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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 | May 15

We can‘t wait to explore Boston this fall when we host The Design of Business | The Business of Design conference at MIT. Bike-commuting, T-riding, and monorail-tweeting around Boston with transit-oriented 20-something NUMTOT founder Juliet Eldred. [BV]


Observed | May 14

What year is it? Why does it matter? While chronology and dating might not be exciting, they are the stuff that history is made on, for dates do two things: they allow things to happen only once, and they insist on the ordering and interrelation of all happenings. [BV]

“We should not be excessively interested in books”, wrote Roy Gold, biblio-graffiti outsider artist, and a bookish man. [BV]


Observed | May 13

You may not love sports, but it’s hard not to enjoy sports photography, especially for it’s innovativeness. Case in point: Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer hit a grand slam when he set out to capture a double play on film. [BV]


Observed | May 10

In the 1950s and 1960s artists from the Soviet Union looked to the skies and foresaw a Utopia in space. [BV]


Observed | May 09

Early cinema is often remembered as an exclusively black-and-white affair—the bold and often fantastical colors that flickered across the earliest film reels are frequently left out of our greater cinematic history. More neglected still are the women responsible for those dazzling hues. [BV]


Observed | May 08

We’re addicted to likes, retweets, and reshares, and our addiction makes us distracted and depressed. Tristan Harris believes that tech is ‘downgrading humans’ and that the words we use to describe the problem are tepid and insufficient. It’s time to fight back. [BV]

Created for animators aiming to perfect their rendering of animal gaits, this video combines illustration, biology, and physics, and is a joy to watch! [BV]

The compelling history and impressive prints of the earliest printing press in the Uruguayan territory. [BV]


Observed | May 07

Our very talented friend Rob Walker has a new book out today! Get yourself a copy of The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy In the Everyday and be inspired. [BV]


Observed | May 02

Gail Bichler and Jake Silverstein look back at a year designing The New York Times Magazine. [BV]


Observed | May 01

A thoughtful critique (and a few commonsense changes) of Hudson Yards and it‘s walkability: who uses the space, when the space is used, how the space forms community, and how it integrates the the community that surrounds it. [JH]


Observed | April 30

The brain apparently makes no distinction between a broken bone and an aching heart. Rejection actually hurts. [BV]

Influence was worrisome long before it was digital. The word “influence” appears in a quarter of William Shakespeare’s plays, in which the condition of being influenced is rarely happy or dignified. A history of the influencer, from Shakespeare to Instagram. [BV]


Observed | April 29

Lego has come up with perhaps its most ingenious product yet: bricks designed to help children learn Braille. [BV]

Back in the 1960’s, when Penn Station became a subterranean rat’s maze, New York City seemed to be heading very definitely south. [BV]


Observed | April 26

In its original concept, the Appalachian Trail was more than a hiking path. It was a wildly ambitious plan to reorganize the economic geography of the eastern United States. [BV]


Observed | April 24

American food is increasingly channeled through a handful of companies: Amazon, Walmart, FreshDirect, Blue Apron. What do we lose if traditional neighborhood supermarkets go under? Meet the man who’s going to save your neighborhood grocery store. [BV]

Timed to coincide with Easter, Earth Day and, for New Englanders, Patriot’s Day: two billboards outside of Boston. [BV]


Observed | April 23

Public Sans is a new typeface from the US Government. According to the General Services Administration, “sometimes you need [a typeface] that’s simple, neutral, and isn’t Helvetica.” Not sure we agree. [BV]


Observed | April 22

A brief memoir of growing up in the library. [BV]

Where can a teen get a poster in 2019? How does a teenager turn their bedroom into a shrine? A wonderful history of the poster and it’s meaning past, current, and future. [BV]

In honor of Earth Day, three galleries that remind us of the beauty and power of nature: the power of storms from Mitch Dobrowner, amazing landscapes from Leah Kennedy, and Earth from space by Astronaut Scott Kelly. [BV]


Observed | April 19

Spam musubi (a Hawaiian snack of canned meat served on rice and wrapped in nori) and other unintended consequences of cultural exchange. [BV]

Despite their seeming environmental unfriendliness, logos with factories and smokestacks have made a comeback in the US. [BV]


Observed | April 18

Post Typography created an unconventional participatory campaign to support the Baltimore Museum of Art‘s conversation series on art, race, social justice, and imagining the future(s) we want. [BV]

Where do you stand on the “Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale”? Why your brain hates slowpokes. [BV]


Observed | April 17

An in-depth look at how the Second World War warped the way United States mapped the world. [BV]


Observed | April 16

Joshua Dudley Greer logged 100,000 miles between 2011 and 2017, a period defined by the financial crisis and election, documenting what he saw along the U.S. Interstate Highway System. [BV]

Pete Buttigieg may be the first candidate to anticipate (and provide for!) graphic design considerations. [JH]



Jobs | May 19