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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 | 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