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AUTHOR: Paul Auster
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom Creative


A Collection of Sentences
A Collection of Sentences
AUTHOR: Yuji Guo
PUBLISHER: Xinxing Publisher
DESIGN FIRM: Gild.Studio


A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
AUTHOR: Eimear McBride
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom Creative


Ad Usum To Be Used
Ad Usum To Be Used
AUTHOR: Pedro Reyes/José Luis Falconi
PUBLISHER: Harvard University Press
DESIGN FIRM: MiniSuper Studio


After the Mass-Age
After the Mass-Age
AUTHOR: Chris Riley
PUBLISHER: An^log
ART DIRECTOR: Fredrik Averin
DESIGN FIRM: Fredrik Averin


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
AUTHOR: Lewis Carroll
PUBLISHER: DERT
DESIGN FIRM: TODA


All The Dirty Parts
All The Dirty Parts
AUTHOR: Daniel Handler
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA
ART DIRECTOR: Patti Ratchford
DESIGN FIRM: Bloomsbury


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


Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980
Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980
AUTHOR: Brenda Danilowitz
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books


Being Elvis
Being Elvis
AUTHOR: Ray Connolly
PUBLISHER: Liveright
ART DIRECTOR: Steve Attardo
DESIGN FIRM: W.W. Norton


Blitzed
Blitzed
AUTHOR: Norman Ohler
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ART DIRECTOR: Michaela Sullivan


Boundless
Boundless
AUTHOR: Jillian Tamaki
PUBLISHER: Drawn & Quarterly


Brae
Brae
AUTHOR: Dan Hunter
PUBLISHER: Phaidon Press
DESIGN FIRM: Hubert & Fischer


Brian Eno Light Music
Brian Eno Light Music
AUTHOR: Brian Eno
PUBLISHER: Paul stolper Gallery
ART DIRECTOR: Ryuhei Nakadai
DESIGN FIRM: Anyhow Ltd


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


Chronicle Books: The First 50 Years
Chronicle Books: The First 50 Years
AUTHOR: Chronicle Books
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books
ART DIRECTOR: Pamela Geismar
DESIGN FIRM: Domino Design


Clarice,
Clarice,
AUTHOR: Benjamin Moser
PUBLISHER: Companhia das Letras
DESIGN FIRM: Máquina Estúdio


Cranbrook Academy of Art 2017
Cranbrook Academy of Art 2017
AUTHOR: Julie Fracker and Judy Dyki
PUBLISHER: Cranbrook Academy of Art


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


Degas, Renoir e o relógio de Orfeu (The orpheus clock: The search for my family's art treasures stolen by the nazis)
Degas, Renoir e o relógio de Orfeu (The orpheus clock: The search for my family's art treasures stolen by the nazis)
AUTHOR: Simon Goodman
PUBLISHER: José Olympio
ART DIRECTOR: Leonardo Iaccarino
DESIGN FIRM: Leonardo Iaccarino


Design Poverty
Design Poverty
AUTHOR: BA (Hons) Graphic Design Students
PUBLISHER: Typenowhere


Elefant
Elefant
AUTHOR: Martin Suter
PUBLISHER: Buechergilde Gutenberg
ART DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
DESIGN FIRM: Lowlypaper


Florentine Nights
Florentine Nights
AUTHOR: Heinrich Heine
PUBLISHER: Carambaia
ART DIRECTOR: mateus valadares
DESIGN FIRM: mateus valadares estúdio


Heating and Cooling
Heating and Cooling
AUTHOR: Beth Ann Fennelly
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu


Hope
Hope
AUTHOR: Bruketa&Zinic&Grey
PUBLISHER: Adris Foundation
ART DIRECTOR: Davor Bruketa
DESIGN FIRM: Bruketa&Zinic&Grey


How To Fix A Broken Heart and Make A Spare
How To Fix A Broken Heart and Make A Spare
AUTHOR: Tré Seals
PUBLISHER: n/a
ART DIRECTOR: Tré Seals
DESIGN FIRM: n/a


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


Jerzy
Jerzy
AUTHOR: Jerome Charyn
PUBLISHER: Bellevue Literary Press
DESIGN FIRM: Alban Fischer Design


Kape 24 h Cookbook
Kape 24 h Cookbook
AUTHOR: Sanna Pöyry
PUBLISHER: Tammi
DESIGN FIRM: Bond Creative Agency


Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things
Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things
AUTHOR: Loudon Wainwright III
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher


Literature Classics
Literature Classics
AUTHOR: Aslı Güneş
PUBLISHER: Dogan Egmont Publishing, İstanbul
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Geray Gencer


Luftwerk Solarise: A Sea of All Colors
Luftwerk Solarise: A Sea of All Colors
AUTHOR: Luftwerk / Lee Ann Norman
PUBLISHER: Luftwerk
ART DIRECTOR: Alexa Viscius
DESIGN FIRM: Normal Studio


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


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


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


Sleepy
Sleepy
AUTHOR: Hakan Bicakci
PUBLISHER: Iletisim Yayinevi


Stephen Ormandy: Only Dancing
Stephen Ormandy: Only Dancing
AUTHOR: Mark Gowing and Elliott Bryce Foulkes
PUBLISHER: Formist
DESIGN FIRM: Formist


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


The Colosseum Book
The Colosseum Book
AUTHOR: Nunzio Giustozzi
PUBLISHER: Mondadori Electa S.p.a.
ART DIRECTOR: Paolo Tassinari
DESIGN FIRM: Tassinari/Vetta


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


The Secret History
The Secret History
AUTHOR: Donna Tartt
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books
ART DIRECTOR: David Tanguy
DESIGN FIRM: Praline


The Stampographer
The Stampographer
AUTHOR: Vincent Sardon (author/artist), Lisa Pearson (editor)
PUBLISHER: Siglio
DESIGN FIRM: Siglio


The Tribe of the Esraris
The Tribe of the Esraris
AUTHOR: Ahmet Güntan
PUBLISHER: Koç University Press, Imprint
DESIGN FIRM: Kibele Yarman


The Vanishing Futurist
The Vanishing Futurist
AUTHOR: Charlotte Hobson
PUBLISHER: Faber & Faber
ART DIRECTOR: Luke Bird
DESIGN FIRM: La Boca


Twitter and Tear Gas
Twitter and Tear Gas
AUTHOR: Zeynep Tufekci
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Nancy Ovedovitz
DESIGN FIRM: Yale University Press


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


WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER
WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER
AUTHOR: TA-NEHISI COATES
PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; ONE WORLD
ART DIRECTOR: GREG MOLLICA


Writing Not Writing: Poetry, Crisis, and Responsibility
Writing Not Writing: Poetry, Crisis, and Responsibility
AUTHOR: Tom Fisher
PUBLISHER: University of Iowa Press
ART DIRECTOR: Karen Copp
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein





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