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Listening to the Trees
TITLE: Listening to the Trees
AUTHOR: Students at the High School of Fashion Industries
PUBLISHER: 826NYC

BOOK DESIGNER: Ciara Cordasco
JACKET DESIGNER: Ciara Cordasco
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ciara Cordasco



Literature Classics
TITLE: Literature Classics
AUTHOR: Aslı Güneş
PUBLISHER: Dogan Egmont Publishing, İstanbul

BOOK DESIGNER: Geray Gencer
JACKET DESIGNER: Geray Gencer
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Geray Gencer



Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie
TITLE: Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie
AUTHOR: Laura Ingalls Wilder
PUBLISHER: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

BOOK DESIGNER: Jenna Stempel-Lobell
JACKET DESIGNER: Jenna Stempel-Lobell
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Barbara Fitzsimmons
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Donalty



Love is the Easiest Part
TITLE: Love is the Easiest Part
AUTHOR: Barak Feldman
PUBLISHER: Barak Feldman

BOOK DESIGNER: Dor Amitai



Luxury Designs for Living
TITLE: Luxury Designs for Living
AUTHOR: Steve Huyton/Cheryl Weber
PUBLISHER: Schiffer Publishing, LTD.

BOOK DESIGNER: Justin Watkinson
JACKET DESIGNER: Danielle D. Farmer
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: John Cheek



Make Elephants Fly
TITLE: Make Elephants Fly
AUTHOR: Steven S. Hoffman
PUBLISHER: Centerstreet, Hachette

JACKET DESIGNER: Lindy Martin
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



Make Your Bed
TITLE: Make Your Bed
AUTHOR: Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired)
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Cover design by Brian Lemus



Making Sense of the Alt-Right
TITLE: Making Sense of the Alt-Right
AUTHOR: George Hawley
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Noah Arlow
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



Man Alive
TITLE: Man Alive
AUTHOR: Thomas Page McBee
PUBLISHER: Canongate

JACKET DESIGNER: Christopher Gale



Mental
TITLE: Mental
AUTHOR: Jaime Lowe
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Ben Denzer
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher



Mężczyźni objaśniają mi świat (Men Explain Things To Me, Polish edition)
TITLE: Mężczyźni objaśniają mi świat (Men Explain Things To Me, Polish edition)
AUTHOR: Rebecca Solnit
PUBLISHER: Karakter

BOOK DESIGNER: Przemek Dębowski



Midlife: A Philosophical Guide
TITLE: Midlife: A Philosophical Guide
AUTHOR: Kieran Setiya
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Amanda Weiss
JACKET DESIGNER: Amanda Weiss
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maria Lindenfeldar
ART DIRECTOR: Amanda Weiss



Milwaukee Bucks 50 Seasons
TITLE: Milwaukee Bucks 50 Seasons
AUTHOR: Richard Ratay
PUBLISHER: Self Published (Milwaukee Bucks)

BOOK DESIGNER: Gary Haas, Mary Adamczak
JACKET DESIGNER: Gary Haas, Mary Adamczak
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Gary Haas
ART DIRECTOR: Mary Adamczak
DESIGN FIRM: Platypus Advertising + Design



Mind At Play
TITLE: Mind At Play
AUTHOR: Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Lauren Peters-Collaer
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Forner



Missing Persons, Animals, and Artists
TITLE: Missing Persons, Animals, and Artists
AUTHOR: Roberto Ransom / Daniel Shapiro
PUBLISHER: Swan Isle Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Marianne Jankowski
JACKET DESIGNER: Marianne Jankowski
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marianne Jankowski
ART DIRECTOR: Marianne Jankowski
DESIGN FIRM: MJankowskiDesign



Modern Gods
TITLE: Modern Gods
AUTHOR: Nick Laird
PUBLISHER: Viking Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Na Kim
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley



Modern Quilts
TITLE: Modern Quilts
AUTHOR: The Modern Quilt Guild - Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Grant
PUBLISHER: C&T Publishing

BOOK DESIGNER: April Mostek
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Gailen Runge



Motherest
TITLE: Motherest
AUTHOR: Kristen Iskandrian
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Jacket design and illustration by Sara Wood
ART DIRECTOR: Jarrod Taylor



Mr. und Mrs. Derdon
TITLE: Mr. und Mrs. Derdon
AUTHOR: Maeve Brennan
PUBLISHER: Buechergilde Gutenberg

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



Muito Esquisito
TITLE: Muito Esquisito
AUTHOR: Alexandre Brito / Gustavo Piqueira
PUBLISHER: Pulo do Gato

BOOK DESIGNER: Gustavo Piqueira
JACKET DESIGNER: Gustavo Piqueira
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Gustavo Piqueira
ART DIRECTOR: Gustavo Piqueira
DESIGN FIRM: Casa Rex



My City Highrise Garden
TITLE: My City Highrise Garden
AUTHOR: Susan Brownmiller
PUBLISHER: Rutgers University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Derek Thornton
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology
TITLE: New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology
AUTHOR: Nancy Dixon
PUBLISHER: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

JACKET DESIGNER: Taylor Boudreaux



New People
TITLE: New People
AUTHOR: Danzy Senna
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Rachel Willey
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



New York Trilogy
TITLE: New York Trilogy
AUTHOR: Paul Auster
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom Creative



Nomadland
TITLE: Nomadland
AUTHOR: Jessica Bruder
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton

JACKET DESIGNER: Pete Garceau
ART DIRECTOR: Francine Kass



Norse Mythology
TITLE: Norse Mythology
AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton

JACKET DESIGNER: Pete Garceau and Paul Buckley
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu



Notes From A Public Typewriter
TITLE: Notes From A Public Typewriter
AUTHOR: Michael Gustafson, Oliver Uberti
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Oliver Uberti



Objectives
TITLE: Objectives
AUTHOR: Trevor Messersmith
PUBLISHER: Press80 / 80east Design

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



ÖLÜMLÜLER UYURKEN / WHILE MORTAL SLEEP
TITLE: ÖLÜMLÜLER UYURKEN / WHILE MORTAL SLEEP
AUTHOR: Kurt Vonnegut
PUBLISHER: April

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Murat Yılmaz
ART DIRECTOR: Murat Bektaş
DESIGN FIRM: TERAPİ



On Homesickness
TITLE: On Homesickness
AUTHOR: Jesse Donaldson
PUBLISHER: West Virginia University Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Danielle Delph



On The Free
TITLE: On The Free
AUTHOR: Coert Voorhees author / Greg Hunter editor
PUBLISHER: Carolrhoda Lab / Lerner Publishing Group

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



Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing
TITLE: Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing
AUTHOR: Martin Erwig
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Molly Seamans



Out in the Open
TITLE: Out in the Open
AUTHOR: Jesús Carrasco
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Ben Denzer
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic
TITLE: Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic
AUTHOR: Richard A. McKay
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Isaac Tobin
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press



Petros Markaris Series
TITLE: Petros Markaris Series
AUTHOR: Petros Markaris
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom Creative



Phenomena of Power
TITLE: Phenomena of Power
AUTHOR: Heinrich Popitz
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Noah Arlow
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



Pigeon Hill: Then + Now
TITLE: Pigeon Hill: Then + Now
AUTHOR: Jeffrey A. Wolin
PUBLISHER: Kehrer Verlag

BOOK DESIGNER: Jenny El-Shamy
JACKET DESIGNER: Jenny El-Shamy
DESIGN FIRM: Jenny El-Shamy Design



Playa Fire
TITLE: Playa Fire
AUTHOR: Stewart Harvey
PUBLISHER: Harper Elixir | HarperOne Publishers

JACKET DESIGNER: Adrian Morgan
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Stewart Harvey & Adrian Morgan
ART DIRECTOR: Adrian Morgan
DESIGN FIRM: HarperOne



Playing Catch with Strangers
TITLE: Playing Catch with Strangers
AUTHOR: Bob Brody
PUBLISHER: Heliotrope Books, LLC

JACKET DESIGNER: Naomi Rosenblatt
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Anne Finkelstein
ART DIRECTOR: Naomi Rosenblatt
DESIGN FIRM: AJJ Design



Poem Today Collection:
TITLE: Poem Today Collection:
AUTHOR: Armin Yousefi
PUBLISHER: Cheshmeh Publications

JACKET DESIGNER: Majid Abbasi
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Majid Abbasi
ART DIRECTOR: Majid Abbasi
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Abbasi



POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand
TITLE: POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand
AUTHOR: Andy Ricker/Emily Timberlake
PUBLISHER: Ten Speed Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Kara Plikaitis
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Emma Campion
ART DIRECTOR: Kara Plikaitis
DESIGN FIRM: Ten Speed Press



Power and Resistance
TITLE: Power and Resistance
AUTHOR: Ilija Trojanow
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom Creative



Precisiones sobre la incerteza
TITLE: Precisiones sobre la incerteza
AUTHOR: Alejandra Lerma
PUBLISHER: Sic Semper Tyrannis

BOOK DESIGNER: Sebastian Martinez, Juliana López
JACKET DESIGNER: Sebastian Martinez, Juliana López
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Sebastian Martinez
ART DIRECTOR: Juliana López
DESIGN FIRM: Cuántika Studio



Preservation Pantry
TITLE: Preservation Pantry
AUTHOR: Sarah Marshall
PUBLISHER: Regan Arts

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



Priestdaddy
TITLE: Priestdaddy
AUTHOR: Patricia Lockwood
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Rachel Willey
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



Primo Levi paperback reissue series
TITLE: Primo Levi paperback reissue series
AUTHOR: Primo Levi
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Lauren Peters-Collaer
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Forner



Quarks to Culture
TITLE: Quarks to Culture
AUTHOR: Tyler Volk
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Alban Fischer
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



Ramona Blue
TITLE: Ramona Blue
AUTHOR: Julie Murphy
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins Publishers

BOOK DESIGNER: Aurora Parlagreco
JACKET DESIGNER: Aurora Parlagreco
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Barbara Fitzsimmons
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Donalty



Relations – Plus de 75 ans d’analyse sociale et engagée (French) / Relationships - More than 75 years of social and engaged analysis (English translation)
TITLE: Relations – Plus de 75 ans d’analyse sociale et engagée (French) / Relationships - More than 75 years of social and engaged analysis (English translation)
AUTHOR: Albert Beaudry, Suzanne Clavette, Suzanne Loiselle, Jean-Claude Ravet and Jean-Philippe Warren
PUBLISHER: Lux Éditeur

DESIGN FIRM: Jolin Masson



Retiro
TITLE: Retiro
AUTHOR: Serguei Dovlatov
PUBLISHER: Fulgencio Pimentel

BOOK DESIGNER: Fulgencio Pimentel





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Observed | March 20

From Tristram Shandy to black holes, from Coco Chanel to Johnny Cash, from Francisco Goya to Mark Rothko: Ten ways to look at the color black. [BV]

With storage spaces filled with works that may never be shown, some museums are rethinking the way they collect art, and at least one is ranking what it owns. [BV]


Observed | March 19

In response to last week’s Christcurch mosque shootings, Meena Kadri teamed up with her former Māori language teacher Te Ataahia Castorina to compile a set of Māori words + English translations celebrating unity. If you learn and share 10 Māori words this week, make it these. [BV]


Observed | March 18

Journey back to a time when serifs were Antique, sans serifs were Grotesque, and extra bold faces were Fat. [BV]

“A six-year-old could have drawn that logo!” Well, in this case, he did. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


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]



Jobs | March 24