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The Red Atlas
TITLE: The Red Atlas
AUTHOR: John Davies and Alexander J. Kent
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Michael Brehm
JACKET DESIGNER: Michael Brehm
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press



The Scale of Things
TITLE: The Scale of Things
AUTHOR: Mike Fairbrass and David Tanguy
PUBLISHER: Quadrille Publishing Limited

BOOK DESIGNER: David Tanguy and Giovanni Pamio
JACKET DESIGNER: David Tanguy and Giovanni Pamio
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Tanguy
ART DIRECTOR: David Tanguy
DESIGN FIRM: Praline



The series of albums celebrating the centenary of the avant-garde in Poland
TITLE: The series of albums celebrating the centenary of the avant-garde in Poland
AUTHOR: Aleksandra Jach, Paulina Kurc-Maj, Przemysław Strożek, Andrij Bojarov, Paweł Polit, Karolina Szymaniak, Katarzyna Słoboda, Paulina Kurc-Maj, Anna Saciuk-Gąsowska, Natasha Ginwala, Daniel Muzyczuk
PUBLISHER: Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi

BOOK DESIGNER: Ryszard Bienert
ART DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert



The Stampographer
TITLE: The Stampographer
AUTHOR: Vincent Sardon
PUBLISHER: Siglio

BOOK DESIGNER: Natalie Kraft and Vincent Sardon
JACKET DESIGNER: Vincent Sardon
DESIGN FIRM: Siglio



The Suffering Tree
TITLE: The Suffering Tree
AUTHOR: Elle Cosimano/ Emily Meehan (Editor), assisted by Hannah Allaman
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion

BOOK DESIGNER: Maria Elias
JACKET DESIGNER: Maria Elias
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Joann Hill
ART DIRECTOR: Marci Senders
DESIGN FIRM: in-house



The US Constitution
TITLE: The US Constitution
AUTHOR: ThoughtMatter
PUBLISHER: ThoughtMatter (self-published)

BOOK DESIGNER: Wednesday Krus
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Anna Milivojevich
ART DIRECTOR: Jee-Eun Lee
DESIGN FIRM: ThoughtMatter



The Visual History of Type
TITLE: The Visual History of Type
AUTHOR: Paul McNeil
PUBLISHER: Laurence King Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: Paul McNeil
JACKET DESIGNER: Paul McNeil
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Paul
DESIGN FIRM: MuirMcNeil



The Working Woman's Handbook - Ideas, Insights, and Inspiration for a Successful Creative Career
TITLE: The Working Woman's Handbook - Ideas, Insights, and Inspiration for a Successful Creative Career
AUTHOR: Phoebe Lovatt
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGN FIRM: The Studio of Williamson Curran



Thoreau
TITLE: Thoreau
AUTHOR: Laura Dassow Walls
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

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



Thrid Coast Atlas
TITLE: Thrid Coast Atlas
AUTHOR: Daniel Ibañez, Clare Lyster, Charles Waldheim, Mason White
PUBLISHER: Actar Publishers

BOOK DESIGNER: Design Concept, Siena Scarff Design; Graphic Design, Ramon Prat Homs
JACKET DESIGNER: Siena Scarff Design / Actar Publishers
DESIGN FIRM: Siena Scarff Design / Actar Publishers



Tolgo la mia biblioteca dalle casse
TITLE: Tolgo la mia biblioteca dalle casse
AUTHOR: Walter Benjamin
PUBLISHER: Mondadori Electa S.p.a.

BOOK DESIGNER: Giulia De Benedetto
ART DIRECTOR: Paolo Tassinari
DESIGN FIRM: Tassinari/Vetta



Tomás Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions
TITLE: Tomás Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions
AUTHOR: Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu
PUBLISHER: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore)

BOOK DESIGNER: Kelley Cheng, Elaine Ang
JACKET DESIGNER: Kelley Cheng, Elaine Ang
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kelley Cheng
DESIGN FIRM: The Press Room



Total Destruction of the National Museum of Anthropology
TITLE: Total Destruction of the National Museum of Anthropology
AUTHOR: Eduardo Abaroa/Jennifer Burris
PUBLISHER: Athénée Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Blair Richardson
DESIGN FIRM: MiniSuper Studio



Towards the Rule of Law
TITLE: Towards the Rule of Law
AUTHOR: Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
PUBLISHER: Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy

BOOK DESIGNER: Ananya Khaitan



Trappist Beer Travels: Inside the Breweries of the Monasteries
TITLE: Trappist Beer Travels: Inside the Breweries of the Monasteries
AUTHOR: Caroline Wallace, Sarah Wood & Jessica Deahl
PUBLISHER: Schiffer Publishing, LTD.

BOOK DESIGNER: Justin Watkinson
JACKET DESIGNER: John Cheek
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: John Cheek



TypeFaces
TITLE: TypeFaces
AUTHOR: Marek Hosek
PUBLISHER: Blurb

BOOK DESIGNER: Marek Hosek
JACKET DESIGNER: Marek Hosek
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marek Hosek
ART DIRECTOR: Marek Hosek
DESIGN FIRM: mhdezign



UnFree Verse
TITLE: UnFree Verse
AUTHOR: Tse Hao Guang, Joshua Ip, Theophilus Kwek
PUBLISHER: Ethos Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Alison Schooling, Sarah Tang
DESIGN FIRM: Sarah and Schooling



Unsettled
TITLE: Unsettled
AUTHOR: JoAnne Northrup
PUBLISHER: Hirmer Verlag

BOOK DESIGNER: Brad Bartlett
JACKET DESIGNER: Brad Bartlett
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brad Bartlett
DESIGN FIRM: Brad Bartlett Design



Vegas Gold: The Entertainment Capital of the World 1950-1980
TITLE: Vegas Gold: The Entertainment Capital of the World 1950-1980
AUTHOR: David Wills
PUBLISHER: Dey St. An Imprint of William Morrow

BOOK DESIGNER: Stephen Schmidt and David Wills
JACKET DESIGNER: Stephen Schmidt
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Stephen Schmidt
ART DIRECTOR: Stephen Schmidt
DESIGN FIRM: Duuplex



Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim
TITLE: Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim
AUTHOR: Edited by Megan M. Fontanella with contributions by Tracey BashkoffSusan DavidsonVivien GreeneLauren HinksonSusan ThompsonJeffrey Weiss
PUBLISHER: Guggenheim Museum Publications

DESIGN FIRM: Gavillet & Cie



Visualizing Disease
TITLE: Visualizing Disease
AUTHOR: Domenico Bertoloni Meli
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Isaac Tobin
JACKET DESIGNER: Issac Tobin
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press



Voices on Unity: Coming Together, Falling Apart
TITLE: Voices on Unity: Coming Together, Falling Apart
AUTHOR: Cat Pleska
PUBLISHER: Mountain State Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Elizabeth Ford
JACKET DESIGNER: Elizabeth Ford
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Ford
ART DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Ford
DESIGN FIRM: Elizabeth Ford Creative



W. A. Dwiggins: A Life In Design
TITLE: W. A. Dwiggins: A Life In Design
AUTHOR: Bruce Kennett
PUBLISHER: Letterform Archive

BOOK DESIGNER: Bruce Kennett
JACKET DESIGNER: Cover design by Bruce Kennett (no jacket)
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rob Saunders
ART DIRECTOR: N/A
DESIGN FIRM: Bruce Kennett Studio



Walter De Maria: The Lightning Field
TITLE: Walter De Maria: The Lightning Field
AUTHOR: Edited by Stephen Hoban, Alexis Lowry, and Jessica Morgan
PUBLISHER: Dia Art Foundation, New York

BOOK DESIGNER: Don Quaintance
DESIGN FIRM: Public Address Design



Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods
TITLE: Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods
AUTHOR: Tania del Rio + Will Staehle / Jason Rekulak
PUBLISHER: Quirk Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Will Staehle
JACKET DESIGNER: Will Staehle
ART DIRECTOR: Timothy O'Donnell
DESIGN FIRM: Unusual Co.



We Both Say Amen
TITLE: We Both Say Amen
AUTHOR: L.N. Koons
PUBLISHER: Amazon

BOOK DESIGNER: Marcella Janush-Kulchitsky
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marcella Janush-Kulchitsky



What the Hell Did I Just Read
TITLE: What the Hell Did I Just Read
AUTHOR: David Wong
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



What's Worth Preserving?
TITLE: What's Worth Preserving?
AUTHOR: Tanner Woodford / Christopher Jobson
PUBLISHER: Chicago Design Museum

BOOK DESIGNER: Tanner Woodford
JACKET DESIGNER: Tanner Woodford
DESIGN FIRM: Chicago Design Museum



When Lithuania Ruled the World
TITLE: When Lithuania Ruled the World
AUTHOR: Kestutis Nakas
PUBLISHER: Aukso žuvys

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Agnė Dautartaitė-Krutulė
ART DIRECTOR: Agnė Dautartaitė-Krutulė
DESIGN FIRM: -



White Wilderness: The Antarctic Peninsula
TITLE: White Wilderness: The Antarctic Peninsula
AUTHOR: Rick Burritt
PUBLISHER: Burritt Design

BOOK DESIGNER: Rick Burritt
JACKET DESIGNER: Rick Burritt
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rick Burritt
ART DIRECTOR: Rick Burritt
DESIGN FIRM: Burritt Design



WigED
TITLE: WigED
AUTHOR: Jeanna Doyle
PUBLISHER: Books-Ruhl

BOOK DESIGNER: Jason Wheeler
JACKET DESIGNER: Chris Promecene
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Chris Promecene, Jason Wheeler
ART DIRECTOR: Chris Promecene, Jason Wheeler



Wildman
TITLE: Wildman
AUTHOR: J. C. Geiger / Rotem Moscovich
PUBLISHER: Disney • Hyperion

BOOK DESIGNER: Maria Elias
JACKET DESIGNER: Maria Elias
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Joann Hill
ART DIRECTOR: Marci Senders
DESIGN FIRM: in-house



Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity
TITLE: Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity
AUTHOR: Sarah Suzuki
PUBLISHER: Museum of Modern Art

BOOK DESIGNER: Naomi Mizusaki, Supermarket
JACKET DESIGNER: Naomi Mizusaki, Supermarket
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Charles Kim
ART DIRECTOR: Hannah Kim
DESIGN FIRM: Ellen Weinstein



Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
TITLE: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
AUTHOR: Edited by Mika Yoshitake, with Melissa Chiu, Alexander Dumbadze, Alex Jones, Gloria Sutton, Miwako Tezuka
PUBLISHER: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden / DelMonico Books • Prestel

DESIGN FIRM: Miko McGinty, Inc.



Young Leonardo
TITLE: Young Leonardo
AUTHOR: Jean-Pierre Isbouts
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



3NÓS3 – Intervenções urbanas
TITLE: 3NÓS3 – Intervenções urbanas
AUTHOR: Mario Ramiro
PUBLISHER: Ubu Editora

BOOK DESIGNER: Elaine Ramos



AGI Seoul 2016
TITLE: AGI Seoul 2016
AUTHOR: James Chae & Moon Jisook
PUBLISHER: Ahn Graphics Publishers

BOOK DESIGNER: Yu Hwaran
JACKET DESIGNER: Park Woohyuk, Cho Kyuhyung
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Chris Ro
ART DIRECTOR: James Chae
DESIGN FIRM: ADearFriend



Alison Rossiter: Expired Paper
TITLE: Alison Rossiter: Expired Paper
AUTHOR: Leah Ollman
PUBLISHER: Radius Books

BOOK DESIGNER: David Chickey
JACKET DESIGNER: David Chickey
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Chickey
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey



An Album of Artists’ Drawings from Qajar Iran
TITLE: An Album of Artists’ Drawings from Qajar Iran
AUTHOR: David J. Roxburg
PUBLISHER: Harvard Art Museums

BOOK DESIGNER: Becky Hunt, Adam Sherkanowski
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Zak Jensen
DESIGN FIRM: Harvard Art Museums Design Department



Another World: Nineteenth Century Illustrated Print Culture
TITLE: Another World: Nineteenth Century Illustrated Print Culture
AUTHOR: Patricia Mainardi
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Leslie Fitch
JACKET DESIGNER: Leslie Fitch
DESIGN FIRM: Leslie Fitch Design



Apprendre de Caudéran
TITLE: Apprendre de Caudéran
AUTHOR: Grau architects
PUBLISHER: Bordeaux Métropole

BOOK DESIGNER: Els Vande Kerckhove
JACKET DESIGNER: Els Vande Kerckhove
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Els Vande Kerckhove / Anthony Jammes
ART DIRECTOR: Els Vande Kerckhove
DESIGN FIRM: Something Els / Grau



Around Chigusa: Tea and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan
TITLE: Around Chigusa: Tea and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan
AUTHOR: Dora C.Y. Ching, Louise Allison Cort, Andrew M. Watsky
PUBLISHER: Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University

BOOK DESIGNER: Joseph Cho & Stefanie Lew
DESIGN FIRM: Binocular Design Ltd



Barbara Hammer Truant: Photographs, 1970 - 1979
TITLE: Barbara Hammer Truant: Photographs, 1970 - 1979
AUTHOR: Barbara Hammer
PUBLISHER: Capricious

BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin, Jena Myung, Sharon Gong
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
DESIGN FIRM: Studio LIn



Begin Anywhere: Paths of Mentorship and Collaboration
TITLE: Begin Anywhere: Paths of Mentorship and Collaboration
AUTHOR: Essay: Justine Kurland
PUBLISHER: SF Camerawork

BOOK DESIGNER: Bob Aufuldish
DESIGN FIRM: Aufuldish & Warinner



Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution
TITLE: Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution
AUTHOR: Bernie Sanders
PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Co.

BOOK DESIGNER: April Ward / Jude Buffum
JACKET DESIGNER: April Ward / Jude Buffum
ART DIRECTOR: April Ward
DESIGN FIRM: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group / Jude Buffum Illustration



Bicycle Landscape
TITLE: Bicycle Landscape
AUTHOR: Yorit Kluitman / Yvonne Rijpers, 75B
PUBLISHER: nai010 publishers

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rens Muis & Pieter Vos
DESIGN FIRM: 75B



Bowling
TITLE: Bowling
AUTHOR: UrbanLab (Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen)
PUBLISHER: Applied Research & Design

BOOK DESIGNER: Taek Hyun Kim
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rick Valicenti
DESIGN FIRM: Thirsts



Broad Strokes
TITLE: Broad Strokes
AUTHOR: Bridget Quinn / Bridget Watson Payne
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Kristen Hewitt



Champagne
TITLE: Champagne
AUTHOR: Peter Liem/Kelly Snowden
PUBLISHER: Ten Speed Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Angelina Cheney
JACKET DESIGNER: Angelina Cheney
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Emma Campion
ART DIRECTOR: Angelina Cheney
DESIGN FIRM: Ten Speed Press



Charles Arnoldi: Paper
TITLE: Charles Arnoldi: Paper
AUTHOR: Bruce Guenther
PUBLISHER: Radius Books

BOOK DESIGNER: David Chickey
JACKET DESIGNER: David Chickey
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Chickey
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey





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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