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Slavs and Tatars
TITLE: Slavs and Tatars
AUTHOR: Pablo Larios
PUBLISHER: Koenig Books, London

BOOK DESIGNER: Michael Heimann, Hendrik Schwantes
JACKET DESIGNER: Michael Heimann, Hendrik Schwantes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Heimann, Hendrik Schwantes
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Heimann, Hendrik Schwantes
DESIGN FIRM: Heimann + Schwantes Berlin



Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas
TITLE: Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas
AUTHOR: Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye
PUBLISHER: Yale University Art Gallery

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



SOUPERgreen!—Souped Up Green Architecture
TITLE: SOUPERgreen!—Souped Up Green Architecture
AUTHOR: Doug Jackson
PUBLISHER: Actar Publishers

BOOK DESIGNER: Doug Jackson
JACKET DESIGNER: Doug Jackson



Spirit Boxing
TITLE: Spirit Boxing
AUTHOR: Afaa Michael Weaver
PUBLISHER: University of Pittsburgh Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Wolfe
JACKET DESIGNER: Alex Wolfe



Spirit of Place
TITLE: Spirit of Place
AUTHOR: Oppenheim Architecture
PUBLISHER: Tra Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: Raul Lira, Andres Toledo
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ilona Oppenheim
ART DIRECTOR: Raul Lira
DESIGN FIRM: Ilona Creative Studio



Stefan G. Bucher's LetterHeads : An Eccentric Alphabet
TITLE: Stefan G. Bucher's LetterHeads : An Eccentric Alphabet
AUTHOR: Stefan G. Bucher
PUBLISHER: Unnamed Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Stefan G. Bucher
DESIGN FIRM: 344 Design LLC



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

BOOK DESIGNER: Elliott Bryce Foulkes
JACKET DESIGNER: Elliott Bryce Foulkes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mark Gowing
DESIGN FIRM: Formist



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

BOOK DESIGNER: Murray & Sorrell FUEL
JACKET DESIGNER: Murray & Sorrell FUEL
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lesley A. Martin



Subcritical Tests
TITLE: Subcritical Tests
AUTHOR: Ailbhe Darcy and SJ Fowler
PUBLISHER: Gorse Editions

BOOK DESIGNER: Niall McCormack / Susan Tomaselli
JACKET DESIGNER: Niall McCormack
ART DIRECTOR: Niall McCormack
DESIGN FIRM: Niall McCormack



SuperDesign
TITLE: SuperDesign
AUTHOR: Maria Cristina Didero, Evan Snyderman, Alan Rapp, Lily Kane
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Jeanette Abbink
JACKET DESIGNER: Jeanette Abbink
DESIGN FIRM: Rational Beauty



Supima: World's Finest Cottons
TITLE: Supima: World's Finest Cottons
AUTHOR: Fern Mallis (Author),‎ Nick Remsen (Author),‎ Paula Wallace (Author), Loren Olson (Editor)
PUBLISHER: Rizzoli

BOOK DESIGNER: Steven Sarkozy
JACKET DESIGNER: Steven Sarkozy
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Stella Pak, Gio Chiappetta
ART DIRECTOR: Steven Sarkozy
DESIGN FIRM: Stella Giovanni



Sur les Chevaux Orientaux et Provenant des Races Orientales
TITLE: Sur les Chevaux Orientaux et Provenant des Races Orientales
AUTHOR: prof. Tadeusz Majda
PUBLISHER: National Library in Warsaw, Poland

BOOK DESIGNER: Aleksandra Toborowicz
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Aleksandra Toborowicz
ART DIRECTOR: Aleksandra Toborowicz



Swiss Sensibility: The Culture of Architecture in Switzerland
TITLE: Swiss Sensibility: The Culture of Architecture in Switzerland
AUTHOR: Anna Roos
PUBLISHER: Birkhäuser

BOOK DESIGNER: Res Eichenberger
DESIGN FIRM: Res Eichenberger Design



Tartine All Day
TITLE: Tartine All Day
AUTHOR: Elisabeth Prueitt
PUBLISHER: Ten Speed Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Juliette Cezzar
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Juliette Cezzar



Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail
TITLE: Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail
AUTHOR: Jarrett Earnest, Lucas Zwirner
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Mike Dyer
JACKET DESIGNER: Mike Dyer
DESIGN FIRM: Remake



Ten Principles for Good Design: Dieter Rams
TITLE: Ten Principles for Good Design: Dieter Rams
AUTHOR: Edited by Cees W. de Jong
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGN FIRM: Cees W. de Jong, VK Projects, Naarden & Asher Hazelaar, Puls ontwerp, Ermelo



Tension & Conflict - Art in video after 2008
TITLE: Tension & Conflict - Art in video after 2008
AUTHOR: Pedro Gadanho; Luísa Santos / MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
PUBLISHER: EDP Foundation

BOOK DESIGNER: João Bicker
JACKET DESIGNER: João Bicker
DESIGN FIRM: FBA.



Teresita Fernández: Wayfinding
TITLE: Teresita Fernández: Wayfinding
AUTHOR: Edited by Denise Markonish
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books • Prestel

DESIGN FIRM: Miko McGinty and Rita Jules



That Way to the Left
TITLE: That Way to the Left
AUTHOR: Miriam Brack
PUBLISHER: Miriam Brack

BOOK DESIGNER: Miriam Brack
JACKET DESIGNER: Miriam Brack
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Miriam Brack
ART DIRECTOR: Miriam Brack



The 10 Letters Project
TITLE: The 10 Letters Project
AUTHOR: Jason Lin, Adeline Ang
PUBLISHER: Boose Studio

BOOK DESIGNER: Jason Lin, Adeline Ang
JACKET DESIGNER: Jason Lin, Adeline Ang
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jason Lin
DESIGN FIRM: Boose Studio



The Aeneid
TITLE: The Aeneid
AUTHOR: Virgil
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Matt Avery
JACKET DESIGNER: Matt Avery
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press



The American Idea of Home: Conversations about Architecture and Design
TITLE: The American Idea of Home: Conversations about Architecture and Design
AUTHOR: Bernard Friedman
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr
JACKET DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr



The Avant-garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy
TITLE: The Avant-garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy
AUTHOR: Alison M. Gingeras
PUBLISHER: Blum & Poe and Delmonico Books Prestel

BOOK DESIGNER: Marina Mills Kitchen
ART DIRECTOR: Lorraine Wild
DESIGN FIRM: Green Dragon Office



The Banda Islands: Hidden Histories and Miracles of Nature
TITLE: The Banda Islands: Hidden Histories and Miracles of Nature
AUTHOR: Jan Russell
PUBLISHER: Kabar Media

BOOK DESIGNER: Novita Angka
JACKET DESIGNER: Novita Angka
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Avi Hazuria
ART DIRECTOR: Yasser Rizky
DESIGN FIRM: Kabar Media



The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists
TITLE: The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists
AUTHOR: Matthew Israel
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGN FIRM: MGMT. Design



The Blue Series: The Story Behind the Color
TITLE: The Blue Series: The Story Behind the Color
AUTHOR: Ben Blackwell
PUBLISHER: Third Man Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Ryon Nishimori
JACKET DESIGNER: Ryon Nishimori
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jack White III
ART DIRECTOR: Ryon Nishimori
DESIGN FIRM: Third Man Creative



The Bohen Foundation
TITLE: The Bohen Foundation
AUTHOR: Fred Bohen and Joan Weakley
PUBLISHER: Self-Published

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Yuji Sakuma
ART DIRECTOR: Troy Kreiner
DESIGN FIRM: Use All Five, Inc.



The Catalog: Mail Order District
TITLE: The Catalog: Mail Order District
AUTHOR: Jamie Schwartzman, Julie Green
PUBLISHER: Flux Business Services Inc.

BOOK DESIGNER: David Kazmierski, Hal Hull-Abrams
JACKET DESIGNER: David Kazmierski
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jamie Schwartzman
ART DIRECTOR: David Kazmierski
DESIGN FIRM: Flux Branding



The Chef and the Slow Cooker
TITLE: The Chef and the Slow Cooker
AUTHOR: Hugh Acheson
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

BOOK DESIGNER: Stephanie Huntwork
JACKET DESIGNER: Stephanie Huntwork
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marysarah Quinn
ART DIRECTOR: Stephanie Huntwork



The Climbers
TITLE: The Climbers
AUTHOR: Jim Herrington
PUBLISHER: Mountaineers Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Beth Middleworth
JACKET DESIGNER: Beth Middleworth
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jim Herrington
ART DIRECTOR: Beth Middleworth
DESIGN FIRM: bats4bones design



The Colosseum Book
TITLE: The Colosseum Book
AUTHOR: Nunzio Giustozzi
PUBLISHER: Mondadori Electa S.p.a.

BOOK DESIGNER: Fabio Furlanis
ART DIRECTOR: Paolo Tassinari
DESIGN FIRM: Tassinari/Vetta



The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker (Chinese Edition)
TITLE: The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker (Chinese Edition)
AUTHOR: Robert Mankoff
PUBLISHER: Democracy and Construction Publishing House

BOOK DESIGNER: Jessica Hsinhua Lin
JACKET DESIGNER: Jessica Hsinhua Lin
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Po Chun Yen
DESIGN FIRM: Yen Design Studio



The Creative Act
TITLE: The Creative Act
AUTHOR: Valerie Hillings
PUBLISHER: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

BOOK DESIGNER: Philipp Hubert, Sebastian Fischer
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Philipp Hubert, Sebastian Fischer
ART DIRECTOR: Philipp Hubert, Sebastian Fischer
DESIGN FIRM: Hubert & Fischer



The Creative Shopkeeper
TITLE: The Creative Shopkeeper
AUTHOR: Lucy Johnston
PUBLISHER: Thames & Hudson

BOOK DESIGNER: Sherilyn Dykes
JACKET DESIGNER: Sherilyn Dykes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jamie Ellul
ART DIRECTOR: Jamie Ellul
DESIGN FIRM: Supple Studio



The Customer is Always Wrong
TITLE: The Customer is Always Wrong
AUTHOR: Mimi Pond
PUBLISHER: Drawn & Quarterly




The Designer's Dictionary of Color
TITLE: The Designer's Dictionary of Color
AUTHOR: Sean Adams
PUBLISHER: Abrams

BOOK DESIGNER: Sean Adams
JACKET DESIGNER: Sean Adams
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Sean Adams
DESIGN FIRM: The Office of Sean Adams



The Dumb Book
TITLE: The Dumb Book
AUTHOR: Hans Christian Andersen
PUBLISHER: DERT

BOOK DESIGNER: Cindy Dawon Kim
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marcos Chavez
DESIGN FIRM: TODA



The Emperor's New Clothes
TITLE: The Emperor's New Clothes
AUTHOR: Hans Christian Andersen
PUBLISHER: DERT

BOOK DESIGNER: Jessie Yao
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marcos Chavez



The Giving Light
TITLE: The Giving Light
AUTHOR: Gavin Corbett
PUBLISHER: Cló Hi Tone

BOOK DESIGNER: Niall McCormack
JACKET DESIGNER: Niall McCormack
ART DIRECTOR: Niall McCormack
DESIGN FIRM: Niall McCormack



The Good Times Are Killing Me
TITLE: The Good Times Are Killing Me
AUTHOR: Lynda Barry
PUBLISHER: Drawn & Quarterly




The Humane Gardener
TITLE: The Humane Gardener
AUTHOR: Nancy Lawson
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Ben English



The inventive work of Shigeru Ban
TITLE: The inventive work of Shigeru Ban
AUTHOR: Edited by Laura Murray Cree
PUBLISHER: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation

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



The Lost Kitchen
TITLE: The Lost Kitchen
AUTHOR: Erin French
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

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



The Many Lives of Erik Kessels
TITLE: The Many Lives of Erik Kessels
AUTHOR: Erik Kessels
PUBLISHER: Aperture/CAMERA

BOOK DESIGNER: Angela Lidderdale
JACKET DESIGNER: Angela Lidderdale
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lesley A. Martin



The Many Lives of Erik Kessels
TITLE: The Many Lives of Erik Kessels
AUTHOR: ERIK KESSELS, Lesley A. Martin, FRANCESCO ZANOT
PUBLISHER: APERTURE & CAMERA TORINO

BOOK DESIGNER: ANGELA LIDDERDALE
JACKET DESIGNER: ANGELA LIDDERDALE
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: ANGELA LIDDERDALE
ART DIRECTOR: ANGELA LIDDERDALE
DESIGN FIRM: STUDIO LIDDERDALE



The Menu Project
TITLE: The Menu Project
AUTHOR: Jennifer Mayer
PUBLISHER: Self

BOOK DESIGNER: Kelsy Postlethwait
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jennifer Mayer
ART DIRECTOR: Chris Jennings
DESIGN FIRM: Kitemath



The Mindful Gardener
TITLE: The Mindful Gardener
AUTHOR: The New York Botanical Garden
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

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



The National New Australian Art 2017
TITLE: The National New Australian Art 2017
AUTHOR: Blair French, Lisa Havilah, Anneke Jaspers, Nina Miall, Wayne Tunnicliffe
PUBLISHER: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks

BOOK DESIGNER: Claire Orrell
JACKET DESIGNER: Claire Orrell
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Claire Orrell
ART DIRECTOR: Claire Orrell
DESIGN FIRM: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia



The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia, 1976–2016
TITLE: The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia, 1976–2016
AUTHOR: Nancy Noble, Sarah Fillmore, David M. Diviney, Peter Sanger, Thaddeus Holownia
PUBLISHER: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Anchorage Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Robert Tombs
JACKET DESIGNER: Robert Tombs
DESIGN FIRM: Robert Tombs Studio



The Photographic Work of Robin Broadbent
TITLE: The Photographic Work of Robin Broadbent
AUTHOR: Robin Broadbent
PUBLISHER: Damiani

BOOK DESIGNER: Doug Lloyd
JACKET DESIGNER: Doug Lloyd
DESIGN FIRM: Lloyd and Co.





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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