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Cartas da prisão (letters from prison)
TITLE: Cartas da prisão (letters from prison)
AUTHOR: Frei Betto
PUBLISHER: Companhia das Letras

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



Catch-22
TITLE: Catch-22
AUTHOR: Joseph Heller
PUBLISHER: Texas A&M University Commerce

JACKET DESIGNER: Cooper H. Weinstein
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Cooper H. Weinstein



Charlotte
TITLE: Charlotte
AUTHOR: David Foenkinos
PUBLISHER: Canongate

JACKET DESIGNER: Rafaela Romaya
ART DIRECTOR: Rafaela Romaya



Citizen Designer
TITLE: Citizen Designer
AUTHOR: Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne
PUBLISHER: Allworth Press

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



Clarice,
TITLE: Clarice,
AUTHOR: Benjamin Moser
PUBLISHER: Companhia das Letras

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ana Lobo, Kiko Farkas
DESIGN FIRM: Máquina Estúdio



Classics from Papyrus to the Internet
TITLE: Classics from Papyrus to the Internet
AUTHOR: Fabio Stok, Jeffrey M. Hunt, and R. Alden Smith
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Alyssa Stepien



Cocaine to Bain
TITLE: Cocaine to Bain
AUTHOR: Taylor Van Arsdale
PUBLISHER: Self Published

JACKET DESIGNER: Brendan Hemp
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brendan Hemp
ART DIRECTOR: Brendan Hemp
DESIGN FIRM: Brendan Collins Hemp



Coleção Clínica Psicanalítica
TITLE: Coleção Clínica Psicanalítica
AUTHOR: Flávio Carvalho Ferraz [series' director]
PUBLISHER: Pearson

JACKET DESIGNER: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas and Lais Ikoma, Stephanie Y. Shu [design assistants]
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico



Coleções de Artistas
TITLE: Coleções de Artistas
AUTHOR: Nessia Leonzini
PUBLISHER: BEI Editora

BOOK DESIGNER: Alexandre Costa
JACKET DESIGNER: Alexandre Costa
DESIGN FIRM: BEI Editora



Como Crecen Los Lirios En El Agua (How Lilies Grow In The Water)
TITLE: Como Crecen Los Lirios En El Agua (How Lilies Grow In The Water)
AUTHOR: Ángela Mallén
PUBLISHER: ASAFES

BOOK DESIGNER: Victoria O'May
JACKET DESIGNER: Victoria O'May
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Victoria O'May and Ángela Mallén
ART DIRECTOR: Victoria O'May
DESIGN FIRM: Victoria O'May



Complete collection of unprincipled stories
TITLE: Complete collection of unprincipled stories
AUTHOR: Alexander Tsypkin
PUBLISHER: AST Publishing House

BOOK DESIGNER: Anna Xenz
JACKET DESIGNER: Anna Xenz
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Anna Xenz
ART DIRECTOR: Anna Xenz



Contemporary Drift
TITLE: Contemporary Drift
AUTHOR: Theodore Martin
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Kimberly Glyder
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



Corporate Interiors No.13
TITLE: Corporate Interiors No.13
AUTHOR: Roger Yee
PUBLISHER: Visual Profile Books

JACKET DESIGNER: Christina Chin
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Christina Chin
DESIGN FIRM: In House



Cranbrook Academy of Art 2017
TITLE: Cranbrook Academy of Art 2017
AUTHOR: Julie Fracker and Judy Dyki
PUBLISHER: Cranbrook Academy of Art

BOOK DESIGNER: Christian Morin



Crime and Punishment
TITLE: Crime and Punishment
AUTHOR: Fyodor Dostoevsky
PUBLISHER: Liveright

JACKET DESIGNER: Yang Kim
ART DIRECTOR: Steve Attardo



CROSSING FRONTIERS
TITLE: CROSSING FRONTIERS
AUTHOR: Sadık Karamustafa, Nikki Gonnissen / Başak Ürkmez
PUBLISHER: MSFAU Graphic Design Department

BOOK DESIGNER: ERMAN YILMAZ
JACKET DESIGNER: ERMAN YILMAZ
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: ERMAN YILMAZ
ART DIRECTOR: ERMAN YILMAZ



Dating Radar
TITLE: Dating Radar
AUTHOR: Megan Hunter and Bill Eddy
PUBLISHER: Unhooked Media

ART DIRECTOR: Julian Leon
DESIGN FIRM: The Missive



Degas, Renoir e o relógio de Orfeu (The orpheus clock: The search for my family's art treasures stolen by the nazis)
TITLE: Degas, Renoir e o relógio de Orfeu (The orpheus clock: The search for my family's art treasures stolen by the nazis)
AUTHOR: Simon Goodman
PUBLISHER: José Olympio

BOOK DESIGNER: Leonardo Iaccarino
JACKET DESIGNER: Leonardo Iaccarino
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Leonardo Iaccarino
ART DIRECTOR: Leonardo Iaccarino
DESIGN FIRM: Leonardo Iaccarino



Delusions and Errors
TITLE: Delusions and Errors
AUTHOR: Multi-authored. Editor: Lisa
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



Désordonnances (French) / Un-prescriptions OR Messiness (English translation, could have both meaning)
TITLE: Désordonnances (French) / Un-prescriptions OR Messiness (English translation, could have both meaning)
AUTHOR: Alain Vadeboncoeur
PUBLISHER: Lux Éditeur

DESIGN FIRM: Jolin Masson



Dire non ne suffit plus – Contre la stratégie du choc de Trump (French) / No Is Not Enough (English)
TITLE: Dire non ne suffit plus – Contre la stratégie du choc de Trump (French) / No Is Not Enough (English)
AUTHOR: Naomi Klein
PUBLISHER: Lux Éditeur

DESIGN FIRM: Jolin Masson



Dissidente
TITLE: Dissidente
AUTHOR: Thomas Woods
PUBLISHER: Simonsen

BOOK DESIGNER: Anderson Junqueira
JACKET DESIGNER: Anderson Junqueira
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Anderson Junqueira
ART DIRECTOR: Anderson Junqueira
DESIGN FIRM: Anderson Junqueira



Doll Parts, Amanda Lepore memoir
TITLE: Doll Parts, Amanda Lepore memoir
AUTHOR: Amanda Lepore (author) / Alexis Gargagliano (editor)
PUBLISHER: Regan Arts

JACKET DESIGNER: Richard Ljoenes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
ART DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGN FIRM: Regan Arts



Dopers in Uniform: The Hidden World of Police on Steroids
TITLE: Dopers in Uniform: The Hidden World of Police on Steroids
AUTHOR: John Hoberman
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr
JACKET DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr



Down City
TITLE: Down City
AUTHOR: Leah Carroll
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: Lisa Forde
JACKET DESIGNER: Lisa Forde
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Anne Twomey
ART DIRECTOR: Lisa Forde



Dragon Teeth
TITLE: Dragon Teeth
AUTHOR: Michael Crichton
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins

JACKET DESIGNER: Will Staehle
ART DIRECTOR: Robin Bilardello
DESIGN FIRM: Unusual Co.



DRAW YOUR WEAPONS
TITLE: DRAW YOUR WEAPONS
AUTHOR: SARAH SENTILLES
PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE

JACKET DESIGNER: OLIVER MUNDAY
ART DIRECTOR: JOSEPH PEREZ



Duygusal Kısa Yolculuk
TITLE: Duygusal Kısa Yolculuk
AUTHOR: Italo Svevo
PUBLISHER: 1984

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: E S Kibele Yarman
ART DIRECTOR: E S Kibele Yarman
DESIGN FIRM: Kibele Yarman



Eating Promisuously
TITLE: Eating Promisuously
AUTHOR: James McWilliams
PUBLISHER: Counterpoint

JACKET DESIGNER: Tim Green
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



Elefant
TITLE: Elefant
AUTHOR: Martin Suter
PUBLISHER: Buechergilde Gutenberg

JACKET DESIGNER: Marion Blomeyer
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
ART DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
DESIGN FIRM: Lowlypaper



Encountering Things: Design and Theories of Things
TITLE: Encountering Things: Design and Theories of Things
AUTHOR: Leslie Atzmon, Prasad Boradkar, Editors
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury

BOOK DESIGNER: Stephanie Coral (cover designer)
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Leslie Atzmon, Ryan Molloy
ART DIRECTOR: Leslie Atzmon
DESIGN FIRM: Eastern Michigan University



Equipment for Living
TITLE: Equipment for Living
AUTHOR: Michael Robbins
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Thomas Colligan
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Forner



Esseys
TITLE: Esseys
AUTHOR: William Butler Yeats
PUBLISHER: Wydawnictwo Officyna

BOOK DESIGNER: Maciej Mraczek
ART DIRECTOR: Maciej Mraczek



Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey To The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
TITLE: Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey To The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
AUTHOR: Wanda Jackson, Scott B. Bomar
PUBLISHER: BMG

JACKET DESIGNER: Becky Reiser
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Becky Reiser
ART DIRECTOR: Becky Reiser
DESIGN FIRM: Rabar Productions



Evolving Images: Jewish Latin American Cinema
TITLE: Evolving Images: Jewish Latin American Cinema
AUTHOR: Edited by Nora Glickman and Ariana Huberman
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
ART DIRECTOR: Dustin Kilgore
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein



Exit West
TITLE: Exit West
AUTHOR: Mohsin Hamid
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Rachel Willey
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



Extinction Studies
TITLE: Extinction Studies
AUTHOR: Deborah Bird Rose, Thom van Dooren, Matthew Chrulew
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

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



F*CKED
TITLE: F*CKED
AUTHOR: Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson
PUBLISHER: HarperOne Publishers

JACKET DESIGNER: Adrian Morgan
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Adrian Morgan
ART DIRECTOR: Adrian Morgan
DESIGN FIRM: HarperOne



Fever Dream
TITLE: Fever Dream
AUTHOR: Samantha Schwein
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Rachel Willey
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



Fierce Kingdom
TITLE: Fierce Kingdom
AUTHOR: Gin Phillips
PUBLISHER: Viking Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Jason Ramirez
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Ramirez



FIRST Catalogue 2018
TITLE: FIRST Catalogue 2018
AUTHOR: Contemporary Practice Department
PUBLISHER: Nanjin Li

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Nanjin Li



Five-Carat Soul
TITLE: Five-Carat Soul
AUTHOR: James McBride
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Ben Denzer
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



Fly Me
TITLE: Fly Me
AUTHOR: Daniel Riley
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company

JACKET DESIGNER: Lucy Kim
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mario J. Pulice



Foclóiropedia (NOTE* Translates from the Irish as'Wordopedia')
TITLE: Foclóiropedia (NOTE* Translates from the Irish as'Wordopedia')
AUTHOR: Fatti & John Burke
PUBLISHER: Gill Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Graham Thew
JACKET DESIGNER: Graham Thew
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Graham Thew
ART DIRECTOR: Graham Thew
DESIGN FIRM: Graham Thew Design



Following Jesus
TITLE: Following Jesus
AUTHOR: Timothy Gaines and Kara Lyons-Pardue
PUBLISHER: The Foundry Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: Sharron Page
JACKET DESIGNER: J.R. Caines
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Bruce Nuffer
ART DIRECTOR: J.R. Caines
DESIGN FIRM: Caines Design



Frankenstein, Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds
TITLE: Frankenstein, Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds
AUTHOR: Mary Shelley, edited by David H. Guston, Ed Finn, and Jason Scott Robert
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Marge Encomienda
JACKET DESIGNER: Marge Encomienda



From Here to Eternity
TITLE: From Here to Eternity
AUTHOR: Caitlin Doughty
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton

JACKET DESIGNER: Landis Blair and David J. High
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu



Ghachar Ghochar
TITLE: Ghachar Ghochar
AUTHOR: Vivek Shanbhag
PUBLISHER: Faber & Faber

JACKET DESIGNER: Luke Bird
ART DIRECTOR: Donna Payne



Gida Bilmeceleri / Food Riddles
TITLE: Gida Bilmeceleri / Food Riddles
AUTHOR: Associate Prof Sibel Ozilgen
PUBLISHER: Yeditepe University Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Yeditepe University Press
JACKET DESIGNER: Ozlem Habibe Mutaf Buyukarman (Assistant Prof, Graphic Design Department Head)
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ozlem Habibe Mutaf Buyukarman (Assistant Prof, Graphic Design Department Head)
ART DIRECTOR: Ozlem Habibe Mutaf Buyukarman (Assistant Prof, Graphic Design Department Head)
DESIGN FIRM: Yeditepe University Press



Girl in Snow
TITLE: Girl in Snow
AUTHOR: Danya Kukafka
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Alex Merto and Rachel Willey
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Forner





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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