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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
TITLE: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
AUTHOR: Mary Weber
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson

JACKET DESIGNER: Tim Green
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



The Fall of Lisa Bellow
TITLE: The Fall of Lisa Bellow
AUTHOR: Susan Perabo
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Alison Forner



The Fate of Rome
TITLE: The Fate of Rome
AUTHOR: Kyle Harper
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Spencer Fuller
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
TITLE: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
AUTHOR: Philip Pullam
PUBLISHER: Canongate

JACKET DESIGNER: Rafaela Romaya
ART DIRECTOR: Rafaela Romaya



The Gospel of Wealth
TITLE: The Gospel of Wealth
AUTHOR: Andrew Carnegie
PUBLISHER: Carnegie Corporation of New York

BOOK DESIGNER: James D. McKibben
JACKET DESIGNER: Daniel Kitae Um
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Daniel Kitae Um
ART DIRECTOR: Daniel Kitae Um
DESIGN FIRM: Carnegie Corporation of New York In-house design



The Graybar Hotel
TITLE: The Graybar Hotel
AUTHOR: Curtis Dawkins
PUBLISHER: Canongate

JACKET DESIGNER: Peter Adlington



The Gustav Sonata
TITLE: The Gustav Sonata
AUTHOR: Rose Tremain
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton




The Hate U Give
TITLE: The Hate U Give
AUTHOR: Angie Thomas
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

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



The Healing Tree
TITLE: The Healing Tree
AUTHOR: Alvin Oei
PUBLISHER: Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design & COANIQUEM

BOOK DESIGNER: Belle Lee
JACKET DESIGNER: Belle Lee



The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
TITLE: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
AUTHOR: Douglas Adams
PUBLISHER: Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Charles Brock
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
TITLE: The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
AUTHOR: Yuri Slezkine
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Chris Ferrante
JACKET DESIGNER: Chris Ferrante
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maria Lindenfeldar
ART DIRECTOR: Chris Ferrante



The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching
TITLE: The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching
AUTHOR: Jim Knight
PUBLISHER: Corwin Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Clinton Carlson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Clinton Carlson
ART DIRECTOR: Clinton Carlson
DESIGN FIRM: Clinton Carlson Design



The King Is Always Above the People
TITLE: The King Is Always Above the People
AUTHOR: Daniel Alarcón
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Grace Han
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories
TITLE: The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories
AUTHOR: Richard Bell
PUBLISHER: Schiffer Publishing, LTD.

BOOK DESIGNER: John Cheek
JACKET DESIGNER: John Cheek
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: John Cheek



The Lessons of St. Francis
TITLE: The Lessons of St. Francis
AUTHOR: John Michael Talbot with Steve Rabey
PUBLISHER: Plume Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Jason Booher
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher



The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race
TITLE: The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race
AUTHOR: Neda Maghbouleh
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein



The Love Gap
TITLE: The Love Gap
AUTHOR: Jenna Birch
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Jacket design by Brian Lemus, Jacket illustrations by Ron Mor



The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
TITLE: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
AUTHOR: Laura Creedle
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

BOOK DESIGNER: Connie Gabbert
ART DIRECTOR: Whitney Leader-Picone
DESIGN FIRM: Connie Gabbert Design + Illustration



The Man Outside the Doors
TITLE: The Man Outside the Doors
AUTHOR: Wolfgang Borchert
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing

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



The Mirror Thief
TITLE: The Mirror Thief
AUTHOR: Martin Seay
PUBLISHER: Melville House

JACKET DESIGNER: Marina Drukman
ART DIRECTOR: Marina Drukman
DESIGN FIRM: Melville House



The Mothers
TITLE: The Mothers
AUTHOR: Brit Bennett
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Rachel Willey
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
TITLE: The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
AUTHOR: Patrick Rothfuss
PUBLISHER: DAW, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Paul Buckley (design and typography), Sam Weber (illustration)
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley



The Naughty Nineties
TITLE: The Naughty Nineties
AUTHOR: David Friend
PUBLISHER: Twelve

JACKET DESIGNER: Jacket design by Jarrod Taylor



The Night Ocean
TITLE: The Night Ocean
AUTHOR: Paul La Farge
PUBLISHER: Penguin Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Will Staehle
ART DIRECTOR: Darren Hagger
DESIGN FIRM: Unusual Co.



The People’s Police
TITLE: The People’s Police
AUTHOR: Norman Spinrad
PUBLISHER: Tor Books

JACKET DESIGNER: Michael Graziolo
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Graziolo
ART DIRECTOR: Irene Gallo
DESIGN FIRM: Drive Communications



The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
TITLE: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
AUTHOR: Dan Heath and Chip Heath
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral
ART DIRECTOR: Justin Gammon
DESIGN FIRM: Weirdo Works



The Readymade Thief
TITLE: The Readymade Thief
AUTHOR: Augustus Rose
PUBLISHER: Viking Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Ramirez



The Regional Office is Under Attack!
TITLE: The Regional Office is Under Attack!
AUTHOR: Manuel Gonzales
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Grace Han
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



The Safe House
TITLE: The Safe House
AUTHOR: Christophe Boltanski
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Brian Chartier
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press



The Secret History
TITLE: The Secret History
AUTHOR: Donna Tartt
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books

JACKET DESIGNER: David Tanguy and Emily Schofield
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Tanguy
ART DIRECTOR: David Tanguy
DESIGN FIRM: Praline



The Secret History of Jane Eyre
TITLE: The Secret History of Jane Eyre
AUTHOR: John Pfordresher
PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton

JACKET DESIGNER: Catherine Casalino
ART DIRECTOR: Francine Kass
DESIGN FIRM: Casalino Design Inc



The Spark and the Grind
TITLE: The Spark and the Grind
AUTHOR: Erik Wahl
PUBLISHER: Portfolio, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Henry James Nuhn
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Sergio



The Stanislavski System
TITLE: The Stanislavski System
AUTHOR: Sonia Moore
PUBLISHER: Penguin

JACKET DESIGNER: Christopher Sergio
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGN FIRM: Christopher Sergio Design



The Story of Hebrew
TITLE: The Story of Hebrew
AUTHOR: Lewis Glinert
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Derek Thornton
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



The Switch
TITLE: The Switch
AUTHOR: Joseph Finder
PUBLISHER: Dutton Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Kaitlin Kall
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Lin



The Synthetic Age
TITLE: The Synthetic Age
AUTHOR: Christopher J. Preston
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Emily Gutheinz



The Talented Ribkins
TITLE: The Talented Ribkins
AUTHOR: Ladee Hubbard
PUBLISHER: Melville House

JACKET DESIGNER: Marina Drukman
ART DIRECTOR: Marina Drukman
DESIGN FIRM: Melville House



The Things We Lost In The Fire
TITLE: The Things We Lost In The Fire
AUTHOR: Mariana Enriquez
PUBLISHER: Portobello Books Ltd

JACKET DESIGNER: La Boca
DESIGN FIRM: La Boca



The Trials of Annie Oakley
TITLE: The Trials of Annie Oakley
AUTHOR: Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss
PUBLISHER: TwoDot Books

JACKET DESIGNER: Sally Rinehart
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Piper Wallis
ART DIRECTOR: Piper Wallis



The Tribe of the Esraris
TITLE: The Tribe of the Esraris
AUTHOR: Ahmet Güntan
PUBLISHER: Imprint / Koç University Press

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



The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
TITLE: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
AUTHOR: HANNAH TINTI
PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; DIAL PRESS

JACKET DESIGNER: GREG MOLLICA
ART DIRECTOR: GREG MOLLICA



The Vanishing Futurist
TITLE: The Vanishing Futurist
AUTHOR: Charlotte Hobson
PUBLISHER: Faber & Faber

JACKET DESIGNER: La Boca
ART DIRECTOR: Luke Bird
DESIGN FIRM: La Boca



The Water Kingdom
TITLE: The Water Kingdom
AUTHOR: Philip Ball
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Kevin Quach
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press



The Year They Burned the Books
TITLE: The Year They Burned the Books
AUTHOR: Nancy Garden
PUBLISHER: Open Road Integrated Media

BOOK DESIGNER: Mauricio Díaz
ART DIRECTOR: Mauricio Díaz



Thinking About History
TITLE: Thinking About History
AUTHOR: Sarah Maza
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Kevin Quach
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press



To The Back of Beyond
TITLE: To The Back of Beyond
AUTHOR: Peter Stamm
PUBLISHER: Other Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Jon Gray
DESIGN FIRM: gray318



TOL / TOL - HAR / THORN - MERHUME / THE DECEASED
TITLE: TOL / TOL - HAR / THORN - MERHUME / THE DECEASED
AUTHOR: Murat Uyurkulak
PUBLISHER: April

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



Trainspotting
TITLE: Trainspotting
AUTHOR: Irvine Welsh
PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

JACKET DESIGNER: Shanna Shu



Trash
TITLE: Trash
AUTHOR: Piero Martin, Alessandro Viola
PUBLISHER: Codice Edizioni

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michele Bortolami, Tommaso Delmastro
DESIGN FIRM: Undesign



Turf
TITLE: Turf
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Crane
PUBLISHER: Soft Skull Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Kelly Winton





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Observed | July 15

Congratulations! Acclaimed Dutch typographer Wim Crouwel has just received the 32nd TDC Medal from the Type Directors Club. [BV]


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]



Jobs | July 15