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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 | May 15

We can‘t wait to explore Boston this fall when we host The Design of Business | The Business of Design conference at MIT. Bike-commuting, T-riding, and monorail-tweeting around Boston with transit-oriented 20-something NUMTOT founder Juliet Eldred. [BV]


Observed | May 14

What year is it? Why does it matter? While chronology and dating might not be exciting, they are the stuff that history is made on, for dates do two things: they allow things to happen only once, and they insist on the ordering and interrelation of all happenings. [BV]

“We should not be excessively interested in books”, wrote Roy Gold, biblio-graffiti outsider artist, and a bookish man. [BV]


Observed | May 13

You may not love sports, but it’s hard not to enjoy sports photography, especially for it’s innovativeness. Case in point: Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer hit a grand slam when he set out to capture a double play on film. [BV]


Observed | May 10

In the 1950s and 1960s artists from the Soviet Union looked to the skies and foresaw a Utopia in space. [BV]


Observed | May 09

Early cinema is often remembered as an exclusively black-and-white affair—the bold and often fantastical colors that flickered across the earliest film reels are frequently left out of our greater cinematic history. More neglected still are the women responsible for those dazzling hues. [BV]


Observed | May 08

We’re addicted to likes, retweets, and reshares, and our addiction makes us distracted and depressed. Tristan Harris believes that tech is ‘downgrading humans’ and that the words we use to describe the problem are tepid and insufficient. It’s time to fight back. [BV]

Created for animators aiming to perfect their rendering of animal gaits, this video combines illustration, biology, and physics, and is a joy to watch! [BV]

The compelling history and impressive prints of the earliest printing press in the Uruguayan territory. [BV]


Observed | May 07

Our very talented friend Rob Walker has a new book out today! Get yourself a copy of The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy In the Everyday and be inspired. [BV]


Observed | May 02

Gail Bichler and Jake Silverstein look back at a year designing The New York Times Magazine. [BV]


Observed | May 01

A thoughtful critique (and a few commonsense changes) of Hudson Yards and it‘s walkability: who uses the space, when the space is used, how the space forms community, and how it integrates the the community that surrounds it. [JH]


Observed | April 30

The brain apparently makes no distinction between a broken bone and an aching heart. Rejection actually hurts. [BV]

Influence was worrisome long before it was digital. The word “influence” appears in a quarter of William Shakespeare’s plays, in which the condition of being influenced is rarely happy or dignified. A history of the influencer, from Shakespeare to Instagram. [BV]


Observed | April 29

Lego has come up with perhaps its most ingenious product yet: bricks designed to help children learn Braille. [BV]

Back in the 1960’s, when Penn Station became a subterranean rat’s maze, New York City seemed to be heading very definitely south. [BV]


Observed | April 26

In its original concept, the Appalachian Trail was more than a hiking path. It was a wildly ambitious plan to reorganize the economic geography of the eastern United States. [BV]


Observed | April 24

American food is increasingly channeled through a handful of companies: Amazon, Walmart, FreshDirect, Blue Apron. What do we lose if traditional neighborhood supermarkets go under? Meet the man who’s going to save your neighborhood grocery store. [BV]

Timed to coincide with Easter, Earth Day and, for New Englanders, Patriot’s Day: two billboards outside of Boston. [BV]


Observed | April 23

Public Sans is a new typeface from the US Government. According to the General Services Administration, “sometimes you need [a typeface] that’s simple, neutral, and isn’t Helvetica.” Not sure we agree. [BV]


Observed | April 22

A brief memoir of growing up in the library. [BV]

Where can a teen get a poster in 2019? How does a teenager turn their bedroom into a shrine? A wonderful history of the poster and it’s meaning past, current, and future. [BV]

In honor of Earth Day, three galleries that remind us of the beauty and power of nature: the power of storms from Mitch Dobrowner, amazing landscapes from Leah Kennedy, and Earth from space by Astronaut Scott Kelly. [BV]


Observed | April 19

Spam musubi (a Hawaiian snack of canned meat served on rice and wrapped in nori) and other unintended consequences of cultural exchange. [BV]

Despite their seeming environmental unfriendliness, logos with factories and smokestacks have made a comeback in the US. [BV]


Observed | April 18

Post Typography created an unconventional participatory campaign to support the Baltimore Museum of Art‘s conversation series on art, race, social justice, and imagining the future(s) we want. [BV]

Where do you stand on the “Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale”? Why your brain hates slowpokes. [BV]


Observed | April 17

An in-depth look at how the Second World War warped the way United States mapped the world. [BV]


Observed | April 16

Joshua Dudley Greer logged 100,000 miles between 2011 and 2017, a period defined by the financial crisis and election, documenting what he saw along the U.S. Interstate Highway System. [BV]

Pete Buttigieg may be the first candidate to anticipate (and provide for!) graphic design considerations. [JH]



Jobs | May 19