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Our daily lives have to be a satisfaction in themselves
TITLE: Our daily lives have to be a satisfaction in themselves
AUTHOR: Selma Miriam and Noel Furie / edited by Emily Larned
PUBLISHER: Alder & Frankia

BOOK DESIGNER: Emily Larned
JACKET DESIGNER: Emily Larned
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Emily Larned
ART DIRECTOR: Emily Larned



PASSION
TITLE: PASSION
AUTHOR: Susan Dye + Ben Butler
PUBLISHER: self

BOOK DESIGNER: Jan Fairbairn
JACKET DESIGNER: Jan Fairbairn
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jan Fairbairn
ART DIRECTOR: Jan Fairbairn
DESIGN FIRM: Fairbairn + Company



Perform: Designing for the Performing Arts
TITLE: Perform: Designing for the Performing Arts
AUTHOR: PCPA: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Edited by Ted Whitten
PUBLISHER: Images Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: Shigeto Akiyama, Pentagram
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Luke Hayman, Pentagram
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



Philip Guston: Nixon Drawings, 1971 & 1975
TITLE: Philip Guston: Nixon Drawings, 1971 & 1975
AUTHOR: Edited by Musa Mayer and Sally Radic; Essays by Musa Mayer and Debra Bricker Balken
PUBLISHER: Hauser & With Publishers

BOOK DESIGNER: Damien Saatdjian
JACKET DESIGNER: Damien Saatdjian with Musa Mayer and Sally Radic
ART DIRECTOR: Damien Saatdjian



Photography in Argentina: Contradiction and Continuity
TITLE: Photography in Argentina: Contradiction and Continuity
AUTHOR: Edited by Idurre Alonso and Judith Keller
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

BOOK DESIGNER: Jim Drobka
DESIGN FIRM: Getty Publications



Pier Paolo Pasolini
TITLE: Pier Paolo Pasolini
AUTHOR: Gian Maria Annovi
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Chang Jae Lee
JACKET DESIGNER: Chang Jae Lee
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



Platform 10: Live Feed
TITLE: Platform 10: Live Feed
AUTHOR: Edited by: Jon Lott, John May, Sofia Balters, Benjamin Halpern, Justin Gallagher, Grace McEniry
PUBLISHER: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Actar D

BOOK DESIGNER: Natasha Jen, Joseph Han, Ji Park, Ze Wang
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



Question the Wall Itself
TITLE: Question the Wall Itself
AUTHOR: Fionn Meade with Jordan Carter
PUBLISHER: Walker Art Center

BOOK DESIGNER: Mark Owens
JACKET DESIGNER: Mark Owens
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Emmet Byrne (Design Director)
DESIGN FIRM: Walker Art Center Design Department



Red Flower, The Women of Okinawa
TITLE: Red Flower, The Women of Okinawa
AUTHOR: Mao Ishikawa
PUBLISHER: Session Press

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



Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
TITLE: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
AUTHOR: Andrew Bolton
PUBLISHER: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

BOOK DESIGNER: Fabien Baron
JACKET DESIGNER: Fabien Baron
DESIGN FIRM: Baron & Baron



Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech
TITLE: Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech
AUTHOR: Todd Gannon
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

BOOK DESIGNER: Catherine Lorenz
DESIGN FIRM: Getty Publications



Ribe i billeder
TITLE: Ribe i billeder
AUTHOR: Søren Mulvad
PUBLISHER: Forlaget Liljebjerget

BOOK DESIGNER: Marta Sawicka
JACKET DESIGNER: Marta Sawicka, Stina Lynggaard
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jesper Holm mDD
ART DIRECTOR: Stina Lynggaard
DESIGN FIRM: KIRK & HOLM



Ride: On
TITLE: Ride: On
AUTHOR: Amir Parsa
PUBLISHER: Pratt Institute

BOOK DESIGNER: Erin Cave
JACKET DESIGNER: Erin Cave
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mats Håkansson
ART DIRECTOR: Kara Schlindwein
DESIGN FIRM: Pratt Institute Creative Services



School of Visual Arts Senior Library 2016
TITLE: School of Visual Arts Senior Library 2016
AUTHOR: School of Visual Arts
PUBLISHER: School of Visual Arts

BOOK DESIGNER: Jen Marchese
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Scott Buschkuhl
ART DIRECTOR: Regina Puno
DESIGN FIRM: Hinterland



Star Wars Super Graphic
TITLE: Star Wars Super Graphic
AUTHOR: Tim Leong / Steve Mockus
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Neil Egan



Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions
TITLE: Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions
AUTHOR: Stephen Colbert and The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster

BOOK DESIGNER: Sean Kelly
JACKET DESIGNER: Bill Marko, Matt Lappin
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jonathan Karp
ART DIRECTOR: Ruth Lee-Mui
DESIGN FIRM: Simon and Schuster



Talk Listen Door
TITLE: Talk Listen Door
AUTHOR: The Design Office
PUBLISHER: The Design Office

BOOK DESIGNER: Sarah Verity
JACKET DESIGNER: Sarah Verity
DESIGN FIRM: The Design Office



Teaching Graphic Design
TITLE: Teaching Graphic Design
AUTHOR: Steven Heller
PUBLISHER: Allworth Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Kevin Brainard & Cybele Grandjean
JACKET DESIGNER: Kevin Brainard
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kevin Brainard & Cybele Grandjean
DESIGN FIRM: Area of Practice



Teknion Details
TITLE: Teknion Details
AUTHOR: Teknion
PUBLISHER: Teknion

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Vanderbyl
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Vanderbyl
DESIGN FIRM: Vanderbyl Design



Teotihuacan: City of Water City of Fire
TITLE: Teotihuacan: City of Water City of Fire
AUTHOR: Matthew H. Robb with with Rubén Cabrera Castro, David M. Carballo, George L. Cowgill, Julie Gazzola, Sergio Gómez Chávez, Christophe Helmke, Leonardo López Luján, Diana Magaloni, Linda R. Manzanilla, Jesper Nielsen, Nelly Zoé Núñez Rendón, Hillary Olcott, Megan E. O’Neil, Alejandro Sarabia González, Nawa Sugiyama, Saburo Sugiyama and Erika Carrillo, Laura Filloy Nadal, Nikolai Grube
PUBLISHER: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and University of California Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Bob Aufuldish
JACKET DESIGNER: Bob Aufuldish
DESIGN FIRM: Aufuldish & Warinner



Texas Rollergirls Flat Track Derby
TITLE: Texas Rollergirls Flat Track Derby
AUTHOR: Felicia Graham
PUBLISHER: Felicia Graham

BOOK DESIGNER: Jeffrey Wolverton, Julie Savasky
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: DJ Stout
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



The 2017 Short Story Advent Calendar
TITLE: The 2017 Short Story Advent Calendar
AUTHOR: Edited by Michael Hingston
PUBLISHER: Hingston & Olsen Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: Natalie Olsen
DESIGN FIRM: Kisscut Design



The Art of the Affair
TITLE: The Art of the Affair
AUTHOR: Catherine Lacey, Forsyth Harmon
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury

BOOK DESIGNER: Andrew Shurtz
JACKET DESIGNER: Andrew Shurtz
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Patti Ratchford
ART DIRECTOR: Patti Ratchford
DESIGN FIRM: Andrew Shurtz



The Art of the Bar Cart
TITLE: The Art of the Bar Cart
AUTHOR: Vanessa Dina / Deanne Katz
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Vanessa Dina



The Ballad of Soames Bantry
TITLE: The Ballad of Soames Bantry
AUTHOR: Michael Torosian
PUBLISHER: Howard Greenberg Gallery and Lumiere Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Michael Torosian
DESIGN FIRM: Lumiere Press



The Bed Moved
TITLE: The Bed Moved
AUTHOR: Rebecca Schiff
PUBLISHER: Vintage

JACKET DESIGNER: Linda Huang
ART DIRECTOR: Megan Wilson



The Cannibal's Cookbook: Mining Myths of Cyclopean Constructions
TITLE: The Cannibal's Cookbook: Mining Myths of Cyclopean Constructions
AUTHOR: Brandon Clifford
PUBLISHER: Matter Design

BOOK DESIGNER: Johanna Lobdell



The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition
TITLE: The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition
AUTHOR: University of Chicago Press Staff
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 Color of Pixar
TITLE: The Color of Pixar
AUTHOR: Tia Kratter / Wynn Rankin
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Neil Egan



The Ghost Box
TITLE: The Ghost Box
AUTHOR: Edited by Patton Oswalt
PUBLISHER: Hingston & Olsen Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: Natalie Olsen
DESIGN FIRM: Kisscut Design



The Grain of the Present
TITLE: The Grain of the Present
AUTHOR: Ry Allred, Pier 24
PUBLISHER: Pier 24 Photography

BOOK DESIGNER: Bob Aufuldish
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Allie Haeusslein, Pier 24
DESIGN FIRM: Aufuldish & Warinner



The Interopera Reader
TITLE: The Interopera Reader
AUTHOR: Brian Boigon
PUBLISHER: artist limited edition book

BOOK DESIGNER: Alison Hahn
JACKET DESIGNER: n/a
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alison Hahn
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Hahn
DESIGN FIRM: Hahn Studio



The Language of Thorns
TITLE: The Language of Thorns
AUTHOR: Leigh Bardugo
PUBLISHER: Imprint, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

BOOK DESIGNER: Natalie C. Sousa
JACKET DESIGNER: Natalie C. Sousa and Ellen Duda
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Natalie C. Sousa



The Meaning of Ice
TITLE: The Meaning of Ice
AUTHOR: Shari Gearheard
PUBLISHER: International Polar Institute Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Douglas Harp and Jen FIsher
JACKET DESIGNER: Douglas Harp
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Douglas Harp
ART DIRECTOR: Douglas Harp
DESIGN FIRM: Harp & Co.



The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard's Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820
TITLE: The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard's Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820
AUTHOR: Ethan W. Lasser
PUBLISHER: Harvard Art Museums

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



The Planets
TITLE: The Planets
AUTHOR: Nirmala Nataraj / Bridget Watson Payne
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Neil Egan



The Story of William Wilson
TITLE: The Story of William Wilson
AUTHOR: Edgar Allan Poe
PUBLISHER: Nanjin Li

BOOK DESIGNER: Nanjin Li
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Nanjin Li



the streets, the factories, the colors, the sky, the people
TITLE: the streets, the factories, the colors, the sky, the people
AUTHOR: Joachim Brohm, Anna Voswinkel
PUBLISHER: Sk Stiftung, HGB Leipzig, Osservatorio Fotografico, Die Photographische Sammlung

BOOK DESIGNER: Erica Preli, Emilio Macchia
JACKET DESIGNER: Erica Preli, Emilio Macchia
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Erica Preli, Emilio Macchia
ART DIRECTOR: Erica Preli, Emilio Macchia
DESIGN FIRM: eee studio



The Untold Journey
TITLE: The Untold Journey
AUTHOR: Natalie Robins
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Julia Kushnirsky
JACKET DESIGNER: Julia Kushnirsky
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



The Wicker King
TITLE: The Wicker King
AUTHOR: K. Ancrum
PUBLISHER: Imprint, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

BOOK DESIGNER: Ellen Duda
JACKET DESIGNER: Ellen Duda
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Natalie C. Sousa



This Book Is a Planetarium
TITLE: This Book Is a Planetarium
AUTHOR: Kelli Anderson / Christina Amini
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Jennifer Tolo Pierce



Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow
TITLE: Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow
AUTHOR: Amanda Maddox and Sara Stevenson
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

BOOK DESIGNER: Kurt Hauser
DESIGN FIRM: Getty Publications



Two Circles – Micah Lexier
TITLE: Two Circles – Micah Lexier
AUTHOR: Sarah Milroy
PUBLISHER: Brookfield Properties

BOOK DESIGNER: Emma Wright
JACKET DESIGNER: Emma Wright
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Stephane Monnet
ART DIRECTOR: Stephane Monnet
DESIGN FIRM: Monnet Design



Vaje v slogu / Exercises in Style
TITLE: Vaje v slogu / Exercises in Style
AUTHOR: Raymond Queneau
PUBLISHER: Cankarjeva Publishing House

BOOK DESIGNER: Sanja Jansa
JACKET DESIGNER: Sanja Jansa
ART DIRECTOR: Sanja Jansa



Vevo 2017
TITLE: Vevo 2017
AUTHOR: Vevo
PUBLISHER: Vevo

BOOK DESIGNER: Madeline Bone & Adam Allen
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Dan Dickson
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Boswell
DESIGN FIRM: Vevo Studio



William Morris y compañía: el movimiento Arts & Crafts en Gran Bretaña
TITLE: William Morris y compañía: el movimiento Arts & Crafts en Gran Bretaña
AUTHOR: Manuel Fontán del Junco & María Zozaya, Eds.
PUBLISHER: Fundación Juan March & Museo Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

BOOK DESIGNER: Adela Morán & Encarnación Fernández



With All the Precision Possible
TITLE: With All the Precision Possible
AUTHOR: André-Jacob Roubo / Donald C. Williams, ed.
PUBLISHER: Lost Art Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Wesley B. Tanner
JACKET DESIGNER: Wesley B. Tanner
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Wesley B. Tanner
ART DIRECTOR: Wesley B. Tanner
DESIGN FIRM: Passim Editions



WORKac: We'll Get There When We Cross That Bridge
TITLE: WORKac: We'll Get There When We Cross That Bridge
AUTHOR: Amale Andraos, Dan Wood
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Neil Donnelly
JACKET DESIGNER: Neil Donnelly
DESIGN FIRM: Neil Donnelly Studio



Zhang Peili: Record. Repeat.
TITLE: Zhang Peili: Record. Repeat.
AUTHOR: Orianna Cacchione
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press and Art Institute of Chicago

BOOK DESIGNER: Jena Sher
JACKET DESIGNER: Jena Sher
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jena Sher
ART DIRECTOR: Jena Sher
DESIGN FIRM: Jena Sher Graphic Design LLC



ZÓBEL. CONTRAPUNTOS
TITLE: ZÓBEL. CONTRAPUNTOS
AUTHOR: Guillermo Paneque
PUBLISHER: Ayala Museum

BOOK DESIGNER: Paco Lacasta
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Paco Lacasta
DESIGN FIRM: Lacasta Design





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Observed | March 15

Street art used to be the voice of the people. Now it’s the voice of advertisers. [BV]

Scientists have not kept pace with the work of discovering new species. Now, a growing number of committed hobbyists – ranging from a Belgian bus driver to a California cybersecurity expert – are out in the field, igniting a boom in documenting the world’s biodiversity. [BV]


Observed | March 14

In a week where the transportation department is facing some of its most pointed criticism, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao wants to speed the commercial adoption of untested technologies like driverless vehicles and hyperloops—without addressing the dramatic, necessary changes needed today. [BV]

In 1927, the Italian Futurist artist and designer Fortunato Depero created a monograph of his work unlike any book that had been seen before. Called Depero Futurista, or “Depero the Futurist,” it is also known as The Bolted Book, because it is famously bound together by two large industrial aluminum bolts. And you can have an exact replica! [BV]


Observed | March 13

Olympic Games sport pictograms were first introduced at the Tokyo 1964 Games, and have been a part of the games ever since. The Tokyo 2020 pictograms were designed by Masaaki Hiromura who “tried to express the dynamic beauty of the athletes through these pictograms, while respecting the legacy bequeathed by the pioneers of the Japanese design industry in their designs for the Tokyo 1964 Games.” [BV]


Observed | March 12

Our collective wisdom is perhaps one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments ... this is because people—no matter where they are, no matter from where they come—possess intrinsic curiosity, creative souls and inquiring minds. [JH]


Observed | March 11

Art powered by disability: ‘I fear being trapped in the statue of my own body, whilst my mind gazes out.’ [BV]

A grand collection of the tiniest of books — 950 of them — is now on display at the Grolier Club in New York City. [BV]


Observed | March 08

Neighborhood Golf Association, a new film from Nicolas Heller, highlights “Tiger Hood”, a NYC photographer who created a street version of golf to help pass the time while he sold his work. [BV]


Observed | March 07

Reckoning with design’s role in the production of more and more objects and more and more waste. [BV]

Net neutrality gets a power-up! [BV]


Observed | March 06

The Architecture & Design Film Festival returns to DTLA next Wednesday at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. 24 outstanding films are on the schedule. [BV]

‘A Sense of Place’ is a graphic art project that reveals how places can develop deeply felt strong identities and culture and includes an interview with the lovely Debbie Millman. [BV]


Observed | March 05

Out today from Penguin Random House: Follow This Thread. A twisting journey through the world of mazes, real and imagined, unraveling our ancient, abiding relationship with them and exploring why they continue to fascinate us. [BV]

A wildly popular mobile game allows users to decorate virtual spaces with real-life (and easily purchasable) furniture. It’s the future of advertising—but what does ‘Design Home’ say about the future of the people who play it? [BV]


Observed | March 04

The scion of a storied Amsterdam family rediscovered Rembrandt paintings that lead to an art-world feud. [BV]

Artist Katie Holten has created a New York City Tree Alphabet. (A is for Ash, B for Birch...) She’s encouraging people to download the free font and create tree messages that will be planted with live trees this spring. [BV]


Observed | February 28

A flip through Playboy France reveals experimental layouts, an innovative use of typefaces, and, a design direction that can absolutely be described as “tasteful.” It’s more about typography than titties. [BV]


Observed | February 27

Underwater photographer of the year awards announced. The winners don’t disappoint! [BV]


Observed | February 26

Saint Louis designers celebrate America’s 60th National Park through typographic focused posters. Type Hike, started by designers James Walker and David Rygiol, continue their type-focused collaborative nonprofit with their 5th installment, ARCH. Vote for your favorite poster here through March 24. (via John Foster) [BV]


Observed | February 25

An argument against modern architecture. [BV]

When the %$#@! did we start to use obscenicons? Belive it or not, as early as 1901. [BV]


Observed | February 21

Science answers the age old question: Why does a grape turns into a fireball in a microwave? [BV]


Observed | February 20

The Sunset Strip occupies a short stretch of Sunset Boulevard, but its reputation as a stomping ground of gangsters, glamour girls, rock stars and hell-raisers has held an oversized fascination for decades. Curbed LA dives deep. Part One. Part Two. [BV]

Should historic logos be protected in the same way as historic buildings? (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | February 19

My new favourite part of Twitter is Josh Lipnik’s tours of the modern architecture of the US midwest. Here he looks at the modern architecture of Columbus, Ohio—houses, schools, churches, banks, and even a cool Space Age horse racing track. [MB]

The authoritative, totally not subjective, incontrovertibly definitive and 100% correct L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings. [BV]


Observed | February 14

Welcome to 2019. If you value your privacy, don’t get your Valentine an internet-connected sex toy. [BV]


Observed | February 13

Places Journal’s ongoing series “Future Archive” republishes significant 20th-century texts introduced by a prominent scholar. This installment features J.B. Jackson’s 1976 essay on the American garage from Landscape. [BV]

Can multigenerational home-sharing solve LA’s affordability crisis? Alissa Walker explores what it might mean to age in place in LA. [BV]



Jobs | March 18