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100 Buildings
TITLE: 100 Buildings
AUTHOR: Thom Mayne & Eui-Sung Yi‎ with text by Val Warke
PUBLISHER: Rizzoli

BOOK DESIGNER: Lily Bakhshi
JACKET DESIGNER: Lily Bakhshi
DESIGN FIRM: Morphosis



3+2: Durbach Block Jaggers
TITLE: 3+2: Durbach Block Jaggers
AUTHOR: Edited by Andrew Mackenzie
PUBLISHER: Uro Publications

BOOK DESIGNER: Mark Gowing
JACKET DESIGNER: Mark Gowing
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mark Gowing
DESIGN FIRM: Formist



90 Years of The Society of Typographic Arts
TITLE: 90 Years of The Society of Typographic Arts
AUTHOR: Sharon Oiga, Guy Villa Jr, Wayne Stuetzer
PUBLISHER: CDA Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Sharon Oiga, Guy Villa Jr



A Bird of a Different Feather : A Picture Book
TITLE: A Bird of a Different Feather : A Picture Book
AUTHOR: Kyoka Izumi
PUBLISHER: Kokushokankokai Inc.

BOOK DESIGNER: Hiroki Izumiya
JACKET DESIGNER: Hiroki Izumiya
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Hiroki Izumiya
ART DIRECTOR: Hiroki Izumiya
DESIGN FIRM: iD.(Izumiya Design Office)



A Collection of Sentences
TITLE: A Collection of Sentences
AUTHOR: Yuji Guo
PUBLISHER: Xinxing Publisher

BOOK DESIGNER: Jessie Ning



A Gathering of Medieval English Manuscripts: The Takamiya Collection at the Beinecke Library
TITLE: A Gathering of Medieval English Manuscripts: The Takamiya Collection at the Beinecke Library
AUTHOR: Raymond Clemens, DianeDucharme, and Emily Ulrich
PUBLISHER: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

BOOK DESIGNER: Rebecca Martz
JACKET DESIGNER: Rebecca Martz
DESIGN FIRM: Yale University / Office of the University Printer



A New Reality: Human Values and World Population
TITLE: A New Reality: Human Values and World Population
AUTHOR: Jonas Salk and Jonathan Salk
PUBLISHER: Self Published

BOOK DESIGNER: Courtney Garvin
JACKET DESIGNER: Courtney Garvin



A way out of the mirror
TITLE: A way out of the mirror
AUTHOR: Geoffrey Farmer, Kitty Scott
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Canada / Mousse Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: Stefan Canuel
DESIGN FIRM: National Gallery of Canada



Act from Choice: Simple tools for managing your habits, your emotions and yourself, to be how you mean to be
TITLE: Act from Choice: Simple tools for managing your habits, your emotions and yourself, to be how you mean to be
AUTHOR: Robert Goldmann
PUBLISHER: Clarity Publications, LLC

BOOK DESIGNER: Pamela Trush, Delaney Designs
JACKET DESIGNER: Mary Schuck, Mary Schuck Designs



Active Matter
TITLE: Active Matter
AUTHOR: Skylar Tibbits
PUBLISHER: MIT Press

BOOK DESIGNER: E Roon Kang
JACKET DESIGNER: E Roon Kang
DESIGN FIRM: Math Practice



Admissions
TITLE: Admissions
AUTHOR: Henry Marsh
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Jonathan Bush
JACKET DESIGNER: Jonathan Bush
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Storrings
ART DIRECTOR: Jonathan Bush
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Trade Art



After Metropolis / The Architecture & Design of Powell Tuck Associates
TITLE: After Metropolis / The Architecture & Design of Powell Tuck Associates
AUTHOR: Julian Powell-Tuck
PUBLISHER: Artifice Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Michael Hodgson
JACKET DESIGNER: Michael Hodgson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Hodgson
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Hodgson
DESIGN FIRM: Phd, A Design Office



After the Mass-Age
TITLE: After the Mass-Age
AUTHOR: Chris Riley
PUBLISHER: An^log

BOOK DESIGNER: Fredrik Averin
JACKET DESIGNER: Fredrik Averin
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Fredrik Averin
ART DIRECTOR: Fredrik Averin
DESIGN FIRM: Fredrik Averin



AIA Small Project Practitioners 2016 Review
TITLE: AIA Small Project Practitioners 2016 Review
AUTHOR: Carolyn Adams for The American Institute of Architects
PUBLISHER: The American Institute of Architecture

BOOK DESIGNER: Carolyn Skaggs Chapple
JACKET DESIGNER: Carolyn Skaggs Chapple
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Carolyn Skaggs Chapple
DESIGN FIRM: Metrodesign: A Creative Studio



Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter
TITLE: Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter
AUTHOR: Brian Cotnoir
PUBLISHER: Khepri Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Lara Captan
JACKET DESIGNER: Lara Captan
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brian Cotnoir
ART DIRECTOR: Brian Cotnoir



Alice Neel, Uptown
TITLE: Alice Neel, Uptown
AUTHOR: Hilton Als
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books / Victoria Miro

BOOK DESIGNER: Laura Lindgren
JACKET DESIGNER: Laura Lindgren



Almost Missed You
TITLE: Almost Missed You
AUTHOR: Jessica Strawser
PUBLISHER: St. Martins press

BOOK DESIGNER: Daniella Fiorella
JACKET DESIGNER: Daniella Fiorella
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: MIchael Storrings
ART DIRECTOR: Daniella Fiorella
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Press



Along the Lines Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg
TITLE: Along the Lines Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg
AUTHOR: Chris Ware and Mark Pascale
PUBLISHER: The Art Institute of Chicago

BOOK DESIGNER: Cassie Tompkins
JACKET DESIGNER: Cassie Tompkins
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Cassie Tompkins
ART DIRECTOR: Cassie Tompkins
DESIGN FIRM: The Art Institute of Chicago



America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting
TITLE: America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting
AUTHOR: Yuriko Jackall et al.
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art

BOOK DESIGNER: Brad Ireland
JACKET DESIGNER: Brad Ireland
DESIGN FIRM: National Gallery of Art



American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery From Sea to Shining Sea
TITLE: American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery From Sea to Shining Sea
AUTHOR: Barton Seaver
PUBLISHER: Sterling Epicure

BOOK DESIGNER: Carrie Anne Seaver
JACKET DESIGNER: Carrie Anne Seaver
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Carrie Anne Seaver
ART DIRECTOR: Carrie Anne Seaver
DESIGN FIRM: Anemone Design



Amplified Urbanism
TITLE: Amplified Urbanism
AUTHOR: Authors various. Managing editors: Christopher James Alexander and Gloria Gerace
PUBLISHER: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

BOOK DESIGNER: Julia Luke
JACKET DESIGNER: Julia Luke
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Julia Luke
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Luke
DESIGN FIRM: Julia Luke Inc.



Analogue Photography
TITLE: Analogue Photography
AUTHOR: Andrew Bellamy / John Z. Komurki
PUBLISHER: Ars-Imago Editions

BOOK DESIGNER: Andrew Bellamy
JACKET DESIGNER: Andrew Bellamy
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Andrew Bellamy
ART DIRECTOR: Andrew Bellamy



Andy Warhol: Dark Star
TITLE: Andy Warhol: Dark Star
AUTHOR: Douglas Fogle
PUBLISHER: Museo Jumex / DelMonico Books • Prestel

DESIGN FIRM: Purtill Family Business



Angelica Mesiti: A Communion of Stranger Gestures
TITLE: Angelica Mesiti: A Communion of Stranger Gestures
AUTHOR: Talia Linz and Alexie Glass-Kantor
PUBLISHER: Schwartz City and Artspace

BOOK DESIGNER: Mark Gowing
JACKET DESIGNER: Mark Gowing
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mark Gowing
DESIGN FIRM: Formist



Ângelo de Sousa: La couleur et le grain noir des choses
TITLE: Ângelo de Sousa: La couleur et le grain noir des choses
AUTHOR: Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian – Délégation en France
PUBLISHER: Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian – Délégation en France

BOOK DESIGNER: Lizá Ramalho & Artur Rebelo
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lizá Ramalho & Artur Rebelo
ART DIRECTOR: Lizá Ramalho & Artur Rebelo
DESIGN FIRM: R2



Ann Hamilton: habitus
TITLE: Ann Hamilton: habitus
AUTHOR: Ann Hamilton, Patricia C. Phillips‎, Susan Lubowsky Talbott
PUBLISHER: Prestel

BOOK DESIGNER: Takaaki Matsumoto
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGN FIRM: Matsumoto Incorporated



Anna Bella Geiger. Physical and Human Geography
TITLE: Anna Bella Geiger. Physical and Human Geography
AUTHOR: La Casa Encendida. Curated by Estrella de Diego
PUBLISHER: La Casa Encendida

BOOK DESIGNER: José Duarte
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: José Duarte
DESIGN FIRM: José Duarte



Anne Imhof: Faust
TITLE: 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
TITLE: Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980
AUTHOR: Brenda Danilowitz
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Sarah Schrauwen
JACKET DESIGNER: Sarah Schrauwen



Armadillo World Headquarters
TITLE: Armadillo World Headquarters
AUTHOR: Eddie Wilson with Jesse Sublett
PUBLISHER: TSSI Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lindsay Starr
DESIGN FIRM: Lindsay Starr Communication & Book Design



arquitetos associados
TITLE: arquitetos associados
AUTHOR: arquitetos associados — andré luis prado, alexandre brasil, bruno santa cecília, carlos alberto maciel, paula zasnicoff cardoso
PUBLISHER: miguilim

BOOK DESIGNER: mateus valadares
JACKET DESIGNER: mateus valadares
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: mateus valadares
ART DIRECTOR: mateus valadares
DESIGN FIRM: mateus valadares estudio



Ars Botanica
TITLE: Ars Botanica
AUTHOR: Tim Taranto
PUBLISHER: Curbside Splendor Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: Alban Fischer
JACKET DESIGNER: Alban Fischer
DESIGN FIRM: Alban Fischer Design



Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World
TITLE: Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World
AUTHOR: By Alexandra Munroe with Philip Tinari, Hou Hanru. Text by Jane DeBevoise, Katherine Grube, Lu Mingjun, Stephanie H. Tung, Anthony Yung, Xiaorui Zhu-Nowell.
PUBLISHER: Guggenheim Museum Publications

BOOK DESIGNER: Miko McGinty
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lisa Naftolin



Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope
TITLE: Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope
AUTHOR: Frauke V. Josenhans. With essays by Marijeta Bozovic, Joseph Leo Koerner, and Megan R. Luke
PUBLISHER: Yale University Art Gallery

BOOK DESIGNER: Christopher Sleboda
JACKET DESIGNER: Christopher Sleboda
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Christopher Sleboda
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Sleboda



Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LA
TITLE: Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LA
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

BOOK DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
JACKET DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object



Azrieli Fellows: A Story of Drive, Excellence and Impact
TITLE: Azrieli Fellows: A Story of Drive, Excellence and Impact
AUTHOR: Benita Hansraj
PUBLISHER: Azrieli Foundation

BOOK DESIGNER: Stefan Canuel
ART DIRECTOR: Stefan Canuel
DESIGN FIRM: SC



Backpack's Pocket (Bolso de Mochila)
TITLE: Backpack's Pocket (Bolso de Mochila)
AUTHOR: Ilda Castedo
PUBLISHER: Ilda Castedo

BOOK DESIGNER: Raquel Castedo
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Raquel Castedo
ART DIRECTOR: Raquel Castedo



Bark
TITLE: Bark
AUTHOR: Georges Didi-Huberman / translated by Samuel E. Martin
PUBLISHER: Th MIT Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Erin Hasley
JACKET DESIGNER: Erin Hasley
DESIGN FIRM: The MIT Press



Basquiat: Boom for Real
TITLE: Basquiat: Boom for Real
AUTHOR: Dieter Buchhart, Eleanor Nairne, Lotte Johnson
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGN FIRM: A Practice For Everday Life



Beijing Overshoot
TITLE: Beijing Overshoot
AUTHOR: Claudia Jaguaribe
PUBLISHER: Éditions Bessard

BOOK DESIGNER: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas, Stephanie Y. Shu [design assistant]
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico



Best of Summer Yearbook
TITLE: Best of Summer Yearbook
AUTHOR: Potter
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

BOOK DESIGNER: Lise Sukhu
JACKET DESIGNER: Lise Sukhu
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marysarah Quinn
ART DIRECTOR: Danielle Deschenes



Best of the Week Crosswords Monday
TITLE: Best of the Week Crosswords Monday
AUTHOR: The New York Times
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Rob Grom
JACKET DESIGNER: Rob Grom
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Trade Art



Best of the Week Crosswords Saturday
TITLE: Best of the Week Crosswords Saturday
AUTHOR: The New York Times
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Rob Grom
JACKET DESIGNER: Rob Grom
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Trade Art



Best of the Week Crosswords Sunday
TITLE: Best of the Week Crosswords Sunday
AUTHOR: The New York Times
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Rob Grom
JACKET DESIGNER: Rob Grom
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Press



Best of the Week Crosswords Tuesday
TITLE: Best of the Week Crosswords Tuesday
AUTHOR: The New York Times
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Rob Grom
JACKET DESIGNER: Rob Grom
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Trade Art



Best of the Week Crosswords Wednesday
TITLE: Best of the Week Crosswords Wednesday
AUTHOR: The New York Times
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Rob Grom
JACKET DESIGNER: Rob Grom
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Press



Best of the Week Series: Friday Crosswords
TITLE: Best of the Week Series: Friday Crosswords
AUTHOR: The New York Times
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Rob Grom
JACKET DESIGNER: Rob Grom
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Press



Best of the Week Series: Thursday Crosswords
TITLE: Best of the Week Series: Thursday Crosswords
AUTHOR: The New York Times
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Rob Grom
JACKET DESIGNER: Rob Grom
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Trade Art



Betye Saar Still Tickin'
TITLE: Betye Saar Still Tickin'
AUTHOR: Sara Cochran / Terry Neff
PUBLISHER: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

BOOK DESIGNER: Brad Jones
JACKET DESIGNER: Brad Jones
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Peter Shikany
ART DIRECTOR: Brad Jones
DESIGN FIRM: ps:studios inc.



Bilbao
TITLE: Bilbao
AUTHOR: Iker Gil
PUBLISHER: MAS Context

BOOK DESIGNER: Mick Terán and Oskar Hernández
ART DIRECTOR: Mick Terán and Oskar Hernández
DESIGN FIRM: Meneo





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Observed | July 12

Ikea claims to have created the World’s Comfiest Font, Soffa Sans, where each letter is formed by pieces from a sofa! Free download here. [LY]

Can you imagine the cereal isle? Kellogg’s has temporarily made the packaging for its most popular cereal varieties black and white in a new partnership with Crayola. [BV]

Not over the hill: Design With Nature, Ian McHarg’s landmark book of ecological design turns 50. [LY]


Observed | July 11

Congratulations to Collins, Ad Age‘s first design agency of the year! [BV]

Our privacy crisis is a crisis of design. [JH]


Observed | July 09

A wonderful deep dive online Bauhaus exhibition from Getty Research Institute. [BV]

Featuring upside-down pages, illegible interviews, and appearances from Sonic Youth, Björk, and David Bowie, Ray Gun, 90s America’s bible of music and style, shook up US publishing in the ‘90s. [BV]


Observed | July 08

Pioneering video artist Gretchen Bender predicted our obsession with screens. [BV]


Observed | July 02

“Not having anything to do sounds terrible. I fear that more than anything else. It’s greater than the fear of death.” Anne Quito interviews Milton Glaser on his 90th birthday. [MB]

70% of graphic design students are women, yet only 11% are Creative Directors. Discuss. [JH]


Observed | July 01

What a better way to kick off July than with some new art? And what better place to get it than the 20x200 weeklong sitewide semi-annual sale? Starting tomorrow their vintage & space editions are on sale. [BV]

Congratulations to our co-founder, Jessica Helfand, and all the Fall 2019 Bogliasco Fellowship recipients! [BV]

What’s as satisfying as a good book? Seeing one made the old-fashioned way, by hand. [BV]


Observed | June 28

Matthew Carter will discuss his ambitious new Latin superfamily of serif, sans, slab, and rounded typefaces at the Katherine Small Gallery. [BV]


Observed | June 27

The enduring appeal of mustard yellow. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | June 26

Color theory explored by Peter Kraus in three jewels of book-making. [BV]


Observed | June 25

Jessica Helfand gave a poster design workshop to scientists at Yale a few years ago and was told by one that if he followed her advice, nobody would take him seriously as a scientist. Behold: the future! A graphic design revolution for scientific conference posters. [BV]

The new ghost museums of China. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | June 20

Poster House, the first museum in the US dedicated exclusively to posters, opens today! Listen here to their first audio newsletter and guide narrated by Steven Heller. [BV]


Observed | June 19

Remembering the Bantam paperback of The Greening of America with its truly relentless deployment of Bookman Swash Italic. Quintessential 70s. RIP Charles Reich, 1928-2019. [MB]

Here’s your chance to hear Debbie Millman on the other side of the mike. Recorded live on stage at the famous Design and Advertising festival in London in May, Debbie is interviewed on episode 14 of This Way Up. [BV]


Observed | June 17

The School of Visual Arts has donated nearly 100 of its beloved Subway Series posters from the past three decades to the brand new Poster Museum, opening Thursday, June 20. These, as well as all new posters created in the future, will live in the Museum’s permanent archival collection. [BV]

Can a small Italian village point the way to more livable modern cities? A conference of urbanists aims to find out. [BV]


Observed | June 14

The late William Helfand had an incredible collection of medical prints, posters, and advertising emphasized "quack" pills, potions, and snake oil cure-alls. Hear his daughter, and our co-founder Jessica Helfand pay tribute to his "quackery” obsession. [BV]


Observed | June 11

“Beer cans are officially the new record sleeve.” The rise in craft brewing has spurred a beer aisle design renaissance. [BV]


Observed | June 10

Seeking 1000 people who eat. ZOE‘s experts are marrying nutritional science with machine learning to perform the world‘s largest study of individuals‘ unique nutritional responses. Visit joinzoe.com to sign up. Read this NYTimes article to see why. [BV]

A new exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum celebrates amateur photography from 1890–1970 through the recent gift of 150 amateur photographs from St. Louis collectors John and Teenuh Foster. John Foster assembled this collection of anonymous found images over the past 20 years, some of which can be seen in his Design Observer column. [BV]


Observed | June 06

An in-depth look at an urban mall designed to revive downtown San Diego that is set to be destroyed, from Alissa Walker. [BV]


Observed | June 05

Congratulations to Susan Kare, Patricia Moore, MIT D-Lab, Tom Phifer, Tobias Frere-Jones, Tobias Frere-Jones, Derek Lam, Ivan Poupyrev, Open Style Lab and all the winners of the 2019 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards! [BV]


Observed | June 03

The first in a series of articles about the early days of the space age, in celebration of this summer’s 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing:
How NASA selected the first astronauts (and why no convicts have walked on the Moon). [BV]



Jobs | July 15