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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 | February 19

Vanity plate victory! In Kentucky, an 80-year old atheist triumphs in battle for ‘IM GOD’ license plate. [JH]


Observed | February 18

For 15 years, the Exercise Book Archive has been compiling an extensive digital archive of children’s school notebooks from countries like the US, Ghana, Latvia, Brazil, and Finland. [BV]


Observed | February 12

“We can’t just be about making things pretty.” —Jessica Helfand talks with Lorne Buchman on the latest Change Lab podcast from ArtCenter. [BV]

Could anyone be the girl (or boy) with a Pearl earring? (via Joy Miller) [BV]


Observed | February 04

Humans at work”: the new call of Posterheroes is inviting the international creative community to share their message about the future of work. [BV]

The pitfalls and the potential of the new minimalism. [BV]


Observed | February 03

Architects wrestle with a thorny conundrum: ampersand or plus sign? (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

And to think this entire election may rest on font size. [JH]


Observed | January 31

The past and future of punctuation marks. [BV]


Observed | January 29

Vermont could be the first state in the US to allow emoji on license plates. [BV]


Observed | January 28

Looking for your people? A regular mixer brings together designers and typography nerds who get consumed by spacing and serifs. [BV]


Observed | January 22

A new book explores the cold heart of Frank Lloyd Wright. [BV]


Observed | January 20

A facial recognition app with what appear to be endless weaponization possibilities. Truly. [JH]


Observed | January 15

A beautiful remembrance by Melissa Harris about Mercy Cunningham, in the New York Review of Books this week. [JH]


Observed | January 14

Are typefaces political? Researchers find "serif and bold is rated as more conservative, while sans serif and italics is rated as more liberal" [MB]

Congratulations to the entire AIGA community on their wonderful new executive director, Bennie F. Johnson! Here’s to bright futures. [BV]


Observed | January 13

Anyone interested in a “book about the future of human beings, as viewed by some of today‘s most creative minds working at the intersection of biology and technology...Think of it as a guide to your future self.”? Because we are! #FundThis [BV]


Observed | January 10

Donald Norman says we have to change the way we educate designers. [JH]


Observed | January 09

This is a very specific genre and Andrew Cushing is nailing it with Veronica Gent-level skills: “Name a fake startup and I’ll write an ad for it in the style of an NYC subway campaign.” [MB]

Take 2 minutes and ride shotgun through mid-century LA with Ed Ruscha’s photos and Jack Kerouac’s words. [BV]


Observed | January 08

“The short answer is that the intersection of art + science is in my blood... my favorite kind of artist residency is one where I get to work with scientists.” Our very own Jessica Helfand joins Caltech as a Winter 2020 artist-in-residence. [BV]

Royal Mail has released a set of stamps celebrating a golden era of British video game design from the 1980s and 90s. [BV]


Observed | January 07

Los Angeles’ favorite logos. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | January 02

Brand New‘s Armin Vit ranks the top twelve clickbait-iest design stories of 2019. [MB]


Observed | December 30

New research finds that typefaces are perceived as having political characteristics, with sans serif fonts seen as more liberal, and serif fonts as more conservative. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | December 29

Desperately sad to announce that Vaughan Oliver died peacefully today, with his partner Lee by his side. Great loss of friend and design hero. Vaughan Oliver (1957—2019). [AS]


Observed | December 27

Continuing the blessed holiday tradition that began at Design Observer, now at Curbed, Alexandra Lange + Mark Lamster review the year in design (with a special look back over the decade‘s greatest hits & misses). [MB]


Observed | December 17

A photographer captures the sculptural landscapes of California skateparks. [BV]


Observed | December 11

Matisse felt an intense love for books, and the care and attention he lavished on them included not just his illustrations, but also the selection of paper, typeface, and layout. [BV]


Observed | December 10

Stanford’s d.school attempts to move beyond Post-its on whiteboards. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]



Jobs | February 24