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Return Policy - Lost and Found
TITLE: Return Policy - Lost and Found
AUTHOR: Karen Cove
PUBLISHER: Self-Published

JACKET DESIGNER: Russell Lord
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Russell Lord
DESIGN FIRM: Option L



Right Behind You
TITLE: Right Behind You
AUTHOR: Lisa Gardner
PUBLISHER: Dutton Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Christopher Lin
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Lin



Romance of Elsewhere
TITLE: Romance of Elsewhere
AUTHOR: Lynn Freed
PUBLISHER: Counterpoint Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Kelly Winton



Ruiny i zgliszcza (Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Polish edition)
TITLE: Ruiny i zgliszcza (Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Polish edition)
AUTHOR: Wells Tower
PUBLISHER: Karakter

BOOK DESIGNER: Przemek Dębowski
JACKET DESIGNER: Przemek Dębowski



Running
TITLE: Running
AUTHOR: Cara Hoffman
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Alison Forner



Rzeczy, których nie wyrzuciłem (Things I Did Not Get Rid Of)
TITLE: Rzeczy, których nie wyrzuciłem (Things I Did Not Get Rid Of)
AUTHOR: Marcin Wicha
PUBLISHER: Karakter

BOOK DESIGNER: Przemek Dębowski



Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
TITLE: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
AUTHOR: Samin Nosrat
PUBLISHER: Canongate

JACKET DESIGNER: Rafaela Romaya
ART DIRECTOR: Rafaela Romaya



Saving beauty; The scent of time; The expulsion of the other; What is power (Byung-Chul Han book series)
TITLE: Saving beauty; The scent of time; The expulsion of the other; What is power (Byung-Chul Han book series)
AUTHOR: Byung-Chul Han
PUBLISHER: Polity books

JACKET DESIGNER: Ana Boavida
DESIGN FIRM: FBA.



SCD 30 años
TITLE: SCD 30 años
AUTHOR: Marisol García, David Ponce
PUBLISHER: SCD

BOOK DESIGNER: Alfredo Duarte
JACKET DESIGNER: Alfredo Duarte
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Piedad Rivadeneira
ART DIRECTOR: Camila Berger
DESIGN FIRM: Felicidad



secrets inside shadows
TITLE: secrets inside shadows
AUTHOR: Julie Nauman-Mikulski
PUBLISHER: self

BOOK DESIGNER: Julie Nauman-Mikulski
JACKET DESIGNER: Julie Nauman-Mikulski
DESIGN FIRM: JNM Art + Design



SERIES: Sound Bites: Big Ideas in Popular Music; Double Features: Big Ideas in Film; Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television; Big Ideas in Popular Culture Boxed Set
TITLE: SERIES: Sound Bites: Big Ideas in Popular Music; Double Features: Big Ideas in Film; Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television; Big Ideas in Popular Culture Boxed Set
AUTHOR: Edited by The Great Books Foundation
PUBLISHER: The Great Books Foundation

JACKET DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
ART DIRECTOR: Mary Klein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein



Sex and Rage
TITLE: Sex and Rage
AUTHOR: Eve Babitz
PUBLISHER: Counterpoint Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Kelly Winton



She Beyond Sun
TITLE: She Beyond Sun
AUTHOR: Daniel Gargallo
PUBLISHER: Driscoll & Woodhams

BOOK DESIGNER: Ben Denzer



Skavenger's Hunt
TITLE: Skavenger's Hunt
AUTHOR: Mike Rich
PUBLISHER: InkShares

JACKET DESIGNER: Will Staehle
ART DIRECTOR: Adam Jack Gomolin
DESIGN FIRM: Unusual Co.



Sleepy
TITLE: Sleepy
AUTHOR: Hakan Bicakci
PUBLISHER: Iletisim Yayinevi

BOOK DESIGNER: Koray Ekremoglu



Small Hours
TITLE: Small Hours
AUTHOR: Jennifer Kitses
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Cover design by Brian Lemus, Cover photography by Anne Rippy/Getty Images and DNY59/Getty Images



Smile
TITLE: Smile
AUTHOR: Roddy Doyle
PUBLISHER: Viking Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Nick Misani
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Ramirez



So Much Love
TITLE: So Much Love
AUTHOR: Rebecca Rosenblum/Anita Chong
PUBLISHER: McClelland & Stewart

BOOK DESIGNER: Rachel Cooper
JACKET DESIGNER: Rachel Cooper
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Random House Canada



Sobranie propovedei na Velikiy Post (Collection of sermons in Lent)
TITLE: Sobranie propovedei na Velikiy Post (Collection of sermons in Lent)
AUTHOR: Saint Ignatiy Bryanchaninov
PUBLISHER: Novoe Nebo

BOOK DESIGNER: Alexey Greitsus
JACKET DESIGNER: Jekaterina Makatrovskaja



Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World
TITLE: Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World
AUTHOR: Daniel Stokols
PUBLISHER: Academic Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Mark Rogers and Andrew Stokols



Sociologia Brasileira Hoje
TITLE: Sociologia Brasileira Hoje
AUTHOR: Sergio Miceli & Carlos Benedito Martins
PUBLISHER: Ateliê Editorial

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



Solar Bones
TITLE: Solar Bones
AUTHOR: Mike McCormac
PUBLISHER: Canongate

JACKET DESIGNER: Rafaela Romaya
ART DIRECTOR: Rafaela Romaya



Something Wicked This Way Comes
TITLE: Something Wicked This Way Comes
AUTHOR: Ray Bradbury
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: David Litman
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Forner



Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement
TITLE: Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement
AUTHOR: Sheila Morris
PUBLISHER: University of South Carolina Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Brandi Lariscy Avant



Spectatorship: Shifting Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Media
TITLE: Spectatorship: Shifting Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Media
AUTHOR: Edited by Roxanne Samer and William Whittington
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press

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



Stanley Beaman & Sears: Twenty Five Years
TITLE: Stanley Beaman & Sears: Twenty Five Years
AUTHOR: Roger Yee
PUBLISHER: Visual Profile Books

JACKET DESIGNER: Joi Huang
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Joi Huang



Startup
TITLE: Startup
AUTHOR: Doree Shafrir
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company

JACKET DESIGNER: Lauren Harms
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mario J. Pulice



Stephen Florida
TITLE: Stephen Florida
AUTHOR: Gabe Habash
PUBLISHER: Coffee House Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Karl Engebretson
JACKET DESIGNER: Karl Engebretson



Stille Wasser
TITLE: Stille Wasser
AUTHOR: Donna Leon
PUBLISHER: Buechergilde Gutenberg

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



Sting-Ray Afternoons
TITLE: Sting-Ray Afternoons
AUTHOR: Steve Rushin
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company

JACKET DESIGNER: Julianna Lee
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mario J. Pulice



Swimming With Bridgeport Girls
TITLE: Swimming With Bridgeport Girls
AUTHOR: Anthony Tambakis
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Lynn Buckley
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Forner



Synesthesia
TITLE: Synesthesia
AUTHOR: Richard E. Cytowic, M.D., M.F.A.
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Emily Gutheinz



Tales of Falling and Flying
TITLE: Tales of Falling and Flying
AUTHOR: Ben Loory
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Paul Buckley
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley



The Adventure
TITLE: The Adventure
AUTHOR: Giorgio Agamben
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Emily Gutheinz
JACKET DESIGNER: Emily Gutheinz



The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
TITLE: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
AUTHOR: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
PUBLISHER: DailyLit Classics - Creative Action Network

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ioannis Fetanis



The Art of Starving
TITLE: The Art of Starving
AUTHOR: Sam J. Miller
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

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



The Blot
TITLE: The Blot
AUTHOR: Jonathan Lethem
PUBLISHER: Jonathan Cape

JACKET DESIGNER: Jon Gray
ART DIRECTOR: Suzanne Dean
DESIGN FIRM: gray318



The Book of Devices
TITLE: The Book of Devices
AUTHOR: Ihsan Oktay Anar
PUBLISHER: Imprint / Koç University Press

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



The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics Gift Edition
TITLE: The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics Gift Edition
AUTHOR: C.S. Lewis
PUBLISHER: HarperOne Publishers

JACKET DESIGNER: Kimberly Glyder
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Adrian Morgan
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Glyder
DESIGN FIRM: Kimberly Glyder Design



The Chickenshit Club
TITLE: The Chickenshit Club
AUTHOR: Jesse Eisinger
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Tyler Comrie
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Forner



The Chosen Maiden
TITLE: The Chosen Maiden
AUTHOR: Eva Stachniak/Amy Black
PUBLISHER: Doubleday Canada

BOOK DESIGNER: Leah Springate
JACKET DESIGNER: Leah Springate
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Random House Canada



The Color of Law
TITLE: The Color of Law
AUTHOR: Richard Rothstein
PUBLISHER: Liveright

JACKET DESIGNER: Steve Attardo
ART DIRECTOR: Steve Attardo



The Course of Love
TITLE: The Course of Love
AUTHOR: Alain de Botton
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Alison Forner



The Death of Rex Nhongo
TITLE: The Death of Rex Nhongo
AUTHOR: C. B. George
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company

JACKET DESIGNER: Allison J. Warner
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mario J. Pulice



The Devil and Webster
TITLE: The Devil and Webster
AUTHOR: Jean Hanff Korelitz
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Kimberly Glyder Design
ART DIRECTOR: Claire Brown



The Dinner Party
TITLE: The Dinner Party
AUTHOR: Joshua Ferris
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company

JACKET DESIGNER: Gregg Kulick
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mario J. Pulice



The Doorposts of Your House and On Your Gates
TITLE: The Doorposts of Your House and On Your Gates
AUTHOR: Jacob Bacharach
PUBLISHER: Liveright

ART DIRECTOR: Steve Attardo



The Doors of Perception
TITLE: The Doors of Perception
AUTHOR: Aldous Huxley
PUBLISHER: Vintage

JACKET DESIGNER: La Boca
ART DIRECTOR: Suzanne Dean
DESIGN FIRM: La Boca



The Driver
TITLE: The Driver
AUTHOR: Hart Hanson
PUBLISHER: Dutton Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: David A. Gee
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Lin



The Enchanted Clock
TITLE: The Enchanted Clock
AUTHOR: Julia Kristev, Translated by Armine Kotin Mortimer
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Catherine Cassalino
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky





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Observed | July 12

Ikea claims to have created the World’s Comfiest Font, Soffa Sans, where each letter is formed by pieces from a sofa! Free download here. [LY]

Can you imagine the cereal isle? Kellogg’s has temporarily made the packaging for its most popular cereal varieties black and white in a new partnership with Crayola. [BV]

Not over the hill: Design With Nature, Ian McHarg’s landmark book of ecological design turns 50. [LY]


Observed | July 11

Congratulations to Collins, Ad Age‘s first design agency of the year! [BV]

Our privacy crisis is a crisis of design. [JH]


Observed | July 09

A wonderful deep dive online Bauhaus exhibition from Getty Research Institute. [BV]

Featuring upside-down pages, illegible interviews, and appearances from Sonic Youth, Björk, and David Bowie, Ray Gun, 90s America’s bible of music and style, shook up US publishing in the ‘90s. [BV]


Observed | July 08

Pioneering video artist Gretchen Bender predicted our obsession with screens. [BV]


Observed | July 02

“Not having anything to do sounds terrible. I fear that more than anything else. It’s greater than the fear of death.” Anne Quito interviews Milton Glaser on his 90th birthday. [MB]

70% of graphic design students are women, yet only 11% are Creative Directors. Discuss. [JH]


Observed | July 01

What a better way to kick off July than with some new art? And what better place to get it than the 20x200 weeklong sitewide semi-annual sale? Starting tomorrow their vintage & space editions are on sale. [BV]

Congratulations to our co-founder, Jessica Helfand, and all the Fall 2019 Bogliasco Fellowship recipients! [BV]

What’s as satisfying as a good book? Seeing one made the old-fashioned way, by hand. [BV]


Observed | June 28

Matthew Carter will discuss his ambitious new Latin superfamily of serif, sans, slab, and rounded typefaces at the Katherine Small Gallery. [BV]


Observed | June 27

The enduring appeal of mustard yellow. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | June 26

Color theory explored by Peter Kraus in three jewels of book-making. [BV]


Observed | June 25

Jessica Helfand gave a poster design workshop to scientists at Yale a few years ago and was told by one that if he followed her advice, nobody would take him seriously as a scientist. Behold: the future! A graphic design revolution for scientific conference posters. [BV]

The new ghost museums of China. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | June 20

Poster House, the first museum in the US dedicated exclusively to posters, opens today! Listen here to their first audio newsletter and guide narrated by Steven Heller. [BV]


Observed | June 19

Remembering the Bantam paperback of The Greening of America with its truly relentless deployment of Bookman Swash Italic. Quintessential 70s. RIP Charles Reich, 1928-2019. [MB]

Here’s your chance to hear Debbie Millman on the other side of the mike. Recorded live on stage at the famous Design and Advertising festival in London in May, Debbie is interviewed on episode 14 of This Way Up. [BV]


Observed | June 17

The School of Visual Arts has donated nearly 100 of its beloved Subway Series posters from the past three decades to the brand new Poster Museum, opening Thursday, June 20. These, as well as all new posters created in the future, will live in the Museum’s permanent archival collection. [BV]

Can a small Italian village point the way to more livable modern cities? A conference of urbanists aims to find out. [BV]


Observed | June 14

The late William Helfand had an incredible collection of medical prints, posters, and advertising emphasized "quack" pills, potions, and snake oil cure-alls. Hear his daughter, and our co-founder Jessica Helfand pay tribute to his "quackery” obsession. [BV]


Observed | June 11

“Beer cans are officially the new record sleeve.” The rise in craft brewing has spurred a beer aisle design renaissance. [BV]


Observed | June 10

Seeking 1000 people who eat. ZOE‘s experts are marrying nutritional science with machine learning to perform the world‘s largest study of individuals‘ unique nutritional responses. Visit joinzoe.com to sign up. Read this NYTimes article to see why. [BV]

A new exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum celebrates amateur photography from 1890–1970 through the recent gift of 150 amateur photographs from St. Louis collectors John and Teenuh Foster. John Foster assembled this collection of anonymous found images over the past 20 years, some of which can be seen in his Design Observer column. [BV]


Observed | June 06

An in-depth look at an urban mall designed to revive downtown San Diego that is set to be destroyed, from Alissa Walker. [BV]


Observed | June 05

Congratulations to Susan Kare, Patricia Moore, MIT D-Lab, Tom Phifer, Tobias Frere-Jones, Tobias Frere-Jones, Derek Lam, Ivan Poupyrev, Open Style Lab and all the winners of the 2019 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards! [BV]


Observed | June 03

The first in a series of articles about the early days of the space age, in celebration of this summer’s 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing:
How NASA selected the first astronauts (and why no convicts have walked on the Moon). [BV]



Jobs | July 15