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Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection
TITLE: Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection
AUTHOR: Ian Berry and Jack Shear
PUBLISHER: Tang Museum | Prestel DelMonico

BOOK DESIGNER: Jean Egger
JACKET DESIGNER: Jean Egger



Boundless
TITLE: Boundless
AUTHOR: Jillian Tamaki
PUBLISHER: Drawn & Quarterly




Brae
TITLE: Brae
AUTHOR: Dan Hunter
PUBLISHER: Phaidon Press

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



Brand Intimacy A New Paradigm In Marketing
TITLE: Brand Intimacy A New Paradigm In Marketing
AUTHOR: Mario Natarelli & Rina Plapler
PUBLISHER: Hatherleigh

DESIGN FIRM: MBLM



Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?
TITLE: Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?
AUTHOR: Sarah Schrauwen, Lucienne Roberts, Rebecca Wright
PUBLISHER: GraphicDesign&

BOOK DESIGNER: Lucienne Roberts, Sarah Schrauwen
JACKET DESIGNER: Lucienne Roberts, Sarah Schrauwen
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lucienne Roberts
DESIGN FIRM: LucienneRoberts+



Candy/A Good and Spacious Land (Jim Goldberg and Donovan Wylie)
TITLE: Candy/A Good and Spacious Land (Jim Goldberg and Donovan Wylie)
AUTHOR: Jim Goldberg and Donovan Wylie. With essays by Christopher Klatell and Laura Wexler and an introduction by Pamela Franks
PUBLISHER: Yale University Art Gallery

BOOK DESIGNER: Christopher Sleboda
JACKET DESIGNER: Christopher Sleboda
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Christopher Sleboda
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Sleboda
DESIGN FIRM: Yale University Art Gallery



Cast: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity's Most Transformational Process
TITLE: Cast: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity's Most Transformational Process
AUTHOR: Jen Townsend and Renée Zettle-Sterling/Sandra Korinchak
PUBLISHER: Schiffer Publishing




Change, Coordinates + Someone Else
TITLE: Change, Coordinates + Someone Else
AUTHOR: Multi-authored. Editor: Laura Triggs Metzler
PUBLISHER: Self Published

BOOK DESIGNER: Mobius Design Studio
JACKET DESIGNER: Mobius Design Studio
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mobius Design Studio
ART DIRECTOR: Mobius Design Studio
DESIGN FIRM: Mobius Design Studio



Chasing Bocuse: America's Journey to the Culinary World Stage
TITLE: Chasing Bocuse: America's Journey to the Culinary World Stage
AUTHOR: Philip Tessier
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGN FIRM: Level, Calistoga, CA



Cherry Bombe
TITLE: Cherry Bombe
AUTHOR: Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

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



Chihuly
TITLE: Chihuly
AUTHOR: Edited by Joanna L. Groarke
PUBLISHER: The New York Botanical Garden / DelMonico Books • Prestel

DESIGN FIRM: Barbara Glauber / Heavy Meta



Chronicle Books: The First 50 Years
TITLE: Chronicle Books: The First 50 Years
AUTHOR: Chronicle Books
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Pamela Geismar
JACKET DESIGNER: Pamela Geismar with the In-House Design Dept at Chronicle Books
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Carabetta
ART DIRECTOR: Pamela Geismar
DESIGN FIRM: Domino Design



Cocktails of the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology
TITLE: Cocktails of the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology
AUTHOR: Will Francis and Stacey Marsh
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGN FIRM: Stacey Marsh



COLLECTING ON THE EDGE: Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
TITLE: COLLECTING ON THE EDGE: Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
AUTHOR: Bolton Colburn/George Wanlass/w Tom Frick
PUBLISHER: Utah State University

BOOK DESIGNER: Garland Kirkpatrick
JACKET DESIGNER: Garland Kirkpatrick
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Garland Kirkpatrick
ART DIRECTOR: Garland Kirkpatrick
DESIGN FIRM: www.gmatter.la



Color Design Workbook: Updated
TITLE: Color Design Workbook: Updated
AUTHOR: Sean Adams
PUBLISHER: Rockport Publishers

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



Conflicting interests
TITLE: Conflicting interests
AUTHOR: Luke Cody
PUBLISHER: Luke Cody

BOOK DESIGNER: Xose Teiga
JACKET DESIGNER: Xose Teiga
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Xose Teiga
ART DIRECTOR: Xose Teiga
DESIGN FIRM: xose teiga, studio.



Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture
TITLE: Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture
AUTHOR: multiple
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press and New Museum

BOOK DESIGNER: Emily Gutheinz
JACKET DESIGNER: Emily Gutheinz



Cultivating a Creative Culture
TITLE: Cultivating a Creative Culture
AUTHOR: Justin Dauer
PUBLISHER: Lead Hand Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Justin Dauer
JACKET DESIGNER: Justin Dauer
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Justin Dauer



Cutting edge R&D leading to innovation
TITLE: Cutting edge R&D leading to innovation
AUTHOR: Israel Institute for Biological Research
PUBLISHER: Tirosh Digital LTD

BOOK DESIGNER: Eliyah Gamburg
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Omri Damti
ART DIRECTOR: Eliyah Gamburg
DESIGN FIRM: Tennis



David Sedaris Diaries A Visual Compendium
TITLE: David Sedaris Diaries A Visual Compendium
AUTHOR: David Sedaris, Jeffrey Jenkins / Asya Muchnick
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company

BOOK DESIGNER: Jeffrey Jenkins
JACKET DESIGNER: Jeffrey Jenkins
DESIGN FIRM: Jeffrey Jenkins Projects (Jenkins & Page, NYC)



Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion
TITLE: Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion
AUTHOR: Chris Barton (author), Carol Hinz (editor)
PUBLISHER: Millbrook Press / Lerner Publishing Group

BOOK DESIGNER: Danielle Carnito
JACKET DESIGNER: Danielle Carnito
ART DIRECTOR: Danielle Carnito
DESIGN FIRM: Lerner Publishing Group



De best verzorgde boeken / The best Dutch book designs 2016
TITLE: De best verzorgde boeken / The best Dutch book designs 2016
AUTHOR: Carolien Glazenburg (report of the judges), Vincent Bijlo (column), Marjo Janssen (text of the designers)
PUBLISHER: Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken

BOOK DESIGNER: Haico Beukers and Marga Scholma
JACKET DESIGNER: Haico Beukers and Marga Scholma
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Haico Beukers and Marga Scholma
ART DIRECTOR: Haico Beukers and Marga Scholma
DESIGN FIRM: Beukers Scholma



Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade
TITLE: Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade
AUTHOR: Simon Kelly, Esther Bell, Susan Hiner, Françoise Tétart-Vittu, Melissa E. Buron, Laura L. Camerlengo, Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, Abigail Yoder
PUBLISHER: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco • Legion of Honor / DelMonico Books • Prestel

JACKET DESIGNER: Joan Sommers, Glue + Paper Workshop
DESIGN FIRM: Joan Sommers, Glue + Paper Workshop LLC



Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason 1950–1980
TITLE: Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason 1950–1980
AUTHOR: Kelly Baum with Lucy Bradnock and Tina Rivers Ryan
PUBLISHER: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

BOOK DESIGNER: Lucinda Hitchcock
JACKET DESIGNER: Lucinda Hitchcock



Design by the Book: Chinese Ritual Objects and the Sanli tu
TITLE: Design by the Book: Chinese Ritual Objects and the Sanli tu
AUTHOR: François Louis
PUBLISHER: Bard Graduate Center

BOOK DESIGNER: Kate Dewitt with Nicholas Law
ART DIRECTOR: Kate Dewitt
DESIGN FIRM: Bard Graduate Center



Design For Good
TITLE: Design For Good
AUTHOR: John Cary
PUBLISHER: Island Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Courtney Gooch
JACKET DESIGNER: Courtney Gooch
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Paula Scher
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



Design Is Storytelling
TITLE: Design Is Storytelling
AUTHOR: Ellen Lupton
PUBLISHER: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

BOOK DESIGNER: Ellen Lupton and Brooke Thyng
JACKET DESIGNER: Jason Gottlieb



Design Poverty
TITLE: Design Poverty
AUTHOR: BA (Hons) Graphic Design Students
PUBLISHER: Typenowhere




Designing for Print
TITLE: Designing for Print
AUTHOR: Marina Joyce
PUBLISHER: Self

BOOK DESIGNER: Michael Stinson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Stinson
DESIGN FIRM: Ramp



Dialectic: a scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design
TITLE: Dialectic: a scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design
AUTHOR: Michael R. Gibson and Keith M. Owens, editors
PUBLISHER: The AIGA and Michigan Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: Laura Rossi Garcia
JACKET DESIGNER: Laura Rossi Garcia, Michael R. Gibson, Jenny Grigg
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael R. Gibson, Keith M. Owens
ART DIRECTOR: Laura Rossi Garcia
DESIGN FIRM: The AIGA Design Educators' Community



Dish
TITLE: Dish
AUTHOR: Kelly Shield
PUBLISHER: Kelly Shield & Digitalpress

BOOK DESIGNER: Kelly Shield
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kelly Shield
DESIGN FIRM: Kelly Shield



Dora Marr
TITLE: Dora Marr
AUTHOR: Louise Baring / Ellen Nidy
PUBLISHER: Rizzoli New York

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



Double Apollo
TITLE: Double Apollo
AUTHOR: Trevor Messersmith
PUBLISHER: Press80 / 80east Design

BOOK DESIGNER: Trevor Messersmith
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Trevor Messersmith
DESIGN FIRM: 80east Design



Du couvent au bordel, mots du joli monde
TITLE: Du couvent au bordel, mots du joli monde
AUTHOR: Claudine Brécourt-Villars
PUBLISHER: La table ronde

BOOK DESIGNER: Margaux Saulou
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Felix Demargne
ART DIRECTOR: Felix Demargne
DESIGN FIRM: Cheeri Paris



East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography
TITLE: East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography
AUTHOR: Diane Waggoner
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art

BOOK DESIGNER: Wendy Schleicher
JACKET DESIGNER: Wendy Schleicher
DESIGN FIRM: National Gallery of Art



Eddie Martinez: Ants at a Picknic
TITLE: Eddie Martinez: Ants at a Picknic
AUTHOR: Lisa Fischman
PUBLISHER: Davis Museum at Wellesley College

BOOK DESIGNER: Katherine Hughes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Clif Stoltze
ART DIRECTOR: Katherine Hughes
DESIGN FIRM: Stoltze Design



Edgar and Lucy
TITLE: Edgar and Lucy
AUTHOR: Victor Lodato
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Olga Grlic
JACKET DESIGNER: Olga Grlic
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Olga Grlic
ART DIRECTOR: Olga Grlic
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Trade Art



Espírito de tudo
TITLE: Espírito de tudo
AUTHOR: Rosângela Rennó
PUBLISHER: Cobogó

ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico



Eternal Friendship
TITLE: Eternal Friendship
AUTHOR: Anouck Durand
PUBLISHER: Siglio

BOOK DESIGNER: Anouck Durand
JACKET DESIGNER: Natalie Kraft
DESIGN FIRM: Siglio



Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone
TITLE: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone
AUTHOR: Mark Dawidziak
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Rob Grom
JACKET DESIGNER: Rob Grom
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Trade Art



Exact Nature of Our Wrongs
TITLE: Exact Nature of Our Wrongs
AUTHOR: Janet Peery
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Jonathan Bush
JACKET DESIGNER: Jonathan Bush
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Storrings
ART DIRECTOR: Jonathan Bush
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Trade Art



Faces of a Fish Empire
TITLE: Faces of a Fish Empire
AUTHOR: Joe Kutchera
PUBLISHER: Self Published

BOOK DESIGNER: Andrew Kutchera
JACKET DESIGNER: Andrew Kutchera
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Andrew Kutchera
ART DIRECTOR: Andrew Kutchera



FADER FORT: Setting The Stage
TITLE: FADER FORT: Setting The Stage
AUTHOR: Editor: Duncan Cooper
PUBLISHER: FADER Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Graham Taylor
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Trevor Eld



Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream
TITLE: Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream
AUTHOR: Tabitha Soren
PUBLISHER: Aperture

BOOK DESIGNER: Bob Aufuldish, Aufuldish & Warinner
JACKET DESIGNER: Bob Aufuldish, Aufuldish & Warinner
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lesley A. Martin



Fante Bukowski Two
TITLE: Fante Bukowski Two
AUTHOR: Noah Van Sciver
PUBLISHER: Fantagraphics Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Keeli McCarthy
JACKET DESIGNER: N/A
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Keeli McCarthy
ART DIRECTOR: Keeli McCarthy
DESIGN FIRM: In house



Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography
TITLE: Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography
AUTHOR: Susan Bright
PUBLISHER: Aperture

BOOK DESIGNER: Atelier Dyakova
JACKET DESIGNER: Atelier Dyakova
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Denise Wolff



Florentine Nights
TITLE: Florentine Nights
AUTHOR: Heinrich Heine
PUBLISHER: Carambaia

BOOK DESIGNER: mateus valadares
JACKET DESIGNER: mateus valadares
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: mateus valadares
ART DIRECTOR: mateus valadares
DESIGN FIRM: mateus valadares estúdio



Food in Vogue
TITLE: Food in Vogue
AUTHOR: Vogue Editors
PUBLISHER: Abrams

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Fred Woodward
ART DIRECTOR: Kristie Bailey
DESIGN FIRM: Condé Nast



Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico 1915–1985
TITLE: Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico 1915–1985
AUTHOR: Edited by Wendy Kaplan
PUBLISHER: Los Angeles County Museum of Art / DelMonico Books • Prestel

DESIGN FIRM: Lorraine Wild and Xiaoqing Wang, Green Dragon Office



Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi
TITLE: Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi
AUTHOR: Edited by Okwui Enwezor
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing / Haus der Kunst

DESIGN FIRM: OFF / Office von Gross Lingemann





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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