
AUTHOR: Emilia Chorzępa, Magdalena Piłakowska
PUBLISHER: Fundacja 9/11 Art Space
ART DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert


Lara
Lara
AUTHOR: Anna Pasternak
PUBLISHER: Ecco/HarperCollins


LOT-EK: Objects + Operations
LOT-EK: Objects + Operations
AUTHOR: LOT-EK (Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano) with Thomas de Monchaux
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press
DESIGN FIRM: MTWTF


Michelangelo Pistoletto — The Minus Objects
Michelangelo Pistoletto — The Minus Objects
AUTHOR: Tiffany Edwards, Julia Speed, Lisa Varghese
PUBLISHER: Luhring Augustine, Delmonico Books • Prestel
DESIGN FIRM: Wax Studios


Modeling History
Modeling History
AUTHOR: Kenneth Frampton (author); James Graham (editor)
PUBLISHER: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City
DESIGN FIRM: MTWTF


Mr. und Mrs. Derdon
Mr. und Mrs. Derdon
AUTHOR: Maeve Brennan
PUBLISHER: Buechergilde Gutenberg
ART DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
DESIGN FIRM: Lowlypaper


Muriel Cooper
Muriel Cooper
AUTHOR: David Reinfurt and Robert Wiesenberger
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press
ART DIRECTOR: Yasuyo Iguchi
DESIGN FIRM: The MIT Design Department


Naoya Hatakeyama Excavating the Future CIty
Naoya Hatakeyama Excavating the Future CIty
AUTHOR: Yasufumi Nakamori
PUBLISHER: Aperture
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin


O nome do medo [The name of fear] by Rivane Neuenschwander
O nome do medo [The name of fear] by Rivane Neuenschwander
AUTHOR: Lisette Lagnado
PUBLISHER: Museu de Arte do Rio
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico


Olafur Eliasson: Pentagonal Landscapes
Olafur Eliasson: Pentagonal Landscapes
AUTHOR: Riikka Stewen, Päivi Talasmaa, Juhani Pallasmaa
PUBLISHER: EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art
ART DIRECTOR: Tony Eräpuro
DESIGN FIRM: Kuudes Helsinki


Once Upon a Time... The Western
Once Upon a Time... The Western
AUTHOR: Mary-Dailey Desmarais / Thomas Brent Smith
PUBLISHER: MMFA's Publishing Department / 5 Continents Éditions / Denver Art Museum
ART DIRECTOR: Daniel Robitaille
DESIGN FIRM: Paprika


One Last Thing
One Last Thing
AUTHOR: Jonn Herschend, Will Rogan, Heather Fisk, K.r.m. Mooney
PUBLISHER: THE THING
DESIGN FIRM: MacFadden & Thorpe


Our daily lives have to be a satisfaction in themselves
Our daily lives have to be a satisfaction in themselves
AUTHOR: Selma Miriam and Noel Furie / edited by Emily Larned
PUBLISHER: Alder & Frankia
ART DIRECTOR: Emily Larned
DESIGN FIRM: N/A


Pipilotti Rist Sip My Ocean
Pipilotti Rist Sip My Ocean
AUTHOR: Natasha Bullock
PUBLISHER: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Torcutti
DESIGN FIRM: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia


Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco
Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco
AUTHOR: Texts by Rebecca McGrew,Terri Geis, Mary K. Coffey, Daniel Garza Usabiaga, and Benjamin Kersten. Edited by Rebecca McGrew and Terri Geis.
PUBLISHER: Pomona College Museum of Art in association with Getty Publications
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object


Red Flower, The Women of Okinawa
Red Flower, The Women of Okinawa
AUTHOR: Mao Ishikawa
PUBLISHER: Session Press
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin


Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
AUTHOR: Andrew Bolton
PUBLISHER: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
DESIGN FIRM: Baron & Baron


School of Visual Arts Senior Library 2016
School of Visual Arts Senior Library 2016
AUTHOR: School of Visual Arts
PUBLISHER: School of Visual Arts
ART DIRECTOR: Regina Puno
DESIGN FIRM: Hinterland


Slavs and Tatars
Slavs and Tatars
AUTHOR: Pablo Larios
PUBLISHER: Koenig Books, London
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Heimann, Hendrik Schwantes
DESIGN FIRM: Heimann + Schwantes


Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973—1981
Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973—1981
AUTHOR: Stephen Shore
PUBLISHER: Aperture


Talk Listen Door
Talk Listen Door
AUTHOR: The Design Office
PUBLISHER: The Design Office
DESIGN FIRM: The Design Office


That Way to the Left
That Way to the Left
AUTHOR: Miriam Brack
PUBLISHER: Miriam Brack
ART DIRECTOR: Miriam Brack


The Many Lives of Erik Kessels
The Many Lives of Erik Kessels
AUTHOR: Erik Kessels
PUBLISHER: Aperture/CAMERA
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lidderdale


The series of albums celebrating the centenary of the avant-garde in Poland
The series of albums celebrating the centenary of the avant-garde in Poland
AUTHOR: Aleksandra Jach, Przemysław Strożek, Andrij Bojarov, Paweł Polit, Karolina Szymaniak, Katarzyna Słoboda, Paulina Kurc-Maj, Anna Saciuk-Gąsowska, Natasha Ginwala, Daniel Muzyczuk
PUBLISHER: Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi
ART DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert


The Visual History of Type
The Visual History of Type
AUTHOR: Paul McNeil
PUBLISHER: Laurence King Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Paul McNeil
DESIGN FIRM: MuirMcNeil


Total Destruction of the National Museum of Anthropology
Total Destruction of the National Museum of Anthropology
AUTHOR: Eduardo Abaroa/Jennifer Burris
PUBLISHER: Athénée Press
DESIGN FIRM: MiniSuper Studio


Unsettled
Unsettled
AUTHOR: JoAnne Northrup
PUBLISHER: Hirmer Verlag
DESIGN FIRM: Brad Bartlett Design, LA


William Morris y compañía: el movimiento Arts & Crafts en Gran Bretaña
William Morris y compañía: el movimiento Arts & Crafts en Gran Bretaña
AUTHOR: Manuel Fontán del Junco & María Zozaya Álvarez, Eds.
PUBLISHER: Fundación Juan March & Museo Nacional d'Art de Catalunya


With All the Precision Possible
With All the Precision Possible
AUTHOR: André-Jacob Roubo / Donald C. Williams, ed.
PUBLISHER: Lost Art Press
ART DIRECTOR: Wesley B. Tanner
DESIGN FIRM: Passim Editions


WORKac: We'll Get There When We Cross That Bridge
WORKac: We'll Get There When We Cross That Bridge
AUTHOR: Amale Andraos, Dan Wood
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press
DESIGN FIRM: Neil Donnelly Studio





Observed | February 19

My new favourite part of Twitter is Josh Lipnik’s tours of the modern architecture of the US midwest. Here he looks at the modern architecture of Columbus, Ohio—houses, schools, churches, banks, and even a cool Space Age horse racing track. [MB]

The authoritative, totally not subjective, incontrovertibly definitive and 100% correct L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings. [BV]


Observed | February 14

Welcome to 2019. If you value your privacy, don’t get your Valentine an internet-connected sex toy. [BV]


Observed | February 13

Places Journal’s ongoing series “Future Archive” republishes significant 20th-century texts introduced by a prominent scholar. This installment features J.B. Jackson’s 1976 essay on the American garage from Landscape. [BV]

Can multigenerational home-sharing solve LA’s affordability crisis? Alissa Walker explores what it might mean to age in place in LA. [BV]


Observed | February 12

Cubicles are back, and we have open plan offices to thank. [BV]

As emoji become more detailed in their design, they become less useful for communication. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | February 11

#Longread: The Five Families of Feces—the porta-potty business is as dirty as you’d think. [BV]

The world’s watersheds, mapped in gorgeous detail by Hungarian cartographer Robert Szucs. [BV]

Photography writes with light, but not everything wants to be seen. [JH]


Observed | February 07

Are we heading towards extreme overpopulation or a decline in humans? Questioning the UN population model. [BV]


Observed | February 06

What if everything you knew about the history of pizza in America was false? [BV]

A special class of vivid, textural words defy linguistic theory: could ‘ideophones’ unlock the secrets of humans’ first utterances? [BV]

Social media has spawned a generation of un-Strunk-and-White-ified people who appear to believe that punctuation is optional, that grammar is for the elderly, and that ending a sentence with a period is a deliberate act of aggression. The guardian of grammar, Benjamin Dreyer, wants that to change. [BV]


Observed | February 05

Innovative interaction design helps Chinese families stay emotionally connected through the Chinese New Year while being geographically scattered. [BV]


Observed | February 04

Was architecture better under socialism? [BV]

Ganbreeder is an experiment using breeding and sharing to explore complex visual spaces. Or, Ganbreeder is a crazy app where you can merge things like a parakeet with a bubble. 17024009+ images and counting. [BV]


Observed | January 31

Saturday Night Live’s cue cards are still created by hand. And they pay attention to whitespace to make sure the cards are readable from a distance! [BV]

In 2014, microbiologists began a 500-year-long science experiment assuming that science—or some version of it—will still exist in 2514. [BV]


Observed | January 30

The World’s Writing Systems allows you to interact with the 292 currently-known writing systems as they are encoded in the Unicode standard. [BV]

A growing crowd-sourced gallery of crazy mass transit fabric patterns. [BV]


Observed | January 29

For six amazing years—from 2006 to 2012—I led the design advisory group on the Citizen‘s Stamp Advisory Committee, with a terrific group of people from all across the country. What a delight to talk about it! [JH]

The 52-year history of the Yale Building project: pushing architecture students out of their studios and into communities they can positively affect. (Support The Yale Herald‘s Kickstarter!) [BV]

Emily Gosling on the magical, imperfect grids of Anni Albers. [MB]


Observed | January 28

The Letterform Archive opened it’s doors in 2015. In 2019 they are opening their virtual doors to a curated collection of over 50,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design, spanning thousands of years of history. [BV]

How does one judge the historic 50 Books | 50 Covers competition? Our jury chair, and Design Observer co-founder, Jessica Helfand talks to The Monocle Weekly. [BV]


Observed | January 24

A talk with Olivier Kugler about his most recent book, “Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters With Syrian Refugees”: a first hand record of the tragic souls who have been forced to leave their homeland and the disappointments, frustrations, and deprivations they’ve experienced as they attempt to make new lives. [BV]

Who owns collusion? In a case that’s a “Russian nesting doll of stupidity,” EFF’s Daniel Nazer defends against an unlikely trademark claim. [MB]

#TBT: 50 years of pizza coverage from the New York Times. [BV]


Observed | January 23

The understudied linguistic science of last words: what people actually say before they die. [BV]



Jobs | February 20