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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 | 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