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A Man Lies Dreaming
A Man Lies Dreaming
AUTHOR: Lavie Tidhar
PUBLISHER: Melville House
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGNER: Rachel Willey


Brevity
Brevity
AUTHOR: David Galef
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky
DESIGNER: Vin Dang
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Alexia Galati


BSK 50
BSK 50
AUTHOR: Mark Isitt
PUBLISHER: Frank Architecture & Design
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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)
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Alison Forner
DESIGNER: Darren Haggar


How to Ruin Everything
How to Ruin Everything
AUTHOR: George Watsky
PUBLISHER: Plume
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Tony Brook
DESIGNER: Callin Mackintosh & Tommy Spitters
DESIGN FIRM: Spin


Impossible Modernism
Impossible Modernism
AUTHOR: Robert S. Lehman
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGNER: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGN FIRM: Regan Arts


Measuring Shadows
Measuring Shadows
AUTHOR: Raz Chen-Morris
PUBLISHER: Penn State University Press
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
DESIGNER: John Gall


On Directing Film
On Directing Film
AUTHOR: David Mamet
PUBLISHER: Penguin USA
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGNER: Paul Buckley, Illustrations by Eric Nyquist


Political Theatre
Political Theatre
AUTHOR: Mark Peterson
PUBLISHER: Steidl
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Nathan Putens
DESIGNER: Gregg Deal


Selva Cosmopolítica
Selva Cosmopolítica
AUTHOR: María Belén Sáez de Ibarra
PUBLISHER: Universidad Nacional de Colombia
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Rafaela Romaya
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Yehrin Tong


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
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky
DESIGNER: James Victore


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


The Children‘s Home
The Children‘s Home
AUTHOR: Charles Lambert
PUBLISHER: Scribner
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
DESIGNER: Emilio Pérez
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Herrera


What is Subjectivity?
What is Subjectivity?
AUTHOR: Jean-Paul Sartre
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing
CREATIVE+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
CREATIVE+ART DIRECTOR: Anne Twomey, Grand Central Publishing
DESIGNER: Cover and book interior designed by Michael Bierut and Aron Fay, Pentagram
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram




The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | January 22

Eye-watering amounts of money pour into Artificial Intelligence, and new technology empires are being forged before our eyes, but AI is a house divided by a decades-old rivalry. [BV]


Observed | January 19

“Our lives should be marked not by “comps” and metrics and filters and proofs of concept and virality but by tight circles and improvisation and adventure and lots and lots of creative waste. And not just to save ourselves, but to save each other.” [JH]


Observed | January 18

How architects write fictional architecture. [JH]

Beautiful weather rendering from Will MacNeil. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | January 14

A New European Bauhaus? [JH]


Observed | January 13

Though it was later determined to be troll-driven, design twitter went bananas this week over the new CIA rebrand. [JH]

Women either decide or strongly influence 70% of all automotive purchases yet are 73% more likely to suffer injury in a car crash, and 17% more likely to die than the average man. A design problem? [JH]


Observed | January 12

Joy, disillusion, success, failure, hiring, finances, office space—just some of the topics in All in a Day’s Work, a new animated series about being an entrepreneur from our friends at Mailchimp in collaboration with It’s Nice That. [BV]


Observed | January 11

When Pac-Man arrived in 1980, it revolutionized gaming. The original game is at the root of a rich design tradition, one that goes well beyond detailed graphics and fluid controls. [BV]

Can the story of a pandemic be told in a single headline every day? David Rainbird collected headlines about the pandemic as a way of making sense of the infodemic that was 2020. [BV]


Observed | January 05

Paul Klee’s notebooks—nearly 4,000 pages of them—are now online. [JH]


Observed | December 30

“On cream-laid paper there is no “forward” button.” New York Times book critic Dwight Garner on the lost art of paper correspondence. [JH]


Observed | December 29

Job of the week: Yale’s British Art Center is looking for a new Design Director. [JH]


Observed | December 21

Renowned Swiss Designer Armin Hoffman dies at 100. [JH]

Screw mediocrity: Scottish industrial designer Neil Ferrier weighs in on a typographic mistake that turned out to benefit his career. [JH]

“That the cover of a book — something produced with a finite shelf life — could grip us throughout such a bitter, caustic year is either a triumph of artistry or a sign that our collective alarm bells are still not ringing loudly enough.” Matt Dorfman, Art Director for the New York Times Book Review, selects his favorite covers of 2020. [JH]


Observed | December 17

How custom fonts became the ultimate corporate flex. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

First world problem of the week, or, why graphic design matters on your wine list. Behold: vinography! [JH]

Italian architect Stefano Boeri introduces prefabricated timber and fabric pavilions as Covid-19 vaccination stations in public piazzas across Italy beginning in January. (H/T Adina Karp.) [JH]


Observed | December 14

Pantone names its colors of the year for 2021. [JH]

Apparently not all architects declare. [JH]


Observed | December 11

“Royalty Now” is an ongoing art project by graphic designer Becca Saladin that reimagines queens, kings, emperors, statesmen, nobles, (and a few famous musicians, scientists and artists) as contemporary people. Follow her on Instagram. [JH]

Forest Young, Vivianne Castillo, Kelly Walters, and Dori Tunstall—among others—on the new design rules and why they matter. [JH]


Observed | December 10

Currently streaming: What Next? A virtual symposium discussing luxury as a concept and the ethical and moral questions surrounding it. [BV]


Observed | December 07

One week left to help support St. Bride’s magnificent library—and contribute to their efforts to digitize it for the rest of us. [JH]

Typography. Esports. Discuss! [JH]

Everything you ever wanted to know about a rejected Paul Rand logo for Ford Motor Company—from 1966—but were afraid to ask. (With apologies for the term “fancy-schmancy design trends” which would make Mr. Rand spin in his grave.) [JH]


Observed | December 03

Help our friends at Class Action fund their next campaign, a series of billboards in the hotly-contested state of Georgia. [JH]

Kern in hell! Announcing: Hell Vetica (via Victoria Brown). [JH]


Observed | November 30

Help our friends at Unit Editions produce a long-overdue monograph on the work of artist and designer Ed Fella. [JH]



Jobs | January 23